Isle of Man Family History Society Journal Vol 7 No 3 July 1985



Manx Society of Victoria

A new baby Down Under written at the request of Iris Lyle, by Val Lawrence, to be used at the discretion of the Editors of the Journal.

In March 1983, while visiting Melbourne, American Manxwoman . 'Noreen Cottier, ably helped by Castletown expatriots Tom and Pam Corlett, gathered a small group of folk together - some Manx born, some with a Manx heritage - with the idea of forming a Manx Society in the State of Victoria. It was decided to advertise in newspapers, and gather together for lunch, on the closest Sunday to Tynwald Day, and see what the community reaction was. Apart from minor hitches, such as some newspapers not running the advertisement in time, thirty people gathered at the home of Marida and Maurie Pawsey, in July, a crisp, clean; sunny, winters day and Exchanged stories of their Manxness over the casseroles. Major Max Crellin, who had been Australia's representative at the 1979 Millennium celebrations, chaired an informal meeting which moved the formation of the Society, to promote the interests of Manx folk in Victoria.

George Clarke from Ramsey accepted the office of President. Tom Corlett of Castletown happily assumed the mantle of Secretary, and Marlda Pawsey, an Aussie, full of Gill-Killey-Goldsmith blood, took charge of the money. Yours truly oozing with Fargher~Shimmin corpuscles, was given her most capable role -Vice, and a supportive Committee of Pam. Corlett, Graeme Gill and his cousin Jenny Cassidy was added, Max Crellin and Noreen Cottier were invited to be Patrons .

We agreed to gather about twice a years especially near Tynwald Day, and towards Christmas. The news spread and Tom's phone ran hot, till the membership soon swelled to around 100. S. Some manxfolk who had listed here for years, had not had contact with a kinsman for years were overjoyed to find some of their own kind at last. All knew and were. proud of their heritage Roy and Gladys Johns (she was a Clague you know, the oldest recorded surname found on the Isle) offered their 80 acre property at Red Hill, on the Mornington Penninsular, an hour's drive from Melbourne, for the Christmas gathering, and we were well on the way. A short interlude with the Manx delegation at the Ausipex Stamp Exhibition in September confirmedd that were on the map.


Another Manx connection with the "Battle of Trafalgar" from Kirk Bride

In/ memory/ of/ JOHN COWELL,/ who died May 31st 1863,/ Aged 77 years ./ He fought and was wounded on! board of H.M.S. TEMPRAIRE, in/ the Battle of Trafalgar October 21st 1805./ Also Mary Cowell,/ beloved wife of the above/ who died February 14th 1865,/ aged 74 years./ Also James Cowell,/ son of the above,/ who died February 25th 1830,/ Aged 3 years and 4 months.


Manx Heritage Year 1986

Following the initial meeting of the Heritage Foundation with interested societies & members of the public, they have now drawn up a list of suggested activities , catagorised under various headings . The Foundation do not intend to organise these as such , but will help to promote, finance and encourage members of the public and societies to pureue any worthy activity. If any members wish to get involved in any of these activities, listed below , or wish to offer any further ideas, please contact the editors.

Suggested Activities


Clear up of graveyards to aid genealogical research
Pilgrimage to Island churches
Exhibition of Christian Heritage
Photographic record of smaller churches and chapels
Son and Lumiere at Kirk Braddan
Recutting of Bishop Hildersley’s Tomb


Greater use of Manx in schools
Provision of courses for teachers
Manx phrase books for tourists
Film to promote Manx education (see publications)


National Sound and Film Archive - Museum
Videos to record and promote Heritage Year/films to preserve and promote Language and culture - Tourist Board
Dialect tapes
Publication of the following books :

a Manx Crosses - Mrs . Richards
b Manx Gardens - Dr. Larch Garrard
c Book on Isle of Man Maritime History
d Folio of Nicholson Drawings
e Re-publication of early volumes of Statutes
f Guide book on Genealogy — Mrs Narasisham

Pictorial Cheque Book
Guide Book/Gazeteer
Childrens project book
Leaflet on Manx Nature Reserves
Record of Farming community


Filming of Manx dances
Records of Manx music for dances
Orchestration of Manx music
Concert by Island's male voice choirs
Festival of dance
Revival of Manx pageants and plays


Visits of Tall Ships
Star of India
a Nicky or Nobby
Links with fishing fleet in Kinsale
Book on Shipwrecks/Maritime History (see also publications)


Re-enactments of Peel Fisherman’s March and Laxey Miners Strike
Revival of Manx pageants
Junior Tynwalds
Commemorative plaques on Island battlefields (Ronaldsway and Skye Hill)
Creation of living displays at Castle Rushen (see Exhibition)
Re-enactment of battles
Greater use of Viking Longhouse
Myles Standish Museum
Celebration of defeat of Captain Thurot


Manx artefacts from the British Museum
Exhibition of Manx Iriustrial. Archaeology
Four travelling exhibitions
Art competition ax exhibition exhibition of work of prominent Manx artists
Creation of living displays at Castle Rushen
Idsas ixhibition
Architectural competition ai exhibition Manx antiqies fair
"Past and present" displays


Dedication of long distance walk
Training of corps of gu4es
Special brew of beer and beermats
Parish boundary signs
Annual T.E Brown Day
Manx Traditional Costume



The old church at Kirk Braddan is just two miles from Douglas a it was the Parish church for the town until 1876 when the new church was built a hundred yards away..

The church is set in a very picturesque setting and dedicated to St. Brendan.

It was erected on the site of an earlier Church and as built in 1773 probably using some of the stone from the previous church. [modern opinion is that much of the old walls remained]

It was no special architectural attractions except for the arched Norman windows , inside it consists of a large single rectangle shaped room with boxed pews with a raised gallery at one end. The pulpit is a very unusual one, consisting of three decks , the lowest box was used by the parish clerk, the middle One by the curate or vicar for praying or reading, aid the top one for preaching.

Lighting in the church at first would have been by rush light and later on would have been by oil lamps . There has never been electricity in the church.

According to the Rev. Brown in 1832, there were no cushions in the pews,, no stove, no organ and no choir. The service was conducted half in Manx, and half in English.

Outside, after the morning service the Sumner would mount a tombstone and announce first in Manx and then in English the fairs and auctions that were to take place during the following week.

Old Kirk Braddan
[photo differs - this (c) F.Coakley)


On June 29th 1856 when Bishop Powys was taking the service in the old church , someone passed him a note informing him there were far more people in the churchyard than in the Church, aid requested him to come out when he reached the sermon. Although it was rather unique for a Bishop to take part in an open air service , he complied with the request. This was the start of the ever popular open air services at Braddan, which still continues to this day, as thereafter the Rev. William Drury, the vicar of Braddan, always during the summer months went into the churchyard when he reached the stage in the service for the sermon. A rough hewn stone in the churchyard marks the spot where he stood with the inscription "Here the Rev. William Drury for 40 years, Vicar of this parish preached the word of God".

In the Churchyard are several. headstones worthy of notice, by the wall of the Church, is the gravestone with the peculiar inscription

"Here underlyeth the body of Patrick Thompson Minister of God’s word forty years at present Vicar of Kirk Braddan aged sixty-seven anno 1678. Deceased ye 24th. of April anno 1689".

