JANE MYLREA als CAIN 1847 Douglas

This is the last will and testament of Jane Mylrea (alias Cain) the wife of John Mylrea bookseller stationer Duke St, Douglas. I leave and bequeath to my only child Elizabeth Jane Mylrea the sum of thirty pounds sterling to be paid her at the death of my husband if there be effects remaining

I leave and bequeath to my sister Mary Ann Cain all my wearing apparel which she is to use for the benefit of the aforesaid Elizabeth Jane Mylrea and herself conjointly. I leave to all persons having a claim on my property the sum of two shillings and sixpence Lastly I appoint nominate and constitute my affectionate husband John Mylrea whole and sole executor and residuary legatee of all my goods and effects moveable and immoveable of every kind and description and also to this my last will and testament In witness whereof I hereunto subscribe my name this thirty-first of May 1847 Jane Mylrea

Signed published and declared by the said Jane Mylrea as and for her last will and testament in presence of us witnesses: Jonathan Cain, Robert Christian

At a Chapter Court holden at Douglas the 26th October 1847 Jonathan Cain and Robert Christian the subscribing witnesses to the execution of the foregoing paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Jane Mylrea deceased having made oath on the Holy Evangelist that the said Jane Mylrea the executing party thereto when of sound disposing mind, memory and understanding duly signed and executed the same as and for her last will and testament in their presence. John Mylrea the executor in said will named is thereupon sworn well and truly to fulfil and execute the said will according to law, to pay all just debts legacies and funeral expences so far forth as the goods and effects will extend and the law bind him and also to return to the Episcopal Registry a full true and perfect inventory of the said estate with an accurate account of his acts and proceedings in the premises when thereunto legally required and to these ends he hath given pledges in form of law namely Jonathan Cain and Thomas Mylrea both of the town of Douglas in the parish of Braddan.

Probatum est


(note: Thomas Mylrea signed the probate form with a cross whereas he personally signed his own will)


  1. Jane was the first wife of John Mylrea, the reknowned bookseller and publisher of Douglas
  2. Jane & John married in 1844, and their daughter Elizabeth Jane born in 1845
  3. Jane was probably only in her twenties when she died
  4. Her husband John was the youngest of four sons of Thomas and Elizabeth als Cowin and born in Lonan 1818. Thomas was a tailor
  5. John remarried in 1848, to Jane Allen
  6. Elizabeth Jane, Jane's daughter, died aged 12 in 1858
  7. The son of John's second marriage, John Allen Mylrea, was born in 1849 so his ½ sister died when he was about 9 years of age
  8. John Mylrea died in 1881, a patron of the Arts and of the church. Cruelly, he had gone blind

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Last updated: May 2014