Thomas Corlett

ID# 714, (1859 - 15 Feb 1896)

Thomas Corlett was born in 1859 at Lezayre, Isle of Man.

He was the son of William Corlett and Elinor Cowley.

Thomas Corlett was baptised on 13 Feb 1859 in Sandy Road, Lezayre, Isle of Man,

Parents listed:
William Corlett , Seaman & Eleanor Cowley.1

Thomas appeared on the 1861 Isle of Man Census of 7 Apr 1861 in the household of William Corlett at Ballagonnel, Andreas, Isle of Man;
CORLETT William, Head, Mar, 35, Sea Captain, Andreas Isle of Man
CORLETT Eleanor, Wife, Mar, 30, Andreas
CORLETT William Son, 8, Andreas
CORLETT Catherine, Niece, 9, Andreas
CORLETT Thomas, Son, 2, Andreas

(have found places of births listed are incorrect).2

Thomas appeared on the 1871 Isle of Man Census of 2 Apr 1871 in the household of William Corlett at Chronk Breck House, Jurby, Isle of Man;
CORLETT, William Head, Mar, 45, Farmer of 100 acres employing 2 men, Andreas IOM
CORLETT Ellenor, Wife, Mar, 39, Jurby
CORLETT William, Son, Unm, 18, Farmers Son, Jurby
CORLETT Thomas, Son, 12, Scholar, Ramsey
CORLETT John Edward, Son, 8, Scholar, Andreas
CORLETT Elizabeth C, daur, 6, Scholar, Andreas
CORLETT Mary Ann, Daur, 2, Jurby
CORLETT Isabella, Daur, 3mths, Jurby
CALLISTER Philip, Servant, Unm, 17, Farm Servant Indoor, Jurby
CORLETT Catherine, Servant, Unm, 18, Domestic Servant, Andreas
CORLETT Silas, Boarder, Mar, 50, Pensioner Farrier, Andreas.3

Thomas appeared on the 1881 Isle of Man Census of 3 Apr 1881 On Board Vessel "Queen" 102, Andreas, Isle of Man;
Fisherman at Kinsale Mackerel Fishing

CORLETT Thos, 22, Fisherman, IOM, on board "Queen."4

Thomas Corlett married Mary Ann Kneale, daughter of Thomas Kneale and Mary Teare, on 13 Jul 1889 at Andreas, Isle of Man,

13 July 1889
Married in the Parish Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of hte Established Church, by licence.

Thomas Corlett,
Full age, Bachelor, Mairner,
Res: Andreas.
Father William Corlett, Farmer
Mary Ann Kneale,
Full age, Spinster,
Res: Andreas.
Father Thomas Kneale, Farmer

Thomas signed, Mary Ann, her X Mark

In the presence of William Cowley and Isabella Corlett.5,6,7,8

Thomas appeared on the 1891 Isle of Man Census of 5 Apr 1891 at 1 Marsden Street, Ramsey, Isle of Man, also listed in the household was Mary and John ;
CORLETT Thomas, Head, M, 32, Sea Mairner, employed, Ramsey
CORLETT Mary A, Wife, M, 30, Andreas
CORLETT John T, Son, S, 1, Andreas.9

Thomas died on 15 Feb 1896 at Sea, on board the "Fayaway", Laxey, Isle of Man, at age 37 years

CORLETT Thomas, Master of "Fayaway" aged 38.10

Thomas's cause of death on 15 Feb 1896 was from Drowning at Sea
Stumbled over bawser in the dark and fell overboard, and was not seen again.

19 Feb 1896 Thomas Corlett was mentioned in the "Mona's Herald", Douglas, Isle of Man, newspaper


Early on Saturday morning, an unfortunate accident occurred off the port, which resulted in the drowning of a young man named Thomas Corlett, aged about thirty years, and a native of Ramsey. Corlett was captain of the smack "Fayaway" of Ramsey. Cowley owner, which, after landing a general cargo of salt, flour etc, for the Equitable Co-operative Society, left Laxey about midnight on Friday with a cargo of sand, bound for Liverpool. The wind being light, the "Fayaway" was taken in tow by the SS "Turtle" also bound for Liverpool with sand, but when about nine miles off the land the rope parted, and the steamer proceeded on her way. According to the statement of his companion, who is also named Corlett, the skipper, in going aft to steer, slipped over the bulwarks, which is very low, but he succeeded in getting hold of his guernsey and pulling him on board. Almost immediately he went over again and sank. Being left single-handed, the other was unable to lower a boat or take any steps to rescue him. He succeeded in putting the vessel about and was making for Laxey, whien he was passed by another inward bound vessel which carried the sad tidings to Laxey, and two men named Skillicorn and Cowley put off in a small boat to the "Fayaway", the latter boarding her and helping to take her to Ramsey. The unfortunate man leaves a wife and two children to mourn his loss.11

22 Feb 1896 Thomas Corlett was mentioned in the "Isle of Man Times", Isle of Man, newspaper

Drowning of a Manx Skipper.

