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Orian Davidson

Orian Davidson
Orian Davidson

Mrs Thornton Davidson (Orian Hays), 27, was born 18 November 1884 the daughter of Charles Melville Hays and Clara Jennings Gregg, She and her husband, Thorton Davidson were returning to their home in Montreal after a holiday in Paris. Mr and Mrs Davidson occupied cabin B-71. Mr and Mrs Hays occupied cabin B-69.

Orian and Clara were rescued in lifeboat 3 but both their husbands were lost.

Clara later remarried to Robert Newmarch Hickson. After her death on 3 May 1979, she was buried next to her parents and first husband at Mount Royal Cemetery, Montreal.

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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mrs Orian Davidson (née Hays)
Age: 27 years 4 months and 27 days (Female)
Nationality: Canadian
Marital Status: Married to Thornton Davidson
Last Residence: in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Embarked: Cherbourg on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 12750, £52
Cabin No. B71
Rescued (boat 3)  
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Died: Thursday 3rd May 1979 aged 94 years
Buried: Mount Royal Cemetery, Montréal, Québéc, Canada

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References and Sources

Montreal Gazette, May 1979, Obituary

Newspaper Articles

Montreal Gazette HICKSON
The Globe (15 April 1912) List of Rescued Includes Mr. Hays
White Star People Say the Hays Party is Safe.
The Globe (16 April 1912) Many Canadians on Fated Steamer
St Louis Post Dispatch (16 April 1912) Orian Davidson
Newark Evening News (19 April 1912) JERSEY DEATH ROLL DETAILS
Chicago Examiner (19 April 1912) WIDOW AND DAUGHTERS OF HAYS SPEED HOME
Worcester Evening Gazette (20 April 1912) Pres. Hays Widow Leaves For Home

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  1. ian Hough

    ian Hough said:

    In the bio for Mrs Thornton Davidson (Orian Hays) it states Clara later remarried to Robert Newmarch Hickson. Yet on the gravestone below it gives Robert Newmarch Hickson as beloved husband of Orian. Is this a typo Phil, or am I missing something? Houghie

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  2. Ben Holme

    Ben Holme said:

    Hi Ian, The gravestone provides the correct information. Orian Hays Davidson later remarried to Robert Hickson following the death of her first husband, Thornton, on the Titanic. Her mother, Mrs. Charles (Clara) Hays, never remarried. Regards, Ben

  3. ian Hough

    ian Hough said:

    Cheers Ben It's as I thought (a typo) - but just wanted confirmation as its been one of those days when everything I have wanted to do has just gone from bad to worse. Houghie

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  4. Arun Vajpey

    Arun Vajpey said:

    I have read in On A Sea Of Glass that Orian Davidson wrote a private and unpublished letter in which she claimed that Robert Williams Daniel was among the other survivors in Lifeboat #3 in which she was rescued herself. He reportedly helped with the rowing. The book quotes Peter Engberg-Klarstrom as the source of that information but there are no details about who that letter was addressed to or how Mr Engberg-Klarstrom accessed that information. If a copy of that letter is available on the web, I would very much like to see it. I find that very interesting because AFAIK, Orian Davidson is... Read full post

  5. Peter Engberg-Klarström

    Peter Engberg-Klarström said:

    I have read in On A Sea Of Glass that Orian Davidson wrote a private and unpublished letter in which she claimed that Robert Williams Daniel was among the other survivors in Lifeboat #3 in which she was rescued herself. He reportedly helped with the rowing. The book quotes Peter Engberg-Klarstrom as the source of that information but there are no details about who that letter was addressed to or how Mr Engberg-Klarstrom accessed that information. If a copy of that letter is available on the web, I would very much like to see it. I find... Read full post

  6. Tad G. Fitch

    Tad G. Fitch said:

    Hello Arun. Alleged text from the letter in question was shared with several individuals back in the late 90s or early 00s. Peter was kind enough to share that information that was passed along to him as part of a discussion about the validity of Daniels' claims to have been rescued from the water. However, it should be clarified that nobody has seen the actual alleged letter that the text was said to be from, just some of the text, and even though nobody knew it at the time, the letter has subsequently been revealed to be a possible fake. Please understand that Peter is not the original... Read full post

  7. Arun Vajpey

    Arun Vajpey said:

    Thank you Mr Engberg-Klarstrom and Mr Fitch. Please let me clarify that in my post #4 above I was merely looking for additional information - if available - from you two respected Titanic historians. I assumed that during your exhaustive researches, you might have come across bits of information that are not published elsewhere - this letter being one of them. However, from what you have said, I accept that the letter might be a fake and in the best interests of all concerned, you don't want to discuss it further. Fine, we'll leave it there. But it still leaves Robert... Read full post

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