Isle of Man Family History Society Journal Vol 5 No 4 Oct 1983


Memorials of God's Acre - SAYLE

Kirk Patrick


1771 .Henry Sayle, died 7th April


8t. Peter's Church. Peel


1751 --- - Sayle


1788 Catherine Sayle, 9th February


1787 James. Sayle, 7th July


Kirk Andreas


1748 John Sayle, Larivane, 28th May


1778 Catherine Sayle, alias Moore, his wife, 6th May




1764 John Sayle, died 14th December


1772 William Sayle, buried 1st October




who perished at sea, 18th November 1761


1765 Esther Sayle, alias Kneen, wife of Edward Sayle, Ramsey, died 27th January


Kirk Michael, Ballaugh, Jurby, Bride, Lonan, Onchan, Marown, Santan, Malew, Arbory Rushen, Braddan - ALL NONE



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Quarrys of Ballavodan

by Michael Callister

Part II

Turning book to the 1820's, a second branch of the Quarry family had crossed to the Island. WALTER QUARRY and his wife AGNES had both been born in Boot around 1791. Her maiden name was SCOTT (a relative of Walter ?). In 1809, when their daughter Isabell was christened, they were living in Ancrum, Roxboroughshire, where he was a 'householder at Bellobutts', working as a 'servant at Whitehouse'. I believe that four more children were born in Scotland, the last of these in Edinburgh in 1820/21, but their next child were Christened in Kirk Bride in March 1823, so they had crossed to the Island between those years. WALTER and AGNES were to spend the rest of their lives in the Parish of Bride, AGNES dying there in 1855, aged 66, and WALTER in 1859, aged 71. Of their at least ten children, five were boys. Some of these carried the QUARRY name into Maughold and elsewhere.

A detailed description of the two families follows. A number of assumptions have had to be made, as, for example, when Children appear in the Census Reports without there being corresponding birth entries in the Mormon records. Some information was taken from a disputed will case in 1923 in which not all the information put forward was accurate. I have tried to indicate where there is any doubt about the relationship quoted.

The two forms of the name - QUARRY and QUARRIE - are variable and interchangeable they only became firm one way or the other in any branch of either family as bureaucracy and education increased.

The Family of JAMES QUARRY and MARGARET (nee DEANS)'





























c.1784 Born in Scotland. became a Cooper
1806-1810 Lived with his wife Margaret at Chesters, Southdean,Roxboroughshire
by 1812 moved to the Isle of Man
1813 living in Andreas ,
1815-1820 living in Lezayre - ,
1826-1833 living at Ballacowle, Bride
c.1834 took over Ballavoddan, Andreas

1840 died at Ballavoddan on 25 July, aged 56 according to the tombstone in Andreas churchyard.

c.1784 Born in Scotland
See 1 JAMES for history to 1840
after her husband's death, she lived on at Ballavoddan
1841 Census: MARGARET QUARRIE 56
1851 Census: MARGARET QUARRY 66
1856 died at Ballavoddan on 19 November, aged 72 according to the tombstone in Andreas churchyard


1806 born in Chesters, Southdean, Roxboroughshire, on 14th Sept; baptised 'Margaret, eldest daughter of James Curry, Cooper' on 27 September. See 1 JAMES for history to 1826.
1826 (i) her illegitmate son by Morgan Radcliffe of Andreas baptised Allin at Bride on 24 June
1832 married Morgan Raddliffe at Bride on 21 July (both signed their names)
1837 (ii)their second child baptised Margaret at Andreas on 30 April


1808 born in Chesters, baptised 'John, eldest son to Jas Quarry, Cooper' on 12 August see 1 JANET for history to 1833
1833 (i)illegitimate daughter by Mary Hardie of Bride privately baptised Mary at Bride in January (she married William Walker Ollerhead at Bride on 26 November 1863)
1833 married Mary Hardie at Bride on 16 November (both signed);
they farmed Ballavair, where Children born were:
1834 (ii)James - christened at Bride on 12 September
1836 (iii)William - christened at Bride on 12? June

(he married Charlotte Elizabeth Teare, the daughter born on 19 June 1840 to William Teare and Eleanor Corlett in Andreas, at Bride on 28 September 1858. They lived at Ballasteen, Andreas, where their first child Mary Anna was baptised on 6 May 1860, and where they appear in the 1861 census. Of 'the village' when their second child, William Hardie baptised at Andreas on 5 Oct 1862, then further children' John Lewis - Santon 21August 1864, Arthur - Santon 17 Jun 1866, Emma E. - Santon 1867, Wm.?- Castletown 1869; farming Pooilustha, Bride in 1871 census, then Elizabeth Charlotte baptised at Andreas on 29 March 1872 though parents' address is 'Bride')

