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 Benjamin Pyke Citizen and Skinner of London make and declare these presents to be and contain my last Will and Testament First I commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it hoping to be saved through the meritorious Death and passion of Jesus Christ my Lord And my Body I committ to the Earth to be Decently Buryed at the Discretion of my Executrix hereafter named only my Will and command is it may be a private and only relations and six holders up of the Paul and my Temporall Estate that God hath blessed me with I dispose thereof as follows First I Will and appoint that all such Debts as I Justly Owe at the time of my Decease with my Funerall Charges be fully pay'd and Satisfied after that I Give to my son Milson Pyke the sume of Two hundred and fifty pounds which with what he hath had is considerably more than his part comes to according to the custom of the City of London he giveing a Generall Release to my Executrix at the same time he Receivs it but if he Refuses to accept of this and Gives my Executrix any trouble or commenceth any Suit against her then I Will that my Estate be Exactly cast up what his part of a third of my Estate will amount to and he shall have his part and no more Item I Give to my Son my Wicked son Benjamin Pyke the sume of Fifty pounds in Money and my Executrix shall pay him fifteen pounds a year during his life he giving her at the Signing of her Bond for the same a Generall Release but he refuseth this then I Will that she pay him One hundred and fifty pounds in money to make up the above fifty pounds two hundred pounds that being more than his part will amount according to the custom of the city of London and no yearly allowance Item I Give to my Daughter Rebecca Lucas of St Edmonds Bury Two hundred and Fifty pounds South Sea Stock and Two hundred and Fifty pounds of my Annuity Stock in the same Company but if it shall so happen that I should have sold any part of the same that then my Executrix shall pay her 100L for every hundred that is sold if the whole 500L Stock and Annuitys be sold then my Executrix shall pay her five hundred pounds she Giveing her a Generall Release at the time she receives it Item I Give to my Daughter Shorey the Sume of two hundred pounds dureing her life and after her Decease to Pyke Shorey Item I Give to my Sister Sanders five pounds for Mourning Item I Will that my Executrix pay to my Sister Sanders five pounds a year dureing her life Item I Give to my sister Erp of Noneaton in Warwickshire the sume of Five pounds Item I Give to my Mother in Law Mrs Mary Chambers Tenn pounds for Mourning Item I Give my Brother in Law Nicholas Chambers the Sume of Tenn pounds for mourning Item I Give to Mr Barber Preacher at the Meeting at Brentwood in Essex the Sume of Tenn pounds Item I Give to John Owen that was my Servant formerly Twenty pounds I Will also that my Executrix pay to Mr Barber forty shillings for the poor of his Congregation as he shall thinke fitt to dispose of it All the Rest and Residue of my Estate wheresoever and whatsoever I Give to my Dear and loveing Wife Mary Pyke whom I doe ordain constitute and appoint my full and Sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament Revokeing all former and other Wills and Testaments at any time made by me before whatsoeever only I Will that if my Wife shall marry again she shall before the day of Marriage pay my Daughter Shorey the Sume of Six hundred pounds if living if not the said sume to her three sons William, John and Pyke Shorey to be equally divided betwixt them or so many of them as shall be liveing at the Age of 21 Years my son John Shorey shall have the use of it till then In Witness whereof I the said Benjamin Pyke the Testator have to this my last Will and Testament writ with my owne hand doe set my hand and Seal this third day of March and in the tenth year of the Reign of our Sovereige Lord George by the Grace of God of Great Brittaine and Ireland Kind defender of the Faith 1723/4 Benjamin Pyke Signed sealed and Published by the above named Benjamin Pyke the Testator for his last Will and Testament and delivered as his Act and Deed in the presence of Us Witnesses who at the request who at the request and by the Direction of the said Testator subscribed our names in his presence Witnesses Jehn Hall Geo Barry Will? Barry Probatum fuit [this paragraph continues in Latin to grant probate on 18 January 1724] Decimo octavo Die Mensis Januarii Anno Domini Millesimo Septingentesimo vicesimo Quarto [to] Maria Pyke Relicta et Executricis
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