Source: TNA, PROB 11/2226
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This is the last Will and Testament of me Sarah Merrett Pike otherwise Pick of the Town of Berkeley in the County of Gloucester Spinster I give and bequeath unto Sophia Brown of Awre in the County of Gloucester Widow of Richard Brown late of Blakeney in the said County of Gloucester the sum of nineteen pounds and nineteen shillings I give and bequeath to Hester Hamner late of Dursley Widow of Thomas Hamner the sum of forty pounds I give and bequeath to Hester Cross wife of Cross late of Carn in the said County of Gloucester the sum of nineteen pounds and nineteen shillings I give and bequeath to Ann Jones of Halmore near Berkeley aforesaid the sum of forty pounds I also give and bequeath the several legacies and sums of money following (that is to say) to William Merrett of Berkeley aforesaid Mason thirty pounds To Joseph Merrett of Berkeley aforesaid Gardener forty pounds to Sarah Knell of Berkeley aforesaid thirty pounds To Mary the wife of henry Sherbourne late of Birmingham but now of ?? Mornington Place Hampstead Road London Draper one hundred pounds to William Knowles of Park Place int he parish of Clifton in the City of Bristol Gentleman fifty pounds To Harriet Knowles wife of the said William Knowles fifty pounds to Adelaide Harriet Knowles daugh- ter of the said William and Harriet Knowles fifty pounds to Elizabeth Ash wife of John Wall Bryant Ash of Redcliff Hill in the said City of Bristol Surgeon fifty pounds to Joseph Knowles and John Knowles brothers of the said William Knowles fifty pounds each to Stephen Jenner of Heathfield in the County of Gloucester Artist and to Mary his wife twenty five pounds each To Elizabeth Woodward of Christmas Street in the said City of Bristol Tallow Chandler fifty pounds To Mary ??? wife of William Ellis of Stroud Confectioner two hundred pounds together with my jewelry and rings in lieu of the recipe for making S??????ers which I once intended to give her To Hannah Woodward and Edward Woodward children of the said Elizabeth Woodward nine- teen pounds nineteen shillings each To Hannah Matthews (sister of the said Elizabeth Woodward) and to Hester Oldland (cousin of the said Elizabeth Woodward) fifty pounds each to Mary Powell of Berkeley aforesaid Shopkeeper fifty pounds to the Reverend John Maynard of Berkeley aforesaid twenty five pounds and to Elizabeth his wife fifty pounds to Elizabeth Skinner daughter of Mr George Long of the parish of Berkeley nineteen pounds nineteen shillings to Robert Long son of the said George Long nineteen pounds nineteen shillings to Hester Summers wife of William Summers of Berkeley fifty pounds to the five children now living of the said Hester and William Summers ten pounds each To Mrs Ashfield Sturge widow of Joseph Sturge late of the City of Bristol Musician forty pounds to Miss Mary Bence niece of the late mrs Kingscote of Berkeley ten pounds to Isaac Pick of Ham near Berkeley ten pounds to Francis Hands of Berkeley Surgeon fifty pounds and to his wife forty pounds To Sarah Sutton wife of Daniel Sutton of Berkeley ten pounds to James Michael of Berkeley and to Ann his wife fifty pounds each to Mrs Pouting wife of Henry Pouting ?????der of Mobley near Berkeley Yeoman ten pounds to Allice Pool of Parkens in the Forest of Dean Spinster forty pounds and to Mr Thomas ???ton of Great Torrington in the County of Devon nineteen pounds and nineteen shillings And I do hereby further will and direct that if any of the said legatees who are now minors shall depart this life under the age of twenty one years leaving any brothers or sisters or bro- ther or sister him or her surviving then that the said legacies or legacy of the person or persons so dyeing shall be paid unto the brothers or sisters or brother or sister of the legatee or legatees so dying under the age of twenty one years and if it shall happen that such legatee or legatees so dying under the age of twenty one years shall not leave any brothers or sisters or brother or sister him or her surviving then I direct that the said legacies or legacy shall be paid to the father or mother of such legatee or legatees and if no father or mother then to sink into and form part of my residuary estate I give all my wearing apparel unto the said Hester Summers I give and bequeath unto the Feoffees or trustees of the Free School of Berkeley the sum of two hundred upon trust that they the said Feoffees or Trustees do and shall lay out the same upon Government or Real Security at interest and do and shall pay the annual interest dividends and proceeds thereof for and to- wards the Charitable Purposes of the said School for ever hereafter I give and bequeath unto the Churchwardens for the time being of the parish of Saint John in the City of Bristol the sum of two hundred pounds upon trust that they the said Churchwardens do and shall lay out and invest the same upon government or real security at inte- rest and do and shall pay and apply the interest dividends and proceeds thereof in the purchase of bread to be distributed and given away to the poor of the said parish on the twenty seventh day of August in every year and I do direct that the said two last mentioned legacies shall be paid out of such part of my personal estate as does not consist of chattels real or real securities and as to all my lands tenements hereditaments and real estate whatsoever and wheresoever including the messuage or dwelling house situate in Thomas Street in the said City of Bristol to which I am seized and entitled from and immediately