Source: TNA, PROB 11/1406
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In the Name of God Amen I Frederick Pike of the City Road in the parish of Saint Luke in the County of Middlesex Rope Maker Hemp and Flax Dealer being in good health and of Sound Mind Memory and understanding praised be Almighty God for the Same but knowing the Uncertainty of this Mortal life Do make this my last will and Testament as follows First I commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God in hopes of a Joyful Resurrection through the Merits of his only beloved Son Jesus Christ and request that I may be decently interred by my Executors hereinafter named in the Parish Church yard of Saint Luke aforesaid as near my Children as have been buried there as may be And as for my Worldly Estate where with it hath pleased God to bless me I dispose thereof in manner following (that is to say) I direct that my Just Debts Funeral Expences may be paid by my Executors as soon as conveniently may be after my decease out of my Personal Estate and after payment thereof I give devise and bequeath unto my father in Law James Elisha of the City Road aforesaid and my dear Wife Mary Pike my Executors after named all my Real and Personal Estate of what nature or kind soever that I may be possessed of interested in or entitled to upon the Trusts and to and for the intents and purposes hereinafter mentioned (that is to say) First that my said Trustees and the Survivor of them and the Executors and Administrators of such Survivor shall as soon as conveniently may be after my decease sell assign convey or otherwise dispose of such of my Property as may be saleable in Case it shall be demed adviseable for them so to do but not otherwise and out of the Money arising therefrom to place the same out in the purchase of Stock in the Publick Funds of the Bank of England or other Permanent Security upon the Trusts following (that is to say) Upon Trust that my said dear Wife Mary Pike shall receive the Dividends and Interest or annual produce thereof for the Maintenance of herself and my Five Children hereinafter named and of such other Child or Children as my said dear Wife may be ensient with at the time of my decease until the time that their respective portions or Sums of Money herein after give and bequeathed to them shall be paid (that is to say) I give and bequeath to my said five Children Mary Pike John Frederick Pike Sarah Charlotte Pike Louisa Pike and Sophia Pike and such other Child or Children as my Wife may have in my life time or born in due time after my decease the Sum of one thousand pounds each of lawful Money of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland to be paid in manner following (that is to say) the Sum of Five hundred pounds each of like lawful Money to them respectively on their attaining unto the State of Matrimony according to the rites and Ceremonies of the Church of England and the further Sum of Five hundred pounds of like lawful Money at such time afterwards as my said Trustees or the Survivor of them or the Executors or Administrators of Such Survivor may think it right and proper for them to receive the same but not otherwise the Increase whereof in the mean time after such payment to be entirely at the discretion of my Said Trustees to be paid or not as they may think proper And my Will is and I direct that in Case any or either of my said Child or Children shall not happen to marry and shall live to attain their age or respective age of thirty five years then that my said Trustees and the Survivor of them and the Executors and Admors of such Survivor shall on their attaining that age whether married or Single pay the whole of their respective Legacies or Sums of One thousand pounds each on their attaining such age or ages respectively and my Will further is that in Case any of my said Children shall happen to depart this life before Marriage as aforesaid or before they shall attain the said age of thirty five years as before mentioned then and in such Case that the share or Legacy of the Child or Children so dying shall go to the Survivor of Such Child or Children in equal shares and proportions payable in manner before mentioned but in Case any of my said Children shall happen to depart this life leaving lawful Issue before they shall have received the whole of their said respective Legacies then that the Money so remaining due and unpaid to such Child or Children shall from thenceforth be laid out and invested for and towards the Maintenance of such Child or Children of the Parent or Parents so dying until they attain their age or respective ages of twenty one years and when they attain that age then to pay the same to them respectively and if but one then to that one but in Case such Child or Children shall not leave any Issue lawfully begotten then I direct that the same shall be paid to my Surviving child or Children that may be then living in equal proportions and my Will is and I direct that my said Trustees and the Survivor of them and the Exors and Administrators of such Survivor shall in Case my said Wife shall Continue in Trade as a Ropemaker Employ my Sisters Husband Christian Wentzell in that Trade at the presente wages or to get him Employment elsewhere so as to enable him to Earn the same Salary or wages during the term of his natural life but in Case the said Christian Wentzell shall from age or other Infirmities be uncapable of working or it shall not be convenient for my said wife to Employ him then and in that Case I direct that my said Trustees and the Survivor of them and the Executors and Administrators of such Survivor shall pay to him the said Christian Wentzell for and during the term of the naturall life of his said wife my said Sister the annual Sum of thirty pounds by Quarterly or Monthly payments as they may think proper and in Case the said Christian Wentzell shall happen to Survive his present wife Then I direct that from and after her decease he shall be paid the annual Sum of twenty pounds for and during the term of his natural life but not more I also give and bequeath to my Brother Godfrey Pike the annual Sum of thirty pounds for and during the term of his natural life payable Quarterly or Monthly as my said Trustees shall see fit and for and after his decease in Case his present Wife shall be then living then I give and bequeath to her the annual Sum of ten pounds to be paid to her Quarterly or Monthly as my said Trustees shall think fit for and during the term of her natural life And I do Charge and make liable all my Personal Estate with the payment of the said Legacies and annual Sums of Money as before mentioned I give and bequeath to Charles Harman one of the Clerks of the Bank of England Gentleman Fifty pounds and Mourning And all the Rest Residue and Remainder of my Estate and Effects of what nature or kind soever I give devise and bequeath the same and every part thereof after payment of my Just Debts Funeral Expences Legacies and annuities before mentioned unto my said dear wife Mary Pike her Heirs Executors ADministrators and Assigns to and for her and their own use and benefit And it is my will and meaning that my said Trustees shall not be liable to answer or make good any loss or losses that shall or may happen placing out my Monies according to the Directions of this my will or in transacting any Money Affairs or otherwise relating to or concerning the Execution of the Trusts mentioned in this my will unless the same shall appear to happen by or through their or either of their wilful Defaults nor shall either of them be answerable or accountable for the Acts Deeds Receipts or Disbursements of the other of them And I do direct that my said Trustees shall and do pay and reimburse themselves out of the Residue of my Estate and Effects All reasonable Costs Charges and Expences that they or either of them shall bear pay or be put unto in the Execution of the Trusts hereby in them reposed And Lastly I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said Trustees the said James Elisha and my said dear Wife mary Pike Executor and Executrix of this my last Will and Testament ^ In Witness whereof I the said Frederick ^ and Guardians of my Pike have to this my last Will and Testament contained Children and do in three sheets of paper set my hand and Seal (that is hereby revoke all to say) my hand to the first two sheets and my hand former Wills by me and Seal to this third and last Sheet this twentieth day made and do declare of May in the year of our Lord on thousand eight this to be may last hundred and two Fredk Pike LS Signed Sealed Published Will and Testament and Declared by the said Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as Witnesses The words one of the Clerks of the Bank of England on the fourteenth line in the first sheet being first struck out and the words "Frederick Charlotte" in the same sheet being first interlined and the words "I give and bequeath to Charles Harman one of the Clerks of the Bank of England Gentleman Fifty pounds and Mourning" being first interlined over the last line but two on the second page or Sheet and the words "and the said" in the third sheet being first sruck out in the presence of us John Robinson Attorney Craven Building City Road Jo?? Crawford Atty of the same Place Wm ??drethen This Will was proved at London the thirteenth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and Four before the Worshipful George Ogilvie Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right Honorable Sir William Wynne Knight also Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oaths of James Elisha and Mary Pike Widow the Relict of the deceased and the Executors named in the said Will to Whom Administration of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased was granted having been first sworn duly to Administer
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