Source: TNA, PROB 11/137
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 The Eighth daye of Aprill in Anno Dni 1621 I John Pike of the parishe of Dowlyshwake in the county of Somersett yeoman beinge sicke in bodie but yet of perfect mynde and remembrance laude and praise be unto Almightie god doe heareby make and ordaine this my last will and testament in manner and forme followinge First and principallie I comend my soule to Almightie God my maker and Creator and to Jesus Christ his sonne my Savior and Redeemer by whose Death passion and glorious resurrection and a?tention I hope to enioye everlastinge life in the kingdome of heaven and to raigne with him in everlastinge glory And my bodie to be buried in the Churchyarde of Dowlish aforesaid for the rightos whereof I leave to the discrecon of my Wieffe whome I make my sole and onelie Executrix Item I give to my sonne William Three pounds To my daughter Anne three pounds To my daughter Elizabeth three pounds To my daughter Joane three pounds To my daughter Lqare three pounds And to my daughter Hester three pounds To be paid unto them as followeth: To my daughter Anne and my sonne William within one moneth after my decease And to the rest as they shall come sevrallie to be of six?? yeares of age All other things goods and chattells moveable or immoveable I bequesh unto my wife All the ???me in the feilds of Dowlysh afresaid ?????? all my cheeze Alsoe all my Debts Alsoe the use and benefitt of the ground of George Downes for two yeares beinge paid aforehand Alsoe the grounds of my brother Edward Walkeden for one yeare beinge paid aforehand Alsoe my Colt and what goods soever else except the sixe Oxen and fower ??ne ??h are my Fathers In witness whereof I have sette my hand I alsoe doe appoint these as ????? and assistance unto my wife in puttinge forthe the severall porcons of my children vizt my brother William Walkeden Thomas Walkeden John Bowden John Pike Signd John Pike In the presence of us Rich English ?????? Robert Willmott Thomas Walden The marke of John Bawden Nicholas Paull Probatum fuit [this paragraph continues in latin and appears to grant admon to "Alicie Pike relce" on 12 May 1621 "Duodecimo die mensis May Anno Dni Millesimo sexcentesimo vicesimo primo"]
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