Will - 1781 (Ballaugh)

Ballaugh April 18th 1781
This is affirmed by the subscribing witnesses to be the last will and testament of John Mylrea of the parish of Ballaugh aforesaid being sick in body but of a disposing mind, memory and understanding did on the 14th instant make and declare the same in manner following:

First he committed his soul to God and his body to Christian burial.

Item he bequeathed and left to his sons Daniel and John and to his daughters namely Jane, Mary & Elizabeth sixpence legacy each.

And lastly he nominated constituted and appointed his daughter Ellinor, wife of Thomas Gawn of said parish, sole and whole executrix of all the rest of his goods, chattels and effects moveable and immoveable and sixpence to each of the witnesses of his last will and testament.

Witnesses Michael Cross my X mk, John Sayle my X mk ] jurati

At a Chapter Court holden at KK Michael June 26th 1781 Thomas Gawn husband of Ellinor is sworn in Court in form of law hath given pledges for payment of debts and legacies viz the witnesses of the will.

Probatum est solvit Nil

Chas Crebbin, Wm Clucas



  1. John Mylrea was the Summoner for the parish of Ballaugh according to his MI, and born in 1706
  2. Could his mother have been Ellinor Mylrea als Qayle who died in 1733?
  3. Most likely family tree is as a descendant of William Mylrea and Ann Christian, who had sons Daniel, Thomas, William and Robert. While the life of son Daniel is well documented, the others are not so straightforward. However, William (b1667) is a good candidate to be John's father
  4. John Mylrea married twice. The first wife was Joney Kinread, whose children are nominated in the will. His second wife was Elinor Cain and although she had three children, none seem to have survived since they are not mentioned in Ellinor’s will (1780) or John’s
  5. Children Joney Kinread = Jane 1734, Daniel 1738, Mary 1741; Ellinor 1744, Elizabeth 1747, William 1752-1665, John 1759/ Elinor Cain = Margaret 1776, Thomas 1777, Joney 1779
  6. Of the children, William died in 1765, Mary married William Kaighin 1765 in Peel and had a large family, Ellinor married Thomas Gawn 1765 in Ballaugh, seems to have had five surviving children, and remained in Ballaugh. Nothing is known with certainty about Jane, Daniel, Elizabeth or John although Jane might have married Philip Radcliffe in 1766 (Ballaugh) and Daniel might have married Ann Keiggeen in 1767 (Rushen)
  7. If Daniel & Mary are indeed siblings, then both left Ballaugh for the southern part of the island as did John's hypothesised siblings Edward & Mary

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