15 January 1719 of John Pike of Plymouth, goldsmith (proved 24 Nov 1720)

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

Source: TNA, PROB 11/576

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In the Name of God Amen
I John Pike the elder of Plymouth in the County of Devon
Goldsmith being at present sick and weak in body but of sound and
disposing Mind and Memory for which I praise Almighty God
Do while I have opportunity make and declare this my last Will and
Testament hereby revoking all former Will or Wills by me heretofore
made and first I commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God
who gave it hopeing through his mercy and the merits and satisfacion
of my blessed Saviour Jesue Christ to obtain pardon for all my Sins and to
inherit everlasting life and my body I commit to the Earth to be interred



in a decent Christian manner according to the discretion of my Executor
hereinafter named and now for Settling what I shall have behind me
and for preventing any dispute or Controversy between my Children
about the same I give and dispose thereof in manner following that is to say
I give and bequeath unto John Goodall Esq and Gregory Strikley Merchant
both of Fowy in the County of Cornewall the Sum of One hundred and fifty
pounds of lawfull money of great Britain to be raised and paid in
manner and at the time hereinafter mentioned upon this Special Trust and
confidence nevertheless that they the said John Goodall and Gregory
Stribley or the Survivor of them his Executors or Administrators doe or
shall with the consent and approbation of my Daughter Mary Browne
Wife of Arthur Browne of Fowy aforesaid so long as she and her said
Husband shall both be living lend lay out or otherwise bestow or improve
the said Sum of one hundred and fifty   pounds at Interest on such
Security or Securityes or in any publick Stock or Stocks fund or funds
or in the purchase of Lands of Inheritance or Leasehold estate
otherwise in the names of them the said John Goodall and Gregory
Stribley or the Survivor of them his Executors or Administrators
from time to time as he or they and my said Daughter Mary Browne
shall think fit and approve of and the Interest or improvement thereof
or the clear profits of the lands or Leasehold estate to be purchased
therewith to be paid from time to time as the same shall be received
into the proper hands of my said Daughter Mary Browne during the
Joint lives of herself and said Husband for her sole and separate use
and benefit and he the said Arthur Browne not to intermeddle therewith
but the receipts and acquittances of the said Mary Browne for the same
tho' she be under coverture to be as good and effectuall to all intents and
purposes as if she were sole and unmarryed Provided nevertheless and
and I do hereby declare it to be my true intent and meaning that if my
said Daughter Mary Browne should happen to survive her said
Husband Arthur Brown that then the aforesaid Trust concerning the
said one hundred and fifty pounds shall cease and the said John
Goodall and Gregory Stribley or the Survivor of them his Executors or
Administrators shall forthwith pay the said one hundred and fifty
pounds or transferr or deliver over the Security or Securityes for
the same to her the said Mary Browne for her own use and benefit
to be kept and disposed of by her without rendring any account for the
same to her child or children or to any other person whatsoever Also
I give and bequeath unto my Daughters Elizabeth Pike and Sara
Pike the Sum of four hundred pounds apeice of lawfull money of great
Britain to be raised and paid in manner and at the respective times
herein after mentioned Also I give and devise unto the said John
Goodall and Gregory Stribley All that my Messuage and Tenement
or Frame or Lands with the Appurtenances called Grove Situate and
lyeing in the parish of St Stephens next Saltash in the County of Cornwall
which I heretofore purchased of John Williams of Stowford in the
County of Devon Esq and his Mother or one of them And all those
my two Messuages or dwelling houses with the Appurtenances Situate
and lyeing adjoyning together in the Market Street in the said Burrough
of Plymouth in one of which I now dwell To hold the same Messuage or
Tenement or Farme and Lands called Grove and the said two
Messuages or dwelling houses with their and every of their appurtenances



