Source: TNA, PROB 11/553
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 Henry Pyke now servant to William Guidott Esquire being indisposed in my health But nevertheless of perfect minde memory and understanding for which I humbly thank Almighty God Doe make and ordaine this to be my last Will and Testament and dispose of such Estate as God almighty hath been pleased to bless me withall in manner as followeth Imprimis I give to my dear Mother Amy Pyke of Aldermaston Widow the sume of Ten pounds to be paid her within six Months after my death Item I give to my brothers Edward Pyke John Pyke William Pyke Simon Pyke and Thomas Pyke the sume of Five Pounds apeice to be paid to each of them within six months after my death Item I give to my Sister in Law Pyke widow of my brother James Pyke a Ring of the value of Twenty shillings I give to Mrs Conley who waites on my masters Lady a Ring of the value of Twenty shillings I alsoe give to Mrs Mary Bolt a Ring of the value of Twenty shillings all the rest and reside of my Goods Chattells and Personall Estate whatsoever and wheresoever after payment of my debts and Legacys hereby bequeathed I give and bequeath unto my dear and loving Wife Elizabeth Pyke whom I make sole Executrix and Residuary Legatee of this my last Will and Testament and desire shele take care to bury me decently at Aldermaston where I was borne In Witness whereof I the said Henry Pyke to this my last Will and Testament have sett my hand and seale this One and Twentith day of April In the year of our Lord one Thousand seven hundred and sixteene. The marke of Henry Pyke Signed sealed published and declared by the said Henry Pyke as and for his last Will and Testament in the prsence of us who at his request and in his presence have subscribed our names as Witnesses ?om Benfeild Bartholomew Pitts J Widmore Probatum fuit [this paragraph continues in Latin to grant probate on 14 July 1716] decimo quarto die mensis Julii Anno Domini Millesimo Septingentesimo decimo sexto [to] Elizabetha Pyke Relicta
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