Settlement - 1737 (Douglas)

Know all men whom it may concern that I Robert Joyner of the town of Douglas being old, sickly and infirm for several years past and and nobody to provide for or take care of me in this my old and declining condition but my son in law Charles Cosnahan and his wife Margaret my daughter who out of the tender love and regard they bear unto me have promised and hereby obliged themselves, executors and assigns to find and provide me with meat, drink, washing, lodging, clothing and other necessities befitting my condition during my natural life and in order to make them such small satisfaction as lies in my power do therefore (as I have the sole right in myself) make over unto them a certain dwelling house, backside and garden by Deed of Gift as is hereafter mentioned. Therefore be it known that I the said Robert Joyner for the causes above recited do hereby give, grant, settle and confirm and make a full, perfect free Deed of Gift forever unto the said Charles Cosnahan and Margaret his wife of all that dwelling house, backside and garden which adjoins to the rent of Mr Quayle Somervil towards the east and to Charles Joyner’s executor's rent towards the west, the garden adjoining to Richard Killey’s rent the whole premises being of about fourteen pence rent be the same more or less as also all other my goods moveable and immoveable whatsoever and wheresoever to have and to hold unto him the said Charles Cosnahan and Margaret his wife the said dwelling house, backside and garden forever together with all and every my household goods and effects of what nature or kind soever immediately after my decease without any claim, challenge or demand to be made by any person whatsoever he the said Charles Cosnahan and Margaret his wife paying the annual rents and customs usual and for the avoiding of all disputes and controversies that might any ways arise or happen touching the disposal already made by me do hereby cut off and debar all lawful claimers with one English shilling legacy when the same shall be lawfully demanded and for his the said Charles Cosnahan’s further security of the said dwelling house, backside and garden together with all and every the goods and chattels beforementioned I the said Robert Joyner have put the said Charles Cosnahan and Margaret Cosnahan in full and peaceable possession by the gift and delivery of an English shilling in the name of Possession Livery of Seisin of all and singular the said premises according to the custom of the Island and for the true and faithful performance of all and singular the articles and conditions beforementioned we the said parties do bind and oblige ourselves heirs, executors, administrators and assigns the one to the other in the penalty and forfeiture of one hundred pounds sterling to be levied according to law. Witness our hands and seals May 5th 1837 Robert Joyner, Charles Cosnahan, Margaret Cosnahan

Signed, sealed, Possession Livery of Seisin given in presence of Silvester Corris, Thomas Cannell

16th May 1737 Robert Joyner came and hath acknowledged the within and above Deed of Gift to be his free and voluntary act and deed and Charles Cosnahan and his wife do acknowledge the obligation within to be performed by them and this before me Charles Moore

At a Sheading Court held at Douglas 16th May 1737 The above and within Deed of Gift & Obligation being acknowledged before the Deemster and now published in open Court and no objection offered against it the same therefore is allowed of and confirmed according to law Charles Moore, Dan Mylrea, Charles Stanley, Allen Stanley, William Christian

[Ref SSS May 1737 #63]


  1. Charles Cosnahan was the son-in-law of Robert Joyner. He was the second husband of Margaret Joyner, Robert's older daughter
  2. Robert's only son, Charles Joyner, had died in 1729 so this Settlement might have been necessary to ensure Robert had someone to look after him in his old age
  3. Robert was baptised 1653 so he was in his 80s when he made the Settlement, and died in 1744. He was a mariner
  4. The Joyners (Robert & Margaret) might have been relatively wealthy. Robert inherited several allotments in Douglas from his father, William Joyner (b1628), and Margaret enjoyed a similar legacy from her mother, Catherine. See for more detail from the 1705 Survey of Douglas allotments [12/15, 13/09, 16/05]
  5. The statement about cutting off and debarring all lawful claimants might be an indication that daughter Emma, to whom her mother had left her half of their house "if Robert had no need of it", was alive and with this Deed of Gift meant she was left nothing by her father

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