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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