John Ley

Male Abt 1760 - 1805  (~ 40 years)


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  • Name John Ley 
    Born Abt 1760  Louisbourg, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Main-à-Dieu, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    sea captain, mariner 
    Residence Between 1800 and 1805  Main-à-Dieu, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _UID D6D999036023F0468C2F21879631EC6781AF 
    Died Between 1800 and 1805  on or near Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I324  Victoria Boutilier's Genealogy Pages
    Last Modified 25 May 2010 

    Father John Ley,   b. 1739, Northam, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1800, on or near Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Mother Jane Unknown,   b. Abt 1740,   d. Aft 1800  (Age ~ 61 years) 
    Married Abt 1760 
    Family ID F108  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jane Martell?,   b. Abt 1770,   d. Between 1805 and 1860  (Age ~ 35 years) 
    Married Abt 1787 
    Children 
     1. John Ley,   b. 1787, Main-à-Dieu, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Thomas Ley,   b. Abt 1788, Main-à-Dieu, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1868, Little Lorraine, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years)
     3. Charles Ley,   b. Abt 1788, Main-à-Dieu, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Sep 1869, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years)
     4. Mary Ley,   b. Abt 1793, Main-à-Dieu, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1861, Main-à-Dieu, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years)
     5. James Ley,   b. 1795, Main-à-Dieu, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1842  (Age > 48 years)
    Last Modified 23 May 2017 
    Family ID F107  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • John Ley is referred to as "Capt." in the baptism record (St. George, Sydney) of a son, John, in 1787 and "Esqr." in the baptism record of his son James in 1895 (same church); is that because he had been appointed magistrate in the meantime (see notes for grandfather Alexander Ley).

      However, John Ley (the immigrant and father of John Ley) is "Esquire" in his probate papers, so perhaps both men held administrative positions in local government, either simultaneously or one after the other.

      John Ley Jr. received title for land in Main-a-Dieu on August 10, 1787.
      FHL Film # 808,746
      Cape Breton County deed bk A 238
      registered 10 August 1787
      dated 10 August 1787
      "....unto John Ley Junr. of Main a Dieu, and to his Heirs & Assigns forever....Land, situate...in the Harbour of Main a Dieu...[namely] Lotts 1, 2 and 3 in Block B bounded on the North east by Crown street, on the North West by Richmond Street, on the South West by Lott No.4 Assigned to Wm. Kenedy, on the South east by Carleton street, being five Chains in length and three chains in Bredth [sic] and contains One & half Acre...."
      This land was later the property of David and Agnes (Ley) Burke, Agnes being John's sister. When did this land transfer occur?

      Letters of Administration were granted on the estate of the immigrant John Ley Sr. in 1800. His widow Jane Ley was administratrix, John Ley Jr. (son of John Ley Sr.) and John Payne were administrators. The inventory indicates that John Ley Sr. owned 5 fishing lots in Main a Dieu; there is a note that his accounts were not in order, perhaps an indication of possible debt.

      In 1805 Jane Burke alias Ley, the widow of John Ley, and John Payne, acting as the administrators of John Ley's estate, sold the 5 fishing lots to David Burke and Thomas Burke. Since John Ley, son and heir of John Ley, is not mentioned in the deed, these estate administrators are probably those for the estate of John Ley Jr., although no indication of the granting of a second letters of administration has been found. Perhaps the procedure was not necessary if the estate to be distributed was identical.

      Jane Burke alias Ley is probably the widow of John Ley, son of John Ley. John Ley, son of John Ley, had a number of minor children, so his widow's remarriage would have been probable, while John Ley Sr.'s widow would have been approximately fiftysomething without any known minor children. On the other hand, the widows of both John Leys may have been remarried to Burkes.

      The buyers, David Burke and Thomas Burke, are probably the two brothers by these names. This David is probably the same David who married Agnes Ley. Thomas Burke was married to Jane Martell, perhaps the same Jane who was the widow of Mrs. David Burke's brother John Ley.

      A widow selling land to her own husband seems strange, even while she is acting in the capacity of administratrix for a former husband's estate. Was the sale necessitated by still unpaid debts accrued by John Ley Sr. and a way of keeping the land in the family?

      The laws governing administration of estates need to be consulted.

      Cape Breton Deed Book W p. 407 (FHL Film #808,757)
      Deed; Administrators of John Ley to David Burke et al. Doc. W407 1860
      recorded 27 August 1860
      dated 3 December 1805
      Administrators of the estate of late John Ley of Main a Dieu, mariner, John Payne and Jane Burke alias Ley, to David Burke and Thomas Burke both of Main a Dieu Mariners
      Consideration 60 pounds
      Lots 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 Block A ("granted to the late John Ley" "5 fishing lots" referred to in the inventory of the estate of John Ley Sr. 1739-1800)
      John Payne signs, Jane Burke alias Jane Ley makes her mark, David Burke makes his mark, Thomas Burke signs, witnesses John L. Stout, J.P., Timothy Leaver, W. Bown Jr.
      (Why was the 1805 document not filed until fifty five years later in 1860? Is that when Jane died? Or perhaps Thomas Burke?)

      Where are the subsequent deeds that refer to this land?