Source: TNA, PROB 11/798
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This is the last Will and Testament of me William Pike late of Portsmouth and now of Limington in the County of Southampton Gentleman for the setting and disposing ???? worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in manner and form following (that is to say) First I give devise and bequeath unto Mr George Clarke of Portsmouth the sum of four Hundred pounds of Good and lawful money of Great Britain to be paid him at the end of six Months next after my decease Provided nevertheless that if the said George Clarke shall and do receive the same in full payment and satisfaction of all dues debts and demands whatsoever anyways due and owing from me to him and do and shall at the same time sign seal and deliver to my executors hereinafter named a good and sufficient general Release of all and all manner of Action and Actions cause and causes of Action ??its Bills Bonds writings obligatory debts dues duties accounts sum and sums of money judgements executions extents quarrels controversies trespasses damaages and demands both in law and equity or otherwise howsoever which against my said Executors or me the said William Pike he the said George Clarke ever had and which his heirs executors or administrators shall or may hereafter claim challenge or demand for or by reason or means of any matter cause or thing whatsoever from the beginning of the World till the day of payment of the said Legacy But in case the said George Clarke shall refuse to execute and deliver such a General Release to my said Executors I will the said sum of four Hundred pounds or any part thereof shall not be paid to the said George Clarke his executors or administrators nor shall he or they be Intitled to the same or any part thereof I being well assured that the said sum of four hundred pounds is much more that I am indebted to him I give devise and bequeath to my nephew John Barkham (son of my sister Mary Barkham Widow) the sum of thirty pounds of lawful money of Great Britain to be paid him at the end of twelve months next after my decease and I do hereby release acquit and discharge all bonds notes accounts sum and sums of money any ways due and owing from my said nephew to me and so as that he shall not be lyable to pay any moneys due thereon to my Executors and I do hereby acquit release discharge and forever quit claim unto my brother in law Mr Joseph Sheppard of Lymington all bonds notes accounts sum and sums of money anyways due and owing from him to me I give devise and bequeath unto my good Friend Mr Alexander Macknaught of Portsmouth aforesaid one moidore to buy him a Ring in remembrance of me I give devise and bequeath unto my two Sisters Jane (the wife of the said Joseph Sheppard) and the said Mary Barkham widow all the rest residue and remainder of my Goods chattels money and personal Estate whatsoever and of what kind soever equally to be divided between them share and share alike and I do name make and appoint my said sisters Jane Sheppard and Mary Barkham Joint Executors of this my last Will and Testament And do hereby revoke and make void all former Wills by me made and declare this to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I the said Testator William Pike have hereunto set my hand and seal the fifth day of October in the twenty six year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the secon by the Grace of God of Great Britan France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith and so forth and in the year of our Lord one Thousand seven Hundred and fifty two Wm Pike Signed sealed pronounced published and declared by the said Testator William Pike as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who subscribed our names as Witnesses in his presence and in the presence of each other Edwd Hicks William Sheppard This Will was proved at London on the twentyeth day of November in the year of our Lord one Thousand seven Hundred and fifty two before the Right Honourable Sir George Lee Knight also Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oaths of Jane Sheppard (wife of Joseph Sheppard) and Mary Barkham Widow the Executrixes named in the said Will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and credits of the Deceased being first sworn by Commission duly to administer
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