Source: TNA, PROB 11/576
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In the Name of God Amen I Johanna Pyke of the parish of St Martin in the Feilds in the County of Middx Widow Relict and Executrix of my late Husband William Pyke Senr deced being but in an indifferent state of Health but of sound and perfect Mind and Memory Praised be Almighty God considering the uncertainty of this transitory life And that all flesh must yeild unto death when it shall please God to call do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and forme following (that is to say) First and principally I commend and resigne my Soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator assuredly trusting that by the merits of his son Jesus Christ he will pardon and forgive me all my Sins and my body I commit to the Earth whereof it is made to be buryed at the discretion of my Executrix hereinafter named in hopes of a Joyfull resurrection at the last day and for such worldly wealth as it hath pleaesd God to bless me with I give and dispose thereof as followeth Imprimis my just debts and funeral charges being first paid and Satisfied Item I give devise and bequeath unto my Nephew Edward Arne belonging to the Company of Upholsters of Exeter Exchange the Sume of Ten pounds Sterling Item I give devise and bequeath unto my Sister Christian Remington Widow the Sume of Ten pounds Sterling Item I give and bequeath unto my Son in Law William Pyke One guinea for a Ring Item all the rest residue and remainder of my ready money Gold Plate Jewells Household stuffe Messuages Tenements Shares in the Company of Upholsterers at Exeter Exchange goods Chattells and estate whatsoever both reall and personal which I shall dye possessed of or interested in I give devise and bequeath unto my loving Neice Elizabeth Baker Wife of John Baker of the parish of St Martin in the Feilds and of this my last Will and Testament I do hereby make nominate and appoint my said Neice Elizabeth Baker Sole and absolute Executrix hereby revoking and making void all former and other Will or Wills Testament or Testaments by me made or declared by word in Writing and this to be taken as and for my last Will and Testamt and none other In Witness whereof I the said Joanna Pyke have hereunto set my hand and Seale the Sixth day of September Anno Domini 1720 and in the Seventh yeare of the Reign of our Soveraigne Lord King George &c Johannah Pyke Signed Sealed published and declared by the said Joanna Pyke as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have Signed our names in the presence of the Testatrix Ibell Hechstetter Daniel Milward Chars Cade S???r at Charing Cross Probatum fuit [this paragraph continues in Latin to grant probate at London on 14 November 1720] decimo quarto die mensis Novembris Anno Domini Millesimo Septingentesimo Vicesimo [to] Elizabetha Baker Executricis
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