2 March 1847 Will of William Pike of Bridport, Dorset, woolsorter (proved 26 July 1850)

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

Source: TNA, PROB 11/2116

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This is the last Will and Testament
of me William Pike of Bridport in the County of Dorset Woolsorter


made and published this second day of March One thousand eight hundred
and forty seven First I will and direct that all my just debts and funeral and
testamentary expences be paid and satisfied as soon as can be after my
decease I give and bequeath the legacies of sterling money following (namely)
To George Chard    son of my late Wife the sum of nineteen pounds
nineteen shillings To Jane Bearn daughter of my late Wife the sum of
nineteen pounds nineteen shillings I direct the before mentioned legacies to be
paid within six months after my decease I devise my dwellinghouse now in
the occupation of Samuel Gale and my Cottage now in the occupation of
George Fowler and the three spinning walks situate in the South Street
of Bridport aforesaid to my brother Edward Pike and his assigns for life and
on his decease to his children their executors administrators and assigns as
tenants in common I devise my Cottage situate in the South Street of
Bridport aforesaid now in the occupation of Samuel Poole to Susan Powell
wife of George Powell and her assigns for life and on her decease to her
husband and after his decease to their children as tenants in common
I devise my Cottage situate in the South Street of Bridport aforesaid
now in the occupation of William Slaber to Mary Powell Wife of John
Powell for and during her natural life and from and after her decease to
her husband for life and after his decease I devise the same to their children
their heirs and assigns as tenants in common but in case the said Mary
Powell shall die without leaving issue then I give the said Cottage to my
nephews and nieces Benjamin Gale John Pike Jane Gale and Susan 
Powell their heirs and assigns as tenants in common I devise my Cottage
situate in the South Street of Bridport aforesaid now in the occupation of
William Hoare to my said Nephew John Pike and his assigns for life with
out impeachment of waste and on his decease I devise the same to his wife
Martha Pike and her assigns for her life without impeachment of waste
and after her decease I devise the same equally amongst the children of my
said nephew their heirs and assigns as tenants in common I devise my
Cottage situate in the South Street of Bridport aforesaid now in the occupation
of Elizabeth Bishop to my niece Jane Gale wife of Benjamin Gale and
her assigns for her life without impeachment of waste and on her decease
to her husband the said Benjamin Gale and his assigns for his life and
on his decease to his children as tenants in common I direct that the
Privy and Pump belonging to the last mentioned four cottages shall
be held in common by the owners for the time being of the same and
shall be kept in good repair at their joint expense I give the monies I
have on Mortgage of my sister Marthas Cottage to my Trustee
hereinafter named In trust to pay my sister the interest thereof for her
life and at her decease to pay the interest thereof to my brother Edward
for life and after his decease I give he principal equally amonst his
children share and share alike I devise all interest that my be due
to me up to the day of my decease on the Mortgage of One hundred
pounds I have on my Sister Jane Pikes house to my nephew
Benjamin Gale and I give the principal sum of One hundred pounds
and all interest I have in the said premises (subject to the payment of
the arrears of interest as aforesaid to my said Nephew Benjamin Gale)
to my said Nephews and Nieces Benjamin Gale John Pike Jane Gale
Susan Powell and Mary Powell and their assigns as tenants in
common I devise my dwellinghouse situate in the South Street of Bridport
aforesaid now in my own occupation and the cottages adjoining now
in the occupation of Benjamin Gale and Thomas Clare to my said
Nephew Benjamin Gale his heirs and assigns I give to my said nephew
Benjamin Gale the monies due to me from Mr John Seymour Nicholls
and James Dunn amounting together to the sum of two hundred and
seventy pounds In trust to pay the interest thereof to my sister Martha



