22 December 1773 Will of John Pike of Poole (proved 26 June 1775)

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

Source: TNA, PROB 11/1009

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This is the last Will and Testament
of me John Pike of the Town and County of Poole Merchant
touching the disposition of my Estate and Effects who
being of sound and disposing Mind and Understanding Do
make and declare the same in manner and form following
that is to say First I Will that all my just Debts and
Funeral Expences (which Funeral Expences I desire may not
exceed the sum of twenty pounds) be first paid and discharged
Also I give and bequeath unto my natural Son John
Pike John Green of Poole aforesaid Merchant Edward Pike
of the same Mariner and Thomas Hyde of the same Merchant
and the Survivor of them and the Executors and Administrators
of such Survivor the sum of three thousand Oounds In
Trust to place out the same on Government or any other
real Security and to pay the yearly Interest arising
therefrom half yearly unto my Wife Olive Pike during
the Term of her natural life for her own sole and separate
use And I hereby charge all my Real and Personal Estate
with the said sum of three thousand Pounds to be
raised thereout and to be Invested and Applied in
manner and for the use and purpose aforesaid Also I
give and bequeath unto the said John Pike my natural
Son the sum of one thousand Pounds Also I give and
bequeath to my said natural Son John Pike the said
John Green Edward Pike and Thomas Hyde and the
the Survivor of them and the Executors and Admonrs
of such Survivor the sum of one hundred and fifty
Pounds In Trust to place and lay out the same in
an Annuity or Annuities in the most advantageous
manner they can and to pay the yearly Interest arising
therefrom half yearly unto my Neice Mary the Wife of
Thomas Casley during the Term of her natural life
for her own sole and seperate use and not to be subject
to the Debts Controul or Intermedling of her Husband
for which purpose I will that her own Receipt shall be
a sufficient discharge to my said Trustees for the same


Also I give unto my said Wife Olive Pike the sum of
five hundred Pounds for her own use and disposal Also I give
and bequeath unto the said John Pike my natural Son the
further sum of five hundred Pounds And also all my Right
and Share of the Plantations and Fishing Rooms together with
all Bays Harbours and Fisherys thereunto belonging together
with all Houses Outhouses Edifices Buildings Stages Fixtures
Lands Tenements Hereditaments and Appurtenances thereunto
belonging situate in the Island of Newfoundland in America
To Hold to my said Son John Pike his Heirs and Assigns for
ever subject nevertheless to and chargeable with the payment
of one Annuity or Yearly sum of twenty five Pounds of lawful
Money of Great Britain by half yearly equal payments unto
my said Wife Olive Pike for and during her natural life
which Plantations I hereby charge with the payment thereof
Also I give and bequeath unto my said Wife Olive Pike
All my Household Goods and Furniture China Ware Carpets
Brewing Utensils and all other my Furniture and Implements
of Household of what kind or nature soever to be at her
disposal (except my Silver Plate) the use of which I give
to my said Wife during her natural life And after her
decease I give my said Silver Plate to my natural
Son the said John Pike for ever Also I give and bequeath
unto my said Wife Olive Pike all the Liquors and Provisions
(for my own use and property) which shall be found in
my House at the time of my death to be at her disposal
Also I give and bequeath unto Thomas Calvert Strickland
Nephew of my said Wife Olive Pike fifty Pounds Also I
give to my Servant Ann Langford thirty Pounds Also from
and after the decease of my said Wife Olive Pike I give
devise and bequeath unto the said John Pike John Green
Edward Pike and Thomas Hyde and the Survivor of them
and the Heirs Executors and Administrators of such Survivor
the said Principal sum of three thousand Pounds so to be
Invested as aforesaid And all the Rest Residue and Remainder
of my Lands and Tenements Real and Personal Estate
whatsoever and wheresoever not herein before particularly
given In Trust to pay apply and divide the same into three
equal parts in manner following that is to say two third
parts thereof to my said natural Son John Pike his Heirs
Executors Administrators and Assigns for ever And the other
third part thereof to be divided into four equal parts or
shares in manner following that is to say one fourth part
thereof to my Nephew Thomas Pike for ever one other
fourth part thereof to my Sister Susanna Green for ever
one other fourth part thereof to my Sister Ann Pitt for
ever and the other fourth part thereof to the Children of
my late Sister Mary Durell deceased for ever equally to be
divided between them share and share alike And my Will
is And I direct that the part or share intended for the
said Mary Casley shall be for her own sole and separate
use and not subject to the Debts of her said Husband and in


