top of page

William Henry Severn 1879 - 1951

William Henry Severn born 1 August 1879 in Darfield, Yorks. He was an underground coalminer. He married Eva Smith in 1901. 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.  In the 1901 census he was living with his brother-in-law John T Dean at the Ship Inn in Church Street, Mexborough

 Ralph and Eva had only three children - quite unusual for those days, unless Eva died young.

  • Charles Severn 1902-1982

  • Doris Severn 1905-

  • Ralph Severn born 1903-1979. 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 Derek Severn 1930-1966 - see below...

Ralph Severn pg 21.jpg

Ralph Derrick Severn b 10 Nov 1930 in Mexboro, He married Edith Wain (born 25 November 1931 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.


Derrick and Edith had two children:

  • Joy Severn born 23 June 1952. Joy left school and worked in a sewing factory. She met Robert Carman on a blind date and they were married on 11 September 1971. Joy and Robert have two children:

    • Nicola Carman b 1 August 1974

    • Louise Carman b 17 March 1976


  • Karen Severn born 29 December 1958, also worked in a sewing factory after leaving school, before joining the staff of GEC's electrical manufacturing plant. When her sister took over the running of a general grocers shop up Adwick Road, Joy and Karen opened a wool shop and ran it for 14 years (with 11 other competitors in the area!! There's only one wool shop now!). Karen married David Cummings on 18 March 1978. David works for Case International as a driver. They have three children:

    • Lisa Cummings

    • Stephen Cummings

    • Anneka Cummings

Derrick Severn pg 21.jpg

Above:  Ralph Severn; donated by Edith Severn

Below; Ralph Derek Severn; donated by Edith Severn

bottom of page