24 May 1841 Will of Robert Pike of Lyford, Berkshire (proved 4 May 1852)

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

Source: TNA, PROB 11/2153

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This is the last Will and Testament
of me Robert Pike of Lyford in the County of Berks Yeoman made the
twenty fourth day of May one thousand eight hundred and forty one I
direct all my just debts and funeral and testamentary expences to be paid
by my executrix and executors hereinafter named I give and devise unto
my Son Robert Pike Thomas Floyd of Fulford in the said County of
Berks Gentleman and William Alder of Windsor Farm in the Parish of
Charlton in the said County of Berks Yeoman All my leasehold mea-
dow land situate in the parish of Goosey in the said County of Berks
called S?ydeham with the Sheep Commons on Goosey Green and appur-
tenances thereto belonging To hold to them the said Robert Pike 
Thomas Floyd and William Alder their executors administrators and
assigns Upon the trusts and for the intents and purposes hereinafter 
expressed concerning the same (that is to say) Upon trust that they or
the survivors or survivor of them do and shall pay unto or permit and
suffer my daughter Mary Pike if she shall recover from the mortal
afflication which she is now unfortunately labouring under to receive
and take the rents issues and profits of the same for and during the
term of her natural life for her own sole and separate use and benefit
independent of any husband she may marry and so that the same
shall not be in any manner subject to his debts controul or engage-
ments But if my said daughter Mary Pike shall not recover her
mind then Upon trust that they or the survivors or survivor of them
do and shall apply the said rents issues and profits for the care and
maintenance of my said daughter Mary Pike for and during the term
of her natural life in such way as they shall think fit and from
and after the decease of my said daughter Mary Pike Upon trust
that they the said Robert Pike Thomas Floyd and William Alder
or the survivors or survivor of them their or his executors administra-
tors or assigns shall and do make Sale and dispose of the said land
commons and premises by public auction or private contract and
together or in parcels in such way as they or he shall judge most
proper and beneficial And shall and do out of the monies to arise
by or from such Sale in the first place retain and deduct all such
respective costs charges and expences as they or the survivors or sur-
vivor of them shall respectively be put unto in or about the execu
tion of the trusts hereby in them reposed and all other incidental 
expences touching or concerning the disposing of the same And upon
trust to pay and divide the residue of the said monies and I hereby
give and bequeath the same and the rents and profits of the said
land commons and premises until the sale is completed unto and
between the children equally or the child if only one of my said
daughter Mary Pike but if she shall be without leaving any child
or children Then as to two equal third parts of the residue of the
said monies and the rents and profits of the said land commons and
premises until the Sale is completed In trust for my Sons Robert Pike
and John Pike equally share and share alike And if either of them
shall die without leaving any child or children to take his share
In trust for the survivor of my said Sons absolutely And as to the
remaining third part of the said monies and the rents and profits of
the said land commons and premises until the sale is completed In
trust for my two daughters Ann Pike and Eliza Pike equally share 
and share alike And if either of them shall die without leaving any
child or children to take her share In trust to divide such share
between her Brothers and surviving Sister equally share and share
alike Provided always and I hereby authorize the said Robert
Pike Thomas Floyd and William Alder or the survivors or survivor



