19 August 1747 Will of John Pyke of the Winchelsea Privateer, Mariner (proved 02 February 1747)

The original will can be obtained online from The National Archives.

Source: TNA, PROB 11/760

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In the Name of God Amen
I John Pyke late belonging to the Winchelsea Privateer Mariner being 
of Sound and disposing mind and Memory do hereby make this my last
Will and Testament first and Principally I commend my Soul into the hands
of Almighty God hoping for Remission of all my Sins through the Meritts
of Jesus Christ my blessed Saviour and Redeemer and my Body to the Earth
or Sea as it shall please God and as for such Worldly Estate and Effects
which I shall be possessed of or intituled unto at the time of my decease I
give and bequeath the same as followeth that is to say unto my Kinsman
Stephen Pyke of Sheffield Street in the parish of Saint Clement James in the
County of Middlesex Grocer I give and bequeath all moneys that are or
hereafter may become due and owing from the owners and Managers of the
said Ship Winchelsea and I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint
the said Stephen Pyke Executor of this my last Will and Testament and I do
give and bequeath unto my said Executor all the rest and residue of my
Estate whatsoever both real and personal hereby revoking and making void
all other and former Wills by me heretofore made and do declare this to 
be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set
my hand and seal this nineteenth day of August in the year of our Lord
one thousand seven hundred and forty seven and in the Twenty first year
of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Second by the Grace of God
of Great Britain France and Ireland King defender of the faith John Pyke
Signed Sealed Published and declared by the said Testator as and for his
last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have hereunto Subscribed
our names as Witnesses in the presence of the said Testator Wm Morgan
Lewis Way

This Will was proved at London before the Worshipfull Robert
Chapman Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right Worshipful John Bettesworth
also Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court
of Canterbury lawfully Constituted on the second day of February in the year
of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty seven by the Oath of Stephen
Pyke the Sole Executor named in the said Will to whom adminstration
was granted of all and Singular the Goods Chattells and Creditts of the

said deceased being first Sworn duly to administer

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