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This is the last Will and Testament of me Nathaniel Pike of Chatham in the County of Kent Labourer made Published and declared this twenty third day of April in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred in manner and form following (that is to say) I give and bequeath unto each of my three Nieces Jane Orchard Sarah Pike and Bridgett Fleming Children of my late Brother John Pike deceased the sum of Five pounds also I give and bequeath unto John Whiffen of Chatham aforesaid Parish Clerk and John Leith of the Parish of Saint Margaret next the City of Rochester in the said County of Kent Broker my Executors hereinafter named the sum of two pounds apiece all and every my Leasehold Estates ready Money and Securities for Money Money in the Publick Funds Specialties Bonds Bills Notes Debts Household Goods and Furniture and Implements of Household Plate Linen China and Glass and all and every the Rest Residue and Remainder of my Estate and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature or kind soever which I shall be possessed of or entitled unto at the time of my decease I give and bequeath the same and every part thereof unto the said John Whiffin and John Leith their Exors and Administrators upon Trust that they my said Trustees and the survivor of them and the Executors or Administrators of such Survivor do and shall so soon as conveniently may be after my decease collect get in and receive the same converting such parts thereof into Money as shall not consist of Money and from and after first paying and discharging thereout all my Just Debts Funeral Expences and the Charges and Expences incident to and attending the proving and Execution of this my will pay apply and dispose of the Monies arising and accruing therefrom and every part thereof unto and amongst my Grand Children Elizabeth Pike Robert Pike Susanna Pike Sarah Pike Thomas Pike and Mary Ann Pike Children of my late son Nathaniel Pike and Elizabeth his wife in equal parts shares and proportions when and so soon as they shall severally attain their respective ages of twenty one years or to be sooner applied to and for their use and benefit Education and advancement in the World as they my said Trustees or the Survivor of them his Executors or Administrators shall seem it expedient and necessary and most for the benefit and advantage of my said Grand Children respectively and in Case of the decease of either or any of my said Grand Children before he she or they shall have attained his her or their respective age or ages of twenty one years as aforesaid or before the whole of his her or their part or share parts or shares of and in the Monies to arise from the Residue of my Estate and Effects shall have been paid or applied to and for his her or their use and benefit as aforesd upon further Trust that they my said Trustees and the Survivor of them and the Executors or Administrators of such Survivor do and shall pay apply and dispose of the part and share parts and shares of him her or them so dying as aforesd or so much and such part thereof as shall or may be remaining in their or his hands undisposed of for the purposes aforesaid and every part thereof unto and amongst & for the use and benefit Education and advancement in the world of the Survivors of them my said Grand Children in equal parts shares and proportions when and at such time and times and in such manner and form as their original parts shares and proportions thereof is hereinbefore directed to be paid and to and for no other Trust intent or purpose whatsoever Provided always and it is my will and meaning that the said John Whiffen and John Leith their Executors Administrators and Assigns shall be Charged and Chargeable only for such Monies as they shall respectively actually receive by virtue of the Trusts hereby in them reposed nor shall they or either or any of them be answerable or accountable for any Banker Broker or other person with whom or in whose hands and part of the said Trust Monies shall or may be deposited or Lodged for safe Custody or otherwise in the Execution of any of the Trusts hereinbefore mentioned nor shall they or either or any of them be at any time answerable or accountable for the insufficiency or Deficiency of any Security or Securities Stocks or Funds in or upon which the said Trust Monies or any part thereof shall be Placed out or invested nor for any other loss which may happen to the said Trust Monies except the same shall happen by or through his or their own wilful defaults respectively and that one of them shall not be answerable or accountable for the other of them or for the Acts Deeds Defaults Receipts or Disbursements of the other of them notwithstanding either of them shall Join in any receipt for Conformity but each of them for the Acts Deeds Defaults and ??? Disbursements of himself only And also that they the said John Whiffen and John Leith their Executors Administrators and Assigns shall and may by and out of the Monies which shall or may come to their or his hands by virtue of the Trusts aforesaid detain to and reimburse themselves and himwelf all Costs Charges Damages and Expences which they or either of them shall or may sustain expend disburse or be put unto in or about the Execution of the Trusts hereby in them reposed or in relation thereunto And Lastly I do hereby make ordain nominate constitute and appoint the said John Whiffin and John Leith Joint Executors of this my will and hereby revoking and making void all former and other will and 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 Nathaniel Pike the Testator have to this my will contained in two sheets of paper set my hand and seal in manner following (that is to say) to the bottom of the first sheet thereof I have set my hand and to this second and last sheet thereof my hand and seal the day and year first above written Nath Pike LS Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the said Nathaniel Pike the Testator as and for his last will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto Mary Daniel Willm Jefferys Attorney at Law Chatham see the Codicil Registered after the Act This will was proved at London with a Codicil the tenth day of September in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred before the Right Honourable Sir William Wynne Knight also Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oath of John Whiffin and John Leith the Executors named in the said will to whom Administration of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the deceased was granted having been first sworn by Commission duly to Administer This is a Codicil to be added to the last will and Testament of me Nathaniel Pike of Chatham in the County of Kent Labourer which will bears date on or about the twenty third day of April now last past First I do hereby ratify and Confirm my said will in all respects are so far as any part thereof shall be revoked or altered by this present Codicil and whereas the sum of eighteen pounds four shillings and six pence is now due and owing to me by and from Benjamin Evans of the Parish of Gillingham in the said County of Kent Sawyer for Money lent and advanced by me the said Nathaniel Pike to the said Benjamin Evans Now I do hereby give and forgive the same unto him the said Benjamin Evans and I do hereby release and discharge the said Benjamin Evans his Heirs Executors and Administrators and every of them of and from the payment of the said Sum of Eighteen pounds Four shillings and six pence and all and every Debt and Debts Sum and Sums of Money due and owing to me or my Estate upon any Account whatsoever at the time of my decease And it is my will and meaning and I do hereby direct that he and they shall not be answerable or accountable to my Executors for the same Also I give and bequeath unto my Grandson Robert Pike son of my late Son Nathaniel Pike deceased my best watch with the Chain Seal and ???? Appurtenances thereunto belonging Also I give and bequeath unto my Grandson Thomas Pike Brother to the said Robert Pike my other watch with the Chain Seal and Appurtenances thereunto belonging Also I give and bequeath unto my said two Grandsons Robert Pike and Thomas Pike my wearing Apparel of all sorts equally to be divided between them share and share alike Also I give and bequeath unto my Grand Daughters Elizabeth Pike Susannah Pike and Mary Ann Pike (the Daughters of my said late Son Nathaniel Pike deceased) all and every my sheets and the wearing Apparel of my late dear Wife deceased equally to be divided between and amongst them share and share alike And I do hereby revoke and make void all former and other Codicils by me at any time heretofore made In witness whereof I the said Nathaniel Pike have to this present writing which I hereby declare to be a Codicil to my last will and Testament and which I direct to be added thereto and to be taken as part thereof set my hand and Seal the twentieth day of May in the Year of our Lord One thousand and eight hundred Nathl Pike LS Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the said Nathaniel Pike as and for a Codicil to his last Will and Testament and to be taken as part thereof in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto Mary Daniel Willm Jefferys
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