Source: TNA, PROB 11/1679
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In the Name of God Amen I Abraham Pike of Christchurch Twyneham in the County of Southampton Yeoman being of a sound and disposing mind memory and understanding do publish and declare this my last will and Testament in manner following first I direct that all my just debts and funeral expences and the expences of proving this my will shall be fully paid and satisfied as soon as conveniently can be after my decease I give devise and bequeath all and singular my Real and Personal Estates messuages lands tenements & hereditaments monies goods chattels & effects of what nature or kind soever and wheresoever situate lying & being unto unto my dear wife Lydia Pyke to and for her own sole use and benefit for and during the term of her natural life or during so long time as she shall remain my widow and from and immediately after her decease or marriach which of the two shall first happen I give and bequeath the same and every part thereof unto my two Sons Abraham Pike and John Harwood Pike their respective heirs exors admons and assigns for ever and for and during all my estate term & interest of & in the same respectively to be divided between my two sons at the time specified above in manner following my son Abraham Pike to have the house and land at Ide near Exeter the three houses and Gardens situated between the Bridges in this Town the land at Fair Mile and the land called Podnoy and my son John Harwood Pike to have the house which I now inhabit in Church Street the house and Plot of Ground called Punbiss the house in the Gravel Pit and the house barn coach house stable Gardens &c at Bargate part occupied by Mr Shelton and part in my own possession and the rest & residue of all & every other part of my estate to be divided between my two Sons Abraham Pike & John Harwood Pike share & share alike as soon after the death or marriage of my widow which of the two shall first happen as possible and it is my will that such sum or sums of money as may be advanced to either of my Sons towards establishing them in business or for other purposes shall be considered as so much of his share whenever the property shall be divided between them And I do nominate constitute and appoint my dear wife Lydia Pike and my friend Samuel Bayly Draper of Christ Church Executrix & Executor of this my will hereby revoking all other will or wills by me at any time herefore made and do declare this only to be my last will and Testament ^ set my hand and ^ In witness whereof I have to this my last will & Testament seal the eighteenth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & twenty three Abraham Pike LS Signed sealed published and declared by the said Testator Abraham Pike as and for his last will & Testament in the presence of us wh ohave hereunto subscribed our names Abraham Pike R.N. Richard Collins MESH Pike Navy Pay Office London Proved at London 4th December 1823 before the Judge by the oath of Lydia Pike Widow the Relict & Samuel Bayly the Exors to whom admon was granted having been first sworn by Comon duly to admr
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