and also to pay her out of the principal monies an annual sum in addition to
the interest not exceeding ten pounds and after her decease I direct my
trustees to stand possessed of one hundred pounds of the said monies In trust
to pay the interest thereof to my brother Edward Pike for life and I
empower my said trustee to pay the said Edward Pike such annual sum
out of the principal as he may think my said Brother may require from
time to time and after the decease of my said Brother I give the residue
of the said sum of One hundred pounds (if any) to his children share
and share alike I give the residue of the said sum of two hundred and
seventy pounds to my nephews and nieces Benjamin Gale John Pike
Robert Pike William Pike Susan Powell Mary Powell Jane Gale Martha
Goddard and Ann Newman's daughter share and share alike as tenants in
common I give my wearing apparel to my brother Edward I give to the
said Benjamin Gale the sum of fifty pounds In trust to invest the same in
Mr Gundry's Bank or the Savings Bank at Bridport at interest and out of
the same to pay my said brother Edward five pounds per annum but in case
of sickness ten pounds per annum until the whole is expended but in case
my said brother shall happen to die before the whole is expended then I
give the residue thereof to the children of my said brother Edward share
and share alike as tenants in common I devise all estates vested in me
as Mortgagee or Trustee to the said Benjamin Gale his heirs executors
administrators and assigns Subject to and upon the equities and trusts affecting
the same I give all my household goods and furniture and all the rest and
residue of my real and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever 
after payment of my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses and the
expenses of proving this my Will unto my nephew the said Benjamin Gale
his heirs executors and admors And I appoint the said Benjamin Gale sole
Executor and Trustee of this my Will and I do hereby revoke all other
Wills by me at any time heretofore made and do declare this present writing
contained in three sheets of paper to be my last Will and Testament In witness
whereof I have hereunto set my hand the day and year above written
Wm Pike  Signed by the said Testator as his last Will and Testament in
the presence of us present at the same time who at his request in his presence
and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses
J Addison Day  Joseph King

This is the first Codicil to the last Will and
Testament of me William Pike of Bridport in the County of Dorset
Woolsorter which Will bears date the second day of March One thousand eight
hundred and forty seven Whereas my Sister Jane Pike has lately paid me
the sum of One hundred pounds which I had secured on her property and
which said money by my said Will I have bequeathed to my nephews
and Neices Benjamin Gale John Pike Jane Gale Susan Powell and Mary
Powell And whereas some time since I deposited the said sum of One
hundred pounds with Messrs Gundry & Co Bankers Bridport together with
the sum of thirty five pounds which together makes the sum of One
hundred and thirty five pounds And whereas the said Messrs Gundry &
Co have lately become Bankrupt And whereas by my said Will I have
given to George Chard the sum of Nineteen pounds nineteen shillings
Now I do hereby revoke the said legacy of One hundred pound to my
said nephews and nieces Benjamin Gale John Pike Jane Gale Susan
Powell and Mary Powell and also the legacy of nineteen pounds 
nineteen shillings to George Chard and do hereby give the dividends
on the sum of One hundred and thirty five pounds payable under the
Bankruptcy of Messrs Gundry & Co equally to John Pike Jane Gale wife
of Benjamin Gale Tailor Mary Powell Wife of John Powell Susan



Powell Wife of George Powell and Benjamin Gale and my Brother and
Sister Edward Pike and Martha Pike And I confirm my said Will in all
other respects In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this
sixteenth day of February One thousand eight hundred and forty eight
Wm Pike  Signed by the said Testator as and for a Codicil to
be annexed to his last Will and Testament and to be taken as part
thereof in the presence of us present at the same time who at his 
request in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed
our names as Witnesses  J Addison Day Solr Bridport
Joseph King Clerk to Mr Day

This is the second Codicil to the last Will
and Testament of me William Pike of Bridport in the County
of Dorset Woolsorter which Will bears date the second day of March One
thousand eight hundred and forty seven and which first Codicil bears
date the sixteenth day of February One thousand eight hundred and
forty eight Whereas in and by my said last Will and Testament I have
given and bequeathed unto Jane Bearn daughter of my late Wife the
sum of nineteen pounds and nineteen shillings Now I do hereby revoke
the said legacy or bequeast so given to the said Jane Bearn and
confirm my said Will and Codicil in all other respects In witness
whereof I have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of March
One thousand eight hundred and forty eight  Wm Pike  Signed
by the said Testator as and for a second Codicil to be annexed to this
last Will and Testament and to be taken as part thereof in the
presence of us present at the same time who at his request in his
presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names
as witnesses  J Addison Day  Joseph King

Proved at London with two Codicils 26th July 1850 before the Judge
by the Oath of Benjamin Gale the nephew the sole Executor to whom Admon
was granted having been first sworn by Comon duly to administer


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