Will - 1769 (Douglas)

Transcribed by Frances Coakley and taken from her CD


In the name of God, Amen. I Peter Moore of Douglas in the Isle of Mann, being of sound and disposing mine, memory, reason and judgment, and shortly hereafter intending a voyage to the West Indies, therefore in order to prevent troubles that may hereafter arise about my estate and effects, do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say:

First, I recommend my sould to God who gave it and my corpse to be interred in the most Christian-like manner that the place where my death may happen will admit of, and as for what worldly estate and effects wherewith God hath blessed me, I give, leave and bequeath the same as follows:

I order payment to be made of all my just debts so far as my effects will extend, and as for all the rest, residue and remainder of all my houses, lands, gardens, estate real or personal, goods, chattles and effects of every … and kind that I am or may be entitled unto either in law or equityI I give, leave and bequeath the same to my dearly beloved sister Hester Crebbin now the wife of William Crebbin of Douglas, merchant, and to her husband the said William and their assigns forever

And I hereby declare null and void all former and other will or wills by me made, and this only to be and remain my last will and testament. And lastly I hereby name, constitute and appoint the said William Crebbin and Hester his wife, my lawfull sister, or the survivor of them whole and sole executors of this my last will and testament

I leave to every person who can lawfully charge and prove the same six pence legacy and no more.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this ninth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty-seven. [signed] Peter Moore junior.

Witnesses: Nicholas Christian, William Christian, Richard Cowell, John Christian

At a Court of Correction holden over Douglas 28th January 1771, the executor is sworn in court in form of law and hath given pledges for payment of debt and legacies vizt, Mr John … of Castletown and George Oates of KK Onchan


  1. Peter was the youngest son of Esther Joyner als Moore als Killey. He was born in Braddan in 1741
  2. He was the grandson of Jane Mc ylroy and Richard Killey who married in 1689 in Douglas
  3. Peter's mother Esther married Richard Joyner after his own father, Peter, was drowned off the coast of England in a shipwreck in 1741
  4. Richard's grandfather, Richard Killey, nominated Richard as the beneficiary of his will after his mother's death in 1761
  5. Peter jnr had no family apparently (he was 25 when he died) and left his estate entirely to his sister and her husband
  6. Older brother Richard pre-deceased him which led to the Killy lands going to Richard's daughter's families

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 his brother? (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)


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