Source: TNA, PROB 11/1577
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.
In the Name of God Amen I Sarah Pike of Elworthy in the County of Somerset Spinster being of sound mind memory & understanding do make this my last Will & Testament in manner following that is to say after all my just Debts & funeral Expences are paid I give & bequeath all my Estates & Poperty real & personal of what description soever unto my two Friends John Phillips of the City of Exeter Glover & Caleb Hedgeland of the said City Builder their Heirs Exors & Admors in Trust nevertheless that they my said Trustees do & shall permit & suffer my dear Father John Pike to have the sole use enjoyment of Rents Profits & Interest whether eal or personal during his natural Life And immediately from & after his decease I do will & direct that my said Trustees John Phillips and Caleb Hedgeland their Heirs Exors & Admors do & shall divide in three equal parts the whole of my property whether real or personal of what description soever by Sale or otherways at their discretion and assign transfer and convey over the said Trust Monies & Securities to & amongst my three Sisters Elizabeth Lackington Mary Hedgeland & Jane Wotton share & alike as Tenants in Common & not as joint Tenants and I do will that the said third part of share payable to Elizabeth Lackington be paid her by eight different Instalments or quarterly payments to commence three months after my Interment or death of my Father as shall so happen & continue to be paid one Eighth of her said Share each three months or quarterly payments until the whole is paid & if she should not survive the quotient to be equally divided between her three daughters Mary Elizabeth & Jane Lackington provided always & my Will is that the said John Phillips & Caleb Hedgeland their Heirs Executors & Admors shall & may from time to time deduct & retain out of the said Monies or Effects which come to their Trust all lawful and reasonable Costs Charges & Expences attending the same and that they shall not be chargeable but only each of them for his own respective receipts payments & wilful defaults & not otherways nor with any loss or damage which may happen in placing out the said Trust Monies or Securities or in any Bank or Bankers Hands for safe Custody or by reason of the Execution of the Trust hereby in them reposed without his or their wilful default And I do hereby nominate & appoint my said Father John Pike my Sister Mary Hedgeland & the said John Phillips and Caleb Hedgeland Executors and Executrix of this my last Will & Testament In Witness whereof I the said Sarah Pike have hereunto set my Hand & Seal Sarah Pike LS Signed sealed delivered & published in the presence Jn ???? Betty ??urse John Blackmore Proved at London 9th February 1816 before the Judge by the Oaths of Mary Hedgeland (wife of Caleb Hedgeland) John Phillips & Caleb Hedgeland three of the Exors to whom Admon was granted having been first sworn by Comon duly to administer Power reserved to John Pike the Father & other Exor
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