Source: TNA, PROB 11/251
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 Francis Pyke of Crewkerne in the County of Somersett gentleman beinge sick of body but of perfect minde and memory (praysed bee god) revoakinge all former wills by mee made doe make and ordaine this to bee my last will and Testamt as Followeth First I give and bequeath my Soule into the hands of Allmighty God my Creator and redeemer hopeinge by the merritts of Jesus Christ to live with him in eternall Joy and happines And my body to Christian buriall Alsoe I give the Land I bought of Mrs Hoskins unto my Sonne Francis Pyke to bee enioyed by him when hee comes to bee of the age of one and twenty yeares in the meanetyme Ruth the mother of the Sayd Francis is to holde and enioy the Same and the proffitts thereof And after hee shall accomp lish the Sayd age of one and twenty yeares hee the Sayd Francis the Sonn payeinge or alloweinge his Sayd mother the thirds of the Same Lands dureinge her life And my will is if my Sonne Francis Pyke doe depart this life before hee shall accomplish the age of one and twenty yeares That the Sayd Lands Shall remaine and bee to John Pyke my Second Sonne to bee enioyed by him when hee Shall accomplish the age of one and twenty yeares And if it Shall happen the Sayd John Shall depart this life before hee accomplish the age of one and twenty yeares Then to remaine to the Sayd Sisters of the Sayd Francis and John equall to bee devided betweene them Nevertheles Ruth their Sayd mother enioyeinge the Sayd Lands till the Sayd John Shall accomplish his Sayd age And if it Shall happen the Sayd Francis Pyke and John Pyke or either of them doe and shall accomplish the Sayd age of one and twenty yeares and depart this life without issue Then the Sayd Lands to remaine and bee as aforesayd Alsoe I give and bequeath unto my Sonne John Pyke all the Lands I bought of Master Owsley and Clement Casewell and every part and parcell thereof to bee enioyed by him when hee shall accomplish the age of one and twenty yeares on the Same Condicons as above is expressed which is if hee dye without issue to remaine to the Sayd Francis the Sonne Alsoe I give and bequeath unto my Sonne John Fifty pounds of lawfull English money to bee payd unto him by my executor when hee Shall accomplish the age of one and twenty yeares if hee dye before to bee devided betweene the Sisters then liveing Alsoe I give unto my daughter Sarah Pyke the Somme of one hundred pounds of lawfull English monie to bee payd unto her at her day of marriage or when Shee shall accomplish the age of Seaventeene yeares Provided Shee marry by the Consent of her mother and the Overseers in trust of this my will And if shee shall happen to depart this life remarried Then the Sayd hundred pounds to remaine to her two other Sisters Ruth and Elizabeth equally to bee devided betwee ne them Alsoe I give unto my daughters Ruth and Elizabeth one hundred pounds a peece of lawfull English monie to bee payd unto them by my executor at the day of their marriage or when they the Sayd Ruth and Elizabeth Shall accom plish the age of Fifteene yeares And if it Shall happen that either of them shall depart this life before marriage or shall accomplish the Sayd age of Seaventeene yeares Then the portion of Such daughter or daughter soe dyeinge shall remaine to the survivor or survivors of them equally to bee devided betweene the Sayd daughter or daughters Alsoe I give unto my mother Forty shillings a yeare as longe as shee liveth to bee payd tenn shillings a quarter accordinge to the Limittacon hereafter expressed All the rest of my goods not herein given and be- queathed I give and bequeath unto my wife Ruth Ryke whom I make my whole and Sole executrix of this my last will and Testament And I doe desire my welbeloved Freinds William Millard and John Cossins to bee my Overseers in trust of this my Last will and Testament to See it performed And for their paines therein I give unto the Sayd William Millard my gray Colt and to John Cossins my ???? guildinge And further my will is that none of my householdgoods bee altered householdstuffe implements of household bee altered or imbesselled by my executrix but that shee shall enioy it dureinge such time as shall remaine in my name and my widdowe And if it shall happen my executrix shall marry such man as shee shall marry before his Sayd marriage hee shall give a bond with two other Sufficient men as Security to my Overseers such men as they shall like of in which hee and they shalbee bounded not to alter or imbessell any of the Sayd householdstuffe or goods which if hee refuse to doe Then the power wholy to lye in the power of my Overseers to take the goods into their Custody to bee disposed of as followeth That is to Say after the death of their Sayd mother if in Case such bond and Security bee given that my Sonne Francis shall have the halfendeale of my Sayd goods and householdstuffe and the rest to bee devided equally between my children In witnes whereof I have hereunto Sett my hand and Seale The one and twentith day of May in the yeare of our Lord god one thousand Six hundred fifty and five Francis Pyke Witnesses hereunto Richard Lincoln Thomas Freke William Serrey This will was proved at London the 10th day of November in the yeare of our Lord god one thousand Six hundred fifty and fyve before the Judges for probate of wills and grantinge Administracon Lawfully authorized by the oath of Ruth Pyke the relict of the sayd deceased and Sole executrix named in this Last will and Testament of the Sayd deceased To whom was Committed Administration of all and Singuler the goods Chattles and debts of the Sayd Francis Pyke late of Crewkerne in the County of Somersett gentleman deceased Shee the Sayd Ruth Pyke the relict and executrix beinge first Sworne in due forme of lawe by vertue of a Commission well and truely to Administer the Same
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