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Clara Jennings Hays (Gregg)

Birthdate: (95)
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Death: February 1, 1955 (95)
Montreal, Montreal, Québec, Canada
Place of Burial: Mount Royal Cemetery, Montreal
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Henry Gregg and Orian Lakey
Wife of Charles Melville Hays
Mother of Marjorie Hays; Louise Hays; Clara Gregg Hays; Agnes Hays and Orian Scott Davidson
Sister of Norris Bradford Gregg; William H. Gregg; Julia Frances Dyer and Orie L. Gregg

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About Clara Jennings Hays

  • Name: Mrs Clara Jennings Hays (née Gregg)
  • Born: Thursday 13th October 1859
  • Age: 52 years
  • Married to Charles Melville Hays.
  • Last Residence: in Montreal Québéc Canada
  • 1st Class passenger
  • First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
  • Ticket No. 12749 , £93 10s
  • Cabin No.: B69
  • Rescued (boat 3)
  • Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
  • Died: Tuesday 1st February 1955

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.

Travelling Companions (on same ticket)

  • Mr Charles Melville Hays
  • Mr Vivian Ponsonby Payne
  • Miss Mary Anne Perreault

References and Sources

  • Montreal Gazette, February 3, 1955, Obituary


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  • Updated from FamilySearch Family Tree by SmartCopy: Jun 2 2015, 2:33:59 UTC
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Clara Jennings Hays's Timeline

October 13, 1859
Missouri, United States
August 14, 1882
Age 22
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
November 18, 1884
Age 25
Illinois, United States
Age 25
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
July 1887
Age 27
Missouri, United States
Age 29
February 1, 1955
Age 95
Montreal, Montreal, Québec, Canada
Mount Royal Cemetery, Montreal