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Reverend John Philip Gell, M.A., son of Reverend Philip Gell and Elizabeth Gell [Dod]
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GELL, JOHN PHILIP (1816-1898), Anglican clergyman, was born on 10 March 1816 at Matlock, Derbyshire, England, the eldest son of Rev. Philip Gell. His upbringing in the strictest Evangelical traditions of the Church of England was counteracted by his education under Thomas Arnold at Rugby, where he was a contemporary of Arthur Hugh Clough and A. P. Stanley, who described him as 'the noblest and most beloved' of Arnold's pupils. After graduating at Trinity College, Cambridge (B.A., 1839; M.A., 1840) he sailed for Van Diemen's Land, recommended by Arnold to be head of the first institution of higher education under Sir John Franklin's government. Gell's original mind, natural spirits and equable temperament made him at once a friend of the Franklins, with whom he stayed on his arrival in March 1840. He shared their interest in art and science, in 1842, becoming secretary to the Franklin-inspired Tasmanian Society.

His aim for the college was that it should draw the existing schools up to the standard of English public schools while itself growing into the 'full stature of an English college'. … With subscriptions raised in England, Christ's College was finally refounded in 1846, wholly Anglican, built with church money and on church land at Bishopsbourne. Gell was appointed warden, and by February 1847 had 3 fellows, also in orders, 3 students of divinity, 6 scholars and 54 students. Satisfied in having established the college, endowed its library and seen the foundation of two feeder public schools on Arnold's principles, the Launceston Church Grammar School and the Hutchins School in Hobart, Gell left the colony in 1848. His perseverance and enthusiasm in the cause of colonial education during his eight years service in Van Diemen's Land were acknowledged in a farewell address, by generous endowment to a Gell scholarship at Christ's College from settlers of all denominations, and by the college staff, who presented a service of communion plate.

In England in 1849 he married Eleanor Isabella, Sir John Franklin's only child by his first marriage to Eleanor Anne Porden; Gell had met her in Tasmania. He obtained a curacy at St John's, Notting Hill. In 1852 he joined the Canterbury Association and was appointed bishop-designate of its settlement in New Zealand, but the appointment lapsed when the proposed see was not created. At this time the friendship he had previously enjoyed with Lady Franklin deteriorated as his wife's claims to her rightful inheritance from her mother's Porden estate were waived when Lady Franklin undertook the expensive quest for Sir John Franklin's lost Arctic expedition. On his wife's death, however, harmony was restored, Lady Franklin sharing his interest in J. W. Colenso's teachings.

Like others of his Rugby contemporaries, Gell tended to latitudinarianism in the 1860s. Near the end of his life he held a living at Buxted, Sussex, and earned minor repute as a Hebrew scholar. He died on 12 March 1898 in London, having had three sons and four daughters.

Author:
Frances J. Woodward, Gell, John Philip (1816-1898), Australian Dictionary of Biography Online, 2006,
www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A010401b.htm

The above extract has been reproduced with the permission of the Australian Dictionary of Biography Online


Date
Type
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10th Mar 1816
Born
At Matlock in the County of Derbyshire
 
23rd Apr 1816
Christened
At Matlock in the County of Derbyshire
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Batch C05557-1
 
1849
Married
Eleanor Isabella Franklin
 
Apr to June 1850
Birth of a daughter
Elizabeth Eleanor Franklin in the Parish of Marylebone, London; registered at Marylebone District, London; ref: 1850 Q2 Vol 1 Page 226
Register of births
 
Apr to June 1851
Birth of a son
John Franklin in the Parish of Marylebone, London; registered at Marylebone District, London; ref: 1851 Q2 Vol 1 Page 241
Register of births
 
29th Apr 1852
Birth of a son
Philip Lyttelton in the Parish of Marylebone, London; registered at Marylebone District, London; ref: 1852 Q2 Vol 1a Page 366
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1855
Birth of a daughter
Mary Frances in the Parish of Marylebone, London
1881 Census
Buxted, Sussex
 
15th Oct 1856
Birth of a son
Henry Willingham, in London; registered at Kensington District, London; ref: 1856 Q4 Vol 1a Page 56
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16th Nov 1857
Birth of a daughter
Alice Honora, in London; registered at Kensington District, London; ref: 1857 Q4 Vol 1a Page 80
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29th Apr 1859
Birth of a daughter
Lucy Dorothea, in London; registered at Kensington District, London; ref: 1859 Q2 Vol 1a Page 71
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1878 to 1898
At St. Margaret's Church in the Parish of Buxted, Sussex; Occupation Rector of Buxted
 
3rd Apr 1881
Census
At Rectory House in the Parish of Buxted, Sussex; John Philip Gell, M, Head, widowed, age 65, born Derbyshire; occupation: rector of Buxted
1881 Census
Buxted, Sussex
 
5th Apr 1891
Census
At Rectory in the Parish of Buxted, Sussex; John Gell, M, Head, widowed, age 75, born Matlock, Derbyshire; occupation Rector of Buxted
1891 Census
Buxted, Sussex
 
12th Mar 1898
Died
London
Buxted The Beautiful

Ancestor's report
Descendent's report
Geal, Geale, Geall, Gell, Gellard, Gellie individual records
The ancestral pedigree of Reverend John Philip Gell, M.A.
  