1834 (iv)Margaret - baptised at Bride on 27 May

(married Evan Thomas Crowe, son of John Crowe farmer of Ballachrink, at Bride on 15 November 1860,and children born to them at Ballachrink' Isabella Ellen - Bride 2 June 1861, John Charles - Bride 12 July 1863, Edward & Thomas -Bride 1 August 1865, Edith Mary - Bride 22 December 1868, Frederick- Bride 10 January 1872, Henry Percy - Bride 9 August 1874,Margaret Gertrude Bride 10 December '76)

1840 (v)John - baptised Bride 2 May
1841 Census' Bride, Ballavair - JOHN QUARRY 30 farmer, Mary 25,
Mary 8, James 5, William 3, Margaret 2, John 1, plus 3 servants.
1841 (vi)Thomas - baptised Bride 23 January

(married Ann Curphey, daughter of William Curphey, farmer of Ballachrink, Bride, at Bride on 5 June1862; children Elizabeth - Andreas 9 November 1862, Lewis Halsall -Andreas 11 January 1865 but died aged 24 on 7 June 1889, buried at Maughold as 'Louis of Ramsey', Allen Thomas - Ballaquane, Andreas 8 May 1866, Richard Hardy - Ballaquane 21 July 1867, William Frederick East Nappin, Jurby 16 October 1868, Annie - Jurby 6 January 1870;Thomas died on 22 Oct 1890 and Ann on the 31 July 1909, both buried at Bride.

1844 (vii)Walter Scott - baptised Bride 2 February
1846 (viii)George - baptised Bride 22 March; emigrated to New York circa 1880's where he died in 1926 after 'a successful literary career': many Manx stories - see Manx Museum.
1848 (ix)Ellen - baptised Bride 4 June
1849 (x)Frederick - baptised Bride 30 December 1851
1851 Census ' Bride, Ballavair House - JOHN QUARRIE 47 farming 500 acres and employing 12 labourers, Mary 38, Mary 18, James 16, William 14, Margaret 12, John 10, Thomas 8, Walter 7, George 5, Frederick 1, plus 2 farm servants
1853 (xi)Henry Deans - baptised Bride 13 February (married Catherine Keig at Braddan on 28 April 1883)
1856 (xii)Isabella Agnes Christian - baptised Bride 13 January (later of Bowring Road, Ramsey ?, died a spinster 'aged 92' on 8 September 1947 and buried at Andreas)
1861Census Bride, Ballavar - JOHN QUARRY 52 farming 330 acres,
Mary 48, James 26, John 21, Thos 19, Walter 9 17, George 15, Frederick 11, Henry D 8, Isabella 5, plus 3 servants.
186? Moved to Kionlough, Bride
1867 Wood'a Atlas lists JOHN QUARRIE as farming 35 acres 2 roods and 18 perches out of the 127 acres of Kionlough
1870 JOHN QUARRIE died, and was buried in Andreas churchyard on 19 October. His gravestone reader "In memory of JOHN QUARRIE of Kionlough, Kirk Bride, who departed this life October 17th 1870 aged 65 years". His widow Mary was farming 40 acres on Kionlough with daughter Isabella in the 1871 Census. Mary died on 24 December 1887, 'aged 74', and is buried with her husband, joined later by daughter Isabella.

1810 born in Cheaters' baptised 'Mary, second daughter to Jas Quarry, Cooper' on 23 July see 1 JAMES for history to 1833
1835 married Charles Lace at Andreas on 13 June
1836 (i)their daughter Margaret was baptised at Andreas on 7 February
1838 Charles Lace died in Andreas on 10 February, aged only 28
1838 Mary ? Lace died in Andreas on 15 February, age given as 9mths
1841 Census: Andreas, Ballavoddan - living with her parents MARY LACE, widow, aged 30, born Scotland.
1851 Census: Andreas, Ballavoddan - living with her mother MARY LACE, widow, aged 40, born Scotland.

