Mrs Clara Jennings Hays (née Gregg)
Mrs Charles Melville Hays (Clara Jennings Gregg), 52, was born in St. Louis, Mo. on 13th October, 1859.
She boarded the Titanic at Southampton with her husband Mr Charles Melville Hays and her maid Anne Perreault. They were joined on board by their daughter Orian Davidson and her husband Thornton. The family were returning to their home in Montreal, PQ. Travelling in first class, Mr and Mrs Hays occupied cabin B-69.
Mr Hays died in the sinking but Clara was rescued in Lifeboat 3.
The Hays' were travelling as guests of the White Star's managing director, Bruce Ismay. When she was asked to sue the White Star Line for damages, she imperiously replied, "When one is a guest, one does not sue one's host."
After the disaster Clara Gregg Hays spent more time at her summer home in Cushing Island Maine, than she did in Montreal.
She died in Montreal 1 February 1955 and was buried next to her husband Charles Melville Hays at Mount Royal Cemetery, Montreal.
Articles and Stories
References and Sources
Montreal Gazette, February 3, 1955, Obituary
CreditsDerek Boles, USA
Phillip Gowan, Canada
Alan Hustak, Canada
Diane Lapierre, Canada
Hugo Normandeau, Canada
Link and cite this page
(2013) Clara Jennings Hays Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #155, accessed 5th December 2013 04:06:08 AM) URL : http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-survivor/clara-jennings-hays.html
Titanic Passenger and Crew Summary
Name: Mrs Clara Jennings Hays (née Gregg)
Born: Thursday 13th October 1859
Age: 52 years (Female)
Married to: Charles Melville
Last Residence: in Montreal Québec Canada
1st Class Passengers
First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 12749 , £93 10s
Cabin No.: B69
Rescued (boat 3)
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Died: Tuesday 1st February 1955