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Mary Gell Hurt
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Birth: 1720
Derbyshire Dales District
Derbyshire, England
Death: Mar. 6, 1801, England

Mary Gell was the daughter of Thomas Gell of The Gatehouse in Wirksworth and Cassandra Lowe. The Gell's were an old established Derbyshire family who originated from Hopton and they too had ventured into business and commerce from an aristocratic base. She was christened on 21 Oct 1720.

Mary married Francis Hurt Sr. (son of Charles Hurt Sr. and Catherine Rossell) on 17 Aug 1751 in Derby, England. Francis is said to have famously declared:

"'No one knows, and no one can tell,
How well I love Miss Mary Gell.'
Mary is said to have replied:
'As it may happen, and as it may fall,
I may be Lady of Alderwasley Hall.'"

They began their married life in Wirksworth, but Mary's prediction did indeed come about; she did become the Lady of the Manor of Alderwasley. Francis' other brothers probably had all died, leaving him the heir when he was in his forties. Francis and Mary had seven children:

Francis Jr.

Francis was Lord of the Manor from 1767 to 1783. So Mary was Lady of the Manor of Alderwasley during this time also.

Her husband preceded her in death. When Mary died in 1801 at age 81, her remains were placed in the family vault in Wirksworth Church.


"In the name of God, Amen I, Mary Hurt, of Wirksworth in the county of Derby, widow, do make this my last will in manner and form following -

I give to my three daughters, Catherine Holcombe, Mary Moore & Catherine Edge all I die possessed of to be equally divided amongst them and I appoint them executrixes of this my will 29 11 1785.

Proved at London 2 June 1801."


"The Hurts of Derbyshire" by Derek Wain
Ancestral File

name: Mary GELL
gender: Female
birth: 1720
Wirksworth, Derby, England
death: 6 Mar 1801
afn: 15FZ-17B
father: Thomas GELL (AFN: 15FZ-15W )
Marriages (1)
spouse: Francis HURT (AFN: 15FZ-1C5 )
marriage: 17 Aug 1751
, Derby, England
children (7)

child 1: Charles HURT (AFN: 15FZ-113 )
gender: Male
birth 5 Oct 1758
Wirksworth, Derby, England
death 30 Aug 1834

child 2: Mary HURT (AFN: 15FZ-129 )
gender: Female
birth Abt 1759/1760
Alderwasley, Derby, England
death 23 Feb 1823

child 3: Francis HURT (AFN: 15FZ-0XH )
gender: Male
birth 3 Sep 1753
Alderwasley, Castern, Derby, England
death 5 Jan 1801

child 4: Mercy HURT (AFN: 15FZ-13H )
gender: Female
birth Abt 1762/1763
Alderwasley, Derby, England

child 5: Catherine HURT (AFN: 15FZ-0ZP )
gender: Female
birth Abt 1755
Wirksworth, Derby, England
death 3 Apr 1841

child 6: Cassandra HURT (AFN: 15FZ-10V )
gender: Female
birth Abt 1757
Alderwasley, Derby, England
death 14 Nov 1776

child 7: Elizabeth HURT (AFN: 15FZ-14P )
gender: Female
birth Abt 1764/1765
Alderwasley, Derby, England
death 7 May 1803

Submitters (2)
submitter: jrprince1288346
submitter: dwchurt2672617

Source Citation
"Ancestral File v4.19," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 20 July 2012), entry for Mary GELL.
Pedigree Resource File

name: Mary Gell
gender: Female
christening: 15 JUL 1737
afn: 3B60-NBW
father: Thomas Gell (AFN: 3B60-QM4 )
Marriages (1)
spouse: Francis Hurt (AFN: 3B60-LGD )
marriage: 17 AUG 1750
children (1)

child 1: Charles Hurt (AFN: 3B58-9T4 )
gender: Male
birth 5 OCT 1758
christening 8 NOV 1758
death 30 AUG 1834

submitter: lgentry2710812
submitter: mfunit2710714
submission date: 30 Sep 1999
submission id: MM9R-PJ5
person count: 15,219

#506> England & Wales Visitation Notes-v7-p2ped, (FHL 942 D23hn); !IGI: CHR/BAPT-END-SP> Derby/by extraction; IGI: MARR/SS: IGI> Derby/by extraction;

Source Citation
"Pedigree Resource File," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 19 September 2012), entry for Mary Gell.
Family links: 
  Thomas Gell (1679 - 1755)
  Cassandra Lowe Gell (1683 - 1770)
  Francis Hurt (1722 - 1783)
  Francis Hurt (1753 - 1801)*
  Catherine Hurt Holcombe (1754 - 1841)*
  Cassandra Hurt Gell (1754 - 1776)*
  Mercy Hurt (1757 - 1757)*
  Charles Hurt (1758 - 1834)*
  Elizabeth Hurt Edge (1759 - 1803)*
  Philip Gell (1714 - 1776)*
  Robert Gell (1716 - 1744)*
  Mary Gell Hurt (1720 - 1801)
  Anne Gell (1722 - 1738)*
  Thomas Gell (1723 - 1767)*
  Temperance Gell (1725 - 1795)*
*Calculated relationship
St. Mary's Church Vaults
Derbyshire Dales District
Derbyshire, England
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Originally Created by: Debra Polly
Record added: Apr 04, 2012
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Mary <i>Gell</i> Hurt
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