13 August 1826 Will of William Pyke of Bideford, Devon (proved 20 July 1827)

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

Source: TNA, PROB 11/1728

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I William Pyke of Bideford in the county of Devon
master mariner knowing the uncertainty of life and being in Charity this day ???
with all    mankind do declare this to be my last will and Testament in the
first place I give and bequeath unto Mary Pyke my beloved wife every inch of land
and all my Chattels property that I am possessed of only with this proviso if she
gets married after my decease then the whole of my land & Chattell property to be
equally divided share and share alike unto my four Children whose names are as
follows Grace Pyke Benjamin R Pyke Mary Pike & John D Pyke after my just
debts & funeral expences being paid by them the reason of my disposing of my
property to my Children is because I am well assured every man ought to provide
for his own wife and if she becomes the wife of another man after my decease then
as I have said before my four Children are to become owners of the whole of my property



and to do with it as they shall best adjudge but if it shall please God to take my life
before my two younger Children shall  arrive at the age of twenty one years then
it is my request that their uncle Mr Jno Jewell shall act as trust for them during their
minority I will again repeat what I have before said respecting my wife Mary Pyke
I give unto her all of the property I am possessed of whether in land or Chattle provided
she remains in her Widowhood but as soon as she   becomes the wife of another
then the whole of my disposable property whether land as Chattell shall be shared &
divided equally between my four Children Grace Ber Mary & John Pyke and if
Mary Pyke remains in her widowhood and dies without becoming the wife of another
then after her decease my four Children shall become the sole and joint owners of
what may be left as this is the wish of W Pyke he expects his will may be complied
with  William Pyke  August 13th 1826  Witnessed names Robt Ley  Henry J????
Robert Jewell

On the 20th July 1827 admon with the Will annexed of all and singular the Goods Chattels
and Credits of William Pyke late of Bideford in the County of Devon master mariner deceased was
committed and granted to Mary Pike Wo the Relict the universal Legatee during life or Widow
hood having been first sworn by Comon duly to admr


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