Robert Gell (died 5th May 1899)
Robert was a builder and he died on 5th May 1899 (not 15th) just 17 days after his grand-daughter who is buried in the next plot.
He was 58 years old and lived at Pleasington Villa, Douglas.
The Isle of Man Examiner for Saturday May 13th 1899 stated that "he was most enterprising and ingenious. In earlier life he learnt the cabinet-making and joinery businesses. He left the Island about 30 years ago and took up his residence in Stretford, near Manchester, where he carried on business as a builder on a considerable scale. Mr Gell returned to his native Island in 1886, and continued in building operations. In 1889 and 1890 Mr Gell took up the business of automatic delivery machines, and invented one of the most ingenious contrivances in connection with these machines. He obtained a patent applicable to the whole of the United Kingdom for his invention, and sold it to the Mona Automatic Supply Company Limited - of which company Mr Gell was managing director up to the time of his death…."
The photographs of the two Gell gravestones are shown below side by side, as they are in the cemetery.
On looking through the newspapers for May 1899 it was revealed that Robert Gell died on 5th May and not 15th May as stated on his gravestone.
Dorothy and Robert Gell graves side by side