Also in the southwest corner is the grave of the Rev. Robert Brown , Vicar of Braddan 1836.1847 , and the father of the famous Manx poet, T.E. Brown.

One of the most famous graves at Braddan is that of a coloured boy named Samuel Ally who died in 1822 at the age of 18 years . He was born a slave on St. Helena , and brought to the Island by Mark Wilks of Kirby. Even today there are always fresh flowers on his grave.

The church is now showing signs of its age and unfortunately requires vast sums of money spending on it. In 1982, the Friends of Old Kirk Braddan were formed, and they helped to raise money for Its restoration. A new roof has already been put on, but there is still much interior work to be done , but it is nice to see the Church being used again for special services.

If anyone would like a booklet on the History of the Church , they are available at the cost of £1 .50p, and postcards with a print on by John Millar [sic Miller] Nicholson for 50p, can obtained from Priscilla Lewthwaite, our Stray’s Co-ordinator (address on page 67) , all the profits from the sale of these items are to go to the funds needed for the Church.

The monumental inscriptions are still being recorded in this churchyard, more volunteers are needed this summer to complete the work.

Baptism Records s 1626 to 1883; the year 1633 is missing.
Marriage Records: 1683-1883, 1692, 1696, 1731 to 1733 are all missing
Burial Records 1624 to 1883; 1632,1633 1652 to 1655 all missing.


Priscilla Lewthwaite



An Extract from Kirk Andreas Burial Register - December 26th 1861

Having been discovered that in the entry on the 11th November 1836 , the Afficiating Minister Rev. B. PHILLIPS has so entered the Baptism of JOHN TEARE & WILLIAM TEARE twin sons of Daniel & Jane TEARE alias KELLY putting the name of John on the first born and elder after that of William the younger & the parents feeling apprehensive that hereafter this circumstance might occasion some difficulties . They the said Daniel Teare & Jane Teare his wife alias Kelly, the father and mother of the aforesaid young men, and likewise Ellen Skinner, widow , who as well as the father Daniel Teare , was in the room at the time of the births of the said twins . All three appeared before me and made OATH on the Holy Evangelists to the following effect:-. "that they all well remember the time of the birth of these Twins , and that the Infant called John, was the elder of the two boys by about Twenty minutes , and was at the time so marked by a tape and in other ways that there could possibly be no mistake , and that the circumstances have been always fresh in their recollection from that time to the present . John Teare is the elder and first born son and William Teare is the younger" .

Daniel Teare
Jane Tears x her mark
Ellen Skinner x her mark

Made and Subscribed at Kirk Andreas on the 26th of December 1861 before me Jas. C. Moore, Archdeacon.

In the presence of witnesses present

John Priestland
E. Radcliffe


An Offer of Help

Dear Fellow Family Historians,

I have recently acquired a book "The Century’s Progress — Lancashire, 1892 Commerce" which contains a potted history on each establishment mentioned. The include date of founding, building description, and wares or services available , family relationships , career details of owners , and always superb character references ! Many include a line engraving.


The following is an example

"Thomas Kewley, Tea Merchant, Wholesale and Family Grocer, Wine and Spirit Merchant , &c . , 10 King Street, Victoria St, Douglas. established 1796. —This thriving ant prosperous concern was originally founded as long ago as the year 1796, and was succeeded by Mr. Nicholas Moore , and that gentleman carried on the business with marked success and steady and progressive development for a period of no less than seventy years, until , in 1881 , the establishment came into the possession of Messrs . Mylchreest & Co . , who were succeeded , in 1884, by the present proprietor, Mr. Thomas Kewley, who still numbers on his books many supporters of the firm of very old standing. etc."

The following list is the index for just the Isle of Man establishments.

If any of your members would like an extract I am willing to send them a copy on receipt of a Stamped Addressed !envelope or 2 International Reply Coupons:

BEAREY, W.A. & Son DIBB, Charles
KEWLEY , Thomas GRAY , J.R.
COOPER, A. & Son AYLEN & Co.
FRASER, C .L. CAIN, Robert e.
CAIN, Rt. C. BOWMAN, !!e.J.
HORNE C .H. COWELL, Charles T.
COOLE , Jas Maxwell EMETT, Edward

Yours sincerely,

Miss Heather A. Bankowsky,Norfolk,


Manx Sun, 6th October 1837—Peel

A young man, the son of a blacksmith at Peel named Kelly, entered one of the boats in the harbour on Monday night last , about 11 o ‘ clock , after having taken a glass of spirits, and fell asleep. In the morning the boat and youth were missing. The boat probably drifted out at high water , and as it blew a heavy gale, it is feared that both are lost.


Mr Robert Moore of Douglas Merchant -

New Light On Douglas Moores

Considerable interest surrounds the ancestry of the Moore family of Douglas and Cronkbourne, the forebears of the still-revered historian and parliamentarian, A.W Moore Facts which emerged during recent research into Douglas property records have thrown new light on part of this lineage , and I feel that they are worth drawing to wider attention through the medium of this preliminary paper.

Many readers will be aware of the account of the family contained in "The Yesterday’s Behind the Door" by Mrs. S.E.. Hicks-Beach (a copy of which resides in the Society’s Library) and also of the more recent pedigree of the family which was deposited in the Manx Museum Library, along with a typescript account of the Moore Family, by Mr. A.R.W. Moore. In both these sources, descent is traced from the Moores of Bank Hall, Lancashire, through the Pulrose branch of the family, thence through a (younger) son Henry Moore, who flourished in the latter part of the seventeenth century, to his son Robert Moore , a Douglas Merchant. With this Robert , we reach the firmest of ground, and the later part of the pedigree is very well documented. An extract from his family Bible remained in the hands of his descendants, and, now in the Manx Museum Library, is still an essential point of reference for any account of the family.

Robert Moore can be considered, in a number of ways, as the founder of the fortunes of these Moores and some of his property—buildings were destined to remain in the hands of his descendants until well into the nineteenth century.

It was studying these holdings, as part of a larger research programme, that I discovered links with another Moore family, which also held property in the town, and of which it can now be shown Robert was in fact a member, I do not intend to attempt any account of the origins of this "new" family at this point - for research in that direction is far from complete - but will confine myself to establishing the parentage of Robert Moore, and the identity of his siblings.

As a preliminary point , I should explain that few if any of the Douglas Streets had settled names in the early eighteenth century; I will make use of the later names for the sake of convenience only.

The main sources for the study of land holdings during the eighteenth century are :

i) Deeds and Mortgages deposited in the Manorial Court
ii) The records of the Manorial. Court proceedings (Liber Vastarum)
iii) The Rent Rolls (Liber Assedationis)
iv) Wills proved in, and grants of Adminstration by, the Ecclesiastical. Courts.
v) Enquest Files , with details of divisions , boundaries, enclosures &c.

These records are all now in the custody of the Manx Museum Libary.

For the period 1643 to 1703 a further set of records supplements those mentioned above ; the Manorial. Composition Books. The last of these listing all the Lord’s and Abbey Land tenants , with holdings following the 1703 Act of Settlement. This gives a good deal of detail, and links the earlier Composition records with the later volumes of Liber Assedationis.

Turning to the Moore problem, the 1703 Roll lists Robert Moore’s then holdings in Douglas as follows:

(1) "Ro Moore for his dwelling house outhouses backside and garden rent xvid. being part also of the xxiid. compounded for in 1643 by Tho : Fairbrother. Fine for all was viis. . One life in being so to pay for this xvid :3s.8d."

