Source: TNA, PROB 11/2176
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.
This is the last Will and Testament of me John Pike of Maidstone in the County of Kent Licensed Victualler and Surveyor I appoint James Fanchon of Maidstone aforesaid Farmer Edward Gandy of the same place Schoolmaster and my wife Mary Pike to be Executors and Executrix of this my will I give devise and bequeath unto my said Executors and Executrix their executors and administrators all and every part of my real estate consisting of all those two messuages or tenements being Numbers 14 and 15 in Pleasant Row Sandling Road in Maidstone aforesaid Together with the yards gardens ways rights of way privileges and appurtenances to the same belonging And also the whole of my personal estate and effects moneys stocks funds and securities for money book and other debts and all other my personal effects whatsoever and wheresoever over which I have any disposing power To hold the said messuages or tenements hereditaments and premises and all my real and personal estate unto the said James Fanchon Edward Gandy and Mary Pike their executors and administrators Upon the Trusts and provisions following (that is to say) Upon Trust to apply the clear income and profits of my said real estate as the same shall from time to time arise and be received by them and also the net produce of my personal estate to be disposed of in the manner hereinafter mentioned for and towards the maintenance of my said wife and the maintenance education and advancement of my two child ren John Warwick Pike and William Frederick Pike and also for apprenticing them to some useful trade or business as my said Executors and Executrix shall in their discretion think best until they attain the age of Twenty one years But if the income thereof be not sufficient for the support of my said wife and children money may be raised for that purpose by selling or mortgaging my real estate but if that be not necessary Then I give and devise all my said real estate as hereinbefore described unto my said children John Warwick Pike and William Frederick Pike upon their respectively attaining the age of Twenty one years in equal shares as Tenants in common and not as joint Ten ants and to their several and respective heirs and assigns for ever But if either of my said children should die under the age of Twenty one years then I give and bequeath the entirety thereof to the survivor of them his heirs and assigns for ever And if both of them should die under that age then the whole of my estate to go to my said wife absolutely if she be then living but if not then one moiety thereof shall go to and be divided amongst my next of kin and the other moiety thereof to her next of kin in equal shares as Tenants in common I give and bequeath to my said wife for her own absolute use and benefit All my plate china books pictures and jewellery and such part of my household furniture as she shall choose and select and the remainder of such furniture and effects to gether with the Goodwill of my business and the fixtures fittings and other things belonging to the house in which I now live shall be disposed of at a valu- ation and the proceeds thereof invested for the benefit of my said wife and children in such manner as my said executors shall be advised and directed by Mr Alexander Randall of Maidstone aforesaid Banker And that my Executors shall be at liberty to alter or change any such investment for the benefit of my family I give and bequeath to my sister Mary Ann Pike the sum of Ten pounds sterling In witness whereof I have to this my last Will and Testament contained in two sheets of paper set my hand at the foot of each sheet this third day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty three John Pike Signed by the said John Pike the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereto set our names as witnesses Henry Lewis Draper Maidstone John Johnston Saddler Maidstone Proved at London 27th July 1858 before the Worshipful James Parker Deane Doctor of Laws and Surrogate by the oath of Mary Pike Widow the Relict one of the Executors to whom Admon was granted having been first sworn duly to Administer Power reserved of making the like Grant to James Fanchon and Edward Gandy the other Executors when they shall apply for the same
Last Modified: Sunday, 19-Apr-2020 12:19:29 NDT