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Jakob Alfred Johanson Bonäs

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Bonäs, Nykarleby, Finland
Death: Died in North Atlantic Ocean
Cause of death: Died in the sinking. Body recovered
Place of Burial: Nova Scotia, Canada
Immediate Family:

Son of Johan Jakob Jakobsson Bonäs and Sanna Lisa Bonäs
Husband of Anna Lovisa Nordström
Brother of Ida Sofia Blomqvist and Anders August* Johansson Bonäs

Occupation: General Labourer
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About Jakob Alfred Johanson Bonäs

http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-victim/jakob-alfred-johanson.html

  • Name: Mr Jakob Alfred Johanson
  • Born: Monday 11th June 1877
  • Age: 34 years
  • Last Residence: in Munsala Finland
  • Occupation: General Labourer
  • 3rd Class passenger
  • First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
  • Ticket No. 3101264 , £6 9s 11d
  • Destination: Vancouver British Colombia Canada
  • Died in the sinking.
  • Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 143)
  • Buried: Fairview Lawn Cemetery Halifax Nova Scotia Canada on Friday 10th May 1912.

Mr Jakob Alfred Johanson, 34, was born in Bonäs, Nykarleby, on the Finnish West coast, on June 11, 1877. In 1896 he emigrated to the USA where he workd as a woodman before going to Alaska, apparently to prospect for gold. In this endeavour he was evidently successful for he raised enough money to return to Finland and buy back his father's farm.

While in America he met his wife Anna Lovisa Andersson, they married in 1901. They had four children Johan Viktor, Linnea Susanna, Anders Alfred and Agnes Maria. In 1907 they returned to Finland and the farm at Sandås, Munsala, near Nykarleby.

However, by 1912 Jakob was not satisfied with what the farm produced so he sold it to his brother Hannes. The idea was to emigrate to California (or Olympia, Washington). Alfred traveled first and the family would follow later. He travailed via Hangö and held a diary during the trip. He should have gone to America by another ship, but was rebooked on acount of the coal strike. Hence, on April 10, 1912 he boarded the Titanic at Southampton.

During the trip he kept company with the Wiklund brothers Jakob Alfred and Karl Johan and Anna Sjöblom. Of those only Anna was saved. Johanson's body was found later recovered (#143).

NO. 143 - MALE - ESTIMATED AGE 35 - BROWN HAIR, LIGHT MOUSTACHE CLOTHING - Grey suit; grey socks; no boots.

EFFECTS - Memo book; calendar; letter [?]; gold watch and chain; two seals; gold chain; locket; key; knife; comb; fountain pen; purse; two pins; coins; $264.00 in notes.

NO MARKS ON BODY OR CLOTHING

PROBABLY THIRD CLASS - NAME - J.F.JOHANSSEN

His belongings were returned to his wife in Finland and he was buried in Fairview, Halifax April 24, 1912.

His wife later received £250 in compensation.


Jakob Alfred, f. 1877-06-11. Till Amerika 1896, började som skogsarbetare i Washington, sedan gruvarbetare i Idaho och Alaska samt år 1902 guldgrävare i Klondyke. Återvände hem 1908 och köpte samma år av kollegan B. Ulfsson ett av Bonäs hemman, som han dock sålde år 1911 åt brodern Edvard Johannes (Hannes). Han reste ensam till Amerika 1912 med Titanic, vid vars undergång han drunknade 16 april. — Gift i Olympia, Washington 2 dec. 1901 med Anna Lovisa Andersson, bonddotter från Sandås, Munsala. Änkan jämte barnen antogo sedan namnet Nordström. Hon bodde åren 1917—1937 i Nykarleby, där hon ägde gård på Nygårds mark, samt flyttade sistnämnda år till Munsala.

Jakob Alfred Johanson tillhörde gruppen ”reemigranter”, de som återvänt. Han kom ursprungligen från Bonäs i Nykarleby landskommun, efter en tid vid Nykarleby seminarium utvandrade han till Alaska. Där träffade han Anna-Lovisa Nordström från Munsala, Sandås och de gifte sig. Så småningom återvände de — via Monte Carlo och kasinot — till Bonäs, där de köpte tillbaka fädernegården. Men gården bar sig inte särskilt bra i Alfreds ögon och han ansåg det bäst att resa tillbaka till Amerika, där han hade tänkt att köpa en farm i Californien. Brodern Hannes köpte gården i Bonäs, den övriga familjen skulle komma efter och Jakob for. Som flera med honom hade han köpt biljett på ett helt annat fartyg än Titanic. På vägen till Hangö slog han följe med Anna Sjöblom och bröderna Wikström. I dagboken antecknade han:

”Mars 28 afreste från Nykarleby 29 Anlende till Hangö. Här är riktigt god accommondation (boende). Allt är rent och snyggt. Stora promenaddäck och ljusa, friska rum.”

http://www.nykarlebyvyer.nu/sidor/texter/prosa/backmanw/div/bonas.htm#t6

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Jakob Alfred Johanson Bonäs's Timeline

1877
June 11, 1877
Nykarleby, Finland
1912
April 15, 1912
Age 34
North Atlantic Ocean
May 10, 1912
Age 34
Nova Scotia, Canada