Johansson, Sven

Sven Johansson. He was born 11 October 1878 and was a native of Åhus, Kristianstad County, Sweden, and lived in Salslund, Sweden (this might have been the address of a sister, however). His parents were Johan Pettersson, a minor land owner b. 12 April 1838 at Linderöd, Klippan, Skåne, Sweden, and Hanna ”Nilla” Nilsdotter, b. 3 February 1838 at Åhus. His parents had married 28 December 1868. His father had passed away 1 March 1893. His brother Nels (Nils) was a naturalized American citizen and lived at 1307 7th Avenue, Moline, Illinois, in 1913. In 1880, he had two brothers; Per, b. 20 September 1869, and Nils, b. 23 July 1873. There were two farmhands and a maid living with the family at the time, indicating they were relatively/comparatively well off. He also had a sister, Sigrid Johansson, b. 22 March 1883. He had moved to the city of Norrköping in October 1902, and 22 May 1911 he moved to Hedvig Eleonora parish in Stockholm, Sweden, and was noted as a carpenter in the years before he emigrated to the USA. He was 5’7’’ tall, had brown hair and blue eyes. Apparently, Sven had lived in Chicago, Moline and Rockford and was a cabinet maker by trade. He had left Southampton, England, 3 April 1913, as a third class/steerage passenger on the steamship Ascania and had come to Portland, Maine, 13 April 1913. His last place of permanent residence was said to have been Stockholm, Sweden. He was bound for Moline, Illinois, where his brother Nils lived at 1307 7th Avenue, and was noted as an unmarried labourer aged 34. His closest relative in Sweden was his sister Sigrid Johansson, who lived in Lindesberg, Örebro County. In 1915, Sven Johansson lived at 523 East 42nd Street in Chicago, according to contemporary press. The Cunard Line stated he was 36 years of age, and a Swedish national. His point of origin was stated to have been Chicago. He did not survive the sinking of the Lusitania. The material presented on this page has been researched by Peter Engberg-Klarström. Copyright 2017 Peter Engberg-Klarström. Feel free to use the research, but please refer to my research if used in publications or if published or posted on other pages on the Internet

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