Mrs Clara Merrick

Carpathia First Cabin Passenger

Mrs Clara Merrick, née Ickes, was born in Massillon, Ohio, USA on 13 March 1855. She was the daughter of Isaiah Ickes, a music teacher and the former Emaline Wurtzbaugher, both natives of Ohio. 

Clara grew up in Stark, Ohio and was married there in September 1875 to Pennsylvania-born manufacturer Frederick Silas Merrick (b. 30 June 1853), with the couple settling in New Brighton, Pennsylvania and welcoming three children: Frederick, Silas and Marguerite. By 1910 the family lived at 1435 Third Avenue in New Brighton and Mrs Merrick was heavily involved in the community and was a well-known lover of opera. 

Mrs Merrick and her son Frederick (often mistaken as being her husband), an architect, boarded the Carpathia as first cabin passengers and were travelling to Europe for a protracted stay of up to two years. The Pittsburgh Press (17 April 1912) states that Mrs Merrick and her son were accompanied by Mr Merrick, but there is no evidence he was aboard. 

The two-year stay in Europe was not to be and Mrs Merrick and her son returned to the USA aboard the Amerika in July 1912. 

Widowed in November 1916, Clara remained in New Brighton with her daughter and her mother (who died in 1925). Clara Merrick died on 18 October 1928 and was buried in New Brighton’s Grove Cemetery with her late husband. 

Research Articles

Günter Bäbler Titanica! (2019) Carpathia Passenger List

Newspaper Articles

Pittsburgh Press (17 April 1912)
New York Times (19 April 1912) RMS Carpathia: First Class Passenger List including place of living or booking

Documents and Certificates

RMS Carpathia: First Class Passenger List printed on board
Search archive online


Gavin Bell, UK
Günter Bäbler, Switzerland

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2021) Clara Merrick (ref: #2309, last updated: 8th June 2021, accessed 11th June 2021 15:38:53 PM)

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