Mr Nils Martin Ödahl was born on 22 October 1888 in Rydsgård, Örsjö, Malmöhus, Sweden.
He was the son of Ola Nilsson Ödahl (b. 1865) and Hannah Nilsson (b. 1863). Coming from a family of six children, his siblings were: Jean Emil (1891-1986), Arvid Sigfrid (1894-1948), Otto Hugo (1897-1962), Emelie Germania (1900-1981) and Olga Amanda (1905-1996)
Nils had attended agricultural schools in Sweden and Denmark and worked as an agricultural inspector in Rydsgård, Örsjö. He was travelling to the USA to study further before returning to work in Sweden. His uncle, Nels O. Nilsson (1872-1929) had emigrated to the USA in 1895 and lived at 725 Warner Avenue, Peoria, Illinois with his wife and children. It was he who had sent Nils his ticket (7267 which cost £9, 4s, 6d).
Ödahl boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third class passenger. He died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.
The Mansion House Fund paid 875.52 Kr (£48) to his parents and 912 Kr (£50) to his siblings. A claim for damages of 954 Kr (£50) was paid on 5 January 1915.
His parents remained in Sweden and his father died in 1931 and his mother in 1939.
On his parents gravestone in Örjsö Rydsgård is also his name and that he died on Titanic.
hes my great great great great cousin
He is my Grandfathers brother, my mothers uncle.
The only gravestone in Sweden with the name Titanic on it.
i had this gentleman as my boarding pass for the Titanic experience in Orlando. Good to read about his background and about this life.