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William Henry Severn 1879 - 1951

William Henry Severn born 1 August 1879 in Darfield, Yorks. He was an underground coalminer. He married Eva Smith. She was born in Stainforth. Family tradition says she was the daughter of a boat-builder and sister of "Iron Hague" a well-known Mexborough boxer. That has yet to be proven.  Children:

  • Ralph Severn 1903

  • Doris Severn

  • Charles Severn


The 1911 census tells us that they were married 1901. Ralph and Eva had only three children - quite unusual for those days, unless Eva died young. I know of Charles Severn who married and had kids but we have no information and Doris who may have had a child named Joseph. In the 1911 census the family was living at 40 Church St, Mexborough. Also living them were Arthur and Lily Day. Lily Day was Eva’s sister.

In the 1901 census he was living with his brother-in-law John Dean at the Ship Inn in Church Street, Mexborough.

William Henry SEVERN died in 1951.

 Ralph Severn born 1903 Thorne. Ralph was a miner and married Lily STEVENS (born 1907). They lived in Church Street.


Ralph and Lily had the following children:

-   Elsie Severn married Albert Darlington who worked for British Rail. Their children are:

-   Pamela Darlington born 1949 and believed to be living in London

-   Neil Darlington born 1952 and also believed to be in London - a lecturer.

      -   Faye Darlington

Ralph and Lily also had a son:

1.  Ralph Derrick SEVERN married Edith Wain (born 10 November 1930 in Conanby).

Edith started work in a butcher's shop at the age of 14. She met Derrick on the banks of the canal at the Ferry Boat Inn. They were married on 9 June 1951 and three months later, Derrick was in the Army on National Service from 1951-53. He was in the Medical Corps. On his discharge he finished his bricklaying apprenticeship. Later Derrick and Edith ran a shop at 43 Adwick Road.

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