28 April 1748 Will of John Pike of Chivelstone, Devon, mariner (proved 23 March 1754)

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

Source: TNA, PROB 11/807

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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

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