Purchase - 1743 (Malew)

Know all men by these presents that I William Curphey of Castletown with the full and free consent of my wife Elizabeth Curphey als Boardman divers good causes and considerations us hereunto moving but more especially for and in consideration of the full and just sum of nineteen pounds ten shillings currency of this Isle to be paid unto us at the worshipful Deemster’s attestation at, by and from the hands of John Mylrea of Castletown aforesaid have given, granted, alienated, passed over and sold and do by these presents give, grant, bargain, alienate, pass over and forever absolutely sell unto John Mylrea all the right, title, property and interest that we now have, heretofore had or at any time hereafter may, might or could have in and unto a certain house situate in Castletown between the house of William Corlett and the house of Cuthbert Bridson on the worshipful Deemster’s Hill being the house that was formerly Philip Crellin’s and sold to me the said William Curphey by John Cotteman the Sergeant of the Abbey Lands of KK Malew rent of one half penny or thereabouts to have and to hold unto him the said John Mylrea his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns the premises aforesaid with all immunities, privileges, easements and appurtenances thereunto belonging and appertaining he the said John Mylrea his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns from the first day of May next from us our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns the aforesaid house with all ways, waters, watercourses, easements, liberties, profits and advantages to the same belonging or in any wise appertaining he the said John Mylrea yielding and paying the yearly rent with all dues, duties, boons, suits and services at the times and seasons usual and accustomed and the said William and Elizabeth Curphey do oblige themselves to procure the worshipful Deemster’s attestation with the honourable Court’s confirmation to the deed and to do and execute any other act or deed for the better serving of the premises to the said John Mylrea and his assigns forever For the true and faithful performance of all which the said William Curphey and Elizabeth my wife do bind and oblige ourselves, our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns in and under the penalty and forfeiture of forty pounds sterling to be levied and paid according to law and customs of this Isle In testimony whereof we have hereunto set our hands and affixed our seals this 20th day of February 1743/4 William Curphey, Elizabeth Curphey my mark X

Signed and delivered in presence of us William Farrant, John Gill

5th May 1744 Mr William Curphey and Mrs Elizabeth Curphey acknowledged the within Bill of Sale to be their voluntary act and deed and also to be fully satisfied and paid the full consideration money therein mentioned this before me John Taubman

At an Abbey Court holden at Ballasalley 19th May 1744 the within Bill of Sale being acknowledged before the Deemster and now openly published in Court and no objections offered against it is therefore allowed of and confirmed according to law Dan Mylrea, John Taubman, Charles Stanley, John Quayle, William Christian

[Ref SSS May 1744 #68 ]


  1. Fildraw beg
  2. Third son of Thomas McYlrea & Jony Kinley born 1721 known as John jnr
  3. John jnr was of executor his younger brother Charles's 1740 will and the main legatee his mother's 1741 will
  4. This purchase took place soon after his younger brother and mother had died (1740 & 1741 respectively) and before he married
  5. While John jnr had purchased the house, he could not lay claim to the land. A subsequent purchase in 1750 acquired the land
  6. This purchase might mark the transition of John jnr into urban living. Given his brother's and mother's bequests, John jnr had houses & lands in his possession in the decade preceding this purchase and he kept it all in his possession until his death in 1757. John jnr was also a cooper by profession, marking the transtion of that branch of the family away from farming. Since his older brother John snr was also a cooper in Castletown, it is highly likely that brother Thomas took care of John's Fildraw lands
  7. John jnr married to Isabel/Elizabeth Caroon 1746, Malew
  8. Children: Sarah (1747), John (1749), Kath (1751), Thomas (1754). Castletown List of Householders c1757 shows two boys and two girls in family and that the family had 1 servant
  9. John jnr was 36 when he died. In fact, three of the four sons of Thomas & Jony died young, Charles in his teens and the two Johns in their 30s. Their father also died young, aged 39
  10. In 1757 John jnr offered this property (house on Deemster's Hill) as security against the safe passage of his sale of Fildraw lands, fearing litigation from his nephew named John Mylrea (of whom there were several!)
  11. There is much about the Malew Mylreas of the 1600s and early 1700s that does not hang together so extreme caution must be exercised

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