Purchase - 1730 (Conchan)

Know all men by these presents that I William Corlett now of Douglas in the Isle of Man and Eleanor Corlett als Allen my wife for divers and sundry causes and considerations us moving and especially for and in consideration of the sum of sixty pounds Manks currency to us in hand truly contented and paid before the signing, sealing and delivery hereof in presence of the subscribing witnesses at, by and from the hands of Charles Killey of the said town the receipt hereof we do hereby acknowledge and confess ourselves to have received and thereof and of every part and parcel thereof do exonerate, acquit and discharge the said Charles Killey, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns by these presents

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, title and interest in and unto a certain parcel of quarterland now in our possession (being the houses, gardens, flatt, and curragh reserved by us out of a former Bill of Sale given to the said Charles Killey dated the 13th day of June 1729 and being part of the tenement of Ballabroii situate, lying and being in the parish of KK Conchan and adjoining to the rents of Phil Cannell and the said Charles Killey as the bounds and fences thereof are already set forth and well known being of the yearly Lord's Rent of fourteen pence as the same is already settled by the Setting Quest of this parish

To have and to hold unto him the said Charles Killey, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns the said messuage or tenement of Ballabroii forever, together with all and every the houses, barns, stables, kilns, oxhouses and other edifices and buildings, gardens, yards, lands, meadows, ways, waters, liberties with all and singular their appertenances to the said messuage or tenement of Ballabroii belonging or in any wise appertaining, or known, reputed, accepted or taken to be part, parcel or member thereof of whatsoever nature, quality, or .... the same or any of them be or by what name or title soever the same or any of them be named, called or known without the lett stop, hindrance or disturbance of the said William Corlett or Ellinor my wife, our heirs, executors, administrators or assigns or any other person or persons by, from or under us claiming, he the said Charles Killey, his heirs and assigns yielding and paying yearly and every year our honourable Lord's Rent with all boons, dues, duties, suits and services due and payable out of the premises at the times and seasons usual

And for the true performance of all and singular the covenants and conditions made and mentioned in the beforegoing Bill of Sale I the said William Corlett and Ellinor my wife do bind and oblige ourselves, heirs, executors, administrators and assigns in the penalty and forfeiture of one hundred and twenty pounds sterling to be levied in the nature of all fines and forfeitures within this island

Witness our hands and seals this 9th day of November 1730. William Corlett (seal), Ellinor Corlett X (seal)

Signed, sealed and delivered and the consideration money paid in presence of Peter Corlett, Nicholas Fitzsymons, Philip Vinch

3rd April 1730 William Corlett and his wife Ellinor Corlett came this day and have acknowledged the within and above Bill of Sale to be their voluntary act and deed and also the full consideration money to be fully satisfied and paid. And this before me. Charles Moore

At a Sheading Court holden at Douglas the 10th May 1731 The within Bill of Sale being acknowledged before the Deemster and now published in open Court and no objection offered against it the same is therefore allowed of and confirmed according to law, Thomas Horton, James Horton, Charles Stanley, Charles Moore, Nicholas Christian, Dan Mylrea

[Ref:N/SSS 1731 #49]


  1. This is the third purchase by Charles in 1730, and completes his acquisition of the Ballabroii quarterland. It was also shortly after he married at the age of about 36 years
  2. Charles Killey was born in 1693
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  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. Charles 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
  8. 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
  9. 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), Catherine (m John Cottiman 1724), & Esther (m Peter Moore, Richard Joyner) 1704
  10. Jane died 1725. Sons John and Charles had died by the time his father Richard Killey died in 1744, leaving only their son Richard jnr and two daughters Catherine (Cottiman) and Esther (Moore, Joyner)
  11. Charles's sister Catherine (Cottiman) had three children - Jane (1725), John (1725), a son (1731)
  12. Charles's sister Esther had seven 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)
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. What remained of allotment #104/9 passed to Charles's sister Esther and then to his nephew Richard Moore in 1762
  16. 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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