Will - 1879 (Lonan)


1879 #141 Archdeacon

This is the last will and testament of Thomas Mylrea junior of Balnakilley in the parish of Lonan. I leave, devise and bequeath unto my wife Ann Jane Mylrea all my right, title, interest and demand in and unto two shops or houses situate on the North Quay in the town of Douglas now under lease to James Fielding, barber and hairdresser, and I also leave, devise and bequeath unto her, my said wife, all the rest and remainder of my goods, monies, chattels and effects of whatsoever kind, nature, or description soever and wherever and do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint her my said wife Ann Jane Mylrea whole and sole executrix of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name this 16th day of January 1879. Thomas Mylrea

The words “subscribed my name” was interlined before this will was executed.

Signed and executed by the testator in our presence and in presence of each other as witness hereunto. John Kermeen, Thomas Lewin

At a Chapter Court held at Douglas on the 29th day of May 1879, Diocese of Sodor & Man} John Kermeen one of the witnesses to the foregoing paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Thomas Mylrea junior late of Ballanakilley in the parish of Lonan, deceased, who died on the 11th day of February 1879 having made oath on the Holy Evangelist that the testator when of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding has duly signed and acknowledged the same as and for his last will and testament in his presence and in presence of Thomas Lewin the other subscribing witness thereto and that they at the same time in the presence of the testator at his request and in the presence of eachother did … and thereunto subscribe the same in attestation thereof Ann Jane Mylrea, widow, the relict of the deceased and executrix in the said will named is therefore sworn well and truly to fulfill and execute the said will and to administer all and singular the personal estate and effects of the testator according to law by paying his just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses, and the legacies contained in the will so far forth as his estate and effects will thereto extend and the law bind her and to return unto the Episcopal Registry of the Diocese of Sodor & Man a full, true and perfect inventory of the said estate and effects with an accurate account of her administration thereof when thereunto lawfully required and to these ends she hath given pledges namely Matthias Clague of Douglas in the parish of Braddan and John Kermeen of Baldrine in the parish of Lonan who have entered into and executed the usual Bond in the presence of this Court.

Probatum est.



  1. Ballakilley
  2. Thomas Mylrea jnr was the older son of Thomas Mylrea snr & Ann Killey, who married in Lonan in 1833
  3. Thomas Mylrea jnr married Ann Jane Cubbon in 1875
  4. Sadly, Thomas jnr died 4 years later in 1879. He left everything to his wife and there were no children
  5. Ann Jane was only 31 when she was widowed, and 48 years old when she died
  6. She might have been a successful businesswoman for she left inter alia five Bonds of Deed & Security as part of her estate, the value of which totalled about £300. She also left two shops in North Quay
  7. Thomas's brother, William, inherited Ballakilley, but lived with his family at Croit-e-Quill, in Sunhill Cottage. He was a miner at the time of his marriage, and described variously during his lifetime as an engine driver & general laborer. He was listed in Brown's Directory 1894 as "owner of part of Ballakilley" but never in census collections as a farmer
  8. William & Emily had four children, all of whom quickly died
    • William Henry 1874-1874
    • Emily Ann 1880-1880
    • Robert William 1886-1887
    • Harriet Ann 1888-1888
  9. There might have been a genetic problem in this Mylrea line because there were no discernable living siblings of Thomas snr, although records of several dead ones; Thomas Mylrea jnr and wife Ann Jane Cubbon had no children in their short marriage and Thomas jnr died at the age of 35. On the other hand, it might have been a Clague endowment with Isabella, John & Catherine having no living children, and their sister Elizabeth (the grandmother of Thomas Mylrea jnr) having about 8 children, most of whom died
  10. Whatever Thomas's ancestry, his male line ceased with the death of his brother, William, in 1924
  11. The MI for Thomas jnr and his wife reads: In affectionate remembrance of Thomas Mylrea of Ballakilley, Lonan, who died February 11, 1879, aged 35 years. Also Anne Jane, wife of the above, who died May 16, 1896, aged 48 years.

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