Will - 1689 (Braddan)

In the name of God amen I Amey McLeroy als Watson being [weak?] but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to Almighty God do make this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following viz:

First I bequeath my soul into the hands of Almightly God my savior ........doubting but through the meritorious death of my ever present? redeemer... number of his ..... .

Item I bequeath my body to Christian burial.

Item I leave to my son Robert Joyner one shilling legacy.

Item I leave to my .... Jonny/ Hennry Maclery six yards of hurdon cloth for shirting as a legacy

.. my wearing apparel both of linen and woolen equally to be divided between my daughters Alice Joyner and Jaine Maclery.

I also leave my said two daughters my part of goods and cattle (chattels?] of what kind or nature soever.

I constitute and ordain my two daughters Alice and Jaine my true and lawful executrices of this my last will and testament.

Witnesses present Finlo Joyner, Philip Claige my mark P, William Flaxney ] jurati

Alice Joyner one of the executrices being [at age is]? sworn in form of law and to be ...... to the other executrix who is under age

Probatum est et solvit

[lengthy Inventory] The father hath the younger executrice's goods and hath given pledges Philip Clague and the other executrix hath given pledges in form of law David ...............

Jan 17th 1707 Item Jo: Graham (Alice Joyner’s husband) received her part of the clear inventory viz £1/6/0 and acquits her brother Robert Joyner his executors, administrators or assigns forever. Witness his hand John Graham Teste me JWoods R Ep

Dec 23 1714 Philip Higgin (husband of Jane Mcylrey one of the executrices) owns to be paid from his brother Robert Joyner all that fell due to his wife by her father and mother Henry and Amy Mcylrey. Witness his hand Philip Higgin Teste me


  1. Amy had been married at least twice, first to William Joyner and then to Hen Mallereigh
  2. William Joyner was his father's favoured son and he enjoyed the bulk of his father's estate (E 0991641). In turn, the estate (allotments in Douglas) was passed on to William's son, Robert. There was also a daughter Alice about whom little is known
  3. First husband William Joyner died 1674 (E d 0991642)
  4. Amy died 24th May 1689, leaving an underage child Jane, her daughter with Hen, along with the two Joyner children.
  5. Amy does not have a burial record
  6. Husband Hen MAELEREIGH buried 8th December 1689, about 7 months after the death of Amy
  7. Children Robert Joyner (b1653) married Margaret Mallereigh 1685; Alice Joyner (b c1670) married John Graham 1707; Jane McLeroy (b c1680) married Philip Higgin 1703
  8. Robert Joyner & Philip Higgin are recorded as crew on the Henrietta in 1705
  9. Both Robert & Jane married individuals who held Douglas allotments in addition to the ones they inherited from Amy/William: See for more detail from the 1705 Survey of Douglas allotments [Robert 12/15, 13/09, 16/05] [Jane 13/01, 13/13, 16/06]
  10. In 1730, Amy's children were living as adults in Douglas : Robert (widowed) alone, Alice (widowed) with four children, Jane & Philip with one child
  11. Jane died 1736; Robert & Alice both died 1744
  12. William Joyner's father (Robert) was a mariner, and Robert has also been recorded as a mariner so perhaps this Joyner family had a sea-going tradition?
  13. Robert's step-father was Hen Mallereigh and his wife's father was John McYlroy, so there's some prospect that these two men were related although no direct evidence has been found

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