Will - 1744 (Braddan)

Douglas January 28th 1741

In the name of God amen, I Richard Killey of the town aforesaid being weak in body but of perfect mind and memory praise be given to almighty God do therefore make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner following:

I commend my soul to God hoping through the merits of my saviour Jesus Christ to receive full pardon and redemption of all my sins; and my body I commit to the earth to be decently buried

Item I leave to my son Richard Killey who has been several years out of the Island one guineau

Item I leave to my daughter Catherine and her husband John Cottiman the sum of seven pounds together with about the sum of three pounds they owe me in accounts but in case the said John Cottiman, his wife, their heirs or assigns should dispute this will on account of a further right due to them by the death of my son John Killey who lived in the house under me then and in that case I do deprive them of their said legacies or any other right they can claim in or under me and only leave them one shillling legacy betwixt them

Item I leave to my daughter Esther Moore als Killey my dwelling house with the garden adjoining which, after her decease, is to descend to my grandson Richard Moore but if so be that my said grandson happen to die before he come of age to dispose of the same by will or otherwise that then it is to return to my said daughter Esther Moore to be at hers or her executor's disposal

Lastly I constitute, nominate and appoint my daughter Esther Moore als Killy sole executor of all the rest of my goods moveable and immoveable of what kind soever, leaving sixpence legacy to any other person that can claim anything

In witness hereof I have caused this will to be written and my name to be thereunto put the day and year aforesaid

Richard Killey

Testes William Flaxney, Robert Brown ] jurati

Mr Richard Joyner, husband of the executrix, is sworn in Court in form of law and has given pledges for payment of debts and legacies namely the witnesses of the will

Solvit 12d

Probatum est

John Cosnaham, Edward Moore


  1. Burial record says "old Richard Killey aged about 90" : 30th May 1744 Braddan so Richard was born 1655-1660
  2. He was a weaver
  3. Richard was the husband of Jane Mylrea. They married in 1689 in Braddan and presumably Jane was born in the 1660s
  4. They had children Charles (b?), John (1701), Richard (1699), Katherine (m John Cottiman 1724), Esther (m Peter Moore, Richard Joyner) 1704
  5. Jane died 1725. Her sons John and Charles had died by the time Richard Killey died in 1744, leaving only her son Richard and two daughters Catherine and Esther
  6. Charles had five children Richard (1731-1740), Thomas (1732-1732), Charles (1733), Jane (1735-1735) by wife Dorothy Gawn m1730 & d1735, and Elizabeth (1740) by second wife Margaret Maddrel m1739
  7. Daughter Katherine had three children - Jane (1725), John (1725), a son (1731)
  8. Daughter Esther had children 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)
  9. Charles, mentioned in Jane's will, has no record of baptism but the poignant burial entry: Mr Charles Killey & Peter Moore merchants with many passengers perished at sea. Both their son and their son in law were buried January 25th 1740 in Braddan
  10. Jane was the younger daughter of Katherine Moore and John Mylrea, and the sister of Margaret Joyner. Katherine died in about 1698, and John Mylrea left the island and was never heard of again, presumed dead
  11. Jane's legacy from her mother was Conchan cottage allotment #104 (later #109), described in Lib Assed "three houses and two gardens 12d, another little house and a house and garden on the sand side 2d" Total rent 14d. Next door neighbours were Phil Higgin and his wife Jane Mcylrea, and Robert Lewn, father of Margaret the wife of Thomas Mylrea. The allotments were on Barrack St
  12. Richard & Jane sold the house and garden on the sand side and 1707, and gifted another building on the allotment to their son Charles in 1723
  13. What remained of cottage allotment #104/9 passed to Richard's grandson Richard Moore in 1762

Associated Documents

From Summary of Wills, A Manx Notebook

1735-2 E 010 d KILLEY Dorothy GAWN d 17 sep; Douglas; ch Richd,Charles + Jane - nearest relns mo side (uncle)Tho + (aunt) Elizth gawn; husb Charles; agreemnt between supvs + husb; inv

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 son? Last updated: May 2019