Mrs Ada Maria Clarke

Ada Maria Clark

Mrs Charles Valentine Clarke was born as Ada Maria Winfield in Netley near Southampton, Hampshire, England on 14 December 1883.

She was the daughter of Menel 1 John Winfield (1852-1932) and Maria Gallon (1855-1943) who had married in 1878 in Hampshire. Her father, a general labourer was a native of Great Ponton, Lincolnshire whilst her mother was from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland. The couple had five daughters: Mary Ann (b. 1879), Margaret Elizabeth (b. 1881), Ada Maria (b. 1884), Martha (b. 1885) and May (b. 1888).

The family appears on the 1891 census living at 13 Victoria Road, Netley, moving to 5 Arthur Terrace by the time of the 1901 census. Ada wasn't present with her family and was listed elsewhere as a servant (kitchen maid) at Rownhams House in Rownhams, Hampshire in the employ of a wealthy family.

She was married on 29 June 1908 to Charles Valentine Clarke (b. 1883), a dairyman and native of Cosham, Hampshire. The couple would have no children and appeared on the 1911 census living at Sea View on Solent Road, Drayton, Hampshire.

Ada and her husband boarded the Titanic at Southampton on 10 April 1912 as second class passengers (ticket number 2003 which cost £26) and their last address was Colaba, Grange Lane, Netley, the home of her parents. They were destined for San Francisco, California. She had a sister living at 142 Ox Point, Richmond, California.

Ada survived the sinking, escaping in lifeboat 14. Her husband died in the sinking.

Ada elected not to continue to San Francisco and returned to Britain on board the Celtic on 25 April 1912. She never remarried and remained close to her parents, later living with them at Mayarda on Archery Road, Woolston, Southampton. She died there on 8 February 1953 aged 69 and is buried in Holy Trinity churchyard, Weston Lane, Southampton.



Invitation to the wedding of Ada Maria Winfield and Charles Valentine Clarke

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  1. Spelling varies: Birth registration as Menhill John and on baptismal record and death record as Menuel John. He listed himself as Menel/Menal John on census records.

References and Sources

United States Senate (62nd Congress), Subcommittee Hearings of the Committee on Commerce, Titanic Disaster, Washington 1912.
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
List or Manifest of Alien Passengers for the United States Immigration Officer At Port Of Arrival (Date: 18th-19th June 1912, Ship: Carpathia) - National Archives, NWCTB 85 T715 Vol 4183
1939 Register

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(2018) Ada Maria Clarke Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #378, updated 6th June 2018 12:42:23 PM)

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