The Family of Joseph Gent of Liverpool


An Account Writen by Frank Turner Gent, 1902

The coat of arms on the bookplate in this book is from the copper plate belonging to Randle Gent of Liverpool in 1808, the son of Joseph Gent, my grandfather's brother. We had one print of it among my aunt Mary Gent's papers, but did not know who the Randle was. My brother then found the will of Joseph Gent of Liverpool among his papers, in which Randle was mentioned. I then advertised for the descendants of this Joseph Gent and had a letter to say his last granddaughter was still alive in Liverpool and would be glad to see me. I went over in November, 1902 and saw the only relative I have ever known of my father excepting his sister. She was over seventy and had been an invalid with rheumatism many years, and two days before I went had fallen off her chair and injured herself dreadfully, breaking her ankle and her hip, yet she wished to see me and showed great and noble patience and fortitude in her suffering. I did not stay many minutes with her in the bedroom as she would be unfit to talk in her pitiful state, but saw enough to tell me she was a noble and estimable lady. I saw two of her married nieces and the youngest, unmarried: Mrs Carson, Mrs Lockett and Miss Colbourn. They told me all they could of the family history, showed me the plate which Randle had had engraved (of this coat of arms), Randle's portrait in oil, his brother John's portrait as a child, and a diary of John's with an account of a visit he paid to Spen Green about 1830 to his uncle John's (my grandfather), mentioning my grandfather and grandmother, my father, aunt Mary, uncle Brian and great uncle James and his daughters Catherine and Ann Gent (who married Mr Hodkinson and Mr Broadhurst).

Miss Molyneux died a month after, so I only saw her once and then too late under such painful circumstances to ask her for any of the family information she could have given me, had I known her earlier. She was a spinster, the daughter of Joseph Gent's eldest daughter, all his sons having died unmarried, and buried at St Ann's church, Cazneau Street (now removed), and only one of his daughters left issue, three girls, herself and Jane dying single and Mary Ann being the mother of four daughters, three of whom I saw.




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