case of her death I give her part or share to the
Children of the said Mary Casley for ever And in order
to ascertain the value of the remainder my said Real and Personal
Estate I hereby Will and direct my said Trustees to
procure six honest and skilful Men to take an Inventory
and make a just and true valuation thereof including
the Stores and Merchandizes in Newfoundland aforesaid
which shall belong to me at the time of my decease
And if occasion should require and my said Trustees
should think it proper I hereby Authorize and Impower
my said Trustees and the Survivor of them and the Heirs
Executors and Administrators of such Survivor to Grant
Bargain and Sell the said Remainder of my said Real
and Personal Estate ^ and by the several proportions                    ^ and the Money arising by the Sale thereof
herein before mentioned And my will is that my said                       to pay and divide amongst the several
Trustees do with all Convenient speed next after my                       Persons
decease raise gather in and invest in Government or other
Securities the several sums of Money herein before directed
And that the placing out any Monies at Interest on
Government or other Securitys or any other Transaction
of my said Trustees touching the due execution of this my
will during the life time of my said Wife shall be Done
and with the knowledge consent and approbation of my
said Wife And I do Nominate and Appoint my said Son
John Pike and the said John Green Edward Pike and
Thomas Hyde joint Executors of this my said Will and I
do hereby Consent and Direct that they shall be allowed
their reasonable Charges and Expences out of the residue
of my said Personal Estate for their trouble in the
execution of the several Trusts hereby in them reposed And
I do declare that my said Trustees shall not be liable to
make good any loss by the failure or defect of any Security
that may be taken by them for any of my Trust Monies
or for any other loss that may happen without their
Wilful Default And that they shall not be answerable
or accountable the one for the other or for the Act
and Deed ^ only And that they shall not be charged with or              ^ of the other but each for his own Ace and Deed
liable to make good any more Monies or Effects than
shall come to their or his Hands respectively And I do
hereby revoke and make void all former and other Wills by
me at any time heretofore made In Witness whereof
I have to this my last Will and Testament contained
on four Sheets of Paper ^ subscribed my Name and to                     ^ to the three first Sheets thereof
this fourth or last Sheet thereof subscribed my Name and
affixed my Seal the twenty second day of December in
the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and
seventy three   John Pike LS  Signed Sealed Published
and Declared by the aforesaid John Pike the Testator as
and for his last Will and Testament in the Presence of
us who at his request in his Presence and in the Presence
of each other have subscribed our Names as Witnesses
Henry Meech  Richard Bell  John Leer


A Codicil to be added to and be part of the
last Will and Testament of me John Pike of the Town and
County of Poole Merchant
Whereas in and by my Will (as above written)
bearing Date the 22d Day of December last I did among
other things give and bequeath unto my then Wife Olive
Pike All my Household Goods and Furniture China Ware
Carpets Brewing Utensils and all other my Furniture and
Implements of Household of what kind or nature soever
to be at her disposal except my Silver Plate the use of
which I gave to my said Wife during her natural life And
after her decease I gave my said Silver Plate to my
natural Son John Pike for ever Also I gave and bequeathed
unto my said Wife Olive Pike all the Liquors and Provisions
(for my own use and property) which should be found in my
House at the time of my death to be at her disposal And
whereas my said Wife is since deceased now I do hereby
give and bequeath my said Household Goods and Furniture
China Ware Carpets Brewing Utensils and all other my
Furniture and Implements of Household whatsoever Liquors
and Provisions last above mentioned (so given to my said
Wife) unto my natural Son the said John Pike for ever
And all the Silver Plate that shall be found in my Possession
at the time of my decease and which were the proprty
of my late Father or Mother I give to my Nephew Thomas
Pike I Also hereby give to Thomas Calvert Strickland
Nephew of my said late Wife fifty Pounds more any thing
in my said Will contained to the contrary hereof notwithstanding
And I do hereby declare that my said Will and this Codicil
which I will shall be added to and deemed part thereof
do contain my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof
I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal this twenty first
Day of March in the Year of our Lord 1774  John Pike  LS
Signed Sealed and Published by the said John Pike the Testator
as and for a Codicil to be added to and be part of his last
Will and Testament in the Presence of us    Jos Thrasher
Richard Bell   John Leer Atty & Not Publ

        To
                The Executors In Trust
                of Mr John Pike

                                Poole April 1 1775
   I desire that my Executors do pay to Ann Langford
a twelve Month after my decease the sum of fifty pounds
Also to Richard Bell the sum of ten Pounds Also to Mary
Bath the sum of five Pounds which I hereby bequeath
them As witness my Hand and Seal this first day of April 1775
John Pike LS   In Presence of Frances Hyde  Alexr
Campbell


This Will was Proved at London with two Codicils the twenty
sixth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand
seven hundred and seventy five                       Before
the Right Worshipful Sir George Hay Knight Doctor of Laws
Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court
of Canterbury lawfully constituted By the Oaths of John Green
Edward Pike and Thomas Hyde three of the Executors
named in the said Will to whom Administration was granted
of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the
deceased having been first sworn by Commission duly to
Administer Power reserved of making the like grant to
John Pike the other Executor named in the said Will
when he shall apply for the same





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