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George Dennick Wick

George Dennick Wick
George Dennick Wick

Colonel George Dennick Wick was born in Youngstown, Ohio on 24 June 1854.

He was the son of Paul Wick (1824-1890), a banker, and Susan Abigail Bull (1826-1882). His father was a native Ohioan whilst his mother was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut and they had married in September 1845. He had five known siblings: Myron Converse (1848-1910), Alice (b. 1850, later Powers), Harriet (1862-1949, later Ford), Frederick Henry (1865-1921), Mary (1870-1949, later Pollock).

He appears on both the 1860 and 1870 census records living with his family in Youngstown. He was educated in various public schools in Youngstown after which he went to Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts and graduated in 1876. His first business venture was in Chicago with Wick, Bonnell & Co rolling mills and he worked with John Meek Bonnell, an in-law and the father of Caroline Bonnell. He later moved to Cleveland, Ohio where he became engaged in the sale of iron commodities.

He was married to a prominent Cleveland socialite Mary Caroline Chamberlain (b. 19 February 1861) in her home city on 1 October 1879. He and his wife appeared on the 1880 census living in Cleveland, Ohio and he was described as an iron merchant. Successful and influential in his industry, he was credited with the organisation of iron and steel companies and for the creation of several mills. In 1882 he had returned to Youngstown and became associated with, among others, the Trumbull Iron Company of which he became president. By 1897 he was president of the Mahoning Valley Iron Company. Following a stretch of ill health George retired temporarily in 1902 but later resumed his work in the iron business. He acquired the title of Colonel in 1896 when he was appointed as aide de camp to Governor Asa Bushnell. This also made him a staff officer of the state national guard.

George and his wife Mary had only one child, Mary Natalie (b. 1880). His wife died on 2 March 1893. He was remarried on 10 June 1896 to Mary Peebles Hitchcock, also of Youngstown, and they had a son, George Dennick Jr, on 19 March 1897.

George's health had been frail for several years and it was decided that a vacation to Europe might benefit his wellbeing and prevent him having to retire. Along with his wife and daughter, a cousin's daughter Caroline Bonnell would accompany them and they departed Youngstown in February 1912, leaving behind their son who was at school in Wallingford, Connecticut. They spent time in Naples, Venice, Paris and lastly London. In France they met Washington Roebling and Stephen Weart Blackwell who would also be aboard the Titanic on the voyage home. The family boarded the Titanic at Southampton as first class passengers (joint ticket number 36928 which cost £164, 17s, 4d). Also joining them at Southampton was an English in-law, Elizabeth Bonnell.

Mr and Mrs Wick were in their cabin at the time of the collision. Natalie Wick and Caroline Bonnell came to the cabin to tell them that a crew member had advised them to put their life jackets on. Mr Wick did not believe that anything could be wrong; "Why, that's nonsense, girls," he said, "This boat is all right. She's going along finely. She just got a glancing blow, I guess." The young women left and soon the Wicks were told to go to A deck. They went up and the two young women found them. After Caroline Bonnell brought her aunt Elizabeth Bonnell up, the group went up to the Boat Deck.

The Wick and Bonnell ladies got into lifeboat 8. George Wick was last seen waving at them from the railing. He died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

A memorial service was held in his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio on 24 April 1912. A family member travelled to Halifax, hoping to identify his body but it was never recovered. Up to the time of his death he had been a director of the Dollar Savings & Trust Co, the First National Bank,  The Youngstown Sheet & Tube Company, the Federal Building Company, and the Paul Wick Estate. Socially he was a member of the Youngstown Club and the Youngstown Country Club. Fraternally he was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity of Williams college.

Stones for George D. Wick and his wife Mary are located in Lot 748, Oak Hill Cemetery, Youngstown, Ohio. There is also a stone for his first wife, Mary Chamberlain Wick.

His son George was later married to Ruth Kuhn (1899-1974), a Tennessee native, and had three children: Marie Antoinette (b. 1919), George Dennick (b. 1922) and David Kuhn (b. 1927). He lived in various places, including Ohio and Connecticut and he eventually died in Columbus, North Carolina on 13 March 1975.

Wick Grave Grave
(Courtesy: Phillip Gowan USA)

References and Sources

Biographical History of North-eastern Ohio (1893) Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago

Newspaper Articles

New York Times (16 April 1912) Wealthy Youngstown Folk Aboard
Daily Northwestern (17 April 1912) A SAD FAREWELL
Mrs. Wick's recollections
Cleveland Plain Dealer (17 April 1912) FOUR ON BIG LINER CLEVELAND BOUND
Cleveland Plain Dealer (18 April 1912) SIXTEEN OHIOANS ARE STILL MISSING
Cleveland Plain Dealer (20 April 1912) JOY AND SADNESS COME WITH NEWS
Cleveland Plain Dealer (20 April 1912) REMAINS IN HOPE HUSBAND IS SAVED

Documents and Certificates

(1912) Contract Ticket List, White Star Line (Southampton, Queenstown), National Archives, London; BT27/776,780


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  1. Mike Poirier

    Did Mary Hitchcock Wick ever leave behind an account that talks about the Titanic or her cabin #? Thanks Mike

  2. Michael Findlay

    Hi Mike, To the best of my knowledge, Mary Wick's accounts of the sinking, of which there were very, very few, do not contain any reference to her cabin number. Much of what we even know about the Wick's experiences aboard the Titanic comes from Caroline Bonnell. We know that Mr. and Mrs. Wick occupied a room on C-deck, and were very close to the cabin of Caroline Bonnell and Miss Mary Wick. Some researchers have ventured a guess as to the possible location but the evidence is too scare, in my opinion, to say for sure. I hope you're doing well. Mike

  3. Mike Poirier

    Hi Mike: Thanks for the note. So I'm guessing the mention of Mary Natalie Wick watching the third class play with ice came from Caroline.. Hope all is well on your end. Mike

  4. Charles Provost

    That was a good question, Mike. I have always wondered what was Mr. and Mrs. Wick cabin number, too. We will probably never know, although it is very possible they were not far from the Misses Wick and Bonnell, as Michael told you.Side note to you, Michael (Findlay): Did you get my message? Nothing really important in it, so feel free to response to it when you have time. Just checking... My best regards to you, guys. Charles

  5. Robina Mont

    Robina Mont

    Hi i'm looking for any info about Miss Natalie Wick. Can anyone know what became with her after Titanic? Thank you Ruby

  6. Delia Mahoney

    Hello Ruby, Natalie Wick married Lt. Col. Thomas St. Aubyn Nevinson in 1916. They had two daughters. She died in 1944 in England. All the best, Delia

  7. Martin Williams

    Although many of the American first-class passengers came from the eastern States, there were others aboard who hailed from slightly further afield. Among them were Colonel George Dennick Wick, his second wife Mary (or 'Mollie'), and his daughter by his first marriage, Natalie. They had been on holiday in England and were returning home with two of their relations, Lily and Caroline Bonnell. George Wick was a very prominent industrialist in Youngstown, Ohio, and he rates his own illustrated entry on Wikipedia: ... Read full post

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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Col. George Dennick Wick
Age: 57 years 9 months and 21 days (Male)
Nationality: American
Marital Status: Married to Mary Peebles Hitchcock
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 36928, £164 17s 4d
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Recovered

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