JOSEPH MYLROIE 1880 Will Lonan



In the name of God amen, I Joseph Mylroie of Ballacosney in the parish of Lonan being of sound, disposing mind and memory do hereby make and ordain this my last will and testament. First I commit our soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and my body I recommend to the earth by a decent Christian burial according to the discretion of my executor. And concerning my worldly goods and effects, I dispose of in the following manner:

I leave the sum of two shillings and sixpence to my daughter Margaret, wife of Daniel Mylechraine now in America.

I leave the sum of two shillings and sixpence to my daughter Ellen, wife of Henry Kinrade now in the parish of Andreas.

I leave the sum of two shillings and sixpence to my daughter Isabella, wife of John Cowin now in the parish of Lonan.

I leave the sum of two shillings and sixpence to my daughter Mary Ann, wife of Henry Kelly, now at Foxdale.

I leave the sum of two shillings and sixpence to my daughter Elizabeth, wife of John Radcliffe, now in the parish of Lonan.

I leave the sum of two shillings and sixpence to my daughter Hannah, wife of James Killey, now in the parish of Maughold.

I leave one shillling each to any person or persons who may lawfully have a claim in this my last will and testament.

I appoint, nominate and ordain my son Thomas Joseph Mylroie to be whole and sole executor and residuary legatee of all the rest and remainder of my goods and effects be they of what nature or denomination soever and I desire if it be possible to be entered in the grave in which my mother was buried in and that my executor shall provide and erect a suitable headstone with my age at the time of my decease and the date of my decease inscribed thereon and the same for my mother both on the same stone. I do hereby revoke and disannull all wills heretofore made by me, declaring this to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my mark this the first day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand, eight hundred and seventy-nine. X Joseph Mylroie his mark

Witnessed by John Skillicorn, William James Skillicorn

At a Chapter Court held at Douglas on the 29 day of April 1880 Diocese of Sodor and Man} John Skillicorn and William James Skillicorn the subscribing witnesses to the execution of the foregoing paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Joseph Mylroie late of Ballacosney in the parish of Lonan, deceased, who died on or about the 25 day of January 1880 having made oath on the Holy Evangelist that the testator Joseph Myroie when of sound and disposing mind and memory and understanding duly signed and acknowledged the same by putting his .... mark thereto after the same had been read over to the testator in their presence and that they at the same time in the presence of the testator at his request and in the presence of each other did then and there subscribe their names in attestation thereto Thomas Joseph Mylroie son of the testator the executor of the said will named is therefore sworn well and truly to fulfill and execute said will and to administer the said estate and effects of the deceased according to law by paying the just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses of the deceased and the legacies contained in the said will so far forth as the said estate and effects will there extend and the law bind him and to return unto the Episcopal Registry of the Isle and diocese of Sodor and Man a full, true and perfect inventory of said estate and effects with an accurate account of the administration thereof when thereunto lawfully required and to these ends he hath given pledges namely Joseph Quayle (?) of Ballaulynce and William James Skillicorn both in the said parish of Lonan who have entered into and executed the usual Bond in the presence of the Court.

Probatum est.



  1. COLBY - Ballacosney (2)
  2. Joseph Mylroie was the younger son of James Mylroie snr & Elinor Skillicorn, and baptised in Lonan in 1805
  3. Both he and his older brother James jnr received Settlements from their parents, James in 1828 (at the age of 40) and Joseph in 1841, a year before their father died
  4. Joseph married Margaret Kinread in 1832 in Lonan and they had 8 children of whom 7 survived to adulthood, 6 daughters and 1 son:
    • Margaret b1832 married Daniel Mylrchraine, a miner
    • Elinor Jane b1834 married Henry Kinrade, a mariner
    • Isabella b1837 married John Quayle
    • Thomas Joseph b1840 married Elizabeth Kneale
    • Daughter Mary Ann b1843, not mentioned in her mother's will but was included in her father's 1880 will, married to Henry Kelly and living in Foxdale
    • Elizabeth b1846 married John Radcliffe, a miner
    • Hannah b1852 married James Killey
  5. Another daughter named Hannah b1849 died when she was about 1 year old
  6. Margaret, their oldest daughter, migrated to the USA in 1873 with her husband Daniel Mylechraine and their children: Margaret Ann (1852), Isabella (1854), Esther Jane (1856), Daniel Joseph (1858), Sophia (1861), Philip Edward (1863), Eleanor (1867), James Henry (1872), and Louisa (1874). They lived in Illinois
  7. By the time he died, Joseph had issued his own will which remained much the same as his joint will with Margaret, but he increased the legacies somewhat
  8. Only son Thomas Joseph mortgaged the estate in 1889 for £30, in 1894 for £10, and in 1897 for £42. It seems these debts were all in the hands of Daniel Mylroie, his second cousin, by the time he died
  9. After the death of Thomas Joseph in 1906, his family separated and went into service, suggesting that Ballacosney Farm was gone from this Mylroie line

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