1658 Will of George Pike of Meldreth, Cambridge (proved in 1658)

The original will can be obtained online from The National Archives.

Source: TNA, Prob/11/283

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In the Name of God Amen
I George Pike of Mildreth in the Countie of Cambridge Esq being in perfect
health and memorie, praised be God, doe make my last Will and Testament This
      Day of       in the yeare of our Lord God One thousand six hundred fiftie
and eight in manner and form following, to say, First I committ my Soule into
the hands of my most mercifull God that gave it mee, And my Bodie to the Earth
from whence it was taken, to be interred with such Decencie as befits my qualitie
and degree, so that the Charges of my Funerall doe not in all exceed the Summe of
two hundred and fiftie Pounds, one hundred and twenty Pounds thereof to be layd out
in some monument to be erected over the Place of my Buryall as my Executor or 
Executors shall think fit.  Item I give unto my youngest Daughter Elizabeth Pike
two thousand marks being one thousand three hundred thirtie three Pounds six
shillings and eight pence to be payd unto her at her Day of Marriage or when
she shall attayne unto the Age of twentie and one years, and this money to be
raised out of my personall Estate and yearely revenue which is over and above
my wife's Jointure, Item I give unto my Daughter Cicilia James two hundred and
fiftie Pounds to be likewise raised out of my Rents of Land over and above my
wife's said Jointure, but my Daughter Elizabeth to be payd first, I give to my
Daughter Mary Whitlock one hundred and fiftie Pounds to be payd after my
Daughter Cecilia James, but upon this Condition, that Sir James Whitlock (if hee
bee then living and my said Daughter Whitlock) doe give a generall Release of
laying any Claim to the house or houses at Blackwall which I bought of John
Prowd and used some of my Childrens names in the Purchase thereof and did
make the said houses over to my son Mr Thomas James as part of my Daughter
Cecilia's Portion And if my said Daughter Whitlock with her husband Sir James
Whitlock (if then living) shall deny to make a generall Release to my said son
Mr Thomas James for them and their Heires for making any claime to the said
house or houses bought by me of the said John Prowd lying at Blackwall or
Poplar aforesaid, Then my Will is that my said son Mr Thomas James shall have
the said one hundred and fiftie Pounds so given as abovementioned to my
Daughter Whitlock for a legacie towards the Damage hee may sustayne thereby
for I would not have any suit commenced by my Children one against another
especially they knowing my will and disposing of my own Goods so neare as I
can in an equall manner, And if my said Daughter Elizabeth Pike or any
other Daughters of myne that are marryed shall chance to dye before the above
said Legacies that I have given them be payd unto them or due as abovesaid
them I give it to my Son George Pike.  Item I give to the Poore of the Parish
of Mildred in Cambridgeshire the Summe of ten Pounds to be delivered to the
Collectors for the said Poore and to remaine forever for a Stock for the Poore of
the said Towne to set them on worke and to be payd to them within six months
after my Decease.  Item I give to the Poore of the Parish of Milborne in Cam=
bridgeshire the summe of five Pounds to be delivered to the Collectors for the
Poore of the said Parish, and also to remaine forever as a Stock for the Poore
of the said Towne to set them on worke and to be payd within six months 
after my Decease Item I give to thirty of the poorest of the People in the
Parish of Mildred thirtie Pounds to be payd out in black Garments Gowns
or Coats to bw worne at my funerall, especially the poorest widdows within 
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the said Parish of Mildred as my Executors shall think fit, Item I give
unto twentie of the poorest People in Milborne in Cambridgeshire especially
widdows twentie Pounds to be payd out in black Gowns or Coats to keep them
warme and to be worne at my said Funerall, if conveniently they can be made
as my Executors shall think fit.   Item whereas the Lands of my Son in 
Law Mr William Violet of Finkeny in Norfolk gent that marryed my eldest
Daughter were mortgaged to one Mr Robert Burges of Norfolk and by
Marriage fell to one Mr Edward Broycave being in great danger to be
totally lost except I should redeeme the same, which I did, by paying downe
one thousand two hundred and sixtie Pounds the one and thirtieth Day of
May one thousand six hundred forty seaven, and had the said Lands
made over unto mee for the Payment of the said back which I so 
disbursed and was to be repayd mee with Consideration as by the said
Deeds appeare Six hundred Pounds of which said Moneys was payd
off by the said William Violet's sale of the Reversion of Tatterford neere
Finkeny aforesaid so that at this time with the consideration of the 
remayning summe of the said one thousand two hundred and sixtie 
pounds and other moneys owing to mee by Bonds and Accounts rested
due to mee the tenth Day of September one thousand six hundred fifty
