George Gent

George Gent (1814-1872) was the 4th son of Jonathan Gent (1785-1851)

George was baptised 29 March 1816 at St Laurence Church in Chorley.  He was married 3 times to Elizabeth Shaw (1840 Southport), Sarah Ann Hilton (1846 Manchester) & Mary Elizabeth Winder (1867) Preston.

Children of George Gent
Name Place(s) of Residence Life Dates Married
Joseph Shaw Gent Manchester 1841-1880 Annie Lumsden at Irvine Ayr Scotland
Lucy Winder Gent Manchester & Paris (France) & Troutbeck (Westmoreland) 1868-1904 (not married)

HN Gent 50_gy  Chart: George Gent & Family

In the 1841 census George was a mechanic and living in Grey Street, Manchester with Elizabeth, his wife, his 2 week old son, Joseph Shaw Gent, and his brother, Jonathan. (Both Joseph Shaw Gent and Jonathan Gent would later commit suicide).

Elizabeth Shaw (possibly christened 5 Nov 1819 at St Johns, Preston) married George Gent on 31 July 1840 in Christ Church, Southport aged 21.  Within 12 months she had died from complications after childbirth.  Her father Joseph was an innkeeper (possibly in Bury) and her mother we think was called Ann.

When George died in 1872 in Prestwich, Manchester he had helped to create and run a engineering, machinist & toolmakers business –  Kendall & Gent – and left £14,000 in his will, an unprecedented large amount in the Gent family.

The extract below gives notice of the end of the partnership between William Kendall and George Gent when George died in 1872.

NOTICE is hereby given, that the Partnership lately subsisting between me the undersigned, William Kendall and George Gent, carrying on business at the Victoria Works in Salford, in the county of Lancaster, as Machinists, under the style and firm of Kendall and Gent was, on the 18th day of May last, dissolved, by the death of the said George Gent.As witness my hand this 27th day of February, 1873.Mary Elizabeth Gent
Joseph Shaw Gent,
Executrix and Executor of the said George Gent.
William Kendall.
The London Gazette, Apr 18, 1873 (p2024)

George Gent died on 18 May 1872 at Sedgeley Terrace, Prestwich, Manchester and was buried 23 May 1872 in the church of St Paul, Kersal Moor, Prestwich.

His probate was granted on 5 July 1872 to his wife Mary Elizabeth Gent and his son Joseph Shaw Gent.

His son, Joseph Shaw Gent, by his first marriage to Elizabeth Shaw, and his daughter, Lucy Winder Gent, by his third marriage to Mary Elizabeth Winder, each inherited £7000 (£430,000 in today’s money)

Joseph Shaw Gent…

Jonathan Gent…

Kendall & Gent…