Source: TNA, PROB 11/1848
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I Jane Farley Pyke Widow being in full possession of all my faculties do on this day 12 of May 1834 make this my last Will and Testament revoking all former Wills whatever my Soul I humbly commit to the mercy of my God fully relying on the attonement of this blessed Son for miserable Sinners and for my Earthly remains and carrying the other bequests of this my Will into full effect I appoint Mr Vernon of Appledore acting Executor bearing him harmless as to expence and with a remembrance of five pounds to purchase a ring first my funeral expences I Jane Farley Pyke request to be buried at Northam in the same Grave with my lamented husband very early in the Morning so as the Funeral to be perfectly private I should like as early as seven o'Clock with only the Hearse and one Mourning Coach six por Men of Northam or Appledore to take the body from the Hearse to the Church and then to the Grave To have a half sovereign each no Gloves or hatbands The Clergyman of Northam two sovereigns no Golves or hatband The Clergyman of Torrington the same sum no Gloves or hatband The Clerks and Sexons of each Parish five shillings each no Gloves or hatbands By my Deed of Marriage Settlement my Paternal fortune was vested in this manner that during my husband and my joint lives we might exchange or use any part of the money making it accountable for at my death to be divided between my surviving Children with this clause that and Child or Children which died before me their share became at my absolute disposal having had the misfortune of burying a Son and a daughter I now make by this my Will a disposal of these shares my Funeral expences and just debts to be paid out of the general Stock before any division takes place Servants Mourning to be ordered by my daughter Elizth Pyke my Executor is to see all these bills fully paid and then the Property which is as follows divided into six parts Estates in Chudleigh Lake in Woodland Parish | Wesecott and Pauls in Albington & Abbotsham | These Estates were purchased by purchased by Transfer of Property sold at Chudleight also L1000 for the purchase of a field the Land and building the House at Appledore L???? money in the funds my Daughter Ann Pykes share I give to my Son Joseph Pyke to him and his heirs for ever To my Daughter Elizabeth Pyke I give my Son Samuel Pykes share to her and her heirs for ever The only reason omitting the names of my Son John Pyke is my having given up to him a share of Leasehold Property value about 400 and not dividing my daughter Ann Pykes share with her Sister Jane Farley husband is the bequest of a legacy from Mrs Milles and money advanced to the said Jane Farley Husband for debts ? which sums would be more then dividing Anns share with her Sister Elizth Pyke The remembrances of affection I wish to leave are as follows to be paid jointly by my Son Joseph Pyke and my Daughter Elizth Pyke out of my Legacy to them To my Daughter Jane Farley Husband twenty pounds to my Daughter Caroline Pyke twenty pounds to Emily Stafford if my Son Joseph Pykes Wife twenty pounds to my Grand Children Elizth Husband Charlotte Husband James Husband William Husband Caroline Pyke and Ann Pyke five pounds each To my old Servant Mary ten pound and my cloaths Mr John Pykes property undivided is five fields at Appledore 800 in the Funds Money for the Sale of Cappel Park and a Seat in Biddeford Church The Plate linen and furniture of this house belongs to Joseph Pyke and Elizth Pyke share and share alike and all the books except those particularly marked in Elizth Pykes name which has been yearly bought and given her the furniture &c was given by Mr J Pykes to the dicretion & disposal of the Trustees Adml Wickey Mr Furse and myself my Son John gave up all claim on it so it was given after my death to Joseph Pyke Elizth Pyke and Jane Husbands who when she was going to India with her husband wanted money it was therefore all valued and Joseph Pyke and Elizth Pyke united and purchased Mrs Husbands share and paid her Husband the money for it Signed by me Jane Pyke LS in the presence of the Witnesses Mary Downing Hannah Bowden Ann Dart If my Daughter Jane Husbands repays before my death L150 advanced to her then I give her as a Legacy one hundred and fifty pounds out of of my Daughter Elizth Pykes share But not else Jane Pyke Appeared Personally Mary Downing of Great Torrington in the County of Devon Spinster Charles William Johnson of Torrington Gentleman and William Callon the younger of Bideford in the said County Gentleman and severall made oath as follows and first the said Mary Downing for herself made oath that she is one of the subscribed Witnesses to the last Will and Testament of Jane Farley Pyke formerly of Appledore in the Parish of Northam in the County of Devon but late of Great Torrington in the same County Widow now hereunto annexed and well remembers that on the twelfth day of May one thousand eight hundred and thirty four being the day of the date thereof she attended at the house of the late Jane Farley Pyke and at the request of the said deceased for the purpose of attesting the execution of the said Will and having now particularly observed the words and marks appearing at the foot of the said Will to wit Signed by me Jane Pyke in the presence of she further said that nothing particular passed between the deceased and the subscribed Witnesses relative to the obliteration And the said Charles William Johnson and William Callon the Younger for themselves jointly made oath that they knew and were well acquainted with the said Deceased for several years before and down to the time of her decease and during that time have frequently seen her write and also write and subscribe her name and having now carefully viewed and inspected the said Will and also the Codicil at the foot thereof the said Codicil being contained in the words following to wit If my Daughter Jane Husbands repays before my death L150 advanced to Her Then I give her as a Legacy one hundred and fifty pounds out of of my Daughter Elizth Pykes share But not else and thus subscribed Jane Pyke and having also observed the figure 1 between the words 'Northam' and 'two' in the twenty sixth line of the first side the interlineation of the words "or Children" and also the words "before me" between the sixth and seventh lines of the second side the word "Stock" and also the word "any" written upon an erazure in the thirteenth line of the same side the figures "1400" struck through in the twenty fifth line of the same side and the figures "900" written over the same the word "not" interlined between the third and fourth line of the third side of the said Will the words "out of my legacy to them appearing to have been interlined in the fifteenth line of the same side and the word "Share" appearing to have been written on an erazure in the fifteenth line of the fourth side of the said Will they these Deponents say they do verily and in their consciences believe the whole body series and contents of the said Codicil and the said recited subscription thereto and the said alterations Interlineations and Erazures in the said Will to be of the proper handwriting of the said Deceased Mary Downing Charles William Johnson On the twenty second day of June one thousand eight hundred and thirty five the said Mary Downing and Charles Wiliam Johnson were duly sworn to the truth of this Affidavit before me Thos H V Mill Commissioner Wm Callon Jun On the twenty second day of June one thousand eight hundred and thirty five the said William Callon the Younger was duly sworn to the truth of this Affidavit before me Thos H V Mill Commissioner Proved at London with a Codicil 29th June 1835 before the Judge by the oath of Richard Vernon the sole Executor to whom Administration was granted having been first sworn by Commission duly to Administer
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