Purchase - 1729 (Conchan)

Know all men by these presents that I William Corlett of Ballabroii in the parish of KK Conchan within the Isle of Man with the full and free consent of Ellinor Corlett als Allen my wife divers good causes and considerations us hereunto moving but more especially for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds Manks currency to us in hand secured to be paid by Charles Killey of Douglas, shopkeeper, in manner following, that is to say one half of the said sum being seventy-five pounds to be paid before the worshipful Deemster's attestation of these presents and the remainder of the said sum being seventy-five pounds more to be paid before the honourable Court's confirmation hereof

Have given, granted, bargained, passed over, alienated and sold and by these presents do give, grant, bargain, pass over, alienate and forever absolutely sell unto the said Charles Killey, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns all our right, interest and title in and unto our tenements in Ballabroii and Ballakermeen with the intacks thereunto belonging by what name or names soever distinguished or known, excepting and reserving to our own proper use and disposal out of this bargain and sale the houses, gardens, flatt, and the curragh lying betwixt the highway and the meadow, the premises being of such yearly Lord's Rent as the Setting Quest of KK Conchan shall allot and settle on the same

To have and to hold unto him the said Charles Killey, his heirs, executors, adminsitrators and assigns the said lands of Ballabroii and Ballakermeen with the intacks thereunto belonging immediately to be possessed from the day of the date hereof (except before excepted) with all ways, waters, watercourses, easements, liberties and advantages to the premises belonging or anyways appertaining without the lett stop or hindrance of us the said William Corlett, Ellinor my wife or any other person or persons by, from or under us claiming, he the said Charles Killey paying his proportionable part of the yearly and annual rent to the right honourable Lord of this Isle or his heirs with all boons, dues and customs at the times and seasons usual

And further I the said William Corlett and Ellinor my wife do for the consideration beforementioned sell and deliver unto the said Charles Killey in immediate possession our part of the crop of corn, hay and husbandry gears mentioned in a schedule or inventory hereunto annexed together with three working horses and the other half of the said crop of corn and hay, team and husbandry gears to be possessed by the said Charles Killey after the death of our mother Bridgett Corlett according to the last will and testament of our father David Corlett deceased, the said Charles Killey likewise having and enjoying our benefit of the crop of what limed land is in that part of Ballaquayle called the Quarter

And further I the said William Corlett and Ellilnor my wife do bind and oblige ourselves to procure the worshipful Court's confirmation to this Deed of Sale and to do, perform, execute, and fulfill all further act and acts, thing and things needful and necessary to be done according to the laws and customs of the island

And for the punctual performance hereof we the said William Corlett and Ellinor my wife do bind and oblige ourselves, our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns in penalty and forfeiture of of three hundred pounds sterling to be levied according to the laws of the island

In witness whereof we have hereunto put our hands and seals this 13th day of June 1729. William Corlett (seal), Ellinor Corlett (seal)

Note it is agreed upon at the signing hereof that the said Charles Killey is to have the benefit of the barn and haggarth (repairing the same) during his life if he pleases to continue the possession of the same

Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of Nicholas Fitzsymons, Phillip Killey my mark P, John Cottiman

A schedule or inventory of the goods sold by William Corlett and Ellinor his wife both of KK Conchan to Charles Killey of Douglas mentioned in the Bill of Sale dated the 13th June 1729

Half the crop of corn, hay and grass, half the team being three oxen, and half the husbandry gears being two ladders, three carrs, three ropes, two spades, one hack, flour, shaddles, three pollans, three girths, two pair of iron harrows, a plow, chains, coulter and souck, three bullock years, and three horse years all of which are to be immediately possessed by him together with three working horses from the day of the date hereof with the lands mentioned in the annexed Bill of Sale

The other half of the said crop of corn, hay and grass together with the other half of the team being three oxen more and the other half of the said husbandry gears to be possessed by the said Charles Killey after the death of Bridgett Corlett als Moor, mother to the said William Corlett abovementioned. William Corlett, Ellinor Corlett X

Witnesses William Bridson, John Mcylrath

19th June 1729 William Corlett and his wife Ellinor Corlett (als) Allen came this day and have acknowledged the within and above Bill of Sale to be their voluntary act and deed and also to be fully satisfied and paid the one half of the consideration money and further the said William Corlett and wife do engage themselves that Mr Charles Killey shall pass and repass through the little curraugh under the highway to the meadow underneath the said curraugh upon all occasions; And all this before me. Charles Moore

Received October 11th 1729 the remainder of the consideration money beforementioned being seventy-five pounds Manks value in full I say received. William Corlett

Witness Phillip Corlett

We the Setting Quest of KK Conchan being charged by virtue of Mr Deemster Moore's authority to settle, a proportionable part of the rent on the said ground mentioned on the beforegoing Bill of Sale do find that that part of Ballakermeen quarterland sold should bear six shillings and five pence rent as also that the parcels sold of Ballabroii should bear six shillings and two pence rent quarterland rent besides three pence intack belonging to the same so there remains on the parcels reserved by William Corlett one shilling and two pence and this we leave as a settled rent on the premises. Witness our hands September 19th 1729 John Oates, Robert Cannell, Ewan Christian, Thomas Waterson my mark X

