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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