JOHN MYLREA snr 1865 Will Andreas


Arch 1865

In the name of God amen the twenty-fifty day of October one thousand, eight hundred and sixty-four

I John Mylrea of the parish of Andreas being diseased and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be unto God; therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my body, knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament; that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul unto the hands of almighty God who gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors; nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the power of almighty God. And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life I give, demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form:

First I give and bequeath to John Mylrea my well beloved son the sum of ten pounds of lawful money of England to be raised and levied out of my estate and paid to him by my executors after my decease

Also I give and bequeath to my son-in-law John Boyde and Ann his wife (formerly Mylrea) the sum of thirty pounds lawful money of England to be raised and levied out of my estate and paid to them by my executors after my decease

Also I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son-in-law William Mylrea whom I likewise constitute, make and ordain my sole executor of this my last will and testament all and singular my estate and all that I possess in this world by him freely to be possessed and enjoyed. And I hereby disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other testaments, wills, legacies, bequests, and executors by me in any ways before named, willed and bequeathed; ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal the day and year above written. John Mylrea

Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the said John Mylrea as his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers. William Skillicorn, Thomas Robinson

At a Chapter Court holden at Peel on the 26th day of May 1865 Thomas Robinson one of the subscribed witnesses to the foregoing paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of John Mylrea deceased having made oath upon the Holy Evangelist that the testator when of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding duly signed and executed the same as and for his last will and testament in his presence and in presence of William Skillicorn the other subscribed witness thereto William Mylrea the sole executor named in the said will is therefore sworn well and truly to fulfill and execute the same and to administer all and singular the personal estate and effects of the said deceased according to law by paying the just debts and funeral expenses of the deceased, and the legacies contained in his will so far forth as the goods and effects will thereto extend and the law bind him and to return unto the Archdeacon’s Registry a full, true and perfect inventory of the said estate and effects with an accurate account of his administration thereof when thereunto lawfully required and to these ends he hath given pledges namely John Cannan and Thomas Mylrea both of the parish of Michael who have entered into and executed the usual Bond in the presence of this Court. Probatum est. Thomas Callow AC


  1. Cronk Urleigh
  2. John Mylrea came from Ballaugh and married Isabella Quayle in 1814 in Michael
  3. John & Isabella lived most of their lives in Michael where they were recorded as having four children, although only three were mentioned in John's will so presumably, the other child had died before 1865 without issue:
    • Ann born 1815 married John Boyde
    • John born 1818 married widow Margaret Barry als Brew
    • Elizabeth born 1822 presumed dead
    • Mary born 1825 married William Mylrea
  4. The other Mylrea family in Michael at much the same time belonged to Thomas Mylrea, the corn miller, and Mary Elizabeth Caine. Thomas came from Braddan and had no discernible connection to the Mylreas of Cronk Urleigh although in 1850, Thomas's youngest brother William married John's youngest daughter, Mary. Thomas was one of the pledgers to John Mylrea's will
  5. The only son of John & Isabella went to Douglas where he worked as a joiner (carpenter) before returning in about 1850
  6. John & Isabella spent some of their final years in Andreas, living with their daughter Mary and her husband William, the blacksmith of Andreas and their growing brood of children. In 1851 Isabella was recorded as living with the recently-married couple; by 1861, Isabella had died and her widowed husband was living with Mary & William
  7. Sadly, their grandson John Mylrea, the only son of John and Margaret, was intellectually impaired, possibly quite profoundly, and thus this male line of Ballacooiley descendants came to an end

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