A very sad accident occurred on Friday night on board the ketch "Fayaway", of Ramsey, owned by Mr R Cowley, JP. It appears that the "Fayaway" left Laxey for Liverpool on Friday at about half an hour after midnight, in tow of the small steamer "Turtle", of Glasgow. There were on board the ketch the master, Thomas Corlett and Henry Radcliffe. The night was calm, though dark, and there was no wind. About two o'clock, when the two vessels were about seven or eight miles out of Laxey, the tow rope suddenly parted, and the Turtle proceeded to Liverpool. This was the last time the skipper, Thomas Corlett, was seen, as Radcliffe saw him pulling in the broken tow rope, and shortly afterwards missed him; and on looking for him, was unable to discover any trace of him on board. He had not heard any splash or cry, and it was only after a thorough search that he made sure that Corlett must have gone overboard. He shouted and looked about overboard, but could find no sign of the skipper; and as the vessel was making no way, there being no wind, there can be little doubt that he is drowned. It is thought that the boom, swinging over, must have struck Corlett and stunned him, and that he must have been knocked overboard unconscious. Nothing has yet been heard of the body. Corlett was an Andreas man, hailing from the Lhen Moar, where his relatives reside. He leaves a widow and one child. Radcliffe, who was on board the "Fayaway," has had another similar experience in his life before, as his brother was knocked overboard and drowned a few years ago, off the Point of Ayre in just the same way.
Our Lexey correspondent adds: Radcliffe turned the boat round after the discovery, and sailed back again to Laxey bay. Two Laxey fishermen, Edward Cowley and James Skillicorn, who were fishing in the bay, approached the smack, and the sad fate of the Captain was made known to them by the old man Radcliffe. Cowley went on board the vessel, and took her to Ramsey on Saturday morning.12

Thomas and Mary had 1 Child.

Child of Thomas Corlett and Mary Ann Kneale

Father*William Corlett (1826 - 23 Jul 1899)
Mother*Elinor Cowley (5 May 1831 - 26 Jan 1912)


  1. [S33] Birth Marriage and Burial Entries, International Genealogical Index & Family Search Web Site (IGI) : Family Search Web site, From 2000), England Birth and Christenings, 1538-1975 - C036481.
  2. [S171] 1861 Isle of Man Census ( PRO England, 7 April 1861), 1861 IOM Andreas, District 2 RG 9/4410 pg 11. Hereinafter cited as 1861 Isle of Man Census.
  3. [S172] 1871 Isle of Man Census ( PRO England, 2 Arpril 1871), 1871 IOM Jurby RG10/ 5772 pg 3. Hereinafter cited as 1871 Isle of Man Census.
  4. [S173] 1881 Isle of Man Census ( PRO England, 3 April 1881), 1881 Isle of Man, Andreas, Andreas Vessel: "Queen" RG11/ 5609, pg 4. Hereinafter cited as 1881 Isle of Man Census.
  5. [S1] Certificate held on file, Held by Ailsa Corlett, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Hereinafter cited as Certificate held on file.
  6. [S21] Church Registers, Various Repositories , Parish Register Transcripts of Andreas, 1649-1883- Andreas 1849 - 1883 - Baptisms March 1849 - Dec 1883, Marriages May 1849 - Nov 1883, Burials March 1849 - Dec 1883
    Film No 106179 Item 2
    Viewed at Logan Central Library, 9 July 2013 and copy obtained.. Hereinafter cited as Church Registers.
  7. [S83] Registry IOM, IOM Registers, Lawsons BDM site, Ramsey Andreas, pg 21. Hereinafter cited as IOM Registers.
  8. [S33] International Genealogical Index & Family Search Web Site (IGI), Isle of Man, Marriages, 1849 -1911, M008935, film 454984 ref EB 405 pg 174 rn348.
  9. [S174] 1891 Isle of Man Census ( PRO England, 5 April 1891), 1891 Isle of Man, Town of Ramsey, Lezayre, RG12/ 4685 pg 26. Hereinafter cited as 1891 Isle of Man Census.
  10. [S78] BDM Indexes online: England Civil Registration online, . Online;, 1896 - GRO Marine Death Indices (1846 - 1902), page 77 also BT334 - Registers and Indexes of Brith, Marriages and Deaths of Passengers and Seamen at Sea - Box 0015 Pg 4.
  11. [S10] Newspaper, Various Papers, Isle of Man Newspaper, Mona's Herald, Douglas, Feb 19 1896, Pge 8. Hereinafter cited as Newspaper Article.
  12. [S10] Newspaper Article, Isle of Man Newspaper, Isle of Man Times, 22 Feb 1896 Pg 2.