(2) "item. for a garden on the Sandside Rent iid

The latter part of the entry had been inserted as an after-thought, for reasons which will appear. In modern terms , the dwelling house and its appurtenances are represented by numbers 9 to 17 Duke Street (the "Peter Luis" block) while the garden on the Sandside was the land now occupied by James Kissacks’ permises , on the east side of Duke Street , which also extend north onto an additional parcel added to Robert Moore’s original garden by an enclosure licenced in 1719. (3)

Other acquisitions by Robert , after the 1703 Roll was compiled were as follows:

(4) "Michael Oates’ backhouse and garden" which were purchased for £18 in 1709. These fronted onto (later) King Street in the position now occupied by Gellings’ Foundry.

(5) "Another garden, variously described as sandy ground, or waste ground. This was acquired for £5 6/- in 1721, and now comprises the sites 69 to to 71 Duke Street , and 1 to 7 Drumgold Street.

(6) "The barn and yard at the upper end of Douglas". This centred on part of Will Kelly’s croit which was "purchased by Mr. Robert Moore and his brother Henery" in 1713. Robert later enlarged this holding by means of an Intack, licensed in 1719.

(7) Robert Moore’s grandson sold the property for £35 to Hugh Cosnahan in 1758 , as part of the site on which he was to develop the Lake Brewery. (later Clinch’s)

Of the identity of these seven properties there can be no doubt , as they figure repeatedly in wills and deeds executed by later members of the Moore and Whiteside families, to whom they descended. In all cases (except my number 6 which is unaccountably recorded in Liber Vastarum entires . Later entries in the Manorial Records enabled the location of the individual holdings to be precisely tied down by cross-reference to Brown’s Directory of 1894, which lists the ownership of all Douglas properties.

Having listed Robert Moore’s various possessions, I can turn to the properties which were, at the same period , in the ownership of the "new" Moore family — the family to which, as I will show, Robert in fact belonged. Here the listing is somewhat simpler, as all the relevant holdings were included in one entry in 1703 , though not described in great detail there.

"Edward Moore of Douglas - for his dwelling house out houses backsides and gardens with a sand garden and a house and garden joining to Averick Taggart all is iis vid rent - iis iiiid whereof was compounded for in 1643 by Edw Moore. Fine then was ixe hid one life in being so to pay for this lis iiiid ...6s 2¾d. , . . and the other iid is not compounded..."

The location of these various buildings and. gardens was as follows:

(a) The dwelling house; this was on the south side of Lord Street as it later became; though the Street is much wider now , the site lay roughly where Coronation Terrace stands , behind Manx Stationers' shop.

(b) The out houses ; these were situated opposite, on the north side of. Lord Street , to the rear of Peter Luis' premises as they now are.

(c) The sand garden; this large property was later bisected by Victoria Street, but lay on the east of Duke Street from Cannell’s Cafe south to Barron’s shop, as it formerly was, and the site was later bounded by Fort Street on the east.

(d) The house joining to Averick Taggart; this lay in Dukes Lane , and its site later adjoined that of St Barnabas church.

It will by now be apparent to those familiar with Douglas that a number of Robert and Edward’s properties were adjacent to one another. It is through incidental references in licences , deeds , mortgages and wills , where abuttals are set out that the relationship between Robert's family and Edward's is evidenced.

It becomes necessary at this point of the holdings after the deaths of Edward and Robert. Edward Moore died in 1717 , and under his will all his property passed to a son, Henry, with the exception of the house adjoining to Averick Taggart , already sold by "Edward Moore of the Town of Douglas with the consent of my wife Eliner Moore alias Oates" for £20 10/-, in 1713.

In 1724 Robert Moore died intestate, and it was left to his widow, Katherine , to make detailed arrangements for the division of his properties among their surviving children in her own will shortly after. The main house, on the west of Duke Street, went to their son William, along with the "waste ground, (number (5) above ,) and £5 10/- cash To the eldest son Edward (afterwards Vicar.General) was left "the new house and gardens situate at the Sand Side" (i.e. on the east of Duke Street) with a further £5 10/-. The third surviving son , Philip, afterwards Rector of Bride , was given "the house and garden formerly bought of Michael Oates" (sic) , with £80. Katherine left to her daughter Margaret the sum of £70.

We can now examine the critical documents.

(i) The will of Robert's son, William Moore's Episcopal. Wills 1731(2) . Will dated 23rd July 1731. While most of his property went to his two brothers, and his sister Margaret Whiteside , there was the following reference:

"Item. I leave to my uncle Chas Moore the house between the gate and Uncle Henry’s brewhouse , with the shed adjoining - and a piece of ground for a garden at the Sandside."

Charles retained the house for the rest of his life , but sold off the garden in four plots between 1734 and 1741,, being joined in the sales by his wife, Catherine Clucas. These plots netted him £11 in all; one of them may still be identified as Messrs Partingtons' Drumgold Street shops

(ii) Articles of Marriage of Charles Moore and his wife, dated 7th December 1715.

‘Articles of Marriage condiscended unto concluded and agreed upon by and betwixt Edw. Moor of the Town of Douglas with the allowance and consent of his wife Ellinr for and in the behalf of their son Charles Moor, on the one part; and Thomas Clukas of the Gart the parish of Kirk Marown with the consent of his wife Christian Clukas in the behalf of their daughter and heiress Kathrine Clukas .

Katherine was only heiress presumptive to her father’s large farm; after her mother’s death Thomas remarried and produced an heir , which accounts for the reduction in Charles circumstances which had taken place prior to his nephew William's generous bequests .

(iii) Mortgage by Henry Moore to Rev. Edward Moore , dated 11th October 1728.

" . . .I Henry Moore of the Town of Douglas . ,with . .my wife Barbara Moore alias Wattleworth. .for. .fourty pounds .. already paid by my Edward Moore of Kirk Andreas, Curate . . .Have mortgaged. . .a new house backside and shed . . . with one half of my garden on the Strand . . adjoining to the rent of the above mentioned Edward. Moore on the north . .,"

At this point, Fort Street had evidently not been formed between the two sandside gardens in question, where it now turns into Duke Street just north of Cannell’s Cafe.

These documents, taken together, point to the conclusion that Robert Moore was the son of Edward and Elinor Moore, as they established that Robert’s sons William and Edward had uncles Henry and Charles Moore , who were sons of that couple.

This conclusion is clinched by the next documents;

(iv) Licence and Great Enquest’s Certificate on 1703/4 Enclosure.

"Mr. Robert Moore of Douglas is hereby licenced to inclose a parcel of wast ground adjoyning his father Edw. Moores garden in Douglas provided the Great Enquest of the Garffe Sheading to first view the same. ..9th March 1703/4..."

"We..the Great Enquest..charged this day. .to view a parcell of waste sandye ground Licenced by Robt Moor of Duglas ; Lyeing at the north end of his father Edward Moore’s garden; we find that the saide parcel is noe way prejudiciall to either highway or watercorce and as for the way leading into the said town from the sand we leave a sufficient breadth betwixt the sd parcel and Mr. Lowcayes garden according as the Statute provides in such cases and this we give for our verdict as witness our hands this 14th of March 1703/4."

