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Considering the uncertainty of Death and the uncertainty of the time thereof and being in an indifferent State of Bodily Health but (blessed be god) of a sound and disposing Mind Memory and understanding I Elizabeth Pyke of Devizes Green in the Parish of Bishops Cannings in the County of Wilts Widow do make ordain and Publish this to be my last will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to say) I Give and Bequeath unto my Sister Hester Wife of William Miall of All Cannings the Sum of one hundred Pounds of good and lawful Money of Great Britain Also I Give and Bequeath unto my Nephew William Miall the Sum of Fifty Pounds of like Money with my Silver bell??? Pint and one Silver Table Spoon Also I Give and Bequeath to my Nephew John Hamblen of Stanton Bernard the Sum of one hundred and Fifty Pounds and my Silver Quart Mug two Silver Table Spoons my Stone Show and Knee Buckles and also my Silver Mock Buckle and Mahogany Bureau Also I Give and Bequeath to Elizabeth Hamblen Daughter of my aforesaid Nephew the Sum of Fifty Pounds and my Silver Shoe Buckles Also I Give and Bequeath to my Niece Sarah Pyke Daughter of my late Husband's Brother John Pyke Deceased the Sum of ten Pounds to Elizabeth Pyke of Horton the Sum of five Pounds To the six Children of my Nephew Nathaniel Pyke late of Woolwich Deceased the Sum of Fifty Pounds to be equally Divided between them To my Niece Bridget Pyke and Cousin Ann Perry the sum of ten pounds each To my Cousins Martha and Ann Tarrent of Devisee Green the Sum of Five Pounds each To my esteemed Friend Elizabeth Haywood of Devisees aforesaid the Sum of twenty Pounds to my esteemed Friend Mrs Mary Hynd of Clerkenwell London the Sum of ten Pounds and to the Four Children of my said Friend Mary Hynd namely Samuel Mary Martha and Elizabeth Armstrong the Sum of five Pounds each to Thomas Hayward Son of my Friend Robert Hayward of Roundway my Silver Tankard to Mr Charles Fitchin the Elder of Roundway the Sum of one Guinea to buy him a Ring and also my late Husbands Freemasons Medal and the Great Harp thereto belonging to my Nephew Simon Miall I Give my best flock Bed and Bolster my second best bed Quilt one pair of Blankets and my Blue Curtains all which adoresaid several and respective Pecuniary and specific Legacies I Will and direct shall be paid to my said respective Legatees by my said Executors hereinafter named withine six Calendar Months next after my Decease Also I Give and Bequeath to Elizabeth Stevens wife of John Stevens of Horton Mason the Sum of twenty Pounds with two Pewter Dishes and six plates to Jane Pound wife of John Pound of Bedborough Lane Husbandman the Sum of five Pounds To my Cousin Sarah Pierce wife of William Pierce of New Sarum the like Sum of Five Pounds which said three last mentioned Legacies I Will and direct shall be paid by my said Executors after named into the hands of them the said Elizabeth Stevens Jane Pounds and Sarah Pierce to and for their several and respective sole and seperate use and benefit notwithstanding their respective Covertures within six Calendar Months next after my Decease and that their Receipts alone without their respective Husbands shall be sufficient discharges for the same Also I Give and Bequeath unto my esteemed Friends Richard Chandler of Devisees Green aforesaid and Robert Hayward of Roundway aforesaid Gentleman their Executors and Admors the Sum of three hundred Pounds of like lawful Money aforesaid to for and upon the several Trusts intents and purposes hereinafter mentioned expressed and declared of and concerning the same (that is to say) that they the said Richard Chandler and Robert Hayward or the Survivor of them or the Executors or Admors of such Survivor do and shall as soon as conveniently may be after my Decease pay the said Sum of three hundred Pounds unto or between such person or persons either in time or in such parts and proportions or disproportions at such time or times for such uses intents and purposes and in such manner and form as my Niece Amy Wesson Wife of William Wesson late of all Canons aforesaid Shopkeeper shall whether Covert or Sole and notwithstanding her said Present Coverture or any Future Coverture she shall or may be under by and Deeds or Deed in writing revokable or irrevokable under her hand and Seal to be duly executed in the presence of and be attested by two or more Credible witnesses or by any Note order or direction or notes orders or Directions under her hand alone by her Signed in the presence of and attested by two or more such witnesses or by her last Will and Testament or Testamentary Disposition or appointment also in writing or any writing in the nature thereof or purporting so to be under her hand and Seal or under her hand alone by her executed or Signed in the presence of and attested or witnessed by two or more such witnesses limit and appoint order direct Give or Bequeath the same or any part or parts thereof and for want of and until such limitation appointment order or direction as aforesd of her the said Amy Wesson to take place in her Life time of the said Sum of three hundred Pounds or any part or parts thereof as touching the same Sum of three hundred Pounds or such part or parts thereof of which no such limitation appointment order or Direction shall be by her made upon Trust that they the said Richard Chandler and Robert Hayward or the Survivor of them or hte Executors or Admors of such Survivor do and shall from time to time during the natural Life of her the said Amy Wesson put place and Continue the same or any such part or parts thereof as she shall think proper out at Interest on such Security or Securities either Real or Personal as she shall (whether Covert or sole as aforesid) consent unto or approve of direct or appoint and do and shall pay the Interest and Dividends and profits from time to time arising therefrom as the same shall be received unto her the said Amy Wesson into her own proper hands otherwise at her sole election and Choice) permit and suffer her alone