JAMES MYLROIE snr 1842 Will Lonan

originally submitted by John Lawson to Brian Lawson



2nd Book

In the name of God Amen I James Mylroie of Colby in the Parish of KK Lonan being sick and weak in body and knowing the uncertainty of this transitory life and the certainty of death being of a sound disposing mind and memory do make this my last will and testament

First I commit my soul to God who gave it and my body to a Christian Burial and as for my worldly effects I dispose of in manner following:

Item I leave and bequeath to my son James Mylroie junr two shillings and sixpence

Item I leave two shillings and sixpence to my daughter Margaret wife of William Kewley

Item I leave sixpence legacy to any person or persons that may claim in this my will

Item Lastly I revoke all other wills heretofore all words or intentions uttered declaring this to be my last will and testament and nominating and appointing my well beloved son and daughter Joseph Mylroie and Elinor wife of Thomas Killip whole and sole executor and executrix of all the rest of my goods and chattels movable and immovable of whatever nature and denomination soever as witness my subscription this the 10th Day of June 1842

Witnesses present James Mylroie his x, James Skillicorn, James Cowin

At a Chapter Court holden at Douglas 16th October 1842 Thomas Killip, husband of Ellinor and Executrix herein named, having in Court renounced the Executors[hip] – Joseph Mylroie the other executor herein named is sworn exor in Court in form of law as also to be true and just in the division of the residuum of the estate of the testator. And to these ends he hath given pledges in form of law namely James Cowin of Conrenny in the Parish of Lonan and Thomas Killip of Douglas in the parish of Braddan

Probatum Est JB[Hartwell], JA Corlett


  1. COLBY - Ballacosney
  2. Younger son of David Mylroie snr & Margaret Kermott als Killey, baptised 1764
  3. Older brother David jnr received the Close Moar estate from his father in 1781. However, father David snr settled on James a gift of sheep, and the remainder of his worldly goods in his 1796 will
  4. James snr married Elinor Skillicorn and they had 7 children with some kind of record: BAPTISM - James jnr (1788), Margaret (1791), John (1793), William (1796), Elinor (1801), Joseph (1805). PROBATE & MI - a Thomas, with no baptismal record, was mentioned in a Settlement document in 1839, and died in 1840 with his parents James & Elinor administering his estate
  5. A Daniel was recorded as being born to James & Margaret Skillicorn but this was probably the individual who married Mary Ann Tear, and was the son of James's brother, David jnr. This Daniel was baptised one month after Joseph in 1805 which also suggests that Daniel was not in James's family and his record of baptism a transcription/vicar error
  6. From James's will, four of the children survived: James (married Ann Kewley), Margaret (married William Kewley), Elinor (married John Cowley 1830, Thomas Killip 1841) and Joseph (married Margaret Kinread)
  7. Sons John died 1817 aged 24; Thomas died in 1840; nothing is known of the fate of son William but presumably he did not survive infancy
  8. Both survivin sons, James jnr and Joseph, received settlements; James in 1828 and Joseph from his mother in 1841, a year before his father died
  9. The brothers appeared to have a fractured relationship over the division of lands at least
  10. James snr buried 24th June 1842. He was 77 years of age (although the burial register notes 80 years); Elinor buried 1 April 1850 aged 88

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