Will - 1725 (Douglas)

KK Braddan

The last will and testament of Jane Killey of the town of Douglas who was buried the 27th April 1725 being in good mind and perfect memory at the making thereof

...... she committed her soul to God and body to Christian burial

Item to her 2 daughters Kath and Esther Killey ten pounds each, Katherine's ten pounds being promised her in contract bargain

Item she left to her son John Killey her part of the outhouse or barn adjoining? to Charles's house her husband Richard Killey consented also to give his part thereof to the said John after his decease

Item she left to her son Richard Killey her part of the dwelling house if he comes for it otherwise the like the same to her said husband

Item to her son Charles a dozen sheep

item she left to her said husband the slate house near John Clague's house

And lastly she constituted and named her said husband Richard Killey sole executor of all the rest of her goods moveable and immoveable whatsoever

Witnesses John Curghey, Charles Joyner to be sworn by Mr Gell

The executors sworn in Court in form of law

Pledges John Clague, John Mcylrath

Probabum est et solvin


  1. Jane was the younger daughter of Katherine Moore and John Mc ylroy, and the sister of Margaret (Joyner)
  2. A Jane Killey in Braddan on 20th April 1724, which is a year earlier than the date nominated in her will. However, there is no burial recorded in Braddan for Jane Killey on the date specified in the document above
  3. Jane's mother Katherine (Moore) died in about 1698, and her father John Mc ylroy left the island, was never heard of again, and presumed dead
  4. Jane's legacy from her parents was Conchan (Douglas) cottage allotment #104 (later recorded #109), described in Lib Assed "three houses and two gardens 12d. Her husband Richard had purchased two tenancies in 1686 and 1692, and these were amalgamated into #104, described as a house and garden on the sand side 2d and a little house ¾d respectively. The allotments were on (now) Barrack St
  5. Neighbours were Phil Higgin and his wife Jane Mcylrea, and Robert Lewn, father of Margaret who was the wife of Thomas Mylrea
  6. Jane married Richard Killey in 1689 in Braddan, so presumably she was born in the 1660s. Richard Killey was a weaver
  7. They had children Charles (b1693), John (1701), Richard (1699), Katherine (m John Cottiman 1724), & Esther (m Peter Moore, Richard Joyner) 1704
  8. Sons John and Charles had both died by the time their father Richard died in 1744, leaving only her son Richard jnr and two daughters Catherine (Cottiman) and Esther (Moore, Joyner)
  9. Richard snr was described in the parish burial register: "old Richard Killey aged about 90": 30th May 1744 Braddan so Richard was born 1655-1660
  10. Son Charles had five children Richard (1731-1740), Thomas (1732-1732), Charles jnr (1733), Jane (1735-1736) by wife Dorothy Gawn m1730 & d1735, and Elizabeth (1740) by second wife Margaret Maddrel m1739
  11. He was a prosperous Douglas merchant, involved in the Manx import/export trade
  12. Charles snr had a poignant burial entry: Mr Charles Killey & Peter Moore merchants with many passengers perished at sea. Both were buried January 25th 1740 in Braddan. By that time Charles had amassed a considerable land holding in the surrounding area, and in Douglas itself
  13. Daughter Catherine (Cottier) had three children - Jane (1725), John (1725), a son (1731)
  14. Daughter Esther had seven children Robert (1732), 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)
  15. What remained of the allotment #104/9 passed to their daughter Esther, and then to grandson Richard Moore in 1762. What was passed on was probably the original Mcylroy holding
  16. NOTE: Be aware that cottage allotment numbers changed over time as Douglas expanded. Rent and neighbours become key elements in confirming whether the tenants (ie Charles Killey) have changed properties or whether they have remained stable while the allotment number from one LA to the next

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 their other surviving son? (m Alice Quirk in 1732? 1735-1 A 25 KILLEY Alice QUIRK d 25 Feb 1734; sis Ann; mo alive; child on her bearing; husb alive; ch ua uncle Wm Quine + Isabl Quirk supv) - son?


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