Will - 1778 (Ramsey)


This is affirmed to be the last will and testament of Ann Mylrea als Howland of the town of Ramsey who departed this life on or about 7th of this inst June 1778 and who was of sound mind and memory at the making hereof.

First, she committed her soul to God and her body to a Christian burial.

Item She left and bequeathed to her loving and dutiful son William Mylrea all her right, title, interest and property of, in and unto their dwelling house and all the rest of her title on the Mooragh in said concerns.

Item She left and bequeathed that her said son William Mylrea should pay unto each of his sisters viz Ann, Margaret, Elizabeth and Catherine Mylrea ten shillings each.

Item She left and bequeathed unto her said daughter Margaret a bed and sheet.

Item She left and bequeathed unto her husband John Mylrea all the rest of her worldly goods of what kind or denomination soever.

Lastly she nominated, constituted, ordained and appointed her said son William whole and sole executor of this her last will

Witnesses present James Gill my mark X, Thomas Vondy my mark X ] jurati

At the Chapter Court holden Lezayre November 18th 1788 ....... (missing)


  1. Ann Howland married John Mylrea in Maughold, 1749
  2. John Mylrea was a cooper in Ramsey
  3. Best guess is that Ann Howland’s husband, John Mylrea, was a youngest son of William Mylrea & Katherine Cowle, born in 1725 at Ballaugh. Like his older brother Nicholas Mylrea snr, he was obliged to strike out on his own while his oldest brother Thomas inherited the family estate (Ballacooiley) from his uncle John who died without issue. Nicholas snr had been fortunate enough to be able to purchase land from Thomas and start his own Mylrea family estate (Ballacorraige)
  4. Children of John & Ann - Ann (baptised 1750), Margaret (1752), Elizabeth (no record of baptism between 1752 & 1756), William (1756), Catherine (1763); also John (1753-1758) & Mary (1755) who also must have died
  5. The Mooragh was a stretch of land near Ramsey so Ann Howland brought land into her marriage to John
  6. John Mylrea probably died in 1794. A Lib Vast Entry in 1795 transfers the land left by Ann from John to son William
  7. William might have been a mariner, with the vessel the Flying Fish. However, he seems to have died in impercunious circumstances, alone and without possessions some time prior to 1844
  8. In turn, his son William, was a cooper like his grandfather and went to live in Liverpool with his family. After he died, his widow and their two youngest children migrated to Australia

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