Will - 1844 (Ramsey)

To the worshipful Thomas Arthur Corlett Vicar General etc

The humble petition of Patrick Howland of the parish of Bride

Showeth that William Mylrea of the town of Ramsey some time ago departed this life intestate and endebted unto your petitioner, and it is necessary that some person be appointed to administer the estate of the said William Mylrea

Wherefore your petitioner prays a hearing of this petition and that your worship may be pleased to grant administration of the estate of the said William Mylrea to the Sumner General or some other proper person and your petitioner will pray etc etc

Ordered that this petition do come on to be heard at a Court to be holden at Ramsey on Friday next whereof all proper parties to have due notice. Given this 28th May 1844 T.A.Corlett

At an Ecclesiastical Court held at Ramsey the 31st May 1844

Upon hearing this petition in presence of the petitioner, William Mylrea the only son and next of kin of the decedent being off this Island, and upon consideration had thereof, it appears necessary that administration of the personal estate and effects of the said decedent William Mylrea should be granted to some proper person and Daniel Christian, Sumner General, having been recommended to this Court for that purpose the said Daniel Christian is therefore sworn well and truly to administer the personal estate and effects of the said William Mylrea, deceased, in trust for the said William Mylrea the son and only next of kin to pay all just debts and funeral expenses so far forth as the goods will extend and the law bind him and to return to the Episcopal Registry a full true and perfect inventory of the said goods and effects with an accurate account of his acts and proceedings in the premises when thereunto lawfully required

Decretum est


We whose names ensue being a jury of four men summoned and sworn by William Christian, Sumner of Maughold, at the instance of Daniel Christian, Sumner General, administrator of the estate of William Mylrea of the town of Ramsey, deceased, to discover and appraise all the goods, chattels and effects which belonged to the said deceased and having appeared at the premises occupied by the said decedent and examined upon oath several of the neighbours, we find that the said William Mylrea at the time of his death was not possessed of any goods or chattels or effects whatsoever, and this we return as our verdict in the premises.

As witness our subscription or names this 17th April 1846. Robert Martin, John Corlett, Hugh Corlett, William Moore

The said jurors delivered this to me. William Christian, Sumner of Maughold

See Number 18, Book of Causes AD1846


  1. This 1846 court hearing was for probate on the goods of a William Mylrea who died "some time ago". There is a burial record for a William Mylrea died 1836 aged 81, giving him a birth year of 1855/56
  2. Best guess is that this William was the son of John Mylrea & Ann Howland who had married in 1749
  3. John Mylrea, William's probable father, had been a cooper in Ramsey. He was most likely to be the youngest son of William Mylrea & Katherine Cowle, and baptised in 1725 at Ballaugh
  4. From this probate hearing, it is clear that William Mylrea died in inpercunious circumstances
  5. While far from definite, this William might have been a mariner, in charge of / owning a small craft the Flying Fish out of Ramsey
  6. In 1834, William mortgaged a share in cottage allotment #63 to Patrick Howland and after William's death, Howland sold in 1846 it to Ewan Kinrade because the mortgage was never repaid. Patrick was the appellant in this Court hearing, and probably a relative since William's mother was a Howland
  7. The history of this property is that it was composed for in 1704 by Edmund Curlett, William's great grand father. In 1709, it was inherited by Edmond Curlett's children - Simon for half, with Simon, Dorothy, Margaret & Ann having the other half
  8. Dorothy Curlett married Patrick Houlden 30th November 1719, and died in 1728
  9. Ann Mylrea als Howland, William's mother, inherited her mother's share, and Ann Ann's 1778 will mentions the Mooragh, a stretch of land near Ramsey, and this presumably is the cottage allotment that Ann had inherited. A Lib Vast Entry in 1795 transfers her share of the #63 cottage allotment to husband John & son William
  10. William jnr, the only son of William, and grandson of Ann, was also cooper like his father, grandfather and great grandfather. He went to live and work in Liverpool with his family and after he died, his widow and their two youngest children migrated to Australia

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