Source: TNA, PROB 11/807
Also, if you are a male Pike/Pyke (or you know one) who may be willing to do a genealogical DNA test, then please check out the Pike DNA Project for which I am a volunteer coordinator. There are several Pike/Pyke families that are not yet represented in the project, and for whom participants are wanted.
In the Name of God Amen I John Pike of Chivelstone in the County of Devon Mariner now belonging to his Majestys Ship the Surprize Man of War being in bodily health and of a sound and disposing mind memory and understanding but considering the danger of the seas and the uncertainty of this mortal life do make declare and orgain this to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following First and principally I commit my Soul unto the Hands of Almighty God (who gave it me) hoping in and through the alone Merits and Mediation of Jesus Christ my blessed Saviour and Redeemer to inherit eternal Salvation First of all I do hereby give and bequeath unto my siste rMary Pike one Guinea of Gold of Current Money of Great Britain to be paid unto her within six Months next after my decease Also I give unto John Collins son of Nicholas Collins of Stokenham in the County of Devon yeoman the sum of five pounds of lawful money of Great Britain to be paid unto him within six Months after my decease and all the Rest and Residue of my Goods chattels and Testamentary Estate whatsoever not herein before by me given devised or bequeathed I do hereby give devise and bequeath unto the said Nicholas Collins whom I do hereby make declare and ordain to be whole and sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament In Trust nevertheless and to and for the only and absolute use and behoof of my beloved mother Elizabeth Pike for and during the term of her natural life exclusive of and from her now husband and from and after her decease then what shall remain to be to the only use and behoof of the said Nicholas Collins and to and for no other use behoof Trust intent or purpose whatsoever In Witness whereof to this my last Will and Testament I the said John Pike the Testator hve hereunto set my Hand and seal and have published and declared the same to be as such the twenty eighth day of April in the Year of our Lord 1748 The Mark of John Pike Signed and sealed by the abovesaid John Pike the Testator and by him published and declared to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence attested the same Rog: Phillips Robt Chappell This Will was proved at London before the Right Honourable Sir George lee Knight Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted on the twenty third day of March in the Year of our Lord one Thousand seven Hundred and fifty four by the Oath of Nicholas Collins the sole Executor named in the said Will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the Deceased being first sworn by Commission duly to administer
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