"This is affirmed to be the last will of Sr. JOHN CHRISTIAN clerk, Parson of KK Bryde, who departed this life the one and twentieth day of December 1695. Being in good and perfect memory. Imprimis, he commended his soul into the hands of Almighty God, and his body to Christian burial. Item, he left and bequeathed to the poor five pounds to be distributed as followeth, vizt., twenty shillings thereof to the poor of KK Bryde, twenty shillings to the poor of KK Andreas, and three pounds to the poor of KK Mahold and Ramsey. Item, he left and bequeathed to the several ministers within this Isle five shillings apiece. Item, he bequeathed to his BROTHER ROBERT CHRISTIAN all that he had in SILVESTER RATCLIFFE's Closes, and asking his WIFE's consent thereto for her part, she replied I never came cross upon you in any thing you did till now. Then he replyed to the witnesses, I have two hundred pounds in Lands, let her take as much against it. Item, he bequeathed to his said BROTHER all his sheep in Inshebeeck[?] with their shaglings, and all the yearlings in KK Andrews and KK Bryde. Item, he left and bequeathed to his BROTHER EWAN the tressel and as for all other accounts that passed betwixt them that he should never be questioned; with half of all his household stuff. Excepting his part of the plate which he left among his three brethren. Item, to the said EWAN two cows and the little golden ring that was then upon his own finger. Item, he left to his BROTHER WILLIAM CHRISTIAN half his sheep in KK Mahold, and all the stragling belonging to them and left upon his said brother to be true and faithful to his loving WIFE. Item, he left and bequeathed to his BROTHER IN LAW JOHN LACE twenty pounds to be paid out of the Rectory at Easter next, and to be assisting in taking it up with the second choice of the horses and also of the mairs and a silver spoon to go as heirship in the house. Item, to his SISTER BESSY a mourning gold ring, and all the rest of his rings he left to her loving WIFE. Item, he left and bequeathed to his honored FATHER MAJOR CHARLES CHRISTIAN four pounds. Item, to EWAN CHRISTIAN JUNIOR of Cranstall three pounds being the moiety of six pounds due to him from the said EWAN, and his choice of the three oxen that he had in his own keeping. Item, to WILLIAM CHRISTIAN'S WIFE and HER SON twenty shilling betwixt them. Item, to WM CURGHEY'S WIFE a heifer. Item, he left and bequeathed to his dear and loving WIFE the whole house in KK Bryde as a Legacy during her life and after her decease to dispose of it as they, vizt., his Executors, shall think fit. Item, he constituted and appointed his BRETHREN aforesaid vizt., WILLIAM, EWAN AND ROBERT CHRISTIAN joint Administrators of all the rest of his goods moveable and unmoveable whatsoever, and left 2 shillings 6 pence apiece to the witnesses of his will. Item, he ordered that his books should be kept until such time as it might appear that his BROTHERS WILLIAM'S SON or JOHN LACE HIS SON should be thought capable (vizt., as ministers) to make use of them; and if neither of them were co capacitated that then they were to be at the disposal of his Executors. Item, he left to Mr. THOMAS ALLEN one of his choice books. Witnesses: William Christian, Robert Moor.
THE EXECUTORS SWORN IN COURT in form of Law. The Inventory next Court.
THE INVENTORY OF GOODS AND CHATTELS of Sir JOHN CHRISTIAN brought in by the Executors is 150 pounds 0 shillings 0 pence. The goods in the hands of the Executors who are become pledges according to Law the one for the other witness their subscriptions this 25th of July 1699. [signed their marks] William Christian, Robt Xtian, Ewan Christian. Note that the 20s legacy left to the poor of KK Andrews is paid to Mr. Curghey curate July 25th 1699.
FEBRUARY THE 10TH 1695/6: CAPT PATRICK GELLING enters his claim against the Executors of Parson JOHN CHRISTIAN for the sum of fifty shilling due &c.
Die et Anno predict: Mr. JOHN PARR enters his claim against the Executor of Sir JOHN CHRISTIAN Parson for the sum of five pounds due &c.
NOVEMBER THE 12TH 1695: WILLIAM CRY enters his claim against the Executors of Mrs. DOROTHY CHRISTIAN ALS WILLSON for the sum of 5 pounds 5 shillings; being the consideration money of a parcel of Land by Mr. Edw: Christian Deemster to the claimant; As also for the sum of 10s loss and damage for all which he craves xxx
JUNE THE 4TH 1696: WILLIAM CARROONE enters his claim against the Executors of Sir JOHN CHRISTIAN late parson of KK Bride for the sum of 30s due as will be made to appear &c.
JUNE THE 9TH 1696: EDM: CHRISTIAN enters for 11 pound 10 shilling 0 pence due &c.
DAN: XTIAN and MARK CORKISH enters their claims against the Executors of Sir JOHN XTIAN Parson for the sum of 8s due &c.
JUNE THE 9TH 1696: ROBT CURGHEY enters against the said Executors for the sum of 18s due &c.
JUNE THE 10TH 1696: MR. JOHN TUBMAN enters against the said Executors for the sum of 6 pounds due &c.
JUNE THE 12TH 1696: PHILLIP XTIAN enters against the Executors of Parson JOHN XTIAN for a gold ring valued at 20s, &c.