1813 baptised at Andreas on 3 January
see 1 JAMES for history to 1841
1841 Census' Andreas, Ballavoddan - WALTER QUARRY, aged 27, living with mother
1842 married Winifred Jane Dinwoodie at Andreas on 1 December



1815 baptised at Andreas on 30 April
see 1 JAMES for history to 1841
1841 Census' Andreas, Ballavoddan - WILLIAM QUARRY, aged 25, living with mother
1846 married Anna Kee at Andreas on 31 December, and lived at Ballasteen in that Parish at least until 1859; children born there;
1847 (i)Frances Celia - baptised Andreas 29 March
1848 (ii)Sarah Lavina - baptised Andreas 19 April (died 20 March 1860, aged 11 years, and buried at Andreas)
1850 (iii)Agnes - baptised Andreas 28 April (believed married to Richard Dickinson at Braddan on 27 July 1869)
1851 Census: Andreas, Ballasteen - WILLIAM QUARRY 33, Anna 27, Sarah Lavina 2, Agnes infant (Francis at Ballavoddan with grandmother)
1851 (iv)Anna - baptised Andreas 21 December (a spinster on Queen Street, Douglas, when she married Will Atherton, a salesman born in Lancashire and son of Will Atherton, delph-man, at Braddan on 2 September 1872)
1853 (v)James - baptised Andreas 26 June
1854 (vi)William - baptised Andreas 10 December
1857 (vii) Margaret Anne - baptised Andreas 8 March (see 1861 Census below then died at The Howe, Braddan, aged 6, and buried at Andreas on 31 August)
1859 (viii)Robina Deans - baptised Andreas 17 July
186? moved to the Parish of Braddan
1861 Census: Braddan, Ballachrink House - WILLIAM QUARRIE, aged 45, farming 340 acres and employing 10 men, Ann 37, Frances C, 14, Anna 9, James 7, William 6, Robenia D. 2, Jane Kee 30 visitor (sister-in-law ?) and dressmaker, plus 2 servants' Margaret Anne was farmed out to Phillip Teare, farmer of Ballasair, Andreas, and his wife.
1862 (ix)Emily Jane - baptised Andreas 18 April parents' address given as Nunnery Howe, Braddan

1817 baptised Lezayre 1 June
1823 died on 25 January, aged 6. Listed on Father's tomb in Andreas churchyard, but not found on Registers of deaths for Andreas, Bride, or Lezayre.

1820 born in Lezayre in January, but died on 1 February aged only 14 days. Listed on father's tomb in Andreas.

1820 baptised at Lezayre on 25 December see 1 JAMES for history to 1841
1841 Census: Andreas, Ballavoddan - JAMES QUARRY, aged 20, living with his mother
1851 Census: Andreas, Ballavoddan - JAMES QUARRY. aged 30, managing farm for his mother.
1861Census' Andreas, Ballavoddan - JAMES QUARRY, aged 40, farming 254 acres in his own right, and employing 5 men and 3 boys (including William Ollerhead: see 1b(i) )
186? married Margaret Donnan, children born to them at Ballavoddan'
1869 (i)Jessie Margaret Annie Stewart - baptised at Andreas 6 March
1864 (ii)Alexander John - baptised Andreas 21 August
1865 (iii)Horatio Stewart - baptised Andreas 20 August
1868 (iv)Alfred - baptised Andreas 12 April
1871 Census: Andreas, Ballavoddan - JAMES QUARRY, aged 50, Margaret 44, Jessie 8, Alexander 6, Horatio 5, Alfred 3.
1871 (v)Dalrymple Maitland - baptised Andreas 13 May

c.1824 born at Lezayre or Bride
see 1 JAMES for history to 1841
1841 Census: Andreas, Ballavoddan - AGNES QUARRY, aged 16, living with her mother
1850 married at Andreas on 7 August to John Miller, draper of Hotham Street, Liverpool, son of John Miller, farmer.
1855 (i)daughter Robenia Deans baptised at Andreas on 2 September, though father described as a 'draper of Liverpool'

1827 baptised at Bride on 12-July see 1 JAMES for history to 1841
1841 Census: Andreas, Ballavoddan - THOMAS QUARRY, aged 13, living with his mother
1851 Census: Andreas, Ballavoddan - THOMAS QUARRY, aged 23, living with his mother
1861 married Ann Jane Vondy, daughter of William Vondy of Ballacottier, at Bride on 21 December. THOMAS was described as a farmer of Curragh Beg.
1881 Census: Bride, Polustha Cottage - THOMAS QUARRY, aged 50, highway labourer, Ann 38
1887 a Bride gravestone shows 'Thomas D Quarrie born 22July 1827, died 22 October 1887, and his wife Ann, died 31 July 1909 aged 67'


1829 baptised At Bride on 27 November see 1 JAMES for history to 1841
1841 Census: Andreas, Ballavoddan -GEORGE QUARRY, aged 11, living with mother
1851 Census: Andreas, Ballavoddan -GEORGE QUARRY, aged 20, living with mother
1856 married Sarah Eleanor Kee at Andreas on 7 February
children born at Ballavoddan:
1856 (i)Daniel Kee - baptised Andreas 31 August

1858 (ii)Emily Moore - baptised Andreas 19 September
(to be continued)





Extract from the "Trail Times", May 1973 -

CRELLIN Philip Edward, died 15th May 1973 at Boesland, British Columbia, aged 66 years. Born in Foxdale, Isle of Man, he was survived by his wife Annie, Step-son Brian Boutry, predeceased by his parents and brother Jack. He was buried at Mountain View Cemetery, Trail, British Columbia, Canada.

