Mrs Clara Jennings Hays

Clara Jennings Hays

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.




Mr. and Mrs. Harder with Mrs hays
Clara Hays as a young woman
St Louis Post-Dispatch  (1912) 

Articles and Stories

The Montreal Gazette (1955) 
Worcester Evening Gazette (1912) 
Newark Evening News (1912) 
Chicago Examiner (1912) 

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References and Sources

 Montreal Gazette, February 3, 1955, Obituary
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(2019) Clara Jennings Hays Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #155, updated 21st November 2019 12:58:38 PM)