Exanimation of the extract from Robert Moore’s family Bible (now Manx Museum Manuscript 212c) reveals the following entry:

"Upon Friday the 3d Angst 1666, I Robert Moore was born between 10 & 11 O’Clock in the forenoon & was baptised on Sunday the 5th of the same"

Braddan Parish Register - 1666

Robt: Moore son of Ed: Augst 5th

A pedigree detailing some of the descendants of Edward and Ellinor Moore and a transcript of their will, are appended for the sake of completeness., together with a sketch map of the Sandside gardens.



I am most grateful to Miss Ann M. Harrison and the staff of the Manx Museum Library for their unfailing assistance during my researches . I am also indebted to Mr. Arthur R.W . Moore for his comments on an earlier draft of this paper, although the conclusions set out here are wholly my own.

Sketch Map showing holdings of Edward and Robert Moore at Douglas Sandside circa 1700 -1721.

sketch map

C — Edward Moore's sand garden
2 — Robert Moore's 1703/4 enclosure
3 — Robert Moore's 1719 enclosure
4 — Michael Oates' backhouse and Garden
5 — Sandy or waste ground, bought 1721.

                                 Lieutenant Edward Moore = Elinor Oates
                                    bur 16 Jun 1717      |  bur. 13 Oct 1718
          |             |               |                      |                  |
Katherine = Robert    Jane = Hugh     Edward = Catherine   Charles = Catherine  Henry = Barbara
   Kelly  | Moore    Moore | Black    Moore  |  Gell       Moore   |   Clucas   Moore |  Wattleworth
          |                 of Ramsey        |                     |            d. 16 | m. 23 May 1718
    +-----+                                  +----+                |         Nov 1729 |  bur 3 Jun 1772
    |                                             |                |                  |
 Elinor Moore   b. 8 Apl 1713                     |                |                  |
 Henry Moore    b. 13 Jun 1708                    |                |                  |
 Margaret Moore b. 11 Mar 1706/7                  |                |                  |
                m. Anthony Whiteside              |                |                  |
 Philip Moore   b. 6 sep 1705 d. 1783             |                |                  |
                m. Margaret Tiffin als Birkett    |                |                  |
 John Moore     b. 11 Feb 1703/4                  |                |                  |
 Elinor Moore   b. 30 Jul 1702                    |                |                  |
 William Moore  b. 24 Jun 1701  bur. 16 Jul 1731  |                |                  |
 James Moore    b. 23 Sep 1699                    |                |                  |
 Robert Moore   b. 1 Aug 1698                     |                |                  |
 Edward Moore   b. 11 Sep 1696 d. 1751            |                |                  |
                m. Mary Gill                      |                |                  |
                                                  |                |                  |
    +---------------------------------------------+                |                  | 
 Robert Moore                                                      |                  | 
 Jane Moore     bp 4 Dec 1712                                      |                  |
 Edward Moore   bp 22 Oct 1708                                     |                  |
     *          m.  Elizabeth ---                                  |                  |
                                                                   |                  |
                                                                   |                  |
 Catherine Moore bp 3 may 1721                                                        |
                 m. - Merryman
 Mary Moore      bp 21 Aug 1719                                                       |
 Christian Moore bp 6 Apr 1718
 Ellinor Moore   bp 6 Dec 1716                                                        |
                 m.  - Cannell                                                        |
 Margaret Moore  
 Edward Moore    bur 2 Apl 1797                                                       |
                 m. Catherine Cain --- Jane Moore bp 28 Nov 1755 d. young             |
                                    +- Charles Moore bp 9 Jan  1754 d. young          |

 Henry Moore     bp 26 Nov 1723 bur. 2 Mar 1725/6
 Robert Moore    bp 19 Oct 1721
 Elinor Moore    bp 27 Jan 1719 bur 21 Jun 1722 (Peel) 
                 m. 2 Jan 1734 (+mc) Evan Corlett
 Edward Moore    bp 1 Oct 1718 bur. 7 Mar 1725/6

(dates for 1st generation catherine Kelly bap. 1664, bur 14 Jan 1724/5
Robert Moore b 3 Aug 1666 bp. 5 aug 1666; m. 10 Nov 1698 bur 5 Sep 1724
Jane Moore d. c1759
Edward Moore bp 21 Feb 1668/9 m. 11 dec 1707 d. 16 Feb 1716/7
Catherine Gell (of Peel) d. 28 Sep 1729
Charles Moore m.c.7 Dec 1716 d. 3 Nov 1753
Catherinre Clucas bur 16 Dec 1758
Henry Moore m 23 may 1718 d. 16 Nov 1729)



Douglas: 1717

In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost three persons and one God , to whom be glory for ever , Amen.

I Edward Moor of the Town of Douglas , weak and infirm in body, but in memory sound and perfect , praised bee God for his mercies Do Declare Make and Ordain this my last Will and Testament in form and manner following.

First and Principally I give and command my precious soul into the hands of Almighty God my Gracious Father trusting through the all-sufficient meritts of his son Jesus Christ my savr to have full pardon and forgiveness of all my sinns And my body to christian buriall in Kk Braddan among my Ancestors.

And as for such earthly blessings as it hath pleased God to vouchsafe see, I give and dispose them as followeth. To the poor of the Town ten shillings. Its. I leave and bequeath and hereby settle upon my son Henry Moor my dwelling house with all its appirtenances , as brewhouse , cellars , shop, stable or cowhouse backsides and gardens and particularly the Sandside garden together with the yard, adjoyning to the new house which my son Henry builded upon his own charge and wherewith I have nothing to doe All of the yearly rent of eighteen pence or thereabts whether more or less to be posest by my sd son , at and after the decease of me , and my wife Ellinr Moor or the survivr of either of us The sd Henry after full and ample posession of the premises paying thereout the following legacies Vizt. To my son Robt ten pounds To my son Edward’s children five pounds. To my daughter Jane five shillings - - To my son Charles ten shillings

Its. I do further leave to said son Henry Moor my part of the Corn Miln of Kk Onchan to be possest by him after the decease of me and my sd wife. Itm. I leave to my dear and loving wife my part of what mony and plate is in the house.

Item. I constitute appoint and ordain my sd son Henry Moor my true and lawful xr of all the rest of my goods movable and unmovable whatsoever. In witness whereof I have hereto caused my name to be put , and my seal affixd this tenth day of April Ano Dni 1717.

Sealed and published before us

John Curghy Mattw Kelley X jurati



Oct. 21 1717 The Witnesses have declared upon oath the Widow’s consent to this.

The Exr. sworn in form of law.

Probatum et Solvit

Nigel Crowe



Of more than ordinary interest is the Kewley Ballafreer Commonplace Book,which is now in the library of the Manx Museum. It lay on the library shelves of Ballafreer old house for many years. It was shown to the librarian by the late Miss Clucas, owner of Ballafreer long before the museum was established. Miss Kew, a relative of Miss Clucas was a later owner and she expressed her agreement that the manuscript should go to the museum. The last owner of the estate who belonged to the original Kewley stock was Miss Stewart, who soon after the death of Miss Kew, gave it to the museum.

