Source: TNA, PROB 11/1645
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I John Baxter Pike of the Parish of Edmonton in the County of Middlesex feeling that portion of under standing and memory which God hath pleased to bestow upon me as strong clear and uninterrupted as at any time in my past life do now this second day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eleven make and declare this to be my last Will and Testament first I give and bequeath unto my long and justly beloved most affectionate and faithful Wife Sarah Kirk Pike for her use during the whole term granted unto me by Lease from Daniel Gosset Esqr if her natural life shall last so long all my leasehold Estate in Bury Street Edmonton in the said County of Middlesex consisting of the House wherein we now reside whether it shall be one only as it is at present or divided into two or more according to a plan at present sometimes in my mind together with all appertaining buildings Yards Gardens Orchards & Fields being the whole of the said Estate and all advantages and interests appertaining thereto together with the said Lease itself and all my right tithe tithe property & interest therein subject nevertheless to this condition that if my Sister Lucy Pike shall at any time during her natural life cease to live & board free of expence with my said Wife Sarah Kirk Pike but that they shall choose to part at the option of either party that from that time my said Wife Sarah Kirk Pike shall pay or cause to be paid unto my said Sister Lucy Pike or to her written order six pounds six shillings on or near to the first day of every usual quarter in the year so long as the said Lucy Pike shall live thirdly if my said Wife Sarah Kirk Pike shall die before the expiration of the said Lease then it shall go with the whole said Estate to all my Children the profits thereof to be equally dividied among all at such times as they themselves shall settle among themselves one or two being appointed to act for the benefit of the whole exclusive my eldest Son the Revd John Pike of Derby who lives at too great a distance to act And I strictly charge them that if either of their Sisters should marry to legally secure their moieties in trust for them before the marriage that their future husbands shall have no power or controul over their shares this bequest is subject to the above condition respecting Lucy Pike fourthly I give and bequeath unto my said Sister Lucy Pike the bedstead bed on which she now sleeps and all its bedding three warm blankets two pair of good sheets and a Counterpane two chairs a table a Crate shovel tongs poker and fender fifthly all my other property of every description I give and bequeath to my said Wife Sarah Kirk Pike whom I hereby appoint to be my sole Executrix Sixthly I apopint that if my said Wife should not live to finish her Executorship my two Sons Thomas Joseph Washington Pike and Richard Franklin Pike shall take her Office and discharge it or if by mental disqualifocation which trouble sometimes occasions she should become so incapable let them take her office Seventhly if at any time afterward while she continues to keep on the School she should become mentally incapable I appoint my said two Sons last mentioned Trustees for her to try how much money as good will they can get for the School of Children and then to offer it at that sum to their Aunt Lydia Kirk Gregory allowing her also if she chooses to select School bedding or furniture or fixtures in the house to the value of one hundred pounds having them appraised on condition that for the good will and this hundred pounds she shall give and deliver to them Notes of hand payable by Instalments within three years all the rest to be sold under all circumstances Lucy Pike is to have her appointed payments regularly as long as she shall live and now Father of Mercies God of Love what what I for truly my hope is in thy mercy pardoning love and mercy declared to the World by Jesus Christ as his Diciple according to his command I offer unto thee my last petition in his name O God be merciful to me a Sinner Written en- tirely with my own hand the day and year abovementioned to which I now also this twenty eighth day of the said November set my hand and seal in presence of the subscribing Witnesses John Baxter Pike Signed and sealed in presence of us Witnesses Rd Gregory Chas Stuart Henry Harvey Godfrey Gregory Proved at London 2d June 1821 before the Worpl Samuel Rush Meyrick Doctor of Laws & Surrogate by the oath of Sarah Kirk Pike Widow the Relict the Executrix for life to whom administration was granted being first sworn duly to administer
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