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.
I Samuel Pike formerly of the City of Cork Mercht but now of London at No 30 Little Bell Alley Coleman Street being at this Present Writing of sound mind and memory for which favour and Mercy my Spirit is respectively bowed with humble thankfulness to Almighty God the Father and fountain of every good and perfect gift and hoping for Salvation alone through the Merits and Sufferings of his dearly beloved son our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ I do make this my last Will and Testament in manner following hereby revoking all former Will or Wills heretofore by me made Imprimis my will is that all my Just Debts shall be paid and discharged Item I give unto my Nephew Samuel Strangman twenty pound Item I give unto Ann Strangman Daughter of my Nephew Joshua Strangman twenty pound as also my Gold Watch as a token of my love and should have bequeathed her more but that I apprend it is containd in the bequest to her Father Item whereas I have held Lodgings from Susanna Green spinster and her Mother deceased at No 30 Little Bell Alley Coleman Street London for near twenty years last past and believing her to be an honest Sober and Virtuous Woman and who has hitherto supported herself by her own labour and Industry with Reputation and Credit well known in that Parish and elsewhere and she having no Relations or Friends from whom she can derive the least Aid or assistance for her future Support are the only Motives that has excited my humanity to assist her and therefore I do hereby give and bequeath unto the said Susanna Green Spinster the sum of Two hundred and fifty pounds I also give and Bequeath unto her all my Household Goods and Furniture Linen wearing apparel and plate if I have any at the time of my decease of what nature or kind soever they my be I also Give unto her the Lease of the House I hold from Aldm John Sawbridge at Tottenham Cross all for her sole use and behoof and I desire my Execrs hereafter named may assist her by Advice or otherwise as occasion may Offer Item I give unto Ann Reeves the servant that has lived with her many years the sum of Ten pounds Item I give unto my beloved Friend John Bland of Lombard Street Banker (who was a true Friend to me in time of need) twenty Guineas as a token of my Gratitude but it should have been a much greater sum had not my circumstances been greatly reduced by wicked and unjust Men Pticularly by Samuel Hoare of London Mercht who under Colour of Law has robbd me of a large paternal Inheritance and otherwise most Cruely and barbarously used me but notwithstanding I have suffered the deepest Afflictions by his means yet I seek for no other revenge than that the Almighty may Please to change his Heart and give him a clear discernment of the Evil of what he has done and finally that he may find a place of true repentance before it be too late to answer at that Tremendous Tribunal of Justice where we must all appear to receive the rewards of our Actions in this life whether they be good or Evil Item all the residue of my Estate or Effects by they Real or Psonal that I shall be in possessd of at the time of my death after my Debts and the aforesaid Legacies are paid ??? and discharged I give and Bequeath unto my Nephew Joshua Strangman of Leek in Staffordshire to him and his Heirs for ever Item I Constitute and Appoint my said Nephew Joshua Strangman Jointly with my dear Friend John Blank Banker aforesaid to be Executors to this my last Will and Testament In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal in Presence of the subscribing witnesses at Tottenham High Cross County of Middx the 1st day of the fourth Month called April 1774 Samuel Pike LS Witness Thomas Hayman Edward Wakefield Gopsill Hagen As a Codicil to the aforegoing will I Give and Bequeath unto Saml Neale of Cork in Ireland and unto his wife Sarah Neale twenty Guineas as a token of my love and esteem for them and should have been glad to have given a much larger sum but for the reasons containd in the aforegoing will Witness my hand Tottenham High Cross 11th 6mo called June 1776 Samuel Pike This Will was proved at London with a Codicil the twenty second Day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy nine before the Worshipful Worshipful Andrew Coltee Ducarel Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right Worshipful Peter Calvert Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by Joshua Strangman and John Bland the Executors named in the said Will to whom Administration was granted of all and singular the Gods Chattels and Credits of the deceased they having first made a solemn and sincere Declaration or Affirmation According to Act of Parliament duly to Administer
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