Doncan McKewley was entered in the Manorial Roll for 1511 for the adjoining quarterland of Ballavagher, and it was probably his descendant John Kewley, who was the first scribe round the early part of the eighteenth-century. He built the fine old Ballafreer House which still stands there is a slab over the door carved "John Kewley 1728". It is apparent that he was a Latin and Greek scholar,a poet and something of a philosopher as well, he was called in Manx Gaelic,Yn Phadeyr, the prophet or reader. His son, also John Kewley, was the cleverest maker of stone dials to judge from those which are still existing. His finest example is made of polished Pooil Vaash limestone and dated 1776, it records the time of midday at Peking in China, Fort Royal in Jamaica, Jerusalem, Boston USA, as well as in the Isle of Man. It has mottoes in Manx, Latin and English.In the Ballafreer Book there are designs of dials, the notion of planets, herbal lore, recipies for diseases and a plan of Douglas by the river.

Document Nos 166
The Woman that have been married in the Farm
In these words begin, in quaint language and account of the women who were married into the Kewley family.

"An account of the women that have been married in this farm for many years past, who they were, of what kindred they descended, and from what parishes they came so far as we could hear by our anteceasours brought down by word of mouth from father to son to this present year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred Sixty and Three.

Jane Karralagh is the first woman that we can say anything of her (sic),fore before her we can give no account of who lived in this ffarm, men nor women, she was daughter of Karralagh ny Howe in the parrish of Kirk Braddan in Balneshing near the sea shore, the Karralaghs were for many years in Balne Shlig. Nevertheless they descended of the Karralagha of Nagaan in the parrish of Kk St. Anne.

However the said Jane to the heir of Ballafreer one of the Kewleys who are an old standard her time without memory of hearing where they came from, nor who they were, the name of her husband, we cannot tell. But by him she has a son called Nicholas who was heir to the ffarm. His father died, and he wes left an orphan with his mother Jane. But by several misfortunes she was reduced so much to poverty that there was a house built for her below the highway near the river on the said ffarm. But by some accidence the house fell on her and she died. The field is called old Jane's part or reujn when yane to this day.Thus ended Jane Karralagh her days in this ffarm and so such of her.

Nicholas, son of the afforesd Jane lived with an aunt of his on his father's side at Millr Corran [Myllin y Chorrin 1703, Mullen e Corran, The mill now demolished, near Sir George Bridge, Braddan. Last Owner Lewin] in the parrish of Kk Braddan at the same time the ffarm was set to one Thomas Kelly (Proctor) who dwelt therein. Nowin those days all the tenement of this Island were taking leases of their land, and when this fare was called to take its leases with the rest of the parrish, the afforesd Thomas Kelley standing in to take the lease in his own name.

The court hearing he was none of the Kewleys it was denyd him till further enquiry would be made. Then the court gave orders that a public call should be given throughout the whole sheading for the next of kin to this ffarm. This being soon heard by Nicholas and his aunt, They were troubled there at

Where upon they well provided for it the next court and brought the young lad her nephew before her on horseback to Castletown but meeting with sd Thos. Kelley spoke very kindly to then offering a treat of ale if they would go with him to any public house in Castletown thinking with his deluding tongue to persuade then from attending the time the ffarm would be called to take its lease, whilst at the same time he had got friends to take the lease again in his name. Yet with all this enticing she heeded him not but went into attend their business being hardly within when the ffarm was called to take its lease. This noble woman stood in and said here is the right proprietor of that ffarm, and no one said a word to the contrary where upon he was entered before his land. Had they staid twenty minutes longer he would never enjoyed that place nor none of his prosperity. Thus it was preserved by providence and the woman's assistance to him and his heirs who enjoys to this day. And this noble act of that notable and virtuous woman shall be told to many generations to come.

Nicholas Kewley being entered and possessed of his land he married Anne Kewley of sd Trolby daughter if Mitchel Kewley of sd Trolby Kk Marown an ancient family in that place. Her mother was out of Baltrim in the parrish of Kk Mahold, she was commonly called the Ven Vaane. She was first married in Ballakelley, Marown. Her husband died, she then married Mitchel Kewley second son of Kewley Trolby by whom she had Anne Kewley wife to Nicholas affordsd by whom he had sons and daughters.

Their eldest son was William who was married to Cathrine Scarff daughter to Scarff of Ballasceru or Ballaacartf Lonnan-who were of old standard here here in that place and are there to this day. This William Kewley died about the year 1686 and his wife died about the year 1688 and left behind them one son called Nicholas. He married to Milliner Cannan daughter to We Canaan of Airey ny Goan in the parish of Kk Michael. The Cannans were not long there they were at Ballachruinic in the parish of Kk Braddan Baldwin. Her mother was daughter to Stoan y Chruink in Rk Michael and the Stoans are to this day. This Nicholas Kewley died about the year of our Lord 1705, and his wife died about 1725 leaving behind them five sons and four daughters. The name of the eldest son was John Kewley.

He was baptised the 27th Sept 1695. He was married on St. Andrews day 1703 to Elizabeth Gelling the daughter of John Gelling Camlork in Kk Braddan, they being an ancient family there time with memory or hearing. They are there to this day. Her mother was daughter of William Christian of Balnekilley in Kk Mahold. She lived in Camlork near forty years and died in the year of our Lord 1724. This John and Elizabeth had three sons and five daughters, the eldest John Kewley the second of that name, He was baptised on the 1st October 1708. He was married to Marry Kewley daughter of John Kewley who purchased a part of Ballafreer land. Her mother was daughter of Wm Cowil. She lived in or near the place where sd John her husband purchased. m is John and Marey was married on the 28thOctober 1737 by whom he had a son called John Kewley the third of that name. He was born St. Stephen's Day at night 1738. Margaret a daughter his second child was born the 19th day of October 1740.


William his son was born ye 13th Feb 1743
Thomas his son was born ye 21st Mar 1745
Paul his son was born ye 6th Mar 1750

Afforesd Margret died ye 16th of Apr_1 1753. The afforesd Elizabeth Gelling died ye 28th of June 1753. Afforesd John Kewley her husband died the 20th of July one thousand seven hundred fifty and three. the afforesd Marey Kewley died on ye 5th June in the year of our Lord God 1759.

Ages this present 1763

John Kewley the second this year ye 19th of October one thousand seven hundred sixty three is aged 55 years.

John Kewley the third of that name is this year the 6th of January aged 24 years. Epiphany Day.

Willian Kewley afioresd is aged 20 years ye 24th of February. Thomas Kewley afforesd is aged 18 years ye 1st of April.

The afforesd John Kewley father of Marey Kewley afforesd died ye 3rdof October one thousand seven hundred thrity and four.

John Kewley the third of that name in this fiarm of Ballafreer was married to Catherine Clague of the parrish of Kk Marown December 11th1765 on Sunday. She was the daughter of James Clague clerk of the sd parrish. He was brought up in Crosseby in ad parrish. The Clagues had been there near the term of one hundred years. m my descended from the Clagues of Balla ny Kanaane Kk Lonan They are very antient in that place. m eir predecessors in Crosseby were the Norris 's. They likewise were an ancient name there. Afforesd Catherine's mother was daughter of Willian Cannan of Airey ny Gione. The Cannans were not very antient there for they descended of the Cannans of Falls chruink Baldwin in Kk Braddan and so much of them.

William Kewley the afforesd son of John died in Liverpool the 3rdof April 1766 near 4 o'clock in the morning. He was buried at St. Peter's Church aged 23 years one month six days and about four hours.

