Source: TNA, PROB 11/1944
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In the Name of God Amen I Elizabeth Pyke of Monkleigh in the County of Devon Spinster being of sound mind do make and declare this to be my last will and testament I give and bequeath to Emelia Brown Pyke wife of my brother Joseph Pyke all my wearing apparel jewels furniture and whatever belongs to me at my brother's house the Channtry I give and bequeath to my brother Joseph Pyke all my freehold lands situate in the Parishes of Chudleigh Alwington Abbotsham Northam and part of an estate called Lake to him and his heirs for ever All the rest Residue & Remainder of my goods chattels and estate whatsoever I give and bequeath to my said brother Joseph Pyke whom I hereby constitute and appoint whole and sole Executor of this my last will and testament Given under my hand and seal this twenty second day of February one thousand eight hundred and forty one Elizabeth Pyke LS In the presence of us & at my request have signed our names as witnesses hereto Edmund Herring Caddy Mary Downing The Mark of Mary Ann Arnold Appeared Personally Edmund Herring Caddy of Great Torrington in the County of Devon Surgeon and Mary Downing of the same place Spinster and made oath that they are two of the subscribed witnesses to the last will and testament of Elizabeth Pyke late of the Chantry in the Parish of Monkleigh in the said County of Devon Spinster deceased bearing date the twenty second day of February one thousand eight hundred and forty one being the paper writing hereto annexed And the deponents further made oath that the said deceased signed her name at the foot or end of the said will on the said recited day of the date all thereof in the presence of these deponents and also in the presence of Mary Ann Arnold the other subscribed witness to the said will being all present at the same time and the deponents and the said Mary Ann Arnold then attested and subscribed the said will in the presence of the said testatrix as now appears thereon Edmund Herring Caddy Mary Downing On the 3rd day of April 1841 the said Edmund Herring Caddy and Mary Downing were duly sworn to the truth of this affidavit before me I Limebear Hurding Commissioner Proved at London 20th April 1841 before the Judge by the oath of Joseph Pyke the brother the sole executor to whom Admon was granted & having been first sworn by Comon duly to administer
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