unto the said John Goodall and Gregory Stribley and the Survivor of them his
Executors and Administrators for and during the terme of five hundred yeares
next after my death for and upon the Trusts hereinafter declared of the same
and imediately from and after the determination of the said Term of five hundred
yeares or after the Trust thereof shall be fully performed according to the true
intent and meaning of this my Will then I give and devise all the said premises
as well those in the parish of St Stephens as in Plymouth unto my Son John Pike
and the Heires of his body and for default of such Issue I give and devise the
Inheritance and reversion of all my said Lands unto my said three Daughters
Mary Browne Elizabeth Pike and Sara Pike and the Several Heires of their
respective bodyes equally between them and for default of such Issue to my own
right Heires for ever and i do hereby declare it to be my true intent and meaning
that the said Term of five hundred yeares is upon this Special Trust and confidence
that they the said John Goodall and Gregory Stribley or the Survivor of them his
Executors or Administrators shall as soon as conveniently they can after my death
out of the Rents and profits of all the said premises therein comprized or by sale
or Mortgage thereof or of any part thereof for all or any part of the said terme
of five hundred yeares raise and pay first so much of my debts Legacyes and
funeral expences as my goods and chattells shall fall short of and afterwards
to raise and levy the said Sum of one hundred and fifty pounds in Trust for my
said Daughter Mary Brownes use in the space of one yeare next after my
decease without any Interest for the same during that time and the several
Sums of four hundred pounds apeice of lawfull money of great Britain for
my said Daughters Elizabeth Pike and Sarah Pike the same four hundred
pounds to be paid unto my said Daughter Elizabeth Pike within the space of
one yeare next after my death if the same can be so soon raised by the meanes
aforesaid and the said other Sum of four hundred pounds for my said
Daughter Sarah Pike when she shall attain the age of one and Twenty yeares
together with lawfull Interest for each of the said Sums of four hundred
pounds untill the same shall be paid unto my said Daughters respectively such
Interest to be     for their respective maintenances until their said portions
shall become payable to them as aforesaid Provided also and I do hereby
declare it to be my true intent and meaning that if after payment of my debts
Legacyes and funeral expences there shall appear to be the full value of one
Thousand pounds of lawfull money of great Britain left for my said Son
of all my goods Chattells and effects including all my Lands then and in
such case I do direct and appoint my said Trustees or the Survivor of them
his Executors or Administrators to raise for and pay unto each of my said
Daughters Elizabeth and Sara the further Sum of one hundred pounds apeice
of lawfull money of great Britain the same to be raised by such wages and
meanes and at the same times as the said Legacyes of four hundred pounds
apeice are to be raised and paid but I do direct that no Interest for such
additional Sum of one hundred pounds apeice be paid or allowed to them
my said Daughters for the first yeare after my death and that what paymts
costs charges and expences the said Trustees or either of them their or either
of their Executors or Administrators shall pay Sustain or be put unto in the
Execution or management of the Trust hereby reposed in them or any wise
relating thereunto shall be deducted allowed and retained out of the profitts of
the said Lands comprized within the said Term of five hundred yeares or the
money to be raised out of the same as aforesaid And in Case the said Sum of
one hundred and fifty pounds or any part thereof which shall be so lent out
at Interest or laid out for improvement as aforesaid for my said Daughter



