Source: TNA, PROB 11/1604
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This is the last Will and Testament of me John Pike of Stock Cross in the Parish of Spoon in the County of Berks Laborer made this sixth day of February in the year of Our Lord One thousand Eight hundred and Eighteen as follows that is to say I give and devise unto my Wife Ann Pike all that Messuage Cottage or Tenement in which I now live situate at Stock Cross aforesaid with the Garden Fuel House and Appurtenances thereto belonging To hold to her my said Wife Ann Pike and her Assigns for and during the term of her natural life and from and after her decease I give and devise the same Messuage Cottage or Tenement Garden Fuel House and Appurtenances unto and to the use of my Son Charles Pike his Heirs and Assigns for ever I give and devise unto my Son John Pike the Messuage Cottage or Tenement in the occupation of my Son Charles Pike (adjoining the first described Messuage Cottage or Tenement and Premises) situate at Stock Cross aforesaid with the Outbuildings and Appurtenances thereto belonging To hold unto my said Son John Pike and his Assigns for and during the term of his natural life and from and after his decease I give and devise the same last described Messuage Cottage or Tenement outbuildings and appurtenances unto and to the use of my said Son Charles Pike his Heirs and assigns for ever I give and bequeath unto my Executors hereinafter named the Sum of Six hundred Pounds of lawful Money of Great Britain upon Trust to lay out and invest the same on real or Government Securities in England and from time to time to vary and transpose such Securities as they or the Survivor of them shall in their or his discretion think proper and by and out of the Annual Interest and proceeds of the said Trust Money and Securities to pay unto my Son Lawrence Pike the yearly Sum of three Pounds for and during the term of his natural life free from all Taxes and deductions the first payment thereof to be made within twelve Calendar Months next after my decease and to pay the residue of such Annual Interest and Proceeds yearly and every year unto my said wife Ann pike for and during the Term of her natural life in case she shall so long continue my Widow and unmarried and from and after her decease or second Marriage which shall first happen then upon Trust that they my said Executors & the Survor of them do and shall by and out of the Interest and proceeds of the said Trust Money and Securities pay unto my said Son John Pike the yearly Sum of Four Pounds fifteen Shillings for and during the term of his natural life and unto my said Son Lawrence Pike (in addition to the said yearly Sum of three pounds above bequeathed) the further yearly Sum of Four Pounds fifteen Shillings for and during the term of his natural life the said last mentioned yearly Sums to be paid free from all Taxes and deductions whatsoever and the first payment thereof respectively to be made within twelve Calendar Months next after the decease or second Marriage of my said Wife and from and after payment of the said several yearly Sums of Three Pounds Four Pounds Fifteen shillings and Four Pounds fifteen Shillings to my said Sons Lawrence Pike and John Pike respectively as aforesaid and subject thereto I do hereby from and after the decease or second Marriage of my said Wife which shall first happen give and bequeath the said Sum of Six hundred Pounds and the Securities upon which the same shall be laid out and invested and every part thereof unto my said Son Charles Pike his Executors and administrators to and for his and their own use and benefit hereby directing my said Executors during the lives of my said Sons John Pike and Lawrence Pike or either of them to retain in their hands on Security so much Money as by the Interest and Proceeds thereof will be sufficient to pay the said several yearly Sums hereinbefore bequeathed to my said Sons respectively All the rest residue and remainder of my goods Goods chattels Estate Effects and Property whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature or kind soever I give and bequeath unto my said Wife Ann Pike to and for her own use and benefit And I hereby appoint James Tanner of Welford in the said County of Berks Gentleman and Robert Bunce of Marsh Bonham in the said County of Berks Farmer Executors of this my Will hereby directing that they or either of them shall only be answerable for such Monies as they shall respectively actually receive by virtue of this my will and that they of either of them shall not be answerable or accountable for any involuntary losses which may happen in the execution of this my will and that they and each of them shall and may out of the monies which may come to their respective hands retain and deduct all such Costs Damages and Expences as they or either of them shall be put to in the execution of the Trusts of this my Will and hereby revoking all former Wills by me at any time heretofore made I declare this only to be my last will and Testament In witness whereof I the said John Pike the Testator have to this my will contained in this and the preceeding sheet of Paper set my hand and Seal that is to say my hand to the bottom of the preceeding sheet and my hand and Seal to this last sheet the day and year first above written John Pyke Signed Sealed Published and declared by the said Testator John Pike 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 subscribed our Names as Witnesses Noah Head Henry Shail John Kimber Proved at London 19 May 1818 before the Judge by the Oaths of James Tanner and Rober Bunce the Executors to whom Admon was granted being first sworn by comon duly to Administer
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