Source: TNA, PROB 11/376
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In the Name of God Amen I Susanna Pike of Marsh in the parish of Westbury and county of Salop widdow being aged and somewhat weake in body but of pfect memorie and understanding praised bee God Doe this twentie eighth day of January in the yeare of our Lord God one thousand six hundred seaventie seaven make this my last will and testament in manner and forme follwoing First I bequeath my Soule to God that gave it hopeing in and by the meritts of Christ Jesus my Redeemer to obtaine pardon of my Sins and life everlasting and my body to bee buried at the discretion of my Executrix hereafter named Item I give and bequeath to my sonne Joseph the summe of fifty pounds to bee paid unto him by my executrix within one yeare after my decease Item I give unto my daughter Upton one Iron Chest now in her keepeing and possession Item I give unto my dauther Armitage some linnens now in my possession Item I give and bequeath unto my said daughters Katherine Upton and Susanna Armitage one bond or obligacon of the sume of Two hundred and fifty pounds due from Sr Edward Littleton to bee equally divided between them Item I give and gequeath unto each and every of my grandchildren now liveing the summe of five pounds to bee paid unto them by my Executrix when they shall attaine to their full age Item I give devise and bequeath unto my two sonns and two daughters vizt my sonne Joseph & my sonne thomas and to my daughter Christian and daughter Mary All the rest of my reall and personall estate that is my houses and buildings in Iron Gate and all other my goods cattell and chattells whatsoever or wheresoever to be equally divided betweene my said foure children in foure parts or portions Item I constitute ordaine and appoint my daughter Christian to bee the sole Executrix of this my last will and testament and that my funerall expences be first satisfied out of my estate In witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand and seale the day and yeare first above written the marke of the Testatrix Susanna Pike Read published and acknowledged in the presence and sight of ??? ??ance Rect Westbury the marke of John Randall the marker of Katherine Rawlands Probatum fuit [this paragraph continues in latin, but has the date 7 June 1684:] Septimo die mensis Junii Anno Domini Millimo Sexcemino octogemo quarto [and appears to grant administration to:] Christiana Pike Executricis [A subsequent paragraph is dated 17 February 1684:] Decimo Septimo die mensis Februarii Anno Dni (stilo Angl) millimo sexcenmo octogemo quarto [and appears to grant administration to:] Thomas Pyke filio
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