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 my beginynge god be my speede to such as be my Frendes and kinsfolkes and others that have neade Amen In the name of god and Amen of this my last will and testamente made by me Joachim Pyke of London grosser being at this present in good healthe and perfect memorye thankes be given to god for the same and to continewe the same to his good will and pleasure First I committ my soule into the handes of Almightie god assuringe my selfe that by the deathe of my saviour Jesus xpte I am redeemed, and pardoned, at this presente and shalbe all my synnes and offences the which is my hartie desire as godes hand and of the whole worlde forgivenes to my lives end as I doe hartelie forgive all the worlde by gods infenite mercye I assure my selfe I am saved and redeemed to his glorye amen First my bodie I commit to the grounde within the churchyarde of St Mathewes in frydaye streate neare to Cheepside And for my worldlye goodes I give and bequeathe my welbeloved wife Margaret Pike the custome of the Cittye of London that is the thirde of my whole estate and all the rest that dothe remayne of all theise my Legaceys that here I have given my debtes beinge payed the which I trust in god doth amounte unto in the whole in good debts to ????owtie parte ? Thowsande markes all debtes legaceys funerall and all matters dischardged at the ?est I hope This my will is that my wife Margarett Pyke and John Basegrave my cosen to be my Executors and I doe appoynte to be my overseers my cosen Mr Randall Manninge and my Mr that was Mr Willm Harrye grocer my very good Freindes to see theise my legaceys performed I doe give unto my cosen John Bossgrave my other Executor fiftie poundes to be payed within three monethes after my departinge more I doe give unto tenn poore men ether of them a gowne of twentie shillings ???? a peece and five poundes doe give to diverse poore people that dwelleth with owte the Liberties more I doe give twentye shillinges to the poorer at my buryall More I doe give unto the towne of Renhall one hundered poundes to be payed forth for fortie yeares after the ?ate of Statute for tenn poundes which tenn poundes is to be given to ??scholemaster for towardes his maynetennce for the teachinge and scholinge of poore mens childeren of that towne of Renhall the which I doe chardge my overssers and the churchwardens of the parish of Renhall to take good securitie ?? my wife that yt maye be performed and after that fortie yeares is expired then that hundered poundes to be repayed in whose handes soe ever ?? is in to the church wardens of Renhall for to mende the churche of Renhall and whosoever payeth yt them in I would entreate him to take ???des of those churchwardens that yt may be soe bestowed I give to the childeren five poundes of Christes hospitall for that they maye goe with me to church at my buryall of my bodie thether and my bodie to bee buryed in St Mathewes churchyarde ever in the place that my brother Willm Pike weare buryed in frydaye streate the which was in thee churchyarde and there my bodie to be layed alsoe and on my grave I woulde have a great freise stone boughte for to make a Tomme with ??? and to be underlayed with Brickes abought somme yarde ??ghe and it to stand over the place where wee lye I doe give five poundes for to doe yt withall and yt to be done within three monethes after my deathe more I doe five poundes to that church stocke in condicion they they will suffer that to be done or els not the whcih five poundes I doe will my wife to see yt payed them within three monethes I doe give Mr Prest the minister to that church fortie shillinges and he to make a sermon for me at my buryall I doe give to the minister and the clarke of the parishe where I doe dwell tenn shillinges a peece and more my will is tenn poundes I doe give to have yt bestowed on a Bankett amongest my good Freindes and neighbours and more if my wife be with childe if yt pleaseth god to suffer her to be safe delivered and if yt be a boye I doe give her one hundered and fiftie poundes and yt to be payed the childe at one and twentye yeares of age and if yt be a maide childe then it to have one hundered poundes and yt to be payed at her daye of marriage I doe give my brother Harye Dods thre yardes of black cloth for to make him a cloake and my mother dods thre yardes and my sister Katherine Dods thre yardes Alsoe of sixtene shillinges the yarde and I doe give to my cosen Willm Clarke ot Renhall three yardes of blacke Cloth and my cosen John Clarke of Mars?? other three yardes one this condition that they be both at London to weare them at my funerall or els not to be given them and the price of that to be of sixteene shillinges a yarde and my cosen Margaret Lowe thre yardes halfe to her a gowne and tenn poundes in money and my cosen Rose Lowe three yardes alsoe of sixteene shillinges a yarde and more in money fortye poundes to be payed her at her marriage daye Alsoe I doe give to my cosen Mrs Ards as much clothe as will make her a gowne of xxi ? if shee be here alsoe or els not I doe give to the poore of Renhall tenn poundes and yt to be payed in tenn yeares twentie shillinges a yeare till that tenn poundes is payed I doe give to the poore of St Peters in Bedford five pounds to be payed by tenn shillinges a yeare tell this five poundes be payed and more I doe give to my uncle Robert Clarker the somme of three poundes ? a yeare for soe longe as he liveth besides the newytie of fower poundes that I am bound for to paye him yearely as appeareth by obligacon soe my will is that he is to have in all seaven poundes of my Executors my wife and to my man Richad and to John and to my mayde that tis with me a gowne cloth and other two servanntes each of them a cloake cloth of twelve shillinges the yarde and blacke Jerken and hose alsoe Alsoe I doe give to my cosen John Bosegrave his sonne John the somme of fiftie poundes the which fiftie poundes to be payed at this beynge of one and twentie yeares of age if he be lyvinge then doe I give unto the reste of his childeren that ?? lawfullie begotten of his owne bodye and soe be equallie devided amongest them and alsoe I doe give to my overseers One Randall Manninge and Mr Willm Harrye ech of them and my Executor John Bosegrave ech of them as much cloth as will make three gownes at twentye shillinges a yarde and ech of them alsoe fortie shillinges a peece for to make ech of them a ringe for to weare for me theise my Legaceys I doe binde and charge my welbeloved wife my Executrix and my overseers alsoe for to see them all performed within one yeare after my buriall of a child that I made mencion of in my wiffs wombe if she hath not anie then doe I give it to my wife Margaret Pike soe I praye to god to blesse her and to send her well to doe to her comforte and joy soe longe as she doth live Thus leaving my selfe to the Lorde his good will and pleasure This my last will and testamente being made the thirteenth ?? one thowsand five hundered ninetie seaven and in the nine and thirtith yeare of the raigne queenes maiesties Raigne that nowe as I pray you good wife and cosen Bosegrave that theise my legaceys be performed effectuallye in Kindnes toegether this my last will beinge made in my good and perfecte memory I doe give my god prayse for yt and this my will beinge written all with my owne hande and sealed with my owne seale eaven the thirtenth daye of August one thowsand five hundered nintie seaven and heare desiring of god to receyve my soule to his glory and his everlastinge kingdome Amen By me Joachim Pyke of London grocer Probatum fuit [this paragraph continues in Latin to grant probate on 27 September 1597] vicesimo sexto die mensis Septembris Anno Dni Millesimo quingentesimo nonagesimo Septimo [to] Margarete Pyke relicte
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