Source: TNA, PROB 11/1914
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This is the last Will and Testament of me Alfred Pike now residing at Lydd in the County of Kent (the natural son of Richard Cheesman by Hannah Pike both deceased) made this fourteenth day of March one thousand eight hundred and thirty nine First I direct the payment of my debts funeral and testamentary Expences I appoint Thomas Taylor Ladson of Lydd aforesaid Schoolmaster Executor of this my Will and I give & bequeath to the said Thomas Tayrlo Ladson the sum of ten pounds but in case of his death in my life time I appoint James Bartholomew of Lydd aforesaid Tailor Executor of this my Will I give and bequeath unto Henry Brignall of Playden in the County of Sussex the sum of one hundred and twenty pounds free from the legacy duty which I direct to be paid out of the residue of my Estate also I give and bequeath unto John Baker and Benjamin Baker both of Lydd aforesaid (the natural sons of the said James Bartholomew by Elizabeth Baker who is now the wife of the said Henry Brignall) the sum of one hundred and twenty pounds apiece free from the legacy duty which I also direct to be paid out of the said residue of my Estate And my will is that all the before mentioned legacies shall be paid within three months after the receipt of the money coming to me from the Estate of the late Richard Cheesman deceased And as to all the Rest and Residue of my Estate Goods Chattels and Effects after payment of all my debts funeral and testamentary Expences and the Expence of a Tombstone which I direct may be erected to my memory and the several legacies hereinbefore bequeathed I give and bequeath the same unto my cousin Philadelphia Pike the natural daughter of the late Daniel Barrett by Philadelphia Pike of Reivenden to and for her own absolute use and benefit and I hereby revoke all former Wills In witness whereof I the said Alfred Pike the testator have to this my last Will and testament contained in this sheet of Paper set my hand the day and year first above written Alfred Pike Signed and declared by the said Alfred Pike the testator in the presence of us who being present together have in his presences and in the presence of each hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses John Scantlebury of Lydd Schoolmaster Alfred White of Lydd Grocer Proved at London the 1st July 1839 before the Judge by the oath of Thomas Taylor Ladson the sole Exor to whom admon was granted having been first sworn by Comon duly to adminr
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