1766 Will of John Pyke of St Leonard, Shoreditch (proved in 1767)

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

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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