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NY Evening Telegram - Tue July 21, 1896
FUNERAL OF GEORGE W. PELL
It Takes Place From St. Thomas* Chapel
and is Attended by Friends and relatives.
The funeral services of the late George W. Pell, who died Sunday morning at the home of his son, Alfred Duane Pell, No. 929 Fifth avenue, were held this morning at St
Thomas' Chapel, Sixtieth street between Second and Third avenues. The service of the Episcopal Church was read by the Rev. Nathan A. Seagle.
A delegation of workmen who have been employed on the Pell mansion for the past two years, making alterations, visited the church In a body.
Only two carriages followed the funeral to Greenwood cemetery, where the body was placed In the family vault alongside the remains of the dead man's wife, who died about six years ago. The occupants of the carriage
were Mr. Pell's son. Alfred Duane Pell, Edward Le Roy, a cousin of the deceased; Mr. and Mrs. M. Crosby. Miss Livingston. David Crosby and Misses Laura and Mary King.
Among the mourners who attended the services were Mr. and Mrs. A. Hoyt and Alexander Harper, an aged colored servant who attended the late Mr. Pell and his family
for many years.
The late George W. Pell was a member of one of the oldest families in the city, being a descendent of John Pell, the first landlord of Pelham Manor, who in turn was descended from Walter de Pelham, of Norfolk, England.
He was born in September, 1819, in a house which stood on the spot where Riverside Drive and Seventy-ninth street now meet and all that property was purchased by the city when Riverside Drive was cut through.
Mr. Pell's father was a wealthy merchant and It was after him that Pell street was named. His mother was the daughter of Judge Duane, the first Mayor of New York.
Judge Duane with Chancellor Livingston presided at the first inauguration of George Washington as President of the United States, and Duane street Is named after
Mr. Pell was a graduate of Columbia College In 1840, and was appointed United States Consul to the Rhenish Provinces. In 1853 he married Miss Mary Bruen. Mr. Pell never entered Into business life and had never held
any nubile office with the exception of the Consulate. Mr. Pell and his son had long been members of St Thomas' Church on Fifth avenue.