Will - 1766 ( )

Transcribed by Frances Coakley and taken from her CD

In the name of God, Amen. I Richard Moore of the town aforesaid [Douglas] being in perfect health and in sound mind and memory make this my last will and testament.

First, I commend my soul to God, hoping through the merits of my Saviour Jesus Christ to receive full pardon and remission of all my sins; and my body I commit to the earth to be decently buried.

Item, I leave to my child or children three hundred pounds, one hundred of which is now in the hands of my father-in-law Captn. Thomas Christian of Jurby, and in case my said child or children should happen to die before they come of proper age to dispose of the same by will or otherwise that it shall descend and fall to my wife Ann Moore, whom I constitute, nominate and appoint to my sole and entire executor of all my goods and effects, movable and immovable, of what kind soever, leaving one shilling legacy to all persons that can claim anything.

In witness whereof I have set my hand the day and date aforesaid. [signed] Richard Moore.

Witnesses: Thomas Cannell, Ewan Key

At a Consistory Court holden in Peeltown 9th April 1766, Thomas Cannell & Ewan Key the above subscribing witnesses have deposed on the holy Evangelist that the above named Richard Moore duly signed and executed the above written will in their presence, and that he duly published and declared in their presence that the same was his last will and testament, as also that he the said Richard Moore was of sound and disposing mind and memory at the time of the execution of said will. Whereupon Mrs. Ann Moore the widow is by the consent of Robert & Peter Moore, the brothers, and of Mr. William Crebbin the husband of Esther Crebbin als Moore sister of the deceased sworn executrix in form of law, to whom the dead’s part of his children with their goods is by the consent of the said Robert & Peter Moore as also of the said William Crebbin who are sworn supervisors of said children committed to the widow, and she hath given pledges in form of Law for the payment of debts and legacies, namely the Revd. Mr. James Wilks Vicar of KK Michael and the said Mr. William Crebbin of Douglas.


  1. Richard was the second son of Esther Joyner als Moore als Killey. He was born in Braddan in 1735
  2. He was the grandson of Jane Mc ylroy and Richard Killey who married in 1689 in Douglas
  3. Richard'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 1744 will after the death of his mother Esther
  5. Birth records show that RIchard had at least three daughters, one of whom was born after Richard died
  6. Richahrd's burial record notes that he had been shot

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) - uncle?


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