Purchase - 1732 (Conchan)

Know all men by these presents that I William Corlett 0f the town of Douglas and Ellinor my wife for and in consideration of the sum of forty-eight pounds Manks value to us in hand contented, satisfied and paid before the signing and delivery of these presents at, by and from the hands of Charles Killey of the said town, the receipt of the said sum we do hereby acknowledge and do thereof and of every part and parcel thereof exonerate, acquit and discharge the said Charles Killey, his executors, adminsitrators and assigns by these presents

Have given, granted, bargained, and sold and by these presents do give, grant, bargain 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 dwelling house, cellars, backside, and garden with that part of a pew in Douglas chapel purchased by us from William Clark and William Tomalty as the same are now in our own possession situated, lying and being in the said town and of the annual Lord's Rent of sixpence halfpenny or thereabouts be the same more or less

To have and to hold unto him the said Charles Killey, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns the said dwelling house, outhouses, backside, garden and pew forever with all and every the appertenances to them or either of them belonging from and after the first day of August next without any lett stop, or hindrance to be made by me the said William Corlett or Ellinor Corlett my wife, or any other person or persons whatsoever, he the said Charles Killey paying the yearly Lord's Rents with all boons and services usual

And for the true performance hereof I the said William Corlett and Ellinor my wife do bind and oblige ourselves, heirs, executors, administrators and assigns in penalty and forfeiture of double the value to be levied in the nature of all such fines and forfeitures within this island. Witness our hands 16th July 1732. William Corlett, Ellinor Corlett X

Signed and delivered in presence of John Clark my mark X, William Stean my mark W

Received from Charles Killey sixteen pounds being the full consideration due to me on account of the beforegoing Bill of Sale which is in full of all accounts. William Corlett

7th July 1732 William Corlett and his wife came this day and have acknowledged the within and above Bill of Sale to be their voluntary act and deed and also the consideration to be fully paid. And this before me. Charles Moore

At a Sheading Court holden at Douglas the 9th October 1732 The within Bill of Sale having been acknowledged before the Deemster and now published in open Court and no objection being made against it therefor the same is allowed of and confirmed according to law. James Horton, Charles Moore, William Stonier, Charles Stanley, Nicholas Christian, Dan Mylrea

[Ref: N/SSS Oct 1732 #26]


  1. This purchase is the third from William Corlett, in which Charles Killey snr acquired the quarterland of Ballabroii, the Corlett's home and part of a church pew. In the course of three years, Charles had paid William Corlett £250, in addition to his other purchases of which there were several in later years
  2. The contract is for a cottage allotment known as Savage's concerns and involves cottage #14 and cottage #15, with rents 2d and 4½ d respectively
  3. William Corlett had purchased these properties from Clark & Tomalty, the executors for John Savage who had inherited the properties from his father, James Savage
  4. Charles snr 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
  5. Charles Killey snr was born in 1693. He had five children Richard (1731-1740), Thomas (1732-1732), Charles jnr (1733), Jane (1735-1735) by wife Dorothy Gawn m1730 & d1735, and Elizabeth (1740) by second wife Margaret Maddrel m1739
  6. When he died, his land holdings were substantial, covering the quarterlands of Ballakermeen, Ballabroii and Ballawilling as well as cottage allotments/houses in Douglas
  7. In his will, he named 2 sons as legatees, however one had died since the will was made. Additionally, Charles had remarried and had an infant daughter in the two years since he made his will
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Jane died 1725. Sons John and Charles had both died by the time their father Richard Killey died in 1744, leaving only son Richard jnr and two daughters Catherine and Esther
  12. Charles's sister Catherine (Cottiman) had three children - Jane (1725), John (1725), a son (1731)
  13. Charles's 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)
  14. His father Richard 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. What remained of allotment #104/9 passed to Charles's sister Esther and then his nephew Richard Moore in 1762
  18. 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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