Source: TNA, PROB 11/42A
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In dei nomine Amen The xxiiii th day of December And in the yeare of oure lorde god a thousannde five hundred fiftie and eighte I Elizabeth Pyke widowe of Marten and in the parishe of West Bedwyn being sicke of bodie but of parfite mynde and Remembrannce do ordeyne and make my last will adn testament in maner and fourme followinge That is to saie First I give amy sowle to almightie god my saviour and Redemer and I will my bodie to be buryed by Robert Pyke my husbonde Item I give to my parishe Churche a heyfer towardes the mayn- tenannce of waxe tapers yerely to be burned before the blessed sacrament or otherwise to be ymployed for and towardes the better mayntennce of my parishe Churche Item I give to the cathedrall Churche of S??? ii d Item I give to the parishe Churche of Tytcombe one busshell of wheate Item I give to xpian Martyne one of my white peticots Item I give to Elizabeth PERkyns one of myne olde peticots And I give to Maryane Whitwey a kerchew and another to Garretts wif Item I give to Crucheman and garrett to eche of them a busshell of wheate Item I give to Bennett a busshell of wheate and to his wif my best petycote Item I give to John Remdale my godchilde a sheepe Item I give to evry of my god children a busshell of wheate Item I give to mother Grigg of Tytendbe a porke of wheat Item I give to Willm Pyke and Robert Pyke my husbands sonnes eche of theyme a quarter of wheate Item I give to my daughter Briggett Pike ii payre of my best beades wt two of my best harnesse gurdles Item to the same Briggett my best wedding gowne the damaske that lyeth at Thomas Taylors to make a payre of sleves a pece of redde clothe to make a peticote my husbands gowne of browne blue to make her a Frocke and all my wearinge lynnen not before gyven And I give also to the forsaid Briggett all my golde Ryngs Item I give to Willm Pike the younger Thomas Pike adn John Pike my sonnes and to every of theym a bedd wt thappurtenncs and eche of theym fourtie pence And also to Brigett my doughter twentie sheepe indifferentlie to be delyvered as they be r??yinge at the lete Item I give to evry of my thre sonnes Willm the younger Thomas and John Pike and to evry of theym a fyne sheete Item I give to Thomas Pike and John Pike my sonnes a harnes girdle wt a payre of beads st stones of silvr And if yt fortune any of my forwaid children Willm Pike the younger Thomas John or Briggett do dye Then I will the legacies of any one of theym or moo so dyeing equally or wholly to remayne to the survivours or survivor of theym Item I give to Gargett a lambe Item I give to evry of my srvannts half a busshell of wheate Item I give to my godchild at kemmers a lambe Item I will Edmunde Pike my sonne to be at the charges for and towardes bringing upp of his thre brothers and sister Briggett untill xviii yeares of age if they be not well placed or other wise bestowed as he may according to his habilitie And if he refuce so to do or wilfullye refuce to do after and by the advise of myne ovrsears concernyng the bringing upp of his thre brothers and sister aforesaid and also concernyng the usage occupienge and letting and settynge the lease and terme of yeares of the ferme of Marten wt the holle stocke and store goodes and catalls and other ymplements belonginge to the same the whiche I do assigne and give to the foresaid Edmunde Pike my sonne ovr and above the legacs of my late husbande Robert Pike and ovr and above my legacies in this my last will Then I will my ovrsears to take into theire handes aswell my farme and lease for terme of yeares of the farme of Martyn and the stocke goodes catalls and ymplements belonging to the same to the use and towardes the brynging upp of my children untill they be xvii yeres of age and all proufetts and prouffetts that may come of the same farme goodes catalls stocks and Store and ymplements to be converted to my childrens use and towardes the payment of my legacs and my husbands so farre as ytt will goo if any thing be saved And then I will the same Edmunde to have the farme wt the goodes cattals stock and store adn ymplements belonging to the same by the assignement and appoyntment of my ovrseares and for the PERfourmannce of this my last will I do make Edmunde Pike my sonne my wholle executor And I do make John Androwes and Robert Woodrofe my brothers and my Cosynne John Tutt my ovrsears theise beinge witnesses John Smyth vicare of Bedwyn Edwarde Foster Clerke John Androwes John Tutt Margarett Kemer wt dyvers others Probatum fuit [this paragraph continues in Latin to grant probate on 13 February 1558] decimo tercio die mensis Februarii Anno dni millimo quingentesimo quinquagesimo octavo [to] Edd Pike executoris
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