Justina Maria <I>Johansdotter</I> Wedin

Justina Maria Johansdotter Wedin

Borgvattnet, Ragunda kommun, Jämtlands län, Sweden
Death 28 Jun 1904 (aged 37)
At Sea
Burial Body lost at sea, Specifically: Of the coast of Rockall, near Scotland
Memorial ID 71962231 · View Source
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Justina Wedin was traveling in steerage with her nine children aboard the SS Norge.
She was married to Marten Wedin, who had immigrated to Uppsala, Minnesota to make a home for his family. Following a running competition between shipping companies, the price of steerage travel aboard Danish ships was decreased significantly. Marten bought and sent tickets for his family to join him.
Justina was known for being a very happy woman, who would often be found singing while doing chores with her children.

The family were able to make it to the top deck in time for the last lifeboat to be launched. Her 4-year-old son, Thure, was picked up and tossed in to the lifeboat before she realized it. Gracious that at least one of her children was saved, she tried to find something for the others.
Her eldest son, 19-year-old Martin, Jr., feared for young Thure being alone, and jumped in to the sea. He swam out to the lifeboat and was taken on board.
Only Martin, Jr and Thure were saved. None of the Wedin's bodies were ever recovered.
Many years after the disaster, family descendants living in Borgvattnet, Sweden, erected a large memorial for Justina and her children, which stills stands today.

Her husband Marten later married again,


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  • Created by: GenealogyBuff
  • Added: 25 Jun 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 71962231
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Justina Maria Johansdotter Wedin (10 Jan 1867–28 Jun 1904), Find a Grave Memorial no. 71962231, ; Maintained by GenealogyBuff (contributor 47362226) Body lost at sea, who reports a Of the coast of Rockall, near Scotland.