COLTIER, Frances (f) died 29th June 1891, Vancouver, B.C., aged 42 years. Born: Isle of Man, Married (Methodist), Buried Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver.

PETTER, Ethel Catherine Sinclair, died North Vancouver, 1st Nov. 1970, born: Isle of Man, widow of Henry Branscombe Petter. Brother of Lewis C. Vulliamy.
(Extract from the "Vancouver Sun", November 4th, 1970)

LEWTHWAITE, Douglas Victor, died 6th April 1946, aged 78 — United Church —widower — City of North Vancouver Cemetery Register — No Tombstone, born: Isle of Man.

STEVENS, Mabel Louise, died 2nd July 1969, born Isle of Man, aged 70 years —widow — Owner of lot Mrs. Cd. Stevens — Tombstones Mabel Louise Stevens 1898—1969 — City of North Vancouver Cemetery Register.

VULLIAMY, Lewis Campbell, died 1st Feb 1971, aged 84, born: Isle of Man - Owner of lot Mrs Ian MacLean (daughter) - City of North Vancouver Cemetary Register, widower - Anglican.

WHORRELL, Lewis (Extract from "Nanaimo Times" 29th March 1972) died 26th March 1972, aged 70, born Douglas, Isle of Man — Married to Aspell Whorrell —survived by his wife, four sons, one brother and three sisters.

CHUBB, Robert of Douglas, Isle of Man, died June 8th 1853, aged 85, buried St. Nicholas’s, Austrey, Warickshire.

FOX, Ellen Dyson nee Murray, died 27th June 1906, aged 67, wife of Charles Fox (who died 6th August 1909, aged 72 years) of Norwood, Douglas, Isle of Man —Monumental Inscription at Silverdale, Carnforth, Lancashire.

FOTHERGILL, William (Extract from "Freeman" of Newcastle Records,Tyne Wear Archives Dept., Newcastle on Tyne) aged 15 years, native of Peel, Isle of Man, Apprentice to Thomas ELDER, Shipowner of Newcastle for 7 years — 2nd Nov 1846 - Witness: John Currie and George T. Henderson.


CLUCAS, John Married: 5th September 1914, Vancouver, British Columbia Bride: PUGH, Sarah Dutton, Born: Isle of Man circa 1862 Occupation Baker, Status: Widower, Religion: Methodist Father: Richard Clucas, Farmer. They were married at Grandview Methodist Church, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


FISHER, Bud Groom: Bud Fisher, Farmer, Bachelor, aged 62, born: Isle of Man, son of Frank Fisher, born: England & Kate Bardsley, born: England.Bride: Bessie Jane Isaacs, Machine Operator, Widow, aged 55, born: England, daughter of Edward John Johnson, born: England, and Maria Jane Johncock, born: England. Date & Place: 29th April 1944, 162 Osborne Road, Vancouver, Canada.


YOUNG, James Groom: James Young, Major of Marines, Plymouth Division Bride: Susannah Matilda Cresswell of Douglas, Isle of Man Date & Place: 23rd November 1797, St. Thomas’s, Portsmouth, Hants., England.










mar 12th February 1774, Jurby




bap. 23rd March 1774


mar 1795, Jurby




hap, 14th November 1802


mar 1829, Castletown







bap. 8th December 1837Castletown


mar 1858, St. Matthew’s, Douglas






hap. 23rd January 1863St. Germans, Peel


mar 18th April 1891, Kirk Braddan






born 26th May 1896


mar 1928, Kirk Braddan




born 3rd November 1928


mar 17th September 1951, Kirk Onohan




born 31st July 1952


mar 26th March 1976, Papatoetoe, Auckland, New Zealand


born 24th December 1981





Mrs. H.L. Cleator,
Douglas Road
Malew, Isle of Man.




One of our members from Port St. Mary, Mrs Maureen Richards has kindly allowed us to use her design of Gaut's Cross for the covers at the Monumental Inscription Books and for that we are very grateful.

She has produced a small booklet on Manx Crosses with text and illustrations and from this booklet is the following quotation about Gaut's Cross


The original is made of clay slate, and stands 6 feet high by 16 inches wide and is between 3 and 3½ inches thick.

