28 December 1752 Will of Walter Pike of Beerferris, Devon, yeoman (proved 13 March 1753)

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

Source: TNA, PROB 11/800

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This is the last Will and Testament
of me Walter Pike of the Parish of Beerferris in the County of
Devon yeoman made published and declared this twenty eighth
day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand seven
hundred and Fifty two first I recommend my Soul to God who
gave it hoping through the Merits of my Saviour Jesus Christ
for Eternal Salvation and my Body I commit to the Earth to be
decently interred in the Parish Church of Beerferris aforesaid
near my Seat there and I direct that my Body be carried to
its Grave by William Pike John Stapleton John Ford John Bray
Son of Mr William Bray and Samuel Knighton of Beerferris
aforesaid and Mr William Edgcombre of Tavistock Attorney to
each of whom I give a Hatband and Gloves if they attend my
Funeral I give to William Moore of Deptford in the County of
Kent Shipwright who is the son of Thomas Moore now or late of
Sussex Wheelwright my Burgage Tenement and Lands of
Inheritance lying within the Burrough of Beeralston and Parish
of Beerferris aforesaid for and during the Term of his natural
Life and from and after the end forfeiture or other determination
of that Estate I give and devise the same to Sir Francis Henry
Drake Baronet and Nicholas James Rowe Gentleman both of
Buckland in the said County and their Heirs for the Life of the
said William Moore In Trust to Preserve the Contingent 
Remainders and Estates hereinafter limitted and appointed from
being barred defeated or destroyed and for that Purpose to
make Entries and bring Actions as the Case shall require 
nevertheless to Permit and Suffer the said William Moore and his
Assigns to have enjoy the same and to receive and take the
Rents Issues and Profits thereof during his Life and from and after
his decease to the use      and behoofe of the Heir Male 
of the Body of the said William Moore lawfully to be begotten
and for default of Issue the Remainder thereof and therein To

the use and behoofe of Prothesia the Daughter of my Brother 
Robert Pike her Heirs and assigns forever also I give and
bequeath to my Neice the said Prothesia Pike my Tenement or
house and Orchard Situate within the Burrough and Parish
of Beerferris aforesaid which I purchased of my said Brother
Robert Pike and all my Right and Interest therein for the
residue of the Term I have to come in the same also I give
and bequeath to my Sister Elizabeth the Wife of Roger Atwill
five Pounds To my Neice Mary the Wife of Joseph Langman
three Guineas and to him one Guinea To my Neice Elizabeth
the Sister of the said Mary Langman and Wife of Robert Stephens
one Guinea To my Kinsman William Pike one Guinea To
my said Brother Robert Pike five pounds to this now Wife
one Guinea and to Mary their Daughter one Guinea all
which several Legacies I order to be paid by my Executor
within six Months after my death and I order and direct that
a Monumental Stone may be engraved and laid over my
Grave asoon as conveniently may be in Memory of me all
the rest residue and Remainder of my Goods Chattels Personal
and Testamentary Estate whatsoever not before disposed of
I give and bequeath unto the said William Moore his Executors
Administrators and assigns whom I make and appoint Sole
Executor of this my last Will In Testimony whereof I have
hereunto set my hand and Seal this twenty eighth day of December
1752 Walter Pike  Signed Sealed and by the Testator published
and declared to be his last Will and Testament in the Presence
of us who at his Request have Subscribed our Names hereto
in his Presence and in the Presence of each other after the above
Interlineation was made Thos Wyse Wm Edgcombe Henry Cork

This Will was Proved at London the thirteenth day of
March in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred
and Fifty three before the Worshipful Robert Chapman Doctor
of Laws Surrogate of the Right Honourable Sir George Lee
Knight Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of
the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted
by the Oath of William Moore Sole Executor named in the said
Will to whom Administration was granted of all and Singular
the Goods Chattels and Credits of the deceased being first
Sworn Duly to administer

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