John Kewley the fourth of that name, successive heirs of Ballafreer was born the fourth day of January 1773 being Friday between the hours of eleven and twelve o'clock in the morning and was baptised in the parrish church, - - day of the same month by the Revd John Christian Vicar of the parrish

Set in the text of the above account of the women who were married into the Kewley family, there is, written in the same hand the following quaint account of the visit of Saint Patrick to Ballafreer.

Document No' 167
An old saving concerning St. Patrick Tradition

" As Saint Patrick plead through the fflat of the flare east side of h. Raggard, it is said that a briar caught hold of his foot and stocking,so that he was a little passionate and said, "Let not this field produce any kind of grain that will make a man drunk that he maybe sober to avoid thy briars and to take care to keep his feet from thy dented prickles-.This was about the year 444. He at that time was going with discipleSaint Jeiman to appoint a place to build a chappel there in which ad chappell was built there and the ruins of it remains to this day. The parson of the parrish in former times read prayers in some of those chappells upon Ascension Day but now is oblete."

Notes Jane garralagh came from Balneshlig now called Ballaslig. Robert Kewley a farmer hung for stealing a sheep October 1818, probably a descendant of Jane.




Manx Sun, October 18, 1877

The boy Kelly, whom we reported in our last as having drifted in a small boat out of Peel harbour, while in a state of intoxication and asleep, has, we are happy to report, arrived again on the Island safe. He was three nights and two days at sea, and was at length driven into Dumfries, whorl "very attention was paid to his exhausted condition. Kelly, to keep himself warm, had laid down in the bottom of the boat, the whole of the tin. expecting every moment that his frail bark would be swamped by the heavy seas which raged. The inhabitants of Dumfries bonevolently paid his coach fair to Whitehaven, from which place he arrived on Tuesday last.

Michael Callistor





In late mid summer of 1984 my wife and I left the Island for a three month vacation touring the western states of the U .S .A. during which we were fortunate enough to meet quite a number of people of Manx descent some already members of the IOMFHS , others who were willingly enrolled as new members.

After a magnificently clear ten hour flight we descended into a heavily sea misted San Francisco Bay area, the coast line being quite invisible, fortunately the airport was clear enough to allow us to land dead on tine and be met by a well known FHS member — Paul Gregson - who whisked us away to his home in Daly City a few miles north of S.F. International Airport. Although w were not entirely strangers to San Francisco , Paul and Madeline helped us with great kindness to get over our jet lag, collect our car, and see something of the Big City, before we set out on our journey which finally turned out to be about 8500 fascinating miles long. Incidently Paul has done and is doing a great deal of work for the IOMFHS in the direction of establishing computer databases - apart from numerous routine jobs - which will allow members to linkup with other having Manx family names in common, eventually all the research work done by members could be available to everyone. One can foresee almost limitless possibilities from these schemes but much cooperation will be needed from members on a continuing basis if the "Central Information Store" is to be built up to a useful level. Several computer homes exist here on the Island to hold the ‘CIS’ when it reaches viability.

Earlier in the year when my wife was recording monumental inscriptions in Peel cemetery, she had noted on one gravestone that a certain Louis Moughtin born in Peel had died in Butte in the state of Montana in 1946. Having crossed to the northeastern corner of California taking in the Lasses National Volcanic Park on the way and then the arid lards of eastern Oregon, into Idaho , and still further east through Boise to Twin Falls then Northwards through Sun Valley, ant the incredibly scenic Sawtooth National Park, we reached what was until very recently the copper mining capital of the USA , — Butte , MT. - the home of the Anaconda Corporation. A scan through the telephone directory revealed that two people named Moughtin still lived in the city one of whom apparently lived at the city gaol They proved however to be man and wife , Mrs Moughton being the matron at the aforesaid gaol for delinquent families.

We met the Moughtons for breakfast the following morning at a restaurant near to our motel , a breakfast which extended itself will into the middle of the day. Mr Moughton told us his father had known the Louis Moughtin from Peel, indeed he had worked for him in his baker's shop for a period , however despite the fact that both families came from Peel they had always believed they were not related. This seems a very unlikely thing, and it could well be an interesting research trail to follow. Needless to say the Butte Moughtons are now members of the IOMFHS . They would be delighted to hear from anyone who might have Moughtin connections.

Unfortunately Butte’s prosperity has declined somewhat in the last few years as most of the copper mining and refining activities have shut down on economic grounds , the copper resources are very far from exhausted but the netal can now be imported from South America and Japan more cheaply than the domestic product, even the highest brick chimney in the world at the refineries at Anaconda a little town a few miles west is being dismantled.

Our being in Butte was really a consequence of our previous visit to the USA in 1981 when we visited Yellowstone Park, ant although we stayed several days in the Rark and explored quite a bit, Yellowstone is such a fantastic place that we wanted to see more of it , this time travelling the opposite way through the Park and leaving by the Northeastern exit. In the event the N exit was not possible, 12 miles of road at up to 12000 feet above sea level being ice bound and only passable with snow chains , and this was just into September, winter comes early in Montana especially at these altitudes , no part of the Park is below 6000 feet ASL.

So we left Yellowstone by the eastern exit and dropped down several thousands of feet to Cody in Wyoming, the home of, and of course named after Buffalo Bill, the city makes the most of that fact, but one must admit the Buffalo Bill Museum there is terrific.

The next several days saw us crossing Wyoming from north to south to reach Rawlins where we had promised to visit the Lambertson families This came about because my wife met Keith ant Karen Lambertson in Peel Castle in July, when they were visiting the Dig and she was serving in the Dig Shop. She invited them to join the FHS but as no application form was handy promised to deliver one in person later in the year Having made a telephone call we were collected at our motel and taken to the home of Walter and Jeanne Lambertson, Keith’s father and mother, present also were Karen, and Jeanne’s other son Bob and his wife Marybel who is the curator of Bawlin’s Museum. Jeanne has her family history very fully documented,among her connexions being the Kellys of Balladda and the Cashins of Patrick. A house in Castle Street in Peel which was plainly visible on one of the photographs we had with us was I think the home of Jeanne’s grandparents . The application form had not been forgotten and they were delighted to join the IOMFHS.

We had noted from our IOMFHS N. American membership list the existence of a Society member at Cheyenne , by the name of Mr. W . Garrett and as the capital city of the state of Wyoming was on our route towards the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, we were able to give Ted a call on the telephone and arrange a meeting. Over a much extended dinner and later into the small hours we learned that Ted's Manx roots were once again in Peel ant although he has not yet visited the Island he is extremely keen to unravel his family history and particularly to discover if any relations are still living here , since Garrett is by no means a rare name it would seem this is a strong possibility. Here again is a research project where the results could give one of our members much pleasure , Ted would be most grateful for any clues from this side,

In June or thereabouts through the medium of one of my hobbies - amateur radio - I had spoken to an american radio ham whilst he and his family were on holiday at Woods Hole in Massachusetts, his home normally is at Boulder in Colorado . Following our radio contact the amateur in question, !. Yardly Beers and I exchanged quite a number of letters , I learned that he is a retired Professor of Physics who worked with the US National Bureau of Standards until he retired , at the age of just over 70 he has gone back to college at Boulder University to follow a long standing interest, and he is now taking a degree in history. Another of his interests is in archeology, ant he told me his professor at Boulder was trying to arrange for him to take part in an archeological excavation somewhere in England this summer . When I told him of the Liverpool University Rescue Unit and the dig in Peel Castle he seemed to think this was very much the sort of thing he had in mind. In short he is coming to Peel for five or six weeks this next summer — at the invitation of Mr. David Freke - to take part in the next session of the Peel Castle Dig.

