1708 Will of Margaret Pike of Poole (proved 10 March 1708)

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

Source: TNA, PROB 11/508

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In the Name of God Amen
I Margaret Pike of the Towne and County of Poole widow
being weake in body by reason of Old Age but of sound
and perfect mind memory and understanding thanks be
given to Allmighty God for the same And calling to mind
the uncertaine State of this mortall Life And that all Flesh
must yield unto Death when it shall please God to
call And being desirous to settle things in order before I
depart hence Doe therefore make and declare this my last
Will and Testament in manner and forme following that
is to say First and principally I commend my Soule unto
the hands of Allmighty God that gave it hoping through
the merits of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ I shall
receive full and free pardon and Remission of all my Sins
and wheritt everlasting life ^ And my Body I committ to                 ^ in glory


the Earth from whence it was taken to be decently
interred in the parish church of Poole aforesaid there
to rest untill my Soule and body shall meete againe
att the joyfull resurrection And my will is And I doe
hereby order That the Summe of ten pounds or thereabouts
be expended on my Funerall and noe more Item I will
That the Summe of Five pounds be given and distributed
by my Overseers of this my last Will and Testament
in the Parish Church of Poole aforesaid att my Interrment
unto and amongst the poore people of Poole aforesaid as
they shall think proper Item my will is and I doe hereby
order give and bequeath unto my two Grandchildren
Selenah and Christopher Goss the Summe of One hundred
pounds each when they shall attaine the age of one and
twenty yeares But if either of my said Grandchildren
shall dye before they attaine that age or that haveing
attained that age shall dye unmarried Then my will is
that the Survivour of them shall have the whole Two
hundred pounds And my further will is and I doe hereby
order and declare That if both my said Grandchildren
shall departe this life before they attaine their age of one
and twenty yeares Or having attained that age shall
both dye unmarried That then the said Summe of Two
hundred pounds shall returne unto my Executrix herein
after named And I doe further order That my Overseers
herein afternamed shall if they think itt for the promoton
and advantage of my said Grandchildren to order payment
of their Legacies herein before given before they attaine
their ages of one and twenty yeares, which I leave wholey
to their Discretion and Management And I doe desire
That in case it be not soe paid That my said Overseers
will order payment thereof by my said Executrix to
them and that they putt out the same to Interest for
the purposes aforesaid But if the same should happen
thereby to be lost that neither my said Overseers nor
Executrix shall be answerable for the same Item my will
is That the Summe of One hundred pounds which is now
in my Son in Law Denis Smiths hands remitted him
from Poole aforesaid by Bill of Exchange drawne by my
Son in Law William Smirke be given unto my Grand
Children Selenah and Anne Smith and equally divided
between them when they shall attaine their ages of one
and twenty yeares And that my said Overseers doe
receive the same of my said Son in Law Denis Smith
within Six months after my Decease and putt the same
to Intrest for the Benefitt of my said two Grandchildren
last mentioned But if the same shall happen thereby to
be lost or that the same can not be had or received of
the said Denis Smith that neither my said Overseers nor
Executrix shall be accountable for the same Item my will
is and I doe hereby order that a parcell of plate and
Linnen which my said Son in Law Denis Smith sold me



in Consideration of Sixty pounds to him in hand paid by
Bill of Sale Dated the fourth day of November Anno
Domini 1706 be delivered unto the said Denis Smith
provided he repay the said Summe of Sixty pounds unto
my said Overseers within one yeare after my Decease
And I doe hereby order That my said Overseers shall
receive the same accordingly and putt the same to intrest
for the use and Benefitt of my GrandSon Richard
Belbin to whome I give and bequeath the same when
he shall attaine the age of One and twenty years And
my further will is That in case my said Son in Law Denis
Smith doth not pay the said Summe of Sixty pounds as
aforesaid That then my said Overseers shall take the
said plate and Linnen into their or one of their Custody
and keepe the same for the use of my said GrandSon
Richard Belbin untill he shall attaine the age of one
and twenty yearers But in case my said GrandSon Richard
attained the same shall dye unmarried Then my will is
And I doe hereby order and appoint that the same plate
and Linnen be given unto my Daughter Smith Wife of
the said Dennis    and her Children then living
by the said Denis to be equally divided between her
and them share and share alike Item I give devise and
bequeath unto my Daughter Smirke all and singular my
Right Intrest and Demand whatsoever of in and to all
or any Summe or Summes of money whatsoever which now
is or    hereafter shall become due unto me from any
person or persons whatsoever either by Bill Bond or
otherwise howsoever (the Money herein before given only
excepted) together alsoe with all my plate Jewells Rings
Linnins household goods wearing Apparrell and all and
singular other my goods and Chattells whatsoever that I
shall dye possessed of And I doe hereby make nominate
and appoint her whole and sole Executrix of this my last
Will and Testament And Doe desire her to give
unto my Servant Elizabeth              and alsoe
unto Joane Baker soe much of my wearing Apparrell
each as She thinks fitt And I doe hereby desire and
order that all my just Debts which I owe may be first
fully satisfied and paid vizt unto my Daughter Ann
Smirke (my Executrix) the Summe of Fifty pounds and
the Summe of Sixteen pounds unto my Brother George Duke
of Sason in the County of Southampton Esqr which
are all the Debts I owe in the World to the best of my
remembrance Item I give unto my said Brother Geo:
Duke and unto my Son Robert Pike my Daughter
Margarett the Wife of the said Denis Smith and my Son
in Law William Smirke the Summe of Ten Shillings apiece
to buy them each a Ring and I doe hereby desire
nominate and appoint my loving Friends John Duke and
William Smirke hereinbefore named to be Overseers of this



my last Will and Testament And doe request them to
see the same duely and truely performed in every particular
And I doe hereby make null and void all former Wills
and Testaments by me made and declared Either by word
or in writeing and this only to be taken as my last Will
and Testament and none other In Witness whereof I
the said Margarett Pike to this my last Will and
Testament have sett my hand and Seale the Seaventeenth
Day of July in Seaventh yeare of her Majesty's Reigne
Queen Anne over Greate Britaine ? Annoqz Domini
1708  Margrett Pyke  Signed Sealed published and
declared by the said Margarett to be her last Will and
Testament in the presence of us Dorothy Pilliers
Elizabeth Hyde

Probatum fuit ???? Testamentum apud
London coram ?enerabili viro Carolo Pinfold Legum
Doctore Surro ?enerabilis et Eg?egij viri D?? Richardi
Cantuariensis Magri Custodis sixe Commissarij legitime
constituti Decimo dio mensis Martij Anno Domini
Millesimo Septingentesimo Octavo Juramento Anne Smirke
(Uxoris Guilielmi Smirke) Executricis in ditto Testamento
nominata Cui commissa fuit Adminstratio onnium et
singularum bouoxum juxium et exeditorum ditta Defuncta
D? bene et fideliter administrando eadem ad Sta Dei
Evangelia Jurat




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