ANN MYLREA 1838 Douglas

In the name of God Amen Ann Mylrea of Douglas being weak of body but of a sound disposing mind and memory maketh her last will and testament in the following manner viz

1. She commits her soul to God and her body to Christian burial

2. She leaves and bequeaths to her niece Ann Mylrea the sum of twenty guineas to be paid in the manner hereafter described

3. She leaves and bequeaths to her niece Margaret Gale wife of Charles Gale the sum of twenty guineas to be paid in the manner hereafter described

4. She leaves and bequeaths to her niece Eleanor Cowell wife of John Cowell the sum of twenty guineas to be paid in the manner hereafter described viz

The foregoing three legacies of twenty guineas each amounting in the whole to sixty guineas are to be paid out of a sum now at interest in the hands of William Kerruish of the said town of Douglas which sum the said William Kerruish is at liberty to keep in his hands for the space and term of ten years if he so thinks proper and pay the interest yearly during the said term which said interest is all the said Ann Mylrea, Margaret Gale and Eleanor Cowell are allowed to demand before the expiration of ten years commencing the day of her decease

5. She leaves and bequeaths to Ann Mylrea her niece one feather bed, three quilts, one blanket, one sheet, two cotton gowns, one quilted petticoat, three neck handkerchiefs, one black silk handkerchief, one cloak, one check apron, one bedgown and one chest of drawers

6. She leaves and bequeaths to Eleanor Cowell her niece the clock one large chest, one feather bed with bedstead and hangings, three quilts, one blanket, one sheet, one black gown, one cotton gown, three handkerchiefs, one black silk handkerchief, one cloak, one check apron and one bedgown

7. She leaves and bequeaths to Margaret Gale her niece one chaff bed three quilts, one blanket, one sheet, three handkerchiefs, one black silk handkerchief, one cloak, one check apron, one painted red chest, the best round table and a bedgown

8. She leaves and bequeaths to John Cottier of Peel cousin to the late John Cottier her brother-in-law the sum of ten pounds British and a coat

9. She leaves and bequeaths to Robert Crow her nephew now of Castletown butcher the sum of ten pounds British

10. She leaves and bequeaths to Thomas Crow her nephew now of Liverpool shoemaker the sum of ten pounds British

11. She leaves and bequeaths to Isabella Cleater of the parish of Lonan one cotton gown, one crape gown and one black striped petticoat

12. She leaves and bequeaths to her nephew Philip Mylrea the sum of ten pounds British

13. She leaves and bequeaths to her nephew Thomas Mylrea labourer the sum of ten pounds British

14. She leaves and bequeaths to her nephew Edward Mylrea the sum of ten pounds British

15. She leaves and bequeaths to Margaret wife of the said Edward Mylrea a second mourning gown and her best cloak

16. She leaves and bequeaths to Catherine Mylrea daughter of William Mylrea the sum of five pounds British

17. She leaves and bequeaths to the poor of Douglas the sum of two pounds British

18. She leaves and bequeaths to every person claiming a right in this her last will and testament the sum of two shillings and sixpence as legacy

Lastly she nominates constitutes and appoints John Cowell and Thomas Mylrea aforementioned whole and sole joint executors of all her worldly goods and effects of every name nature or description whatsoever and this she confirms as her last will and testament this fifth day of May in the year one thousand eight hundred and twenty-four 1824 Ann Mylrea my mark X

Signed and declared in the presence of William Kerruish, Thomas Callow

At Douglas 20th March 1838 Thomas Callow one of the witnesses to the executive of the foregoing instrument made oath on the Holy Evangelist that Ann Mylrea the executing party thereto duly executed the same in presence of deponent and of William Kerruish the other subscribing witness. Before me ……

To the Reverend F.B.Hartwell Vicar General The humble petition of Thomas Mylrea

Showeth that Ann Mylrea departed this life some time ago having first made and published her last will and testament whereof she appointed John Cowle and your executors

That your petitioner is desirous to have the said will established and proved in court according to law wherefore you petitioner prays a hearing of this petition and that he may be allowed to establish the said will and that the same may be duly received and your petitioner and the said John Cowle jnr executors .... and petitioner will pray for William Stephen for petitioner

Ordered that this petition do come on to be heard at a Court to be holden at Douglas on Friday next and whereof all proper parties to have due notice Given this 25 Jan 1840 F.B.Hartwell

By virtue of the the Reverend F.B. Hartwell Vicar General I have charged Wm Mylrea of Lonan to appear at Ecclesiastical Court to be holden Friday next to answer the suits and petition of Thomas Mylrea this the 29th day of January 1840

James Cannon Summner of Lonan

Probate proforma Thomas Mylrea, Philip Mylrea Cattlemarket St

At a Court holden at Douglas the 31st January 1840 Thomas Mylrea one of the executors named is sworn in Court in form of law and hath given pledges for the due performance thereof namely George Radcliff and Philip Mylrea of Douglas

Probatum est

F.B.Hartwell

NOTES

  1. Ann Mylrea died a spinster. She was the youngest daughter of Thomas Mylrea & Margaret als Cowin, baptised 1758
  2. Absolutely no evidence of who her father's parents were but Thomas would have been about 10 years younger than Thomas Mylrea (wife Jane Karran) and considerably younger than Thomas Mylrea (wife Margaret Lewn) UNLESS this was a second marriage for her father
  3. No burial record for an Ann Mylrea so not clear when she died - she was "weak of body" in 1824 when she would have been about 66 years of age, but legal proceedings did not begin until 1838 although it was acknowledged she had "departed this life some time ago"
  4. She seems to have been independently wealthy given the extent of her legacies
  5. Most of her bequests went to the children of her siblings:
    • Ann Mylrea b1777, daughter of her brother William Mylrea & Jane Taggart, unmarried
    • Margaret Mylrea b1799, daughter of her brother William Mylrea & Jane Taggart, married to Charles Gale
    • Elinor Mylrea, probably daughter of William Mylrea & Jane Taggart b 1783, married John Cowell
    • Edward b1767 (and wife Margaret Christian) & Isabella Cleator b1777, the children of her brother Edward
    • John Cottier, cousin of her sister Mary (Cottier)
    • Robert &a Thomas Crow, sons of her sister Margaret (Crow)
    • Philip & Thomas Mylrea who might have been the sons of her brother Philip or her brother William
    • Catherine, Ann's great niece, daughter of William Mylrea & Jane Kewley
  6. The Philip Mylrea mentioned as pledges was from Cattlemarket Street. He was therefore the stone mason, married to Jane Moore and the youngest son of William Mylrea and Jane Taggart b1793. This tends to confirm that the Thomas Mylrea who was named as an executor was another of William's sons, married to Margaret Cowin, b 1788

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