Source: TNA, PROB 11/1820
A transcript of the will of William's father Joseph can be found here.
A transcript of the will of William's wife Anne can be found here.
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This is the last Will and Testament of me William Pike of Church Knowle in the County of Dorset Merchant I give devise demise and bequeath all my real and personal estate unto my wife Anne Pike and Ralph Hammersley of Shelton in the County of Stafford Potter and China Maker and in case of his death his eldest son William Hammersley and in case of his death Titus Hammersley in trust In the first place it is my will that the said Trustees do dispose of all my personal estate of what nature or kind soever it may be except such as they ???? think it prudent to retain or business to continue pa?????? my debts and funeral expenses and place the money arising from such s???? at interest on good securities and out of the sums provided yearly by the interest together with the sums arising fromt he rents of my real estate or profits of the present business it is my will and desire that two hundred and forty pounds p annum shall be paid to my wife Anne Pike during her life which annuity with the rent of an Estate called Lower Ranscombe in Chudleigh Parish in the County of Devon settled on her by the will of my late Father Joseph Pike of Chudleigh Merchant will be at her own disposal during her life I also will devise and demise to my Trustees a power to dispose of my real estate whichever of can be advantageously and conveniently ???? and it is my will that that amount of the real estate and the rest of my estate shall be equally divided amongst my children William Anne, John, Henry and Warburton Pike when they attain the age of twenty one and twenty seven years half at twenty one years of age and the other half when they attain the age of twenty seven years The Children to have equal shares but reserving a sum to make good my wifes annuity during life I give my wife all the Household Furniture Cloathes and Household Stock with the best Draft Horse and Carr and C?g I appoint my wife Anne Pike Guardian of our Children together with Ralph Hammersley before mentioned and Anne Pike my wife jointly with the other Trustee I will devise and demise to them power to explain anything that may happen to be obscure in this my last will and Testament and that their explanation shall be right and also that they have power to provide for the subsistence and education of my said Children during their ?????tly and also of placing them out to learn Trades or Employments or Professions And also I give them my wife and the other Trustee power of continuing any Business in which I may be engaged at the time of my decease until such time as it may be expedient to terminate the same or to relinquish the same to one or more of my sons And I also give them my wife and the other Trustee and said Executors power to shorten the time of the payment ofthe second part of their my Childrens money being paid to them my children at the time they may think best between the age 21 years and 27 years of age this refers to the second half But in case it so happen ???????????????? and expert will not be the case that the said Anne Pike my wife ?????????? should marry again ?????? is that my wife now called Anne Pike be ???????? from the ?????????????? and Guardianship of our Children and that h?????????? be thenceforth reduced to One hundred pounds P annum besides the rent of Ranscombe Estate left her by my late Father As long as my wife Anne Pike ???????? Guardianship of our Children my will and desire is that during their vacations from their Education Apprentice or Clerkship or other method by which it may be thought necessary for them to get their bread and future bread but that during their vacation the said Children spend such vacation with my wife if she consents to it and that my wife be allowed a competent sum for their board and Cloathes and other sundry and necessary expenses And my will and particular desire is that Anne Pike our daughter should stay with her mother and that a competent sum shall be allowed for board and cloathes and other necessary expenses and that if she marry before the age of twenty seven years without my wife and Guardians consent that then a competent Settlement shall be made of her fortune on her and usual legal Settlement As for her fortune in case she should marry after that time (after the age of twenty seven years) I leave that to her own serious consideration I do hereby appoint and constitute Anne Pike my wife and Ralph Hammersley aforesaid his heirs Extors Admons or assigns Executors of this my last will and Testament In witness I the said William Pike set my hand and seal this 25 December 1831 William Pike LS witnesses Benjamin Warburton Martha Hiscatt James Ricks In case my wife Anne Pike should die without appointing a Trustee or Executor I give power to Ralph Hammersley aforesaid or in case of his death to his son or sons to appoint another Executor in her stead or in case my wife Anne Pike should marry again then I give power to Ralph Hammersley or in case of his death his son or sons to appoint another Executor This 25 day December 1831 William Pike LS witnesses Benjamin Warburton Martha Kicatt James Ricks Signed sealed published and declared by the said William Pike the Testator as and for his last will and Testament in presence of us who in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses This 25 day of Decr 1831 William Pike LS witnesses Benjamin Warburton Martha Kitcatt James Ricks Proved at London 10th August 1833 before The Judge by the Oath of Anne Pike widow the Relict and Ralph Hammersley the Executors to whom Admon was granted having been first sworn by Comon duly to administer
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