JULY THE FIRST 1696: EWAN CHRISTIAN enters his claim against the Executors of Parson JOHN CHRISTIAN for 2 bowels and firlet of moulten corn, and fifty shillings of monie due &c.
NOVEMBER THE 10TH 1696: JOHN CROW & WILLIAM CLERK enter their claims in behalf of the Executor of Sr. WILLIAM CROW against the Executors of Sr John Christian for the sum of five pounds and 8s 2p, presended by Parson Xtian to be pd to CHARLES CROW one of the said Executors, and also for 20s which he kept out of the accounts of said CHARLES CROW; and also for the sum of five pound xxxxxxx for the vicarage houses of Jourby, which rested in the said Parson's hands, & craves trial.
Xxx 6TH 1696: JOHN YOUNG enters his claim against the Executors of Parson JO: CHRISTIAN for the sum of four pounds five shillings, due debts as he can make to appear, & craves the Law.
OCTOBER 12TH 1696: JONY CHRISTIAN and the EXECUTORS of Sr. JOHN CHRISTIAN enter their claims against the Administrators of WILL: COUL for the sum of 7 pounds due &c.
NOVEMBER THE 26, 1696: DAN: CHRISTIAN enters his claim against the Executors of Sr. JOHN CHRISTIAN Parson for the sum of 35 shilling. PHILLIP CURRY for 4s. Mr. CONNING for 3s 10p. DAVID CALLISTER for 6s 6p. WIDOW ERWIN for 3s. All due upon the account of Mr. M---chet School in which the said persons promised to pay, as will be made to appear and craves the Law.
DECEMBER 19TH 1696: PAT: COULE enters against the Executors of Sr. JOHN CHRISTIAN for 9 pounds and interest xxx for a whole year due &c.
AT A COURT HELD AT RAMSEY DECEMBER THE 1ST 1696: The received of and from the hands of the WIDOW AND EXECUTORS of Sir JOHN CHRISTIAN parson of KK Bride the sum of fourty shillings being Sir PATRICK THOMPSON's Legacy to the poor of KK Bradan which remained in the hands of the said Executors of all which I do in my own name and in the behalf of the rest of the wardens of KK Bradan acquit and discharge the said WIDOW & EXECUTORS, I say received the said sum with 12 pence interest for the last year by me [signed] WILLM: FLEXNEY.
DECEMBER THE 2ND 1696: CAPT NICHOLAS CHRISTIAN enters his claim against the Executor of Sir JOHN CHRISTIAN Parson, for 2 chairs worth 10s for a parcel of sheep and cambs that was due to the claimant and made use of by the said Parson which he value at 20s, and also for 5s in money due &c.
DECEMBER THE 22ND 1696: MR. NICH: THOMPSON enters against the Executors of Parson JOHN CHRISTIAN for the sum of 5 shilling due for a bowl of plaoket.
DECEMBER 28TH 1696: CHARLES COIL enters against the Executors for 44 shillings. Anno et Die predict: JO: CURGHY clerk enters against the said Executors for satisfaction for a whole half year, servant at KK Bride staying and sewing at KK Bride for half a year until the said person had reaped hacked and secured the last crop he had upon the Gleabs of KK Andreas in the year 1694; for which he promised him satisfaction; And also for the ticl of STEPH: KNEEN's boat for a year and of THOMAS COWLE's for 2 years.
FEBRUARY 1ST 1696/7: HEN: MCYLVORREY enters for a bowl of meals anno for 2 years past."
Archdeacon Wills 1696/7, Braddan, Memorandum dated 11 April 1705: "April 11th 1705, Memorandum: There was a Bill of Mortgage and a Bond of Mr. ROBERT FLETCHER late minister of KK Braddan on receipt in this Book 1696, for seventeen pounds sterling which he received from Parson JOHN CHRISTIAN of KK Bride also late deceased; out of which he was obliged to pay twenty shilling yearly on the 25th of March for the use of the poor of KK Braddan: which said sum of 17 pound (it being the gift of Deemster ROBERT QUAYLE as appears in his will Lib. 1643, which sum then was only ten pounds, but lying in the hands of Mr. JOHN QUAYLE of Ramsey & his father, the Interest thereof with the principal came to the aforesaid sum of 17 pounds) is now repaid to the Church Wardens of KK Braddan by the Relict of Mr. FLETCHER as appears by their acquittance bearing date the 9th April 1705, and is to be found in Lib. 1705: Thereupon the said Bill of Mortgage and Bon of Mr. FLETCHER is taken of Record, and return to Mrs. ANN WATLEWORTH by Mr Archdeacon's WATLEWORTH's order. [signed] Charles Watleworth, Archd:Regr.
JUNE THE 18TH 1698: THE EXECUTORS OF PARSON JOHN CHRISTIAN hath obliged themselves before the Rt. Revd. Father in God Thomas Lord Bishop of this Isle, to pay the sumof five pounds being an allowance towards reparation of the parish church of Jourby deducted xxx of the goods of Sr. William Crow, and lodged in the hands of the said Parson CHRISTIAN; which said sum they have obliged themselves to pay upon his Bishops order after 2 months notice. Witness their subscriptions [signed their marks] WILLIAM CHRISTIAN, EWAN CHRISTIAN, ROBERT CHRISTIAN."