Gift - 1723 (Conchan)

Know all Christian people to whom this present writing shall come that I Richard Killey of the town of Douglas, weaver, and Jane my wife send greeting in our Lord God everlasting

Know ye that I Richard Killey and Jane my wife out of the natural love, favour and affection which we have and do bear to our son Charles Killey of the said town, shopkeeper, have given, granted, conveyed, settled, confirmed and gifted and do by these presents give, grant, convey, settle, confirm and make a full, perfect, free Deed of Gift unto the said Charles Killey, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns of all that piece or parcel of our ground, platt, sett, lying and being in the said town as already marked and agreed on by us, being a house room with a shade and staircase room as the same is already built upon by the said Charles Killey, together with a room with a shade on the west side of the staircase ranging westward as the said house is already built which said shade is to be a foot narrower than the staircase in breadth, being in length front east to west by computation thirteen yards and in breadth from north to south about nine yards and a half, be it more or less, abutting and adjoining to the Common Street to the south and to the widow Cowle's house towards the west, and to our own rent towards the north and east as by the metes and bounds thereof they are already set forth and also all buildings made or sett up in or a plan the said piece or parcel of ground or garden place with all profits and advantages to the premese belonging or anywise appertaining being of such yearly Lord's Rent as the Setting Quest of KK Conchan shall allot and settle on the preimises

To have and to hold unto him the said Charles Killey, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns the said ground or garden platt and all other the edifices and buildings already erected on the premises forever together with all ways, waters, watercourses, easements, liberties, lights, profits and advantages to the said premises belonging or in any ways appertaining from us the said Richard Killey and Jane my wife, our heirs and assigns or from any other person or persons by, from, and under as claiming; he the said Charles Killey, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns yielding and paying yearly and every year our honourable Lord's Rent together with all boons, dues and duties accustomed; and I the said Richard Killey and Jane my wife do by these presents bind and oblige ourselves, our heirs and assigns to procure the honourable Lord's confirmation to this Deed of Gift and do, perform, execute and fulfill all other things needful and necessary to be done according to law and the said parties do further covenant and agree that the said Charles Killey, his heirs and assigns, from time to time and at all times hereafter shall have full and free liberty to go round the said house and and clear the watercourse as there shall be occasion as also the said Richard Killey or assigns may without stop or molestation adjoin or build to the said Charles Killey's east gable as there shall be occasion

And for the better appearance hereof we have put the said Charles Killey in full and lawful possession and seizin by the Gift and delivery of a piece of silver called an English half crown and before the ensealing and delivery of these presents according to the usual form and custom of such like cases

And for the true and faithful performance of all and singular the covenants and conditions aforesaid I the said Richard Killey and Jane my wife do hereby bind and oblige ourselves, our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns in the penalty and forfeiture of forty pounds stirling to be levied according to law. Witness our hands this 27th day of December 1723. Richard Killey my mark (seal), Jane Killey my mark (seal)

Signed and delivered in presence of John Faile, Charles Joyner

8th April 1724 Richard Killey and Jane his wife came this day and acknowledged the within and above Deed of Gift to be their voluntary act and deed. Before me Charles Moore

Charles Killey hath requested that it might be set down for the satisfaction of his parents that if they should be feeble or not able to maintain themselves then the said Charles is to take care of them or either of them. And this before me Charles Moore

We the Setting Quest of KK Conchan do settle four pence rent on the houses and buildings now in the holding and possession of the said Charles Killey persuant to the within Deed of Gift.

Witness our hands this 6th May 1724. John Oates jnr my mark, Patrick Curlet my mark, Thomas Waterson my mark, Edward Christian

The within Deed of Gift being acknowledged before the Deemster and here published in open court and no objection against it is allowed anaccording to law by us John Lloyd, Charles Moore, ... Rowe, .... Sanforth

[Ref: N/SSS May 1724 #39]


  1. This Gift is for one of the part of cottage allotment #104 in Conchan. The recipient is Charles, presumably the oldest son of Richard Killey and Jane Killey als Mc Ylroy
  2. Jane was the younger daughter of Katherine Moore and John Mylrea. Her mother Katherine died in about 1698, and father John left the island and never heard of again, so presumed dead
  3. Jane's legacy from her mother was Conchan cottage allotment #104 (later recorded #109), described in Lib Assed as "three houses and two gardens 12d, another little house and a house and garden on the sand side 2d" Total rent 14d. 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 Barrack St
  4. Jane married Richard Killey in 1689 in Braddan, so presumably she was born in the 1660s. Richard Killey was a weaver.
  5. They had children Charles (b?), Richard (1699), John (1701), Catherine (m Cottiman), Esther (m Moore, Richard Joyner) 1704
  6. Son Charles mentioned in Jane's 1725 will, but had no record of baptism or marriage, only the poignant burial entry: Mr Charles Killey & Peter Moore merchants with many passengers perished at sea. Both their son and Peter Moore, their son in law, were buried January 25th 1740 in Braddan
  7. Charles had five children Richard (1731-1740), Thomas (1732-1732), Charles (1733), Jane (1735-1735) by wife Dorothy Gawn m1730 & d1735, and Elizabeth (1740) by second wife Margaret Maddrel m1739
  8. Daughter Katherine had three children - Jane (1725), John (1725), a son (1731)
  9. Daughter Esther had children 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)
  10. In 1707, Jane and Richard sold the "house and garden on the sand side" on cottage allotment #104, so the Gift to Charles was the second "selling off" on the allotment which was a legacy from Jane's mother
  11. Jane died 1725. Husband Richard was described in the parish register of his burial: "old Richard Killey aged about 90" : 30th May 1744 Braddan so Richard was born 1655-1660
  12. The remainder of allotment #104/9 passed to their grandson Richard Moore in 1762

Associated Documents

From Summary of Wills, A Manx Notebook

1735-2 E 010 d KILLEY Dorothy GAWN d 17 sep; Douglas; ch Richd, Charles + Jane - nearest relns mo side (uncle)Tho + (aunt) Elizth gawn; husb Charles; agreemnt between supvs + husb; inv

1735-3 E 137 d KILLEY Jane d 1 Feb 1735/6;ua d/o Mrs Dorothy Killey; sibs Richd + Charles admrs, goods secured in mo's inv - admrs also ua

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 their son?

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