Needless to say we just had to meet Yardley and his wife during our brief visit to Colorado’s principal university city. We did have time though to take a tour conducted by Yardley of the Bureau of Standards and also the Atmospheric Research Centre a few miles to the north of Boulder.

Denver the capital of Colorado is just about 40 miles east and south of Boulder. It is a large and very busy city which looks likely soon to displace Silicon Valley as the micro electronics centre in the USA , but Brighton some 25 miles north east of the big city is distinctly a rural area , though a feature of its landscape are the slowly oscillating "nodding donkeys" , (oil well pumps), it was here - again through the medium of amateur radio and correspondence - we had been invited to visit Bob and Rachel La Rue, Bob being the radio ham and Rachel being a Vondy whose grandfather left the Isle of Man in the middle to late 1800s. Two Vondy families still live on the Island bat were taken to visit five Vondy families about 100 miles east of Brighton where they farm huge ranches on almost dead flat prairie like land!. The La Rue’s have visited the Island on two occasions and hope to do so again in the near future , of course they joined the FHS. Like many American families we met, their family history documentation is quite astonishing with masses of letters and early photographs.

An amusing coincidence actually introduced us to Bob as we drove into Brighton. We stopped to ask directions to find the La Rue homestead, the man we asked said, "It’s OK, I'm Bob".

After many many miles through Colorado , Utah, New Mexico and Arizona, many interesting places and encounters we reached San Diego in Southern California on October 20th with clear. skies and temperatures about 80 degrees. Close by at Lemon Grove we had a rendevous with Lizley and Winifred Hall whoa many will have met during the Homecoming of 1983, bet also wanted to meet Don and Margery Weber the latter cousin to our Las (iilliaa, this we were able to to and it was a great pleasure to see Margery considerably recovered from a serious illness, we spent a most enjoyable evening with them, only slightly marred by a starting problem with Don’s car after he had kindly returned us to our motel. S .D. is of course home to the Ramsey built sailing ship ‘Star of India’ (originally Euterpe) , identifying ourselves as from the Isle of Man immediately gained us free entry to see over the ship as well as the two other ships tied up close by. San Diego Zoo I had heard was great, it is in fact fabulous.

Lemon Grove is a pleasant town on the easterly fringe of San Diego city, there we found our way to the delightful home of the Hall’s , both of whose grandparents came from the Isle of Man, Winifred’s from Patrick, we were able in 1983 to show them their family graves in Patrick Old churchyard. Linley managed one of the huge Safeway food supermarkets until he retired, but subsequently he ran courses to train prospective managers for the Company. Both Mr. and Mrs. Hall have many hobbies but I suppose their principal one is the Himalaya Mine from which the semi precious mineral tourmaline is taken, we were privileged to travel with them up into the mountains to visit the mine , donning hard hats with lamps and walking seemingly miles into the mountain to the various working faces. Later we scavenged on the spoil heaps to pick up fragments of Tourmaline as souvenirs. I gather many museums in and around the world have Himalaya specimens in their mineral collections including the British Museum. Linley is also an expert gem cutter, he showed us his collection of facetta I stones and very generously presented my wife with several beautiful stones suitable for mounting in rings. Both the Hall’s are expert target shots with rifle and pistol, their gun collection is very impressive and like so many families these days near large cities always have a hand gun within easy reach in case of need.

We left Lemon Grove with reluctance but time was beginning to press and we had to go up into the San Bernardino Mountains to Big Bear City, an absolutely beautiful location amid pine trees , near a large lake about 8000 feet above sea level, Jim ant Bonny Kayser, another radio friend live here through the summer hit retreat down to Palm Springs in the Mojave Desert to escape the yards of snow falling on Big Bear during the winter months. Jim is a retired FireChief from Los Angeles , his job was provisionning the whole of L.A. ‘a fire services with every item of equipment they needed, but he is also a motor cycle fanatic and visited the Island in 1976 for three weeks over the T.T Race period, he is to say the least of it, one of the Island's greatest admirers and is coming back for a much longer stay in 1986 , he intended buying a big motorcycle in London and touring on that , but I think we may have persuaded him to bring Bonny - who does not entirely share his love of two wheels - so it may have to be a car.

We were pressed to accompany them down to Palm Springs but time unfortunately was forcing us back towards San Francisco , with still quite a long way to travel and quite a number of people and things to see.

Longbeach was essentially our next port of call to meet with another FHS member bet as our route would take us through southern greater Los Angeles - our grandchildren had been somewhat critical of our failure to visit Disneyland during our previous stay in California - this time we decided to rectify that omission and found a nice motel in Anaheim. We duly ‘did’ not only Disneyland, sampling almost all the rides , bit likewise Knott’ s Berry Farm. I suppose it may be said that as , we must be regressing towards second childhood when I admit we throughly enjoyed both places , every single aspect of these ‘fairgrounds ‘ is so beautifully and tastefully implemented, Longbeach many years ago was the centre of California petroleum oil production, both on-land and offshore , one is reminded of the past by forests of gently nodding pumps as one enters the eastern part of the city, and oil still comes to the surface off shore on several artificial islands bet here the pimpe and other facilities are completely disguised and concealed Inside what look like multi-storey buildings. The downtown water front is somewhat dominated by the Queen Mary and a very large dome housing the Howard Hughes wooden aircraft — the Spruce Goose - both are worth a visit.

Our FH member at Longbeach is Mrs Shirl Tomeldan, we met her and her husband Tom for dinner. The Tomeldans hope to visit the Island, possibly this year to do some research into Shirl’s Manx forebears Later on during the evening , we were taken for a tour of the sights of Longbeach , amongst which were to a high point to view the panorama of the city , stretching as far as the eye could see , then along the D1barCadero and out to the US Navy Base. Tom is an ex-Navy man.

We left Longbeach on November 3rd , leaving just nine days to travel up the Californian coast to catch the plane for London at San Francisco International Airport with several people ant many places we still wanted to see. At Santa Barbara the beautiful old Spanish Mission is still operating as it did long before the American Forces led by General. Stockton and Colonel Fremont invaded ansi annexed Southern California in 1836 , which was Mexican territory at that time. In this fine little city, we spent an interesting hour or so with Shirl Toseldan’ a Uncle and Aunt , Bob ant Connie Watson, the former being a radio Ham of long standing.

Les Quilliam had asked us to look up further relatives of his, if at all possible , one of these families being that of George and Jan Clucas at San Luis Obispo. Knowing nothing of the geography of the city Jan came down to one of the car parks in the town to collect us and guide us to their lovely home. The Clucas’s have visited the Island, staying with Deemster and Mrs Corrin with whom they have family connections through the Teare family. They also have family connections in Peel and other parts of Mann. More recently they visited the Quilliam relatives in Australia and New Zealand. We gathered there is a strong possibility they could be back here perhaps this summer. We had a little evening tour of San Lute Obispo , among other things visiting the rather strange Madonna Hotel , built some years ago by an eccentric millionare In the gents loo... but perhaps that tale might be inappropriate in the FHS magazine The Hotel rooms are all different being decorated in various kinds of weird styles , one a cave , another I think a witches kitchen, a room in a castle , bet there are also some lovely wood carving and stained glass in a total of something like 60 rooms.

