Source: TNA, Prob/11/163
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In the Name of God Amen, The Twelveth daie of July in Anno Domini One thousand six hundred thirtie two I Nicholas Pykes of the Citie of Bristoll gent beinge of good and perfect memory thankes be given to the Allmightie God therefore Doe make and ordaine this my last will and testament in maner and forme followinge that is to saie First I recommend my Soule into the hands of Allmightie God my maker hopeinge assuredly through the meritts of Jesus Christ my Saviour to be made pertaker of life everlastinge And I committ my body to the earth from whence it was taken Item concerninge my worldly substance and such revenues where?oth God of his goodnes hath endued mee First I give to the poore of Redcliffe and Temple parishes sixe pounds to be distributed at the discretion of my Overseers either to be bestowed in twelve gownes of blacke Frize or the money as they shall thinke fitt Item I give to Margarett my beloved wife the occupacon of that part of my Captiall house called the Friers situate within the said Citie wherein Mr Henry Weston now dwelleth together with the rents and profitts of the Fullers rackes lately erected and sett upp upon my land in my ground next adioyninge to the temple Churchyard during the naturall life of my deare mother Mrs Alice Pikes and noe longer And after the death of my said Mother I give and bequeath to my said wife duringe her naturall life In honor and full satisfaccon of her ioynture and right of dower All that parte of the house and garden the???th my mother now enioyeth and one rent change of twentie pounds of lawfull english money yearely to be paid by my said wife or her assignes received perceived and taken quarterly at fower quarters of the yeare (that is to saie) At the birth of our Lord God, the Annunciacon of the blessed virgin Mary, the nativity of St John the Baptist and St Michaell the Archangell, by equall portions as I now pay my said Mother out of the rents issues and profitts of all my lands Tenements and hereditaments called or knowne by the name of the Fryers and out of all the lands and tenements thereunto adioyninge out of which I now pay my said Mother Item I give and bequeath to my said wife the occupacon and profitt of all the fruite and herbage of my young orchard for eight yeares for and towards the maintenance of my daughters Sarah and Susanna Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Grace the some of one hundred pounds of lawfull English money to be paid unto her within sixe moneths after her age of one and twentie yeares or within sixe moneths after her daie of marriage which shall first happen For the payment of such some of one hundred pounds my will is and I doe hereby give full power and authority that my Executrix with my Overseers or the survivor of them shall sell within three moneths after her full age or marriage as the case requireth my co??er tenement in the highstreete next adioyning to the Bull taverne and the seller in St Nicholas Streete lett with the said house for the best profitt it will yeeld and if it will yeeld above the some of one hundred pounds the serplus I give to my sonne Walter Item I give to my two daugheters Sarath and Susanna to either of them one hundred pounds apeece to be paid to either of them by my sonne Walter or my next heire as they or either of them shall respectively accomplish the age of twentie yeares which if my said sonne or next heire shall not paie and performe accordingly Then my will is and I doe hereby give full power and authority to my wife and overseers hereafter named or the survivor of them by one or more sales as occasion shall require to sell soe much of my lands and tenements (except my Capitall house or messuage called by the name of the Fryers and the grounds thereunto belonging and adioyning and the lodge and ground now in the occupacon of Anthony Merritt) as will yeeld soe much money to paie to either of them the some of one hundred pounds apeece as either of them shall respectively accomplish the age of twentie yeares Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sarath halfe the rent of the tenement or orchard and garden which I have lett to Thomas Edge priner duringe the terme of his lease and halfe the profitt and benefitt of the same tenement orchard and garden for and duringe two yeares after the lease ended for and towards her maintenance and breeding Item I give & bequeath to my daughter Susanna for and towards her maintenance and breeding the other halfe of the same tenement orchard and garden last menconed and halfe the profitt and benefitt of the same tenement orchard and garden for and duringe three yeares after the lease ended And if either of them die before the age of twentie yeares my will is then that the survivor of them shall have halfe her porcon of one hundred pounds and the other halfe I give and bequeath unto my sonne Walter Item I give to my sonne Walter my ringe of gold wherewith I seale graven with my armes and my best silverbole and all the standinge bedsteeds tablebords and hanginges in the said messuage called the Fryers (excepting those that now are in the litle tenement) the occupacon of which excepted things I leave and will to his mother to be used onely for her life Item I give to him all my bookes and instruments and fower spoones given to him by his godfathers and godmother and all my apparrell except my best blacke Cloke or light coloured cloke one of which I give to my lovinge friend Mr Giles Gylson thelder at his choise Item I give to my daughter Mary Knight my white holland quilte and the plate and spoones that was given to her by her godfather and godmothers Item I give to my daughter Grace my second best bole and the spoones that were given to her by her Godfather and godmothers Item I give to my daughters Sarath and Susanna the spoones that were given to them by their godfathers and godmothers Item I give to my living kinsman Mr Thomas Browne gent my ringe cutt or graven with a deaths head upon it Item I give to my loving Cosen Mr Gyles Earle gent to be paid unto him by my Executrix upon my daie of my buriall soe much money as will buy him such a ringe of the like value as I gave to my Cosin Mr Thomas Browne Item I give to my very loving mother and my very loving Aunt Mrs Mirabell Druse twentie shillings apeece in gold to buy either of them a ringe to weare for my sake Item the occupacon of all the rest of my goods and chattells whatsoever not before given nore bequeathed I wholie give and bequeath to Margarett my beloved wife whom I make my full and whole Executrix And my will is that if my wife shall marry after my death That then imediately after her marriage my daughters Sarath and Susanna shall have the halfendeale of all my said goods [-- and Chattels rights [-- crossed out --] and debts And that then in respect thereof my sonne Walter shalbe discharged and and of all other [-- crossed out --] my goods and chattells rights and credits And that then and in respect thereof my sonne Walter [-- crossed out --] shalbe dischared and freed from payinge to each of his Sisters Sarath and Susanna soe much of their [-- crossed out --] said respective percons as the halfe of the said halfendeale of the said goods (being truly and indifferently [-- crossed out --] valued) and of the money shall amount unto which they shall or man if they will respectively require [-- crossed out --] bona fide of the halfendeale of all my said goods and of all other my goods and Chattels rights and [-- crossed out --] profitts --] And I make and ordaine my welbeloved and respected friends and my very loving kinsmen [-- crossed out --] Mr Thomas Browne and Mr Giles Earle Gent my Overseers of this my last will & testament whom I trust upon speciall confidence I repose withem and the survivors and survivor of them that they will see the same to be duly executed and performed And I due hereby revoke and adnull all and every former testament will legacie bequeast Executors or Overseers by mee at any tyme heretofore made willed named and bequeathed whatsoever In witness whereof I have to this last will and testament sett my and and seale the daie and yeare first above written In presence of those whose names are here subscribed I doe herewithall acknowledge and publish that whatsoever words are herein interlyned or either strooke out I did it with my owne hand Nicholas Pykes Sealed published and acknowledge in the presence of Johne Brewster Henry Baber Giles Earle Thomas Browne Gyle Gylson
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