 Philip Gellm: 1780Elizabeth Wright 
 b: 1748 Wirksworth, Derbyshire
d: 25th Mar 1822 Wirksworth, Derbyshire
bur: 1st Apr 1822 Wirksworth, Derbyshire
  b: c 1750
  
       
 Philip James John Robert Thomas Sherbrooke 
 b: 22nd Feb 1783 Wirksworth, Derbyshire
ch: 24th Apr 1783 Wirksworth
 b: 14th Jun 1784 Wirksworth, Derbyshire b: 7th Aug 1785 Wirksworth, Derbyshire
ch: 7th Sep 1785 Wirksworth
 b: 14th May 1788 Wirksworth, Derbyshire
ch: 28th Nov 1788 Wirksworth
 b: 14th May 1788 Wirksworth, Derbyshire
ch: 28th Nov 1788 Wirksworth
 b: 7th Jan 1791 Wirksworth, Derbyshire
ch: November 1792 Wirksworth
 
              
Grandfather record
   
   
   
 Reverend Philip Gellm: 17th Jan 1815 Matlock, DerbyshireElizabeth Dod 
 b: 22nd Feb 1783 Wirksworth, Derbyshire
ch: 24th Apr 1783 Wirksworth
  b: c 1792
  
             
John Philip  Charles Augustine  Arthur  Helena  Caroline Mary Dorothea Selena William Heber Thomas Edward 
b: 10th Mar 1816 Matlock, Derbyshire
ch: 23rd Apr 1816 Matlock
d: 12th Mar 1898 London
  b: 1818 Matlock, Derbyshire
ch: 8th Jul 1818 Matlock
  b: c 1823 Matlock, Derbyshire  b: 1826 Matlock, Derbyshire
ch: 5th Aug 1826 Matlock
  b: 1829 Matlock, Derbyshire
ch: 21st Mar 1829 Matlock
 b: 1830 St Werburgh, Derbyshire
ch: 6th Aug 1830 St Werburgh
 b: 1833 St Werburgh, Derbyshire
ch: 15th Aug 1833 St Werburgh
 b: 1833 St Werburgh, Derbyshire
ch: 15th Aug 1833 St Werburgh
 
   Elizabeth Frederick Harriett Isabella Samuel        
   b: 1817 Matlock, Derbyshire
ch: 26th Mar 1817 Matlock
 b: 24th Sep 1820 Matlock, Derbyshire
d: 25th Mar 1902 Madras, India
 b: 1824 Matlock, Derbyshire
ch: 18th Oct 1824 Matlock
 b: 1828 Matlock, Derbyshire
ch: 13th Feb 1828 Matlock
        
                 
Parental record
   
   
    
 Reverend John Philip Gell
M.A., rector of Buxted
m: 1849Eleanor Isabella Franklin 
 b: 10th Mar 1816 Matlock, Derbyshire
ch: 23rd Apr 1816 Matlock
d: 12th Mar 1898 London
  b: 3rd Jun 1824 London
ch: 3rd Aug 1824 St Mary, Marylebone, London
  
        
 Elizabeth Eleanor Franklin John Franklin Philip Lyttelton Mary Frances Henry Willingham Alice Honora Lucy Dorothea 
 b: Apr to June 1850 Marylebone, London registered at Marylebone District, London ref: 1850 Q2 Vol 1 Page 226 b: Apr to June 1851 Marylebone, London registered at Marylebone District, London ref: 1851 Q2 Vol 1 Page 241 b: 29th Apr 1852 Marylebone, London registered at Marylebone District, London ref: 1852 Q2 Vol 1a Page 366 b: 1855 Marylebone, London b: 15th Oct 1856 London registered at Kensington District, London ref: 1856 Q4 Vol 1a Page 56
ch: 7th Nov 1856 St. John The Evangelist, Notting Hill
 b: 16th Nov 1857 London registered at Kensington District, London ref: 1857 Q4 Vol 1a Page 80
ch: 11th Dec 1857 St. John The Evangelist, Notting Hill
 b: 29th Apr 1859 London registered at Kensington District, London ref: 1859 Q2 Vol 1a Page 71
ch: 22nd May 1859 St. John The Evangelist, Notting Hill
 
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