Mr Wilhelm Johansson Skoog was born in Forshem, Skaraborg, Sweden on 6 April 1872.
in Forshem, Skaraborgs County, Sweden, to Anders Johan, a crofter born 29 March 1844 in Fullösa, Skaraborg, and Kristina (nee Svensdotter; b. 7 October 1843 in Österplana, Skaraborg) Johansson. His parents had married 22 October 1869. He had two sisters; Anna Natalia, b. 13 March 1870 at Forshem, and Maria Lovisa, b. 7 March 1877 at Forshem, and a brother, b. 10 December 1882, also at Forshem (d. 16 April 1883).
He was married on 5 June 1898 to Anna Bernhardina Karlsson (b. 1866). The couple lived in Hällekis and later emigrated to Iron Mountain, Michigan.
In 1910, they lived The family left Iron Mountain in 1911 to settle in Sweden, but changed their minds after a few months, and were now going back to Michigan.
The family appear on the 1910 census living at 318 West Street in Iron Mountain (listed as the Skogg family) and Wilhelm is described as a miner. He worked at the Pewabic Mine as an engineer and it was whilst living and working near the mines that their eldest child Karl was involved in an accident at the railroads which left him with an amputated left leg and compromised right leg with the toes amputated from that foot, leaving him permanently on crutches.
The family decided to return to Sweden around November 1911 which they did but soon regretted the move and made plans to return to America.
Having travelled via Stockholm, Göteborg and Hull, the family boarded the Titanic at Southampton on 10 April 1912 as third class passengers (ticket number 347088 which cost £27, 18s). Travelling with them were two relatives, Elin Pettersson and Jenny Henriksson, who they had persuaded to join them.
How the family coped on the night of the sinking with four young children, one of whom who used crutches for mobility, will remain a mystery and the entire family was lost with none of their bodies being recovered.
The Mansion House Fund paid 875.52 Kr (£48) to his parents. 911 Kr (£50) damage claims were paid to his parents plus an additional payment of 350 kr paid 28 June 1917. Wilhelm's father was not satisfied with the damage claims paid by White Star and with an American lawyer had his own private lawsuit against the company and refused to pay the ministry of foreign affairs any payments for their lawyer.