of them their or his executors administrators and assigns to sell the said
land commons and premises in manner aforesaid at any time during 
the lifetime of my said daughter Mary Pike if they or he shall think
fit And in case any such Sale shall take place in her lifetime then I
direct them or him to place out the money to arise from such Sale at
interest in their or his names or name on Government or real securities
and to pay the dividends or interest thereof to my said daughter Mary
Pike for her sole and separate use or else apply the same for her care
and maintenance in the same manner as the rents and profits of the
said land commons and premises are hereinbefore directed to be paid to
her or applied for her care and maintenance Provided also that in case
my said daughter Mary Pike shall recover her mind and marry it is
my will that the said Robert Pike Thomas Floyd and William
Alder or the survivors or survivor of them their or his executors admin-
istrators or assigns shall immediately after such marriage (if thereto
required by my said daughter Mary Pike) exercise the power for Sale
of the said land commons and premises hereby vested in them and
out of the money arising from such Sale pay unto my said daugh
ter Mary Pike the sum of five hundred pounds Sterling for her ab-
solute use I give and bequeath the sum of hundred pounds 
stock in the reduced three and a half percent annuities unto the
said Robert Pike Thomas Floyd and William Alder their executors
administrators and assigns Upon the trusts following (that is to say)
Upon trust that they or the survivors or survivor of them do and
shall pay unto or permit and suffer my daughter Ann Pike to
receive and take the interest dividends and annual produce of the
said sum of five hundred pounds reduced three and a half per cent
annuities for and during the term of her natural life for her own
sole and separate use and benefit independent of any husband she
may marry and so that the same shall not be in any manner
subject to his debts controul or engagements and after the decease of
my said daughter Ann Pike As to the said sum of five hundred
pounds reduced three and a half per cent annuities and the interest
dividends and annual produce thereof In trust for all or any one or
more of the childrne of my said daughter Ann Pike for such interest
or interests in such shares and in such manner as my said daugh
ter Ann Pike whether covert or sole by her will or any Codicil
thereto shall appoint And in default of appointment In trust for all
the children equally or the child if only one of my said daughter
Ann Pike But if she shall die without leaving any child or children
In trust for such persons and in such manner as she my said
daughter Ann Pike whether covert or sole by her will or any Codi-
cil thereto shall appoint And in default of and so far as such last
mentioned appointment shall not extend In trust for such person
or persons as under the statute for the distribution of Intestates
effects would have been entitled to the same as the next of kin of
my said daughter Ann Pike in case she had died possessed thereof
intestate and unmarried I give and bequeath unto my said daugh-
ter Ann Pike the legacy or sum of five hundred pounds sterling ab
solutely in addition to the Pianoforte and books which I gave to
her some time since I give and bequeath the sum of five hundred
pounds stock in the reduced three and a half per cent annuitiies unto
the said Robert Pike Thomas Floyd and William Alder their exe
cutors administrators and assigns Upon the trusts following (that is
to say) Upon trust that they or the survivors or survivor of them do
and shall pay unto or permit and suffer my daughter Eliza Pike
to receive and take the interest dividends and annual produce of



the said last mentioned sum of five hundred pounds reduced three and a
half per cent annuities for and during the term of her natural life for
her own sole and separate use and benefit independent of any husband
she may marry and so that the same shall not be in any manner
subject to his debts controul or engagements And after the decease of my
said daughter Eliza Pike As to the said last mentioned sum of five
hundred pounds reduced three and a half per cent annuities and the
interest dividends and annual produce thereof In trust for all or any
one or more of the children of my said daughter Eliza Pike for
such interest or interests in such shares and in such manner as my
said daughter Eliza Pike whether covert or sole by her will or any
Codicil thereto shall appoint And in default of appointment In trust
for all the children equally or the child if only one of my said daugh
ter Eliza Pike But if she shall die without leaving any child or
children In trust for such persons and in such manner as she my
said daughter Eliza Pike whether covert or sole by her will or any
Codicil thereto shall appoint And in default of and so far as such
last mentioned appointment shall not extend In trust for such person or persons
as under the statue for the distribution of Intestates effects would
have been entitled to the same as the next of kin of my said
daughter Eliza Pike in case she had died possessed thereof Intes-
tate and unmarried I give and bequeath unto my said daughter
Eliza Pike the legacy or sum of five hundred and fifty pounds ster
ling absolutely I direct that the respective receipts of my said daugh
ters Mary Ann and Eliza alone shall be good discharges for the said
rents and profits interest dividends and annual produce hereby given
to or in trust for them respectively notwithstanding any future cover
ture I give and bequeath to my beloved Wife Mary Pike the legacy
or sum of two hundred pounds sterling absolutely I give and bequeath
the sum of one thousand pounds sterling unto my said Wife mary
Pike and my Sons Robert Pike and John Pike their executors admin-
istrators and assigns Upon the trusts following (that is to say) Upon
trust to place out the same at interest in their names on Government
or real securities and to pay unto or permit and suffer my said Wife
to receive and take the dividends or interest thereof for and during
the term of her natural life and after the decease of my said wife
As to the said sum of one thousand pounds sterling and the divi
dends or interest thereof In trust for my said Sons Robert Pike and
John Pike equally share and share alike I give and bequeath to
my said Wife Mary Pike and Sons Robert Pike and John Pike
all my farming stock of every description to the intent that they
may together carry on the occupation of the farm I now rent at
Worcester College or any other farm they may choose to take
during so long as my wife likes to continue in the business one
third of the profits whereof I direct that she shall received and I
hereby give the same to her for her own absolute use and the
remaining two thirds of such profits I direct shall be divided and
I hereby give the same unto my said Sons Robert Pike and John
Pike equally share and share alike and when my said Wife shall
retire from the said business or at her decease whichever event
shall first happen I give and bequeath all the said Farming
stock unto my said Sons Robert Pike and John Pike equally
share and share alike for their absolute use and benefit I give
devise and bequeath all the rest and residue of my real and personal
estate unto my said Sons Robert Pike and John Pike their heirs
executors administrators and assigns equally as tenants in common
and not as joint tenants I appoint my said Wife Mary Pike and



