Will - 1778 (Ramsey)


This is affirmed to be the last will and testament of Ann Mylrea als Howland of the town of Ramsey who departed this life on or about 7th of this inst June 1778 and who was of sound mind and memory at the making hereof

First, she committed her soul to God and her body to a Christian burial

Item She left and bequeathed to her loving and dutiful son William Mylrea all her right, title, interest and property of, in and unto their dwelling house and all the rest of her title on the Mooragh in said concerns

Item She left and bequeathed that her said son William Mylrea should pay unto each of his sisters viz Ann, Margaret, Elizabeth and Catherine Mylrea ten shillings each

Item She left and bequeathed unto her said daughter Margaret a bed and sheet

Item She left and bequeathed unto her husband John Mylrea all the rest of her worldly goods of what kind or denomination soever

Lastly she nominated, constituted, ordained and appointed her said son William whole and sole executor of this her last will

Witnesses present James Gill my mark X, Thomas Vondy my mark X ] jurati

At the Chapter Court holden Lezayre November 18th 1788 ....... (missing)


  1. Ann Howland married John Mylrea in Maughold, 1749
  2. She was baptised 20th August 1720, Maughold, the daughter of Pat Howland and Dorothy Curlett
  3. John Mylrea was a cooper in Ramsey as was Dorothy's father
  4. Best guess is that Ann Howland’s husband, John Mylrea, was a youngest son of William Mylrea & Katherine Cowle, born in 1725 at Ballaugh. Like his older brother Nicholas Mylrea snr, he was obliged to strike out on his own while his oldest brother Thomas inherited the family estate (Ballacooiley) from his uncle John who died without issue. Nicholas snr had been fortunate enough to be able to purchase land from Thomas and start his own Mylrea family estate (Ballacorraige)
  5. Children of John & Ann - Ann (baptised 1750), Margaret (1752), Elizabeth (no record of baptism between 1752 & 1756), William (1756), Catherine (1763); also John (1753-1758) & Mary (1755) who must have died given that they're not named in Ann's will
  6. The Mooragh mentioned in Ann's will was a stretch of land near Ramsey so Ann Howland brought land into her marriage to John
  7. The history of this property is that it was composed for in 1704 by Edmund Curlett, Dorothy's father. In 1709, it was inherited by the Curlett children - Simon for half, with Simon, Dorothy, Margaret & Ann having the other half. Dorothy Curlett married Patrick Houlden 30th November 1719, and died in 1728. Her daughter Ann was 8 years old when inherited her mother's share
  8. A Lib Vast Entry in 1795 transfers her share of the #63 cottage allotment left by Ann to husband John & son William
  9. The share in #63 was mortgaged by son William in 1834 to Patrick Howland and after William's death, sold in 1846 to Ewan Kinrade because the mortgage was never repaid
  10. Son William seems to have died in impercunious circumstances, alone and without possessions some time prior to 1844
  11. Ann's grandson William jnr was also cooper like his father and great grandfather and went to live in Liverpool with his family. After he died in 1856, his widow and their two youngest children migrated to Australia

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