to receive and take the same Interest Dividends and Profits to and for her own sole and seperate use benefit advantage and disposal as her seperate property and Estate apart from and independent of her said present Husband the said William Wesson or any other Husband or Husbands with whom she shall or may hereafter intermarry and to the intent that the same may not be at the disposal of or subject or liable to the Controul Debts or Engagements of her present Husband or any such Future Husband or Husbands and the Receipts and acquittances of her the said Ann Wesson under her own her own hand alone whether Covert or sole and notwithstanding her present Coverture or any such Future Coverture as aforesaid shall be alone from time to time a good and sufficient discharge and from and after the Decease of her the said Amy Wesson she having made no such limitation appointment order direction Gift or bequeast of the said Sum of three hundred Pounds then in trust that they my said Trustees as aforesaid do and shall pay the said sum of three hundred pounds or such undisposed or applied part or parts thereof with its interest Dividends and Profits unto the Executors or Admors of her the said Amy Wesson to and for his and their own proper use and benefit and upon to or for no other Trust use intent or purpose whatsoever Also I Give Devise and Bequeath unto the said Richard Chandler and Robert Hayward their Heirs Executors and Admors all those three Messuages or Tenements with their Appurts thereto belongong situate and being in Devizees Green aforesaid and respectively in the Occupation of myself Joseph Lott and John Player and also all the Rest and Residue of my Household Goods Furniture and Implements of Household of every sort and kind & wearing Apparel both Linnen and woollen To hold the same Messuages or Tenements and Appurts Household Goods and Wearing Apparel unto them the said Richard Chandler and Robert Hayward their Heirs Executors and Admors for and during all my estate Right Title and Interest respectively therein upon Trust and to and for the several and like uses intents and Purposes and with under and subject to the several and like powers Provisions and Agreements as are mentioned and declared of and concerning the said Sum of three hundred Pounds hereinbefore given In Trust for her my said Niece Amy Wesson or such and so many of them as are or may be Capable of taking Effect or the nature of the respective last Bequests will admit of and to for or upon no other use Trust intent or purpose whatsoever and as to for and Concerning all the rest and residue and remainder of my Goods and Chattels Monies Debts and Securities or Money and all other my Personal Estate and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever or of what nature or kind soever and not otherwise by this my Will before given or disposed of (after payment of my Just Debts Legacies Funeral Expences and the Charges of proving this my Will and other incident disbursement I Give and Bequeath the same and every part thereof unto my said Nephew the said Simon Miall his Executors Admors and Assigns for ever to and for his and their own proper use and benefit and it is my Will and I do hereby authorize and empower them my said Trustees and Executors in Trust and the Survivor of them and the Executors or Admors of such Survivor out of the aforesaid Trust Monies and Estate in the first place to pay and reimburse themselves respectively all the lawful Costs Charges and Expences which they respectively shall or may be at or put unto for or by reason of the said Trusts hereby in them reposed or any or either of them or the Management or Execution thereof and that they or either of them shall not be answerable for or liable to make good any loss or losses which shall or may happen to the said Trust Monies Estates or any Part or parts thereof save such only as shall or may be occasioned by or through their own respective wilful neglects or Defaults or be answerable or Accountable for any more of the said Trust Monies and Estates than they respectively shall actually receive or which shall come to their own respective hands neither shall either or any of them be answerable or Accountable for the Acts Receipts Defaults of the other or either or any other or others of them but each of them for his and their own respective Acts Receipts and Defaults only and I do make ordain Constitute and appoint my good Friends the said Richard Chandler and Robert Hayward Joint Executors in Trust of this my last will and Testament which I declare hereby so to be and revoke and make void all former and other wills by me at any time made and I do Give and Bequeath unto them my said Friends Richard Chandler and Robert Hayward the Sum of five Guineas each as some recompence and Compensation for the Trouble they must have and necessarily take in the Discharge of the Trustee and Executorship of this my Will In Witness whereof I the said Elizabeth Pyke have to this my last Will and Testament contained in these Four sheets of paper wrote on one side of each sheet and affixed together to the first three sheets thereof I have set my hand and to this Fourth and last my hand and Seal this Fifteenth Day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety two The Mark and Seal of Elizabeth Pyke LS Signed Sealed Published and declared by the said Testatrix as and for her last will and Testament in the presence of us three who at her request in her presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses Martha Hering Mary Cleverly John Slade Atty Devizees This Will was proved at London the ninth Day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety three before the Right Honourable Sir William Wynne Knight Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oaths of Richard Chandler and Robert Hayward the Executors named in the said Will to whom Administration of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the Deceased was granted having been first sworn by Commission duly to Administer
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