Regretfully we had to move on further north next day but perhaps one day we may be able to explore in great details some of these old Spanish Mission towns of Southern California, they are beautiful and very different to the big cities.

Time did not permit a visit to Hearst Castle with 158 steps to climb, we wanted to reach Monterey that night and before dark if possible. The coast road Highway 101 is very spectacular and the coastal scenery around Monterey quite out of this world, particularly around the Seventeen Mile Drive ard Pebble Beach The newly opened Aquarium on Cannery Row is really great. In the Pacific Grove of Monterey, Margaret saw the one thing she was determined not to miss, that is the Monarch Butterflies which migrate each autumn from northern USA to hang hibernating in enormous bunches from every branch of the trees.

And so on to Santa Cruz , Big Basin National Forest ard the enormous coastal Redwoods (Sequoia Sempervirens) and. rain, rain, rain all the way to San Francisco, with a very bumpy ride to London the following day.

 Jack & Margaret Etherington



1941, July TEARE , Thomas of Moose Jaw , Saskatchewan, Canada, passed away on May 28th after a brief illness. Mr Teare, known as the "grand old man" of the Marquis District of Canada, was born in Ramsey, Isle of Man in 1858. He came to Canada in 1911 to take up farming, later becomirig famous as the winner of many prizes for the production of seed grain. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs A. Rae, Moose Jaw; two some, W.G. and Kenneth C. of Calgary; and one sister, Miss Mellie,, living in the Isle of Man. The late Mr Daniel Teae, past President of NAMA was his cousin.

1944, March TEARE , Miss Isabelle J, Cleveland Heights , died on February 5th. Miss Teare was born on a farm in Warrensville , Ohio where her parents were pioneer Manx settlers She is survived by her nephews Otto and Ray Eastwood and niece Mertie S. Teare, and her, William C. Boyd. She was a faithful member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Mona’s Relief Society.

1962 , December TEARE, Walter, formerly of Castletown, died on September 15th at Mayo , Yukon Territory, aged 77 years . He is survived by two sisters and one brother; Mrs Isobel Kewin of Ramsey and Lillie and Arthur Teare , British Columbia.

1968, March TEARE, Miss Lilian, of Victoria British Columbia, died on December 29th 1967, aged 84. Miss Tear, was born in Castletown, Isle of Man and a resident of Victoria for 14 years , and formerly of Edmonton, Alberta. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. I. Kewin, Isle of Man and a brother, W. Arthur Teare of Victoria, B.C.



Liverpool Record Office - From Lancaster Marriage bonds

Samuel Wattleworth of Pile Town. I .O Man; Merchant; to Dorothy Brocklebenk of Ulverstone ; Bondsman James Pennington of Ulverstone ; Mariner; on Dec. 25th 1744.


December 5th 1855 - Marriage - Notice in a paper

On Monday 12th inst. at the house of Capt. William Kennish, No. 3, Jefferson Place, Williamburg, New York by the Rev. S.M. Haskin. Mr Thomas Kerruish to Miss Ellen Looney, both of the Isle of Man.


November 28th1855- Marraige- Notice in a paper

On Sunday week, at St. Silas Church, Liverpool by Special licence Mr William Fargher farmer to Miss Kewley both of the parish of German.

Death - 3rd February 1856

Washed off the ship Tribune in a severe storm off Cape St. Vincent, Mr William Kelly of Renecault, Braddan aged 25 years.

188l. Penrith Census - St. Andrews

60 Arthur Street:

William C. Kewish, Head,, M, 25yrs, Wesleyan Minister, born Ramsey, Isle of Man
William N. Kewish, Son 4yrs born: Lamberfield? Lancs.

1871 Census Frizington in the Parish of Arlecdon Cumuberland

Robert Kinnish , Head, M 50yrs , Iron Ore Miner, born Isle of Man
Mary . . Wife , N, 37yrs born: Northumberland
Ann . . Dau 13yrs , Scholar ..
Kathrine . . Dau 11yrs , Scholar ..
Robert . . Son 6yrs
Mary I. . . Dau 4yrs
Margaret . Dau 1yr

John Kermode, Lodger, M , 55yrs , Iron Ore Miner, born Isle of Man
Sarah . Lodger, M 30yrs born: Ireland
May . Lodger, 10 ? ..,,
Hugh . . Lodger 9mths born Scotland

1881 Census Frizington — Main Street

Robert Kennish , Head , N, 59yrs , Iron Ore Miner , born I.O.M.
Mary . . Wife , M, 48yrs born: Haydon Bridge , Northumberland
Robert . . Son U , 16yrs , Iron Ore Miner, born: Egremont
Mary (L?) . . Dau U, 13yrs, Scholar born Isle of Man
Margaret . . Dau 10yrs , Scholar born: Arlecdon
Elizabeth . .Dau 8yrs Scholar ..

Andreas, Births or Baptisms

1769 Son to Thu & Margret Carteen
1772 Margert to Phil and Margret Carteen
1808 Elizabeth daughter to Thomas Kewley and Margaret Casement

1881 Census - Arlecdon

John Logan, Head, M, 39yrs Iron Miner, born: I.O.M.
Christian .. Wife, M, 43yrs ,,
John H. .. Son U, 18yrs, Iron Miner, ,,
William H. . . Son U, 16yrs, Iron Miner,
James .E. . Son 13 , yrs, Scholar ..
Thomas . . Son 11 , 8yrs, Scholar born: Arlecdon
Ellen . . Dau 5yrs, Scholar .. ,,

185l Census States Lezayre, 22l(13)? - Kerromooar

Thomas Kewley, Head , M, 70yrs , Farm Labourer, born Marown
Margaret . . Wife , M , 72yrs , German
William . . Son U , 46yrs , Farm Labourer, German
William . . Nephew, U, 19yrs , Andreas
Margaret . . Neice, 6yrs, At Home Ramsey


RUSHEN 1851. Census

Rosalind Sellwood has throughout the winter, transcribed the census in alphabetical order, and it is now available in book form. Looking through it, I find the usual occupation with nearly all the needs of life at that time catered for and some which no longer exist like Lead and Copper miners Also interesting is the fact that the Calf of Man was then inhabited and by the following people:

John Cowell aged 64 who farmed 700 acres He was born in Castletown. .His wife was aged 60. They had children Charles , 25, born in Liverpool , Margaret , 17, born in Castletown, and an employed 24 year old servant born in England. Also working on the farm was Wm. Dinwoody, 13yr old Ag. Lab., George Quilliiam, widower,33yr old Ag. Lab, , both men being born in Malew. There house servant was Elizabeth Quayle aged 22 from Rushen. In the Old House on the Calf was Shephe Cort , a 24yr old Lightkeeper from Cumberland and his wife Jane , 28 , and son Wm. aged 2, both the latter came from Rushen.

There were also other families on the Calf by the names of McIntosh, Reid and Brodie from Scotland; Ellen Moore and John Kennish from Rushen.

Details of publications available from the society are detailed on page 96.

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