five, one thousand one hundred seventy and six Pounds besides two
hundred twentie five Pounds the said William Violet borrowed of mee
upon his Statute entred into to Daniel Wade of Birdbrooke in Essex for
my use which is still owing with consideration to the said tenth Day
of September, So there was owing to mee the said tenth Day of Septemb
One thousand six hundred fifty five  ?s F co????? upon my
Son William Violets Attempt about fifteen hundred and fiftie 
pounds and upwards and by reason his Lands was set apart for 
payments of Legacies which hee gave by Will at his Decease and 
came not into my hands till Michaelmas one thousand six hundred
fiftie five  Item I give unto to Grandchild George Violet Son 
and heire of the said William Violet six hundred Pounds of the said
fifteene hundred and fiftie Pounds, And the remainder being nyne
hundred and fiftie pounds due to mee at Michaelmas one thousand
six hundred fiftie five to be payd out of his Lands yearely of
Pinkeny alias Tatterset so made over unto mee from Mr Broycave as
aforesaid and my Receipts to begin from the said Michaelmas 1655 my will
is, that there shall be but foure in the hundred receaved for the considera=
tion of the said nyne hundred and fiftie Pounds with the Taxes on the Land
and his Education besides the said foure in the hundred for consideration
payd out of the said Rents of Pinkeny-land, And if my said Grandchild
George Violet shall chance to dy before hee be of the Age of twentie and one
yeares or have children or child by marriage to inherit the said Lands after
his Decease In such Case my Will is that my Son George Pike shall have the 
benefit of all the moneys so payd as aforesaid for the Redemption of his said
Lands from Mr Edward Broycave and all other Moneys his said Lands is lyable
to pay unto mee, And my Will is hereby further declared and I doe hereby
appoint my said Son and heire George Pike (whom I intend to make my 
Executor) to reconvey all the said Lands of Pinkeny alias Tatterfet Boyvols alias
Biyvils Lanes Moore hall and Wickens and all other the Lands which was con=
veyed unto mee by Mr Edward Broycave to my said Grandchild George Violet
so soone as God shall please that hee comes to be of the age of twentie and one
yeares the aforesaid nyne hundred and fiftie pounds being truly payd  And
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I desire that the said George Violet may be carefully brought up and
well educated by my son in Law Mr Thomas James or by my Daughter his
wife and his Education and expences in Apparell to be payd by my Executo
out of the Rents of his Lands at Pinkeny aforesaid And my desire and will
is that my Executor and Heire George Pike shall reconvey the said Mannor
of Tatterford to the said George Violet, the said George Violet paying the said
six hundred Pounds with its full interest for the same since the first time it was
bought as before is specifyed. But if the said George Violet shall not seale a
generall Release to my said heire and Executor upon the Demand of my said Executor
of all Actions and Suits for Peace and Quietness sake that no troubles may be raised
betweene them in case I say the said George shall deny and refuse to give and seale
such a generall Release as aforesaid but shall be troublesome by ?????? suits of Law by
himselfe or any other against my said heire and Executor George Pike when hee is of
age, and shall raise any suit or suits by himselfe or any other on his behalfe con=
cerning any lands or goods that was his Father William Violets or his Grandfather
Thomas Violets either in Possession or Reversion, That then my Bequest and Legacie
given him the said George Violet as well of six hundred pounds as of the halfe in=
terest for the Debt owing mee by his Father William Violet for the Redemption of
his Lands from Mr Edward Broycave shall be utterly void and all other my Desires in
this my Will concerning him to be quite frustrate and shall and will leave my
said Grandchild George Violet to receave at the hands of my said heire and
Executor as the Law will afford unto him, And this I doe that no Dissention may be
betweene them, And my meaning is that if my said Grandchild George Violet
shall within three years after hee shall come his full Age of twentie and one
yeares desire to have the Mannor of Tatterford which his Father appointed to be
sold for six hundred Pounds towards the Payment of Mr Edward Broycaves Debt to
be reconveyed to him again paying the said six hundred Pounds and all such
interest as shall be due at the time of its Reconveyance at such Rates as money
was at when I payd the said Mr Edward Broycave the Summe of one thousand 
two hundred and sixtie Pounds and as the Land was to pay mee by Mr Broycaves
Conveyance Then my Desire and will is so much money with its full and due interest
being payd to my Heire and Executor within three yeares after the said George
Violet shall come to be of age, and this to be done if my said Grandchild shall
give my said heire and Executor George Pike a generall Release to all Actions
and Demands whatsoever and no otherwise Which being done my will and Desire
is That my said Heire and Executor George Pike shall reconvey the said Manno
of Tatterford unto my Grandchild George Violet if hee require it within three
yeares after hee atteynes the Age of twentie and one yeares paying the Money
and full interest as aforesaid and giving a generall Release as aforesaid and
no otherwise And my will and desire farther is that if the said nyne hundred
and fiftie pounds with its interest at four p cent per Ann?? which the Land
of Pinkeny and Tatterfet stands ingaged for be satisfied and payd with all
the interest taxes and Education yearely by the Michaelmas after hee shall be
of the Age of eighteen years old Then my will is that what moneys soever is
receaved for the Rents of all his Lands after his said eighteenes of Age the
Michaelmas following his Education taxes and all necessarie maintenance being
yearely taken out shall be receaved for the said George Violet's use to be for
Hock for the said George Violet against his comes to be of the full Age of 
twenties and one yeares And this last Clause also upon this Condition that when
hee comes to be of the full age of twentie and one yeares to make and give a
generall Release unto my Heire and Executor George Pike as beforementioned
or else this Clause to be void also.       And whereas my kinsman Edward
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Heighes of Binsteed in Hamshire Esq did stand indebted unto mee (accompt=
ed then up by mee the tenth of September one thousand six hundred fiftie five)
for Rent charges upon his Lands at Binsteed aforesaid of seaventie foure
pounds for about fourteen yeares the said tenth Day of September 1655 And also
for Bond of one hundred Pounds principall Money lent him sixteen yeares 
since accompting to the said tenth Day of September 1655 and never any interest
payd therefore as I can remember Which said Arrere of Rent charge and Bond
with the Bonds interest comes to about twelve hundred and sixtie Pounds the
said tenth Day of September 1655 besides the principall Moneys I lent him
upon the said Rent charge being nyne hundred twentie and five Pounds, Item
I give unto my said kinsman Edward Heighes two hundred Pounds to be payd unto
him out of the said twelve hundred and sixtie Pounds arrere of Rent charge and
Bond with interest beforementioned, Desiring my Executor to allow of all his just
Accompts hee shall bring in But truly at present I know not of any There is
also other Debts of Bills and a Bond obligatorie due unto mee from my said cosen
Heighes Also my Desire is that if it shall please the said Mr Heighes to pay in
to my Executors or assigns the summe of nyne hundred twentie and five Pounds
which was the summe I payd and lent at first to him upon the said Rent
charge, upon payment of the same with the said Arrere of Rent so due as
abovesaid and what shall be more due at the Payment thereof since the said tenth
Day of September 1655 to vacuat and nul the said Rent charge upon such his or
their payments thereof Item I give unto each of my Servants twentie shillings besides
their wages that shall be due unto them at my Decease My Will and desire is that
if my Daughter Elizabeth shall bestow herself in Marriage before she comes to
be of twentie and one yeares of age without the consent of Sir James Whitlock and
my son James and so match meanely or undoe herselfe or to match with one that
is an ill husband without the consent of her Brothers aforesaid That then in such
case my will is That the said two thousand marks given unto her by legacie 
aforesaid shall be by my Executor layd out in Land to be Annuitie to her
and her children forever And if she shall no children then after her 
Decease to my said Executor George Pike and his heirs forever   Item I
make my son George Pike Executor of this my last Will and Testamt
Desiring my Son in Law Mr Thomas James and Sir James Whitlock and my
cosen Mr William Gore Fellow of Queens College in Cambridge to assist
my said Executor with their best councell Assistance and Advice And for
their paines therein I give them thirtie Pounds apiece if they shall please
to undertake the trouble for my sake or to as many of them as shall please
so to undertake.  Item I give my Grandchild Mary Pitchard fiftie pounds
to be payd to her after all the other legacies are satisfyed and to be raised
the same way as before is mentioned or when shee shall atteyne to the Age of
twentie and one yeares or Day of Marriage.  In witness of this my last 
Will and Testament I have hereunto set my hand and seale to both sheets
of Paper the tenth Day of August in the yeare of our Lord God One thou=
sand six hundred fiftie and eight




This Will was proved at London before the Judges for Probate
of Wills and granting Administrations lawfully authorized the seventh
Day of October in the yeare of our Lord God One thousand six hundred
fiftie eight by the oath of George Pike the Son sole Executor named in
the abovewritten Will To whom was committed Administration of all and
singular the Goods Chattells and Debts of the said Deceased hee being
first legally sworn truly and faithfully to administer the same


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