Mary Lucy Segrave (née Harwood)

Mrs Segrave appears on two photos in the family albums. She was an American born in Baltimore, Maryland in about 1865 and married Charles William Segrave on 27 Apr 1893.

Mrs Segrave and 'Sir Henry', America, 1896

Mrs Segrave and ‘Sir Henry’, America, 1896

Charles William Segrave, a member of a Catholic Anglo-Irish Landowning family, was the grandson of Henry Evans’ Aunt, Emma Elwell Dehane. Emma Dehane, sister of Mary Shaw-Hellier, was married to the Wolverhampton Surgeon Edward Dehane and it is her daughter Mary Elizabeth Dehane who married Henry Segrave  and who are the parents-in-law of Mary Lucy Harwood.

Mary Lucy Segrave is seen visiting Henry Evans and family, at The Lawn, Hagley in about 1897. The picture of Mrs Segrave with her son, Henry born in 1896 must be of a very similar date. Sadly Mary died the following year in 1898.

Henry O’Neal Dehane Segrave, the little boy grew up mainly in Ireland and after serving in the First World War, latterly in the Royal Air Force, became a  Speed Record Pioneer. He famously died in a crash on Lake Windermere in 1930, aged 34.

Mrs Segrave with Henry Evans family, The Lawn, Hagley, c. 1897

Mrs Segrave with Henry Evans family, The Lawn, Hagley, c. 1897

Sources and Notes

  • The 1871 census shows the Henry Segrave, father-in-law to Mary, is living in Tettenhall Road just up the road from Henry Evans and his mother Mary (nee Shaw-Hellier). This Henry Segrave was Chief Constable of Wolverhampton. As such he would also have been very familiar with the circle of the Wolverhampton Volunteers.
  • Queen Victoria’s visit to Wolverhampton in 1866 shows such coordination between Volunteers and Constabulary
  • Royal College of Surgeons’ Obituary of Edward Francis Dehane (FRCS)
    • The second son of the Rev John Dehane, MA, Vicar of Beckbury, Shropshire, and of Kildwick, Yorkshire, and of a daughter of John Wright, of Bolton Hall, Yorkshire, a descendant of Sir Nathan Wright, Lord Keeper under Queen Anne. He was a fellow-apprentice with Dr Bell Fletcher at Shifnall, and was educated at Middlesex Hospital, where his brother, John Dehane, had been House Physician. He settled in practice at Wolverhampton, and was appointed Surgeon to the Dispensary, which was enlarged into the South Staffordshire General Hospital, of which he acted as Surgeon for many years. For the purpose of advocating sanitary improvement he became a member of the Town Council; his exertions, opposed at first, were adopted later. He became a Certifying Surgeon under the Factory Extension Act, which he warmly supported, was a member of the Committee of Certifying Surgeons, was one of the Medical Officers of the Great Western Provident Society, and Surgeon to the Poor Law Union. He lived and practised in Queen Street, Wolverhampton, where he died suddenly from heart disease on September 8th, 1869.
Last updated on 16 January 2021 by JJ Morgan