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Hedwig Turkula (Holma)

Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: Jalasjärvi, Finland
Death: April 3, 1922 (73)
Little Swan, Minnesota, United States (Influenza)
Place of Burial: Minnesota, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Salomon Jonasson Erkkilä and Anna Brita Samuelsdotter Kivikko
Wife of Isaac Johansson Turkula
Mother of John Turkula; Hilma Elina Mattson; Susanna Josefina Turkula; Anna Matilda Turkula; Fia Hedvig Serafina Gustafsson and 4 others
Sister of Samuel Salomoninpoika Erkkilä

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About Hedwig Turkula

Mrs Hedwig Turkula (née Holma)

  • Born: Tuesday 6th June 1848
  • Age: 63 years
  • Last Residence: in Jalasjärvi Finland
  • 3rd Class passenger
  • First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
  • Ticket No. 4134 , £9 11s 9d
  • Destination: Hibbing Minnesota United States
  • Rescued (boat 15)
  • Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
  • Died: Monday 3rd April 1922
  • Cause of Death: Influenza
  • Buried: Little Swan Minnesota United States

Mrs Hedvig Turkula, 63, ws born on 6th June 1848 in Jalasjärvi, Finland. She boarded the Titanic at Southampton. She was travelling to Hibbing Minnesota. Most of her family (she had four sons, two daughters and some thirty grandchildren on different farms in Minnesota) had preceded her to America, and, as a widow, she had decided it was time to go to them to live out her life. Her husband, Isaac Kujala Turkula, had died some ten years before.

She started her journey from Vaasa Laani, Finland, eventually arriving at Southampton where she boarded the Titanic as a third class passenger .

She was asleep when the ship struck the iceberg and was helped to the deck and into a lifeboat (15) by another Finn, Eino Lindqvist. Also helping her into the lifeboat was "a minor officer" who appeared to be intoxicated.

On arrival to New York she was sent to St. Vincent Hospital. Later, she told the Finnish-American Newspaper in New York how she couldn't understand that "She, an old woman, was saved, while so many young women had gone down with the ship." She added that she had no bad effects from her experience other than a slight cold. Mrs Turkula would live only 10 more years after Titanic. She died on 3rd April 1922, in Little Swan, Minnesota.

References and Sources Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988, 1996, 1999) Titanic. Prisma, Stockholm. ISBN 91 518 3644 0

Credits Phillip Gowan, USA Juho Peltonen, Finland Leif Snellman, Finland Claes-Göran Wetterholm, Sweden Kalman Tanito


From Anja

Hedwigs birth in Jalasjärvi parish register 1841-1854 born children by SSHY:

Hedwig was born on 5.6.1848 in jalasjärvi. Her parents were Salomon Jonasson Kivikko and his wife Anna Brita Samuelsdotter.

The marriage of Hedwig and Isak Kujala in Jalasjärvi parish register:

Isak and Hedwig were married on 14.11.1871 at Jalasjärvi, in the home at Jokipii.

"14.11.1871 Isak Johaness. drg. & ungkarl samt Hedwig Salomonsdr., tjänstepiga, begge tjänsten a Jokipii hemman, hemma, af G.Jernberg"

14.11.1871 were married Isak Johannes' son, Farm worker and single with Hedwig Salomon's daughter, single maid, both on duty at Jokipii. The wedding was at home by priest G.Jernberg.

Their residence in Jalasjärvi was Turkula hut by Jalasjärvi parish register:

Isak Johansson Kujala and his wife Hedwig Salomonsdotter were living with their family as cottagers in Turkula untill the death of Isaac 1902.

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Hedwig Turkula's Timeline

June 6, 1848
Jalasjärvi, Finland
October 27, 1871
Age 23
September 24, 1873
Age 25
August 26, 1876
Age 28
April 7, 1879
Age 30
April 7, 1881
Age 32
September 3, 1883
Age 35
May 19, 1886
Age 37
January 6, 1889
Age 40