At a Sheading Court held at Douglas October 13th 1729

The within mentioned Bill of Sale having been acknowledged before the Deemster and now published in open Court and no objection being offered against it the same is therefore allowed of and confirmed according to law, Thomas Horton, James Horton, William Stonier, Charles Moore, John Brownell, Dan Mylrea

[Ref: N/SSS 1729 #13]


  1. This purchase began a period of land acquisition by Charles Killey snr, before he married and at the age of about 36 years
  2. Brigette Corlett, mentioned in this Deed of Sale, died in November 1729
  3. When Charles died, his land holdings were substantial, covering the quarterlands of Ballakermeen, Ballabroii and Ballawilling as well as cottages allotments/houses in Douglas
  4. This contract is for the Ballabroii & Ballakermeen quarterlands which Charles devised to his eldest son Richard in his will
  5. In 1723 his parents gifted Charles a house on cottage allotment #104 (later renumbered 109), the entire allotment described in Lib Assed three houses and two gardens 12d, another little house and a house and garden on the sand side 2d Total rent 14d. Included in #104 were two tenancies purchased by Richard in 1686 and 1692, and a third much more valuable tenancy which Jane had inherited from her parents
  6. Next door neighbours were Phil Higgin and his wife Jane Mcylrea, and Robert Lewn, father of Margaret the wife of Thomas Mylrea. The allotments were on (now) Barrack St
  7. Charles Killey was born in 1693
  8. He had five children Richard (1731-1740), Thomas (1732-1732), Charles jnr (1733), Jane (1735-1736) by wife Dorothy Gawn m1730 & d1735, and Elizabeth (1740) by second wife Margaret Maddrel m1739
  9. He had the poignant burial entry: Mr Charles Killey & Peter Moore merchants with many passengers perished at sea. Both he and his brother in law Peter Moore were buried January 25th 1740 in Braddan
  10. In his will, he named his 2 sons as legatees, one of whom (Richard) had died since the will was made. Additionally, Charles snr had remarried and had an infant daughter in the two years since he made his will
  11. He was recorded as a shopkeeper in several documents although he was more aptly described as a merchant, and sure to have been involved in the Manx import/export trade
  12. Charles snr was the oldest surviving child of Jane Mc Ylroy & Richard Killey. His mother was the younger daughter of John Mc ylroy & Kath Moore, Kath dying in about 1698, and John leaving the island and never heard of again, presumed dead
  13. His father Richard Killey had a burial record saying "old Richard Killey aged about 90" : 30th May 1744 Braddan so Richard was born 1655-1660. He was a weaver
  14. Richard and Jane married in 1689 in Braddan and presumably Jane was born in the 1660s. They had children Charles (1693), Richard (1699), John (1701), Katherine (m John Cottiman 1724), & Esther (m Peter Moore, Richard Joyner) 1704
  15. Jane died 1725. Sons John and Charles had both died by the time their father Richard died in 1744, leaving only their son Richard jnr and two daughters Catherine and Esther
  16. Charles's sister Katherine (Cottiman) had three children - Jane (1725), John (1725), a son (1731)
  17. Charles's sister Esther had seven children children Robert (1732), Richard (1735), Esther (1739), Peter jnr (1741), & Isabel (1737) with Peter Moore; after his death, Esther married Richard Joiner in 1742 and had children Margaret (1743) & Catherine (1745)
  18. What remained of allotment #104/9 passed to Charles's sister Esther, then to his nephew Richard Moore in 1762. In all likelihood, it was the original Mc ylroy holding
  19. NOTE: Be aware that cottage allotment numbers changed over time as Douglas expanded. Rent and neighbours become key elements in confirming whether the tenants (ie Charles Killey) have changed properties or whether they have remained stable while the allotment number from one LA to the next

Associated Documents

From Summary of Wills, A Manx Notebook

1737 Eliz Gawne arb 17370424 dated 18 Apr 1737;Capt William Qualtrough (Kentraugh, Rushen); Mr Thomas Gawn (Ballagawn, Rushen) + wife Jane obo their dau Elizabeth Gawn; to marry within a month; Gawn settles £200(Manks) of wch the mortgage held by Thos Gawne from the Nunry? is includ edas prt and sd Wm + Elizth are intitled to mortgaged land together with half effects Thos Gawn + wife may die possed off - noted another m/c given to Charles Killey (Douglas) + his now decd wife; Witt John Cotteman, Chas Killey; rest except Jane sign (tho Tho very shakey) sister in law

1759-1 E d KILLEY Richard d 17 dec 1758; only dau Ellinor admx; pledges John Christian carpenter, Matth Christian butcher (both Douglas). Is this his brother? 1735-1 A 25 KILLEY Alice QUIRK d 25 feb 1734;sis ann; mo alive; child on her bearing; husb alive; ch ua uncle wm quine + isabl quirk supv)


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