Will - 1761 (Douglas)

Transcribed by Frances Coakley and taken from her CD

In the name of God amen. I Esther Joyner als Moore als Kelley of the town of Douglas being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory, thanks be to God, do make this my last will and testament in manner following:

First, I commit my soul to God hoping through the mercies and mediation of my blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to find remission for all my sins and my body I commit to the earth to be decently buried

Item, I leave and bequeath to my loving husband Richard Joyner my part of the horses and cows

Item, I leave and bequeath to my son Richard Moore my part of the shop and concerns he now occupies

Item, I leave and bequeath to my son Peter Moore my part of the Tuck Miln commonly called or known by the name of Aldridge’s Miln, with my part of the lands thereunto belonging and adjoining

Item, I leave and bequeath to my daughter Esther Moore my part of the dwelling house that Mr. James Mellin now lives in, with all the appurtenances unto the same belonging

Item, I leave and bequeath unto all or any person or persons who can legally claim any right to my effects one silling each

Lastly, I nominate and appoint all my children namely Robert, Richard, Peter, and Esther Moore, and Margaret Joiner, joint and sole executors of all my goods and effects of what kind or nature soever whether moveable or immovable, hereby revoking any other will or wills heretofore made by me, and do appoint this to be my last will

As witness my hand this 31st day of December one thousand seven hundred and sixty, 1760. [signed] Esther Joyner

Witnesses: William Kelly, Gilbert Teare.

At Chapter Court holden in Douglas November 16, 1761, Robert, Richard, Peter & Esther Moore and Margret Joiner, the executors are sworn in Court in form of law and have given pledges


  1. Esther was buried 5th July 1761
  2. She was the youngest child of Jane Mc ylroy and Richard Killey
  3. Her parents married in 1689 in Braddan. Richard Killey was a weaver
  4. They had children Charles (b1693), John (1701), Richard (1699), Catherine (m John Cottiman 1724), & Esther (m Peter Moore, Richard Joyner) 1704
  5. Esther married Peter Moore in 1730, and they had children Robert (1732), Richard (1735), Esther (1739), Peter jnr (1741), & Isabel (1737)
  6. Her brother Charles and husband Peter had the poignant burial entry: Mr Charles Killey & Peter Moore merchants with many passengers perished at sea. Both were buried January 25th 1740 in Braddan
  7. Esther went on to marry Richard Joiner in 1742 and had children Margaret (1743) & Catherine (1745)
  8. From her will, it appears that daughters Isabel and Margaret had pre-deceased their mother
  9. Richard Joyner, who was probably some relation of Robert Joyner's the husband of Esther's aunt Margaret Mcylroy, might have been a wealthy individual so Esther's family remained comfortable
  10. Esther inherited her father's estate apart from what he had gifted to Cath Killey, Esther's sister, and Cath's husband John Cottiman

Associated Documents

From Summary of Wills, A Manx Notebook

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 Esther's uncle?

Last updated: Dec 2020