Source: TNA, Prob/11/932
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In the Name of God Amen I John Pyke of Haggerstone in the County of Middlesex and in the parish of St Leonard Shoreditch being of sound mind and Memory tho indisposed in body Do make this my last Will and Testament first I Commend my Soul into the hands of Jesus Christ Christ my Mercifull Saviour and Redeemer and my body to the Earth to be buryed Decently at the Discretion of my beloved Dame and with as little Expense as possible and as to what Worldly Goods or Moneys I am or may be possessed of at the time of my decease I fooly Give and bequeath to my beloved Dame and Wife Sarah Pyke likewise fifty Guineas which at my Decease I Give and bequeath to the same Sarah Pyke my beloved Spouse which is to be received by her or her Executors administrators or assigns of the Brotherley association Society now held at Mr Thornton late the Naggs head in Londonhall Street which must be Claimed within twelve kalendar Months after my decease or otherwise will be forfeited to the Box and further I Give and bequeath to Mr Wm Pyke my Brother one Guinea for a Mourning Ring and one Guinea to my Sister Elizabeth Lyon for the aforesaid purpose and I do Will and require my beloved Wife as she will answer at the Great Day of Judgment that she does to the utmost of her power take care and protect the fatherless and Motherless Viz John Douglass son of John Douglass her former husband and Sarah Pyke Daughter of J??? her present husband and in Case the said Sarah Pyke my spouse should dye and not be Marryed again then and in that Case I Will and require that what Goods and Effects my Spouse or Widow may then be possessed of may be equally Divided twixt the aforementioned Fatherless and Motherless Children John Douglass and Sarah Pyke and in Case after my decease my Widow Sarah Pyke shall Marry again I do require her to take Care that the person is no Churl but a lover of Children and one who will do Justice to E?? and to bind him in a Bond ???????? p??ably for the good usage of E?? which shall be ??????ted and appropriated to the aforementioned Childrens use if in Case he does not perform his Duty to E?? and I do appoint my beloved Wife Sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament and my Brother Wm Pyke umpire to see this my last Will and Testament properly Executed Witness my hand this 16 Day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty six and in the year of our Sovereign Lord George by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith John Pyke / Witness my hand and seal Isaac Renow James Tabor / This Will was proved at London the twenty eighth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty seven before the Worshipful George Harris Doctor of Laws and Surrogate of the Right Worshipful George Way Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully Constituted by the Oath of Sarah Pyke Widow the Relict of the deceased and Sole Executrix named in the said Will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the deceased having been first sworn duly to administer
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