after the decease of Mrs Aisop and also all that messuage or dwelling house with the garden and orchard thereunto belonging situate and being at Berkeley aforesaid now in my own occupa- tion and also the two cottages and gardens adjoining thereto in the respec- tive tenures or occupations of William Summers and the other late in the possession of Mr Tanner but now void and all my estate and interest there in and also all the Rest Residue and Remainder of my Personal Estate and Effects whatsoever except such as are herein specifically disposed of and all my estate and interest therein respectively subject as to my personal estate to the payment of my funeral and testamentary expences debts and legacies) I give devise and bequeath the same and every part thereof unto the said William Knowles his heirs executors administra- tors and assigns but in case my said personal estate should not be sufficient to pay my debts funeral and testamentary expences and lega- cies then and in such case I do charge my said real estate so given to the said William Knowles with the payment of such debts funeral and tes- tamentary expences and legacies (except the two legacies hereinbefore given for charitable purposes which which I have directed to be paid out of my said personal estata) or such part thereof as may said personal estate shall be insufficient for that purpose and in case the said William Knowles should die in my lifetime and leave his wife Harriet him surviving then and in such case I give devise and bequeath my said real estate and the rest residue and remainder of my said personal estate unto the said Harriet the wife of the said William Knowles her heirs executors administrators and assigns subject and chargeable in like manner in all respects as I have hereinbefore given my said real and personal estate to the said William Knowles his heirs executors and administrators and in case the said Harriet Knowles should die in my lifetime leaving her daugh- ter Adelaide Harriet Knowles her surviving then I give devise and be- queath my said real estate and the residue of my said personal estate unto the said Adelaide Harriet Knowles her heirs executors administrators and assigns subject and chargeable in like manner in all respects as I have hereinbefore given ?? the same to her father and mother the said William and Harriet Knowles their heirs executors administra- tors and assigns and I do hereby nominate and appoint the said William Knowles and James Michael of Berkeley aforesaid Innkeeper joint Executors of this my Will And my Will further is and I do here- by direct and declare that they the said William Knowles and James Michael or either of them or their or either of their executors or admin- istrators shall not be answerable for or liable to make good any casual or involuntary loss which at any time or times may accrue or happen of or unto the said trust monies or securities for the time being in which the same shall be invested or any part thereof or with respect to any other part of the said trust estate without his or their wilful deafult nor shall they or either of them be answerable or accountable the one for the other or others of them or for the acts deeds receipts payments neglects or defaults of the other or others of them but each of them for his own acts deeds receipts and payments only and for such monies only as shall actually come to his or their several and respective hands and not for any money or stock for which they or either of them shall join in any transfer or sign any receipt or receipts for conformity only nor with or for any loss or damage which may happen by depositing all or any of the trust monies aforesaid in any Bank or Bankers hands or elsewhere for safe custody nor with or for any other loss or damage which shall or may hap pen in or about the execution or exercise of all or any of the trusts afore- said without their wilful defaults and that it shall and may be lawful to and for them the said trustees respectively and their respective execu- tors and administrators from time to time by and out of the trust monies which shall come to their or either of their hands in the first place to deduct and retain and reimburse to themselves respectively and allow to his cotrustee all such loss costs and expenses whatsoever as he they or either of them shall or may respectively pay suffer sustain expend or be in any manner put unto in or about the execution of all or any of the trusts or powers hereinbefore mentioned or created or any matter or thing in any wise relating thereto And lastly I do hereby revoke all former Wills by me at any time heretofore made and do declare this to be my last will and Testament In Witness whereof I the said Sarah Merrett Pike otherwise Pick have to this my last Will and Testament con- tained in five sheets of paper set my hand as I have also to a Duplicate hereof contained in the same number of sheets this ninth day of October one thousand eight hundred and forty S M Pike Signed by the said Sarah Merrett Pike otherwise Pick the testratrix in the pre- secence of us present at the same time who in her presence have subscribed our names as Witnesses H M Ambury Solr Bristol W G Atkins his Clerk Proved at London 29th Jany 1856 before the Worshipful George Edward Hughes Doctor of Laws and Surrogate by the oath of William Knowles one of the Executors to whom Admon was granted having been first sworn duly to admr Power reserved of making the like grant to James Michael the other Executor when he shall apply for the same
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