Mary Browne shall happen to be lost by the insolvency of the person or
persons to whom the same shall be lent or otherwise I do hereby declare it to
be my true intent and meaning that such loss or losses shall be Sustained by her
my said Daughter Mary or by such person or persons as may by this my Will
happen to be intituled to the benefit of the said one hundred and fifty pounds
and not be borne by my said Trustees or either of them their or either of their
Executors or Administrators so as such loss or losses be not occasioned by his or
their willfull neglect or default And I do declare that neither of the said Trustees
shall be Answerable for the receipts of the other but only for what shall come to
their respective hands and that what payments costs charges and expenses 
the said Trustees or either of them their or either of their Executors or admons
shall pay sustain or be put unto in the Execution or managemt of the Trust
hereby reposed in them relating to the said one hundred and fifty pounds shall
be deducted or allowed out of the Interest or improvement thereof or out of the
principall money if such Interest or improvemt should not be Sufficient for
that purpose or out of the Rents Issues or profits of the Lands or Leasehold estate
to be purchased therewith Also I give and bequeath unto my said Daughter Sara
all the goods chattells and effects of my late Son Thomas Pike deced which came
to me by his dyeing intestate I being perswaded that he intended the same
for her Also I give and bequeath to my Servant Ann Whitmore the Sum of
Twenty pounds of lawfull money of great Britain to be paid by my Executor
hereinafter named within the space of six Months next after my death into
her the said Ann Whitmores proper hands and for her own Separate use
and benefit distinct and apart from her Husband if living and the receipt
or acquittance of the said Ann Whitmore for the same tho' she be under
coverture to be as good and effectuall to all Intents and purposes as if she
were sole and unmarryed Also I give and bequeath unto the said John Goodall
and Gregory Stribley and Mrs Prudence Sanf?mce and Mr John Elford both
of Plymouth aforesaid and to every   and each of the m a Ring of the value
of One Guinea in remembrance of me Provided also and I do hereby declare
it to be my true intent and meaning that in Case my said Son John Pike
shall hereafter marry either of the Daughters of John Beere of Plymouth
aforesaid Gentleman deced against which I have frequently caution'd and
enjoyn'd him then and in such case I do hereby revoak and annull the said
devise made to him of my said Lands in the parish of St Stephens and Plymouth
and doe hereby give and devise the Inheritance and reversion thereof
imediately after the determination of the said Terme of five hundred yeares
or after the Trusts thereof shall be performed) unto my said Three Daughters
Mary Browne Elizabeth Pike and Sara Pike and their several Heires equally
between them Provided also and I do hereby declare it to be my true intent and
meaning that if my said Son John Pike should happen to marry with any
woman (Except one of the daughters of the said John Beere deced) it shall
and may be lawfull to and for my said Son to Settle all or any of my aforesaid
Lands (Subject to the Trusts of the aforesaid term of five hundred yeares) 
on such woman for her life for her Jointure and on the Issue of such
marriage as my said Son in his discretion shall think fit All the residue and
remainder of my goods Chattells and estate whatsoever not hereinbefore
given or bequeathed I do hereby give devise and bequeath unto my said son
John Pike to be by him applyed in the first place towards the payment of my
debts Lagacyes and funerall expences And I do hereby make and ordain him my
said Son the Sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament And in Case any
dispute or difference should happen to arise between my said Son and Daughters



or any of them about this my Will or the construction thereof I do hereby
desire and enjoin them to have no contests in Law about it but to be determined
by the advice and perswasion of my said Trustees before named and the said
Prudence Sanf?mce and John Elford whom I have requested to be mediators
between them for preventing any such contest and I do Enjoyn them to ??
in amity and to be affectionate and freindly to each other and so I recommend
them all to the protection of Divine Providence In Testimony that this is
my last will and Testament I have hereunto set my hand and Seale the
fifteenth day of January in the sixth yeare of the Reigne of our Soveraigne
Lord George by the Grace of God of great Britain France and ireland
Defender of the Faith ?? Anno Dni 1719  John Pike  Signed and
Sealed by the abovenamed John Pike Senr and by him published and
declared to be his last Will and Testmt in the presence of us who subscribed
our names as Witnesses thereunto in the presence of him the said Testator
Willm Cork Elizabeth Baker John Elford John Herring 1719

I the within named John Pike
on further Consideration of my circumstances as much as in me lyeth
to remove any occasion or pretence for difference between by said Son and
Daughters do hereby revoke and make void soe much of my Will
within written as relates to the raising the additional Sum of one hundred
pounds apeice for my said Daughters Elizabeth and Sarah on the contingency
in my said Will expressed and for the reasons aforesaid I do direct that no
part of such additional Sums of one hundred pounds apeice shall be raised
or paid But in Lieu thereof I do give to my said Daughters Elizabeth 
and Sarah the Sum of Ten pounds apeice to buy them Mourning and for
Providing Mourning for my said Daughter Mary Browne and her said
Husband I do bequeath unto my said Daughter Mary two Bonds or penallBills
which I had against the said Arthur Brownes Father each of them for
Twenty pounds principall money with all the Interest due for the same to be sued for and recovered at his
and this I add as a Codicil to my last Will and Testament within written      the said Arthur Browne ???? 
desiring it may be esteemed and taken as part thereof In Testimony            cost and charges and not by
whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the seven and Twentyeth          my Ex who is to transfer
day of the said Month of January the same year within written  John           both such Bonds absolutely
Pike  Signed and Sealed by the said John Pike and by him published            to him the sd Arthur Brown
and declared to be a Codicil to his last Will and Testament in the presence
of us who subscribed our names as Witnesses hereunto in the presence of
him the said Testator Sam Allen Junr Jane Hodges John Elford
John Herring 1719

Probatum [this paragraph is in latin and appears to grant admin to the son John Pike
"Johannis Pike Filii" on 24 November 1720
 "tricesimo quarto die mensis Novembris Anno Domini Millesimo Septingentesimo tricesimo"]


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