Source: TNA, PROB 11/421
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Know all Men by these presents That I John Pyke of and belonging to their Majesties ship the Winchester Mariner Have and by these presents doe make ordain and constitute Elizabeth Russell of in the parish of Hemsditch in Cou Middx Spinster my true and lawfull Attorney irrevokeable forme and in my name and for my use to ask demand and receive of and from the Right Honoble the Treasurer or Paymaster of their Majesties Navy and Comission for Prize money and whome elese it may concern As well all such Wages and pay bounty money prize money and all other sume and sumes of money whatsoever as now is and which hereafter shall or may be due or payable unto me pursuant to their Majesties gracious Declaration of the 23th of May 1689 And also all such pentions Salaries smart money and all other sume and sumes of money and things whatsoever which now and at any time hereafter as and shall be due to me for my Wages service or otherwise in any of their Majesties ships Friggots or Vessels or any Merchant shipp or ships as also to demand recover and receive of all other person and persons whatsoever whome it doth or may concern All and singular such other sume and sumes of money Goods wares effects wages debts dues claimes and demandes whatsoever which now and hereafter is or shall be due and payable unto me either by Bond bill booke Accompt or otherwise howsoever And moreover in my name and for my proper use to demise and let by Lease in writing or otherwise All or any of my Messuages Lands or Tenements to such person or persons and for such Term of years Condicons and reservacons as my said Attorney or her Councell shall think fit and convenient Giving and hereby granting unto my said Attorney my full and whole power in the premisses and to recover and receive all and singular the sume and sumes of money matters and things aforesaid and upon non payment thereof or any part thereof All such person and persons whome it may concerne and where need shall require their Executors Administrators and goods to sue arrest attach seize imprison prosecute and condemne and to compound and agree and out of Prison to release and discharge And upon receipt of the said premises or any part thereof Acquittances Releases or any other discharges for me and in my name ot make seal and deliver And one Attorney or more to substitute and at pleasure to revoke and generally to act and doe all other Acts matters and things whatsoever needfull and necessary to be done in and touching the premisses as fully and effectually as I might or could doe if I were personally present Ratifying and allowing for firm and valid and irrevokeable all and whatsoever my said Attorney shall lawfully doe or cause to be done in and touching the premisses by vertue of these presents And I the said John Pyke considering the incertainty of this transitory life doe make and declare these presents to contain my last Will and Testament That is to say that all such Wages sume and sumes of money Lands Tenements goods chattels and Estate whatsoever wherewith at the time of my decease I shall be possessed or invested or which shall then belong or of right appertaine unto me I doe give devise and bequeath unto her the said Elizabeth Russell And doe hereby nominate and appoint her the said Elizabeth Russell my true and lawfull Executrix of this my last Will And doe revoke all former Wills and deeds of gift by me at any time heretofore made and doe ordain these presents to stand and be for and as my only last Will and Testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seale the Twenty third day of November Anno Dni 1693 And in the Fifth yeare of the reigne of King William and Queen Mary Jon Pike Signed sealed published and declared in the presence of ??? Bibb Cha: Moody William Thorwood Probatum fuit [this continues in latin, but has the date 30 July 1694:] Triecesimo die mensis July Anno Dn Millimo sexcentesimo Monagesimo quarto
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