On one edge, running the length of the cross, the runic Inscription reads: "Mael Bridge, son of Athakan the Smith, erected this cross for his own soul, and that of his brother’s wife. Gaut made this and all in Mann".

Gaut probably meant by this that he had made all the Crosses in his district. Doubtless many of these have been lost, but a few show his treatment such as the "Clagh Are" Cross from Ballaqueeney, Port St. Mary, which is now erected at the Four Roads, midway between Port grin and Ibrt St. Mary.

Gaut may have began his work somewhere about 1040 to 1050 A.D. by which time the Scandinavian. settlers had become Christian.

The Runes mentioned are shown around the top of the Cross but the rune down the sides of the Cross is actuallity. If, in case you are unfamiliar with Runes, Maureen also statesi Universal Dictionary Definition. . . . One of the angular characters of the alphabet in use among Anglo-Saxons , Norse, or other ancient Germanic peoples. It was derived from the Greek alphabet, with some additional symbols and adapted for cutting or scratching on stone, metal, or other hard material.

RUNES; These appear on almost all our Crosses and form a Manx Alphabet. The letters consist almost invariably of straight lines in the shape of lettle sticks, either singly or put together. Such sticks were in early times used by the Northern Nations for the purpose of telling future events. The sticks were shaken up, and from the figures that they formed a kind of reading was derived . The Runes were chiefly used for magical purposes, and some for medicinal, and also to win in love. In later times they were uses for inscriptions giving accounts of great deeds. The most likely origin of these Runes seems to be Germanic and created about the year 200. The Runes were a secret language and. only understood by the select few. They were used on all manner of items from jewellery to swords and some of the inscriptions were put on the back of these articles in order that the magical powers could work in secret.

The Norwegian—Celtic Runic Crosses in the Isle of Mann are a meeting of the Viking pagan traditions and those of the Christians.

Members who have read the works of TOLKEN (Lord of the Rings etc) will recognise Runic writing even if they do not understand it at all.

[FPC - the bit re Runes and magic is I'm afraid the popular, erroneous, understanding]




I found the following account of Baldwin School in some of Alexander Lewthwaite's notes that he had written about his life and wondered if it would be of any interest to other members

Alexander was one of my husbands ancestors and he was born in Douglas in Duke Street on the 28th September 1831, he moved with his parents and older brother, Edward to Baldwin shortly after his birth and we believe attended Baldwin School from 1835 for several years before going to attend a school at the Strang. Here he was taught by a Mr. Jas Kaye and afterwards he went for a short while to Well Road Methodist School, it was held in the cellar of the Chapel and here he was taught by a Mr. Moffat but as it was four miles from his house, he only attended for the summer months.

After this he went to a school kept by a Mr. Robert Corteen at the back of Athol Terrace. Here, amongst other subjects they were taught navigation, Alexander left school at 13 years of age and became an apprentice to Mr. James Quine, a chemist.

He wrote an account of his life starting with his earliest memories about school, in 1910 and we have a copy of his notebook in our possession.

We are lucky as Alexander was one of the few people who actually wrote an account of his life and times with a view to people reading it after his death.

Priscilla Lewthwaite




Alexander Lewthwaite

The event which stands out clear in my mind, almost as when it happened was my first introduction to school life.
The school was in Last Baldwin Glen, and was run by Mathias Cain, he was the father of 'Mel Beg', blacksmith at Baldwin village and for many years known by the white hat he wore and other eccentricities - "Old Mat" as they called the school master, who would be over 60 years when I first joined the school.

In the three hours he could give us all the schooling (as they called it), that the scholars wanted - he sat at his desk all the time school was open dressed in an old fashioned style - a very long vest and a big coat with big pockets.

The room itself would be a curiosity today, a long building of one story and a room at the end, one third of the school building was used as a storeroom as a place to keep hay-straw, turnips and potatoes for the cow and a sort of back kitchen for the house - the other two thirds was used for the schoolroom. The floor was clay with holes in it, if water had been put into them, you could have swum a duck: The books used as school books were first primers, next the spelling books, the new testament and last the bible - nearly all the writing was done on slates, but for the advanced scholars they used plain copy books without ruling. This they did themselves or headings, the master having to write the copy heads. The Lords prayer was said mornings and nights. When you were told you may go for your dinner or tea, there was a rush from the seats and hats caught at the door. They had however a nice playground and boys who brought their dinner with them were expected to bruise gorse for the cow. The gorse being cut the night before by the housekeeper - a slight difference between the fine board school of today - erected on its ashes.


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