Source: TNA, PROB 11/850
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The Last Will and Testment of John Pyke of Clare Street Grocer I give and bequeath to my Nephew Thorpe Pyke One hundred pounds and I do leave him the Shop I live in without any Good Will he paying my Daughter 32 pounds a year and keep it in repair three Months after my decease if he Choose to have it with all the fixtures and all the Canisters Counter Weights and Scales and the Stock to be Appraised by Mr Pickering and any other Person he shall choose Provided he can raise the Money or give good Security for the said Stock I give to my Sister Mary Tanner One hundred pounds I give to my Sister Eliz Talman Fifty Pounds to my Neice Eliz Burnthwaite Fifty Pounds to my Neice Eliz Taylor 50 Pounds to my Nephew John Talman 50 Pounds I give to Edwd Leeck twenty Pounds with all my wearing apparel Except Linnen I give to my God Son John Jones of Theobalds Row twenty Pounds to be paid to his Father Owen Jones to keep it for his Sons use till he omes to the age of 21 [I give to the Charity School of Saint Clements Dames] <-- [crossed out] [to be paid to the Trustees for the time being] should like to be Buried with my late Dear Wife at Embrton in the same manner as She was Except Linnen All the remainder of my Estate whatever I leave and give to my dearly beloved Daughter Eliz Thorp Pyke And do Appoint her my Sole Executrix And I do desire Mr John Peel of Hampton my Brother in Law Mr John Aldridge and Mr Jos Burnthwait Linnen Draper Trustees to my Will and do give twenty Pounds apeice to each of them and desire they will receive All the Money as will be raised by my Stock in Trade and lay it out in the Government Securities as they or the Major part of them shall think proper for the use of my Daughter and that She may have the Interest of it till she comes to the age 21 but would not have her have the Principal till that time Except She Marrys with the consent of the Trustees or the Major part of them but if my said Daughter should dye before the Leases of my Houses in Clare Street and Clare Market of the Duke of Newcastle Expires without a Child then I give them to my Nephew Thorpe Pyke as I do give him my Estate at Muzley in Bucks if She dyes without a Child or Children but not otherwise and if Edward Leeck should quit my Service before my decease then his Legacy shall be void and non Effect I give to my Nephew Thorpe Pyke my Gold Watch and Silver Spurrs And all my Goods in the East India Companys Warehouse I would have Sold by Mr Wm James Gambier Broker in the best manner he can and pay the Money to my said Trustees or either one of them and account for them to the other two Trustees As Witness my hand this 15 Sept 1757 Jn Pyke P.S. I would have all my just debts paid in three Months and the Legacys after my decease I give to my Nephew John Talman All my Shirts Neckcloths and Stocks and Handkerchiefs and Shoes I give to my Servant Ann Brittain Ten Pounds if She lives with me at my decease but not otherwise 15th October 1759 On Which day Appeared Personally John Thorp of the Parish of Saint Clement Danes in the County of Middlesex Poulterer and Stephen Pyke of the same Parish Grocer and being Sworn on the Holy Evangelists to depose the truth made Oath that they knew and were very well acquainted with John Pyke late of the same parish deceased for severall years before and to the time of his Death which happened on or about the twenty eighth day of September last past and also with his manner and Character of hand writing and Subscription having often seen him write and Subscribe his name to Writings and both these Deponents having now seen and carefully perused the Paper Writing hereunto annexed purporting to be the last Will and Testament of the said deceased beginning thus The last Will and Testament of John Pyke of Clare Street Grocer And ending thus As Witness my hand this 15 Septr 1757 and thus Subscribed Jn Pyke And also the postscript wrote at the foot or bottom of the said Will beginning thus P.S. I would have all my just debts paid in three Months and the Legacys after my decase and ending thus I give to my Servant Ann Brittain Ten Pounds if She lives with me at my decease but not otherwise They threse Deponents do verily and in their Consciencies believe the said Will and also the Postscript wrote at the Foot or bottom thereof and beginning and Ending as aforesaid And also the Name Jn Pyke set and Subscribed to the said Will as aforesaid to have been totally wrote and Subscribed by and with the proper hand of thim the said John Pyke deceased Then Appeared Personally Joseph Burnthwaite of the same parish Linnen