Sons Robert Pike and John Pike Executrix and Executors of this my
will Provided always and my will is and I hereby direct that the receipt
or receipts of the said Robert Pike Thomas Floyed and William Alder
or the survivors or survivor of them their or his executors administrators
or assigns shall be a good and sufficient discharge or good and sufficient
discharges to any purchaser or purchasers to whom the said lands
commons and premises shall by virtue of this my will be sold and
that such purchaser or purchasers shall not ??????????????????????
able or accountable for or be boudnd or obliged to ???????????????
application of his or their purchase monies or any part thereof or be
in any manner accountable for the misapplication or nonapplication
thereof And further that the several trustees named in this my will
shall not be answerable or accountable for the acts deeds receipts
and disbursements of the others or other of them but ?????????????
only for his or her own acts deeds receipts and disbursements nor for
any involuntary loss or damage of or to the aforesaid trust monies
and premises which may happen without their wilful neglect or
default and I direct that it shall be lawful for my said trustees to
deduct and retain to themselves herself and himself respectively all
such loss costs charges damages and expences as ???? or ????? them
may sustain or be put unto in the execution of the trusts of this my
will or any matter or thing relating thereto and lastly I revoke all
former and other wills by me at any time heretofore made and
declare this only to be my last will and Testament In witness
whereof I have hereunto set my hand the day and year first above
written  Robert Pike  Signed and declared by the above
named Testator as and for his last will and Testament in the presence
of us present at the same time who in his presence and in the pre
sence of each other have hereunto set our names as witnesses thereto
Dan: Godfrey Solr Abingdon  Richd Wells Clerk to Messrs Morland &
Godfrey Solrs Abingdon                    [See Codicil after Affidavit]


        In the Prerogative Court of Canterbury
            In the Goods of Robert Pike deceased

Appeared personally Robert Pike of Lyford in the
County of Berks Farmer the Son and one of the executors named in
the last will and Testament with a Codicil thereto or Robert Pike late
of Lyford in the County of Berks Yeoman deceased comprized in five
sheets of brief paper and now hereunto annexed and made oath
that he is one of the subscribed Witnesses to the said Codicil bear
ing date the second day of December in the year one thousand
eight hundred and forty eight written on the back of the fifth
sheet of the said Will and he further made oath that on the
second day of December aforesaid the said Testator duly executed
the said Codicil by signing his name at the foot or end thereof
in the joint presence of him this deponent and of Pharaoh Pike the
other subscribed witness thereto whereupon they this deponent and
the said Pharaoh Pike set and subscribed their names as Witnesses
thereto (the word "between" having been first interlined between the
seventh and eighth lines of the said Codicil in manner and form
as now appears) in the presence of the said deceased  Robert
Pike  On the third day of April in the year 1852 the said
Robert Pike was duly sworn to the truth of this affidavit by
virtue of the annexed commission before me
                                    William Williams Commissioner



My daughter Ann having intermarried with Mr Thomas Floyd
of Fulford ont he twenty ??? day of October 1843 & having receiv'd the sum
of one thousand pounds has no further claim on my property but must
be ????der'd as having receiv'd a full consideration for the money expressd
in my will as before mentioned My Son Robert having this day
been in possession of property to the amount of twelve hundred
pounds in stock ????? must in the division of my property between them
after my decease receive twelve hundred pounds less than my Son John
??? other parts of my will I wish to remain unalter'd
  Robert Pike Senr                 Witnesses } Robert Pike Junr
  Lyford  Decr 2nd 1848                        Pharaoh Pike

Proved at London (with a Codicil) 4th May 1852 before the Judge
by the oaths of Mary Pike Widow the Relict and Robert Pike and
John Pike the Sons the executors to whom admon was granted having 
been first sworn by Commission duly to administer


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