3 June 1853 Will of John Pike of Maidstone, Kent (proved 27 July 1858)

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

Source: TNA, PROB 11/2176

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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

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