2 July 1790 Will of Thomas Pike of Plymouth, carpenter (proved 16 July 1808)

The original document can be obtained online from The National Archives.

Source: TNA, PROB 11/1490

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Sentence for the validity of the will of Thomas Pike deceased 
Given 16th July 1808

In the Name of God Amen
we William Wynne Knight doctor of Laws Master keeper or
Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully
constituted rightly and duly proceeding having heard
seen and understood and fully and naturally discussed the
merits and circumstances of a certain Cause or business
of proving by good and sufficient witnesses in sol???
form of Law the last Will and Testament of Thomas 
Pike late of Plymouth Dock in the County of Devon
Carpenter of His Majestys ship Melampus and
Tremendous deceased bearing date the second day of
July in the year of our Lord One thousand seven
hundred and ninety which is now depending before
us in Judgment  in our said Court between Margaret
Gunning heretofore Metherel wife of Joseph Gunning
the natural and lawful Sister by the half blood and
Mary Stephens formerly Pike wife of Thomas Stephens
the natural and lawful Sister two of the next of kin
and two of the persons intitled in distribution to the
personal Estate and Effects of the said deceased in
Case he had died intestate the parties promoting the
said Cause or business on the one part and Ann Lambert
formerly Pike widow wife of John Lambert the lawful
Relict of the said deceased and the sole Executrix
named in the said Will the party against whom the
said Cause is promoted on the other part and the
proctor of the said Ann Lambert formerly Pike widow
wife of John Lambert praying Sentence to be given


and justice to be done to his Party and the Proctor
of the said Margaret Gunning heretofore Metherell
wife of Joseph Gunning and Mary Stephens formerly
Pike wife of Thomas Stephens praying Justice to be
done to his parties and we having first carefully and
dilacently searched into and considered of the whole
proceedings had and done before us in the said Cause
or business and having observed all and singular the
Matters and things that by Law in this behalf ought
to be observed have thought fit and do thus think fit
to proceed to the giving our definitive Sentence or final
Decree in this Cause or business in manner and form
following to wit forasmuch as by the acts enacted
deduced alledged exhibited propounded proved ?
confessed in this Cause we have found and clearly
discovered that the Proctor of the said Ann Lambert
formerly Pike Widow wife of John Lambert hath
sufficiently founded and proved his intention deduced
in a certain allegation and last Will and Testament
of the said deceased bearing Date as aforesaid the
second day of July One thousand seven hundred and
ninety and other pleadings given in and admitted
on her behalf in the said Cuase or business and now
remaining in the Registry of our said Court which
said allegation and last will and Testament of
the said deceased and other pleadings we take &
will have taken as if here read and inserted
for us to pronoun??? as hereinafter is mentioned
and that nothing at least effectual in Law hath
on the part and behalf of the said Margaret
Gunning heretofore Metherell wife of Joseph
Gunning and Mary Stephens formerly Pike wife of
Thomas Stephens been excepted deduced alledged exhibited
propounded proved or confessed which may or ought in
in any wise to defeat prejudice or weaken the intention
of the Proctor of the said Ann Lambert formerly Pike
widow wife of John Lambert therefore we William
Wynne Knight Doctor of Laws the Judge aforesiad having
first called upon the Name of Christ and set God alone
before our Eyes and having heard Counsel therein on the
part and behalf of the said Ann Lambert formerly Pike
widow wife of John Lambert do pronounce decree &
declare that the aforesaid Thomas Pike the Testator
in this Cause deceased whilst living and of sound
mind memory and understanding made and duly
executed his true last will and Testament in writing
bearing date as aforesaid the second day of July in 
the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred
and ninety and did therein nominate constitute &
appoint the aforesaid Ann Lambert formerly Pike
widow wife of John Lambert his Relict sole Extrix
and give will bequeath dispose and do in all


things as in the said will is contained and we do
pronounce decree and declare for the force and
validity of the said true last will and Testament
of the said true last will and Testament of the
said deceased bearing date as aforesaid to all intents
and purposes in Law whatsoever and we do approve
of and receive the same by this our definitive Sentence
or final decree which we read and promulge by these
presents and we do order and direct that the
Probate of the said last will and Testament of the
said deceased granted by us to the said Ann Lambert
formerly Pike widow wife of John Lambert the
sole Executrix therein named and brought into &
now remaining in the Registry of our said Court
to be delivered thereout to the said Ann Lambert
formerly Pike widow wife of John Lambert or to
her said   Proctor for her use
			Wm Wynne
J H Arnold

This definitive Sentence or final decree was
read promulged and given on the B?? Day after
Trinity Tenn to wit Saturday the sixteenth day of
July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight
hundred and eight by the Right honorable the Master
Keeper or Commissary aforesaid in the dining Room
adjoining the Common Hall of Doctors Commons situate
in the Parish of Saint Bened?? near Pauls wharf
London there being then and there being present the witnesses
mentioned in the acts of Court



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