Source: TNA, PROB 11/1148
Also, if you are a male Pike/Pyke (or you know one) who may be willing to do a genealogical DNA test, then please check out the Pike DNA Project for which I am a volunteer coordinator. There are several Pike/Pyke families that are not yet represented in the project, and for whom participants are wanted.
In the Name of God Amen I William Pike of Hungerford in the County of Berks Mealman being Weak in Body though of sound mind and memory but considering the uncertainty of this Transitory Life do make and declare this my last will and Testament in manner following that is to say First I will and desire that all such just debts as I shall ower at the time of my decease the Expences of my Funeral and Testamentary Charges shall be fully paid by the Executors of this my Will also I give and bequeath unto my trustly Friends Cheyney Waldron of Eastridge Farm in the Parish of Ramsbury and County of Wilts Yeoman Thomas Turton of Newtown in the Parish of Hungerford and County of Berks aforesaid Yeoman and Matthew Liddiard of Charnham Street in the said Parish of Hungerford but in the County of Wilts aforesaid Maltster all my Household Good and Furniture utensils and Implements of Household Stock in Trade Monies Securities for Moneys Goods Chattels and personal Estate whatsoever and wheresoever To hold to them the said Cheyney Waldron Thomas Turton and Matthew Liddiard the Survivors and Survivor of them his Executors and administrators Upon trust nevertheless First to sell and dispose absolutely of all my said Household Goods and Furniture Stock and Effects as soon as conveniently may be next after my decease and in the next place to collect and receive all my Book Debts and such other Debts to me due and owing as they the said trustees the Survivors or Survivor of them his Executors or administrators shall at their or his Discretion think proper to collect and call in and the monies thereby arising and collected to lend and place out at Interest upon such security or Securities either real or personal as they my said trustees the Survivors or Survivor of them his Executors or administrators shall think proper and also to call in and receive the same and every other part of my personal Estate or any part thereof as often as occasion shall require and pay apply and dispose of the principal and Interest or any part thereof for or towards the maintenance Education Tuition and bringing up of all and every of my four Children (namely) William James Ann and Richard Pike until they shall severally arrive to the age of twenty one years or day of Marriage which shall first happen next after my decease and when they shall be so arrived to that age or day or Marriage then I give and bequeath all and every the said Monies and securities for monies with the Interest tehreof effects and Personal Estate hereinbefore given and bequeathed unto my said four Children to be equally divided between them share and share alike also I give and devise unto the said Cheyney Waldron Thomas Turton and Matthew Liddiard all and every my Messuages Tenements Lands and Hereditaments with their and every of their Appurtenances situate standing lying and being within the several Parishes of Hungerford aforesaid and Kingstone Lisle in the said County of Berks which I am now seized of or intitled unto in possession Reversion Remainder or expectancy or otherwise however to hold the same unto my said trustees the Survivors or Survivor of them his Executors and administrators Upon this trust and Confidence they they do collect and receive the Rents Issues and Profits and apply the same (after repairs and Taxes be defrayed or so much thereof as shall be necessary) for and towards the maintenance Education Tuition and bringing up of my said Son William Pike until he shall arrive to the sd age of twenty one years and as soon as he shall be arrived to that age then I give and devise the same Freehold Messuages Tenements Lands and Hereditaments with their appurtenances with the accumulated Rents Issues and Profits thereof (if any) unto my son William Pike his Heirs and assigns for ever nevertheless charged and Chargeable and I do hereby charge the same Freehold Premises with the payment of four pounds apiece unto my other three Children James Ann and Richard Pike at the age of twenty one years or day or Marriage as aforesaid and I do hereby constitute and appoint the said Cheyney Waldron Thomas Turton and Matthew Liddiard Joint Executors of this my last Will and Testament In trust for the purposes aforesaid and I give unto each and every of them a Mourning Ring of a Guinea Value as an acknowledgement of their Friendship in taking upon themselves the burthen of the said trust and I do hereby revoke and make void all former and other Wills and Testaments by me made In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this thirteenth day of February in year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty six William Pike Signed Sealed published and declared by the said William Pike the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the Presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our respective Names as witnesses thereto M Dandridge Seyl Mundy Thos Stevens This Will was proved at London the twentieth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty six before the Right Worshipful Peter Calvert Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oaths of Cheyney Waldron and Thomas Turton two of 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 Power reserved of making the like grant to Matthew Liddiard the other Executor named in the said will when he shall apply for the same
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