Source: TNA, PROB 11/947
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In the Name of God Amen I Thomas Pike late of the City of Norwich and now of Great Yarmouth in the County of Norfolk Gentleman do make my last Will and Testament in manner following (that is to say) First I do give and bequeath all my Household Furniture Plate Linen Glass Bedding and all other my Household Goods unto and to be equally divided between my son Thomas Pike and my Daughter Elizabeth Monday Also I give unto my said Son the sum of four hundred pounds Also I do direct that the sum of four hundred pounds part of my personal Estate shall be put out at Interest by my Executors hereinafter named upon such security as they shall think proper but not on less security than double Bond until the same shall be due and payable by this my Will and I do order that the Interest thereof shall be paid into the proper hands of my said Daughter Elizabeth Monday for and during the Term of her natural Life for her own separate use and Benefit distinct from the Estate of her present or any after taken Husband and with which he shall have nothing to do and which shall not be subject or liable to his Acts Contracts or Debts And it is my Will that the Receipt of her my said Daughter under her own Hand without her Husband shall at all times be a sufficient discharge to my said Executors for the said Interest money And from and after the decease of her my said Daughter Elizabeth Monday I give the said principal sum of four hundred pounds hereinbefore directed to be put out at Interest unto and to be equally divided between all and every the children of the said Elizabeth which she now has or may have hereafter share and share alike at their several ages of Twenty one years And my Mind and Will is that in the mean time the same shall be continued out at Interest as aforesaid and the Interest thereof paid and applied to and for their Benefits severally My Executors placing to the Account of each Child what shall be so paid or applied for him or her respectively and my Mind and will further is that my Executors shall and may pay and apply a part of the principal Legacy of the said Children for the putting them out Apprentice provided nevertheless That if any of the Children of the said Elizabeth shall happen to depart this Life under the age of Twenty one years That then the Legacy or Legacies of him her or them so dying or such parts thereof as shall be unapplied pursuant to this my Will shall go and I do give the same to the survivors and survivor of them to be paid at the same time that their original Legacies or Legacy shall be payable And that if all the Children of the said Elizabeth my Daughter shall depart this Life in her Lifetime That then the said principal Legacy or such part thereof as shall be unapplied pursuant to this my Will shall be intirely at the disposal of my said Daughter Elizabeth as her own separate Estate distinct from the Estate of her present or any after taken Husband and with which he shall have nothing to do and in the last mentioned Case I do direct my Executors to pay the same in such manner as my said Daughter shall whether married or sole ^ by writing under her own hand ^ and as well married as sole alone Direct or appoint Also I give unto my Grandson Thomas Norgate the sum of Eighty pounds and to my Grand daughter Sarah Norgate the sum of sixty pounds and to my Grandson Pike Norgate one hundred and fifty pounds to be paid unto them when and as they shall severally attain their respective ages of Twenty one years provided always that if any of them the said Thomas Northgate Sarah Northgate and Pike Northgate my Grand Children shall happen to depart this Life before he she or they shall have attained his or her age of Twenty one years not leaving any Issue of his her or their Body or Bodies lawfully to be begotten living at the time of such his her or their several deceases Then and in such case my Will is that the Legacy or sum of money hereinbefore given or bequeathed to him or her of them so dying under that age and without such Issue as aforesaid shall go and be paid unto and equally shared and divided between the survivors of them the said Thomas Norgate Sarah Norgate and Pike Norgate when and at such times as such survivors shall severally attain their said ages of Twenty one years And further in Case but one of them shall survive Then then Legacies or sums of money by me given to the other two of them so dying under that Age and without such Issue as aforesaid shall go and be paid And I do give and bequeath the same wholly and only to such one surviving Grand Child his or her Executors Administrators and Assigns when and at such time as the Original Legacy of such one surviving Grand Child shall be and become due and payable as aforesaid (any thing hereinbefore mentioned to the contrary thereof in any wise notwithstanding) and I do impower my Executors hereinafter named and the survivor of them and the Executors or Administrators of such survivor from time to time during the Minority of my said Grand Children to put the several Legacies to them given out at Interest on such security or securities as they shall think good and sufficient for the same but not on less security than double Bond and to apply the Interest money arising therefrom for the Benefit of the Child or Children respectively intitled to the same until the several Legacies herein given to them respectively shall become payable by virtue of this my Will Also I give to Sarah Miller Widow my Housekeeper the sum of Twenty pounds to be paid to her within one Month next after my decease Also I do nominate and appoint my said son Thomas Pike and Mr Reuben Deave of the City of Norwich Merchant Executors of this my Will and i give to him the said Mr Deave the sum of Twenty pounds for his Trouble to be taken in the said Executorship also I Do give and bequeath all the rest residue and remainder (if any there by) of my Goods Chattels ready Moneys and Securities for Moneys and all other my personal Estate whatsoever (after deducting thereout my Funeral charges all my just Debts the charge of proving this my Will and the said Legacies) unto my said son for his own use and my Will is that my said Executors shall each of them be answerable for his and their own act and Receipt only and not the one of them for the other of them and that they shall not be answerable for any Loss or Miscarriage by any security or securities that may happen in my Estate provided the same happen without their wilful Default and lastly I do hereby revoke all all former Wills by me made And declare this only to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof unto this my last Will and Testament contained and written in two sheets of paper together annexed I the said Thomas Pike the Testator have to each sheet thereof set my hand and seal this sixteenth day of April in the eighth year of the Reign of our sovereign Lord King George the Third and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty eight Tho Pike signed sealed published and declared by the above named Thomas 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 hereto Jno Reynolds Ann Reynolds Th Randall Junr This Will was proved at London the eighth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty nine before the Right Worshipful George Hay Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oaths of Thomas Pike and Reuben Deave the Executors named in the said Will to whom Administration was granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the deceased having been first sworn by Commission duly to administer
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