Source: TNA, PROB 11/903
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In the Name of God Amen the ninth day of May in the year of our Lord 1742 I Humphry Pyke of Tawton Bishop in the County of Devon Limeburner being but weak and infirme of body but of sound and perfect Memory and understanding do hereby revokeing all former Will or Wills by me heretofore made do make and ordain this to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following to wit first I Resign my Soul to Almighty God and my body to decent and Christian Burial and as for such Temporal Goods and Effects which God of his Bounty and Mercy hath bestowed upon me I do Give devise and dispose of the same in maner as followeth I do hereby Give Grant and confirm unto my dearly beloved Wife Elizabeth Pyke whom I do also nominate ordain and apoint sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament in case she remain a Widow during her life that Estate called Bearne lying with this parish and my Interest therein so long continue and if in case she should happen to Marry that then my said wife shall be payd ten pounds a year out of the aforesaid Estate called Bearne and the Remainder of the profits of the said Estate to my son George Pyke I do hereby Give unto my Son Robert Isaac Pyke the sum of five shillings I do hereby Give and Grant to my son George Pyke ye Right of his life in the aforesaid Estate called Bearne after my wifes decease I give and devise and confirm to my son John Pyke after the Death of his Mother the Dwelling House wherein I now live and two other Houses with the ???e???s and on which ye lives being coppyhold Estate I Give and devise the same to him at such time as he shall attain the Age of one and twenty years and as my two sons Robert Isaac Pyke and George Pyke Lives are upon the said copy I do hereby oblige them to surrender their lives under the penalty of twenty pounds each In witness whereof to this my present last Will and Testament I have set my hand and Seal the day and year above written Humphry Pike sealed signed and published to be my last Will and Testament in the presence of us Margaret Smallridge The Mark of Mary Woodcock John Ley This Will was proved at London on the thirty first day of October in the Year of our Lord One thousand seven Hundred and Sixty four before the Right Worshipful George Hay Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oath of Elizabeth Pyke Widow the Relict of the said deceased and sole Executrix named in the said Will To whom administration was granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and credits of the said deceased having been first sworn duly to administer
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