SETTLEMENT - 1832 (Lonan)

Know all men by these presents that I Catharine Clague of Ballakilley in the parish of Lonan, divers good causes moving me unto but chiefly and especially for the love and good will I have and bear unto my nephew viz. Thomas Mylrea for and in consideration of his affectionate care of me in my infirm state of health and the attention he hath and do pay unto all what belongs to me and for the further consideration of one pound British in hand paid unto me by the hands of Thomas Mylrea, I Catharine Clague have therefore by virtue of these presents given, granted, settled and sold unto Thomas Mylrea and do therefore give, grant, confirm, settle and sell unto him the said Thomas Mylrea all my property viz. all my goods, cash, credits, and effects and all kinds of chattels, moveable and immoveable of whatever denomination soever belonging to me saving and excepting the following articles I reserve for and to my own use namely my bed and wearing apparel to be at my own disposal, to give unto whom I shall think proper and all the remainder of my goods, chattels, and effects I have and do give, settle and sell unto him the said Thomas Mylrea, his heirs and assigns, from this day forth and forever as his own right and property to have and to hold unto him the said Thomas Mylrea, his heirs, executors and assigns from this day forth from me the said Catherine Clague, my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns and to the true and faithful performance of the above I Catherine Clague do bind myself, my heirs and assigns, in the penal sum of twenty pounds to be levied and paid according to law. As witness my mark this the seventh day of November one thousand, eight hundred and thirty-two Nov 7th 1832. Catherine Clague my X mark

Signed and delivered in presence of us witnesses John Killey, William Mylechreest

Received from Thomas Mylrea the amount of the consideration sum in presence of witnesses Nov 7th 1832. Catharine Clague my X mark

Witnesses present John Killey, William Mylechreest

At Douglas 25 January 1834 William Mylechreest one of the witnesses to the execution of the foregoing Instrument made oath on the Holy Evangelist that Catherine Clague the executing party thereto and the receipt annexed duly signed the same in presence of deponent and of John Killey the other witness. Before me J. Quirk

At a Court Baron held at Douglas the 23rd April the foregoing Deed having been proven before a High Bailiff and now openly published in Court and no objection offered against it the same is therefore ordered to be recorded. Before me J. Quirk

[Ref: NSS May 1836 #29]


  1. Ballakilley
  2. This document shows that Thomas, as her nephew, was the son of William Mylrea & Elizabeth Clague.
  3. He had been born in Douglas in 1804
  4. HIs parents:
    • William was from Braddan, his parentage not clear
    • Elizabeth was the daughter of William Clague & Alice Craine, and born in Lonan in 1771. She was the youngest of several children, three of whom became instrumental in Thomas's prosperity
  5. Catherine Clague was the oldest sister of Thomas's mother, Elizabeth
  6. Elizabeth's sister, Isabella, and brother, John, also provided land and property in Lonan to Thomas and this must have been collectively the 30 acre Ballakilley estate on which Thomas and his family lived
  7. The two aunts made Settlements on Thomas on the same day in 1832, and died a month apart in 1836. The uncle, John Clague, had died in 1831
  8. Thomas married Ann Killey in 1833 in Lonan, and they had eight children on record
    • Anne (1833) unmarried at the time of her father's death, then no further sighting
    • Elizabeth (1835) married Thomas Kermode, miner, 1860
    • Isabella (1837) no record after 1861 census when she was 13, and not mentioned in father's will so presumably dead
    • Elleanor (1839) married James Lace, miner, 1862
    • Jane (1842) married John Corkill
    • Thomas (1843) married Ann Jane Cubbon, 1875
    • William (1845) married Emily Helena Corlett, 1873
    • Margaret (1849) married John Kermeen, miner, 1870
  9. Thomas snr died in 1881 aged 76. Unfortunately his older son Thomas jnr predeceased him
  10. The other son of Thomas snr, 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
  11. 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
  12. 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 siblings Isabella, John & Catherine having no living children, andtheir sister, Elizabeth, having about 8 children, most of whom died
  13. Whatever Thomas's ancestry, his male line ceased with the death of his son, William, in 1924

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