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 the 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 I 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 Heighes 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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