Will - 1811 (German)

originally submittd by Shirley C. Hogensen to Brian Lawson


In the name of God Amen.

This is affirmed to be the last will and testament of Isabela Cain als Mylrea the wife of William Cain of Moaney Voar in the parish of KK German, published and declared before us the witnesses hereof, on the 18th day of June 1808 who being of a sound mind, memory and understanding at the makeing hereof:

First she committed her soul to Almighty God and her body to Christian burial

Item she left and bequeathed to her four sons namely John, Mathew, Thomas and William Cain the sum of one crown each as legacy

Lastly she nominated, constituted and appointed her loving husband William Cain whole and sole executor of all the rest of her goods and effects of what kind or nature soever, only reserving her shaped apparel from her said executor, excluding and debaring all other claiming friends at six pence legacy each

In testimony whereof we have subscribed our names as witnesses hereunto. Richard Cowley, John Killip} jurati

At a Chapter Court holden at St Johns 14 June 1811 The executor is sworn in Court in form of law and hath given pledges for the payment of debts and legacies namely the witnesses of the will.

Probatum est

Niels Christian


  1. Daughter of Thomas Mylrea & Jane Karran, baptised in Braddan 1734. Her brother Edward, baptised 1738, died in infancy so she was their only surviving child
  2. Married William Cain, Braddan 1753 at the age of 19 years. She was 58 when she died
  3. Cain's home was an estate on Moaney Moar quarterland in German, an estate purchased by Isabella's father, Thomas, in 1755, from the Cain family
  4. Four sons: John Thomas 1759, Matthias 1764 , Thomas 1769, William 1774 (and a daughter Margrett b1755 died 1769). Son William not mentioned in his father will in 1813
  5. This couple should not to be confused with William Cain & Isabel Mylrea als Killip of Ballaugh. This Isabel was the widow of Thomas Mylrea of Ballacooiley who died in 1744. Isabel married William Cain 1746 and died in Ballaugh 1777
  6. It is likely that Isabella's father, Thomas Mylrea, was the second cousin of Isabel Killip's first husband, Thomas Mylrea of Ballacooiley
  7. Isabella's father, Thomas, was seemingly a wealthy man, engaging in several land transactions in Braddan & German
  8. Thomas purchased the Moaney Moar estate from Nicholas Caine and his son Willim in 1755 for £100, then sold it back to him for £2
  9. Isabella's husband William died 1813
  10. A century later, there were still Cains farming at Moaney Moar, perhaps descendants of Thomas Mylrea
  11. There is every likelihood that Isabella was a member of the Deemster/Archdeacon/MHK/Attorney General Mylrea clan, albiet a distant one. She was probably the great grand daughter of William McYlrea & Ann Christian

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