1760 Will of John Pyke of Baythorne, parish of Birdbrook, Essex (proved in 1760)

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

Source: TNA, Prob/11/858

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In the Name of God Amen
I John Pyke of Baythorne End in the parish of Birdbrooke
in the County of Essex Gentleman do make my last Will and
Testament in manner following First I commend my sould to
Almighty God hoping for salvation through the merits of my
????? saviour Jesus Christ and I desire my Coffin may not
be ????ed down until six days after I am dead if it can
conveniently be kept open so long, or so long as it can
conveniently be kept open And I drect that I may be
buried in the Parish Church of Birdbrooke aforesaid at
the discretion of my Executrix hereafter named And as to
my wordly Estate which God hat been pleased to bless me
with I dispose thereof as follows I will and direct that
all my just Debts be fully paid and satisfied and I hereby
charge all my Estates real and personal with the payment
thereof and of my Funeral Expences and Legacys and I
give and devise unto my dear Wife Ann Pyke All my
freehold and copyhold Messuages Lands Tenements and
?????aments whatsoever and wheresoever To hold the
same with their and every of their Rights Members and
appurtenances unto my said dear Wife for and during
the term of her natural Life And I do direct that it shall
and may be lawful ?????? for my said dear Wife by any
???d or Deeds Writing or Writings to be by her subscribed and
sealed in the presence of two or more credible Witnesses to
????? Lease or Grant the said Messuages Lands Tenements
and Hereditaments or any part thereof to any person or
persons for any Term or number of years not exceeding
?????????? years to commence and take effect in possession
and not in Reversion or by way of ???ure Interest so as in
???? such Lease Demise or Grant there be reserved to
??????? payable during the continuance of the said Lease
the best and most improved yearly Rent that at the time
of making such Lease Demise or Grant can or may be
reasonably had or gotten for the same without taking any
???? premium or Foregift And so as in Every such Lease
Demise or Grant there be contained a condition of Reentry
for Nonpayment of the Rent and Rents thereby
respectively to be reserved and so as no Clause or Clauses
be contained in any of the said Leases giving power to
any Lessee to commit Wa?t or Exempt him her or them
from punishment for Committing the same and so as
such Lessee or Lessees execute Counterparts of all such



Leases and from and after the decease of my said Wife I
???? devise the said Freehold and Copyhold Messuages Lands
Tenements and Hereditaments unto my brother Thomas Crouch
his heirs and assigns for ever and I give to my said brother
Thomas Crouch the sum of Five hundred pounds three per??
Bank Annuitys reduced part of the three per cent Bank 
Annuitys reduced now standing in my Name and the sum
of Fifty pounds to buy him a Ring To my very good
Friend Marshe Dickinson of Dunstable in the County of
Bedford Thirty pounds to buy them a Ring To Heatly
Carew of Chelsea in the County of Middlesex Esquire
and Alice Banks of East Street near Red Lyon Square in
the said County of Middlesex sister of the said Heatly
Carew the sum of twenty pounds apiece to buy each
of them a Ring and to Jane Banks daughter of the
said Alice Banks the sum of Twenty pounds to buy
her a Ring and to my cousin John Tweed of Stook by
Clare in the County of Suffolk and my Cousin James
Walford of Redgwell in the said County of Essex each of
them a Ring of one Guinea value and I give and
bequeath to Thomas Walford who is now about seven
years old only son of the late Thomas Walford of
Wheatley in the said County of Essex the sum of One
thousand and five hundred pounds three per Cent Bank
Annuities reduced ' to be transferred to him at his age           ' other part of my Three per
of twenty one ye^ars and I do direct that the Interest or	  ^ cent Bank annuities reduced
Dividends thereof in the mean time half yearly as the
same becomes due and is paid shal be paid and
applied my said Executrix for or towards the
Maintenance and Education of the said Thomas
Walford and in case the said Thomas Walford shall 
dye before he attains his age of twenty one years
then I give the said sum of one thousand five
hundred pounds three per cent Bank Annuities
reduced to my said brother Thomas Crouch to and for
his own use and benefit and I give and bequeath to
x x x x Elizabeth Walford sister of the said Thomas
Walford the son who is now about nine years old the
sum of Five hundred pounds three per cent Bank
Annuities reduced other part of my three per cent
Bank Annuities reduced to be transferred to her at
her age of twenty one years and I direct that in the
mean time the Interest or Dividends thereof half yearly
as the same becomes due and is paid shall be paid
and applied by my said Executrix for or towards the
Maintenance and Education of the said Elizabeth
Walford and in case the said Elizabeth Walford shall	
dye before she attains her age of twenty one years
then I give the said sum of Five hundred pounds
three per cent Bank Annuities reduced to my said
brother Thomas Crouch to and for his own use and
benefit and I give x x x x to Elizabeth Walford
			             the Mother



the Mother of the said Thomas and Elizabeth Walford
the sum of one hundred pounds and I give and bequeath
all the rest residue and remainder of my Goods Chattels
and personal Estate whatsoever and wheresoever not
herein otherwise disposed of unto my said dear Wife
Ann Pyke to and for her own use and benefit and
I constitute and appoint my said dear Wife sole
Executrix of this my Will and I do hereby revoke all
former Wills and Codicils by me made and declare this
to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof
I have to this my last Will and Testament set my
hand and seal this twenty fourth day of April in
the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred
and sixy. John Pyke. Signed sealed published
and declared by the said Testator John Pyke as and
for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us
who in his presence and at his request have subscribed
our names as witnesses hereto. Wm Perkins. ?a?
Cottam.  Aa: Cramlingtony.


This Will was proved at London the
second day of July in the year of our Lord one
thousand seven hundred and sixty before the worshipfull
George Harris Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right
Worshipfull Edward Simpson Doctor of Laws Master
keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of
Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oath of Ann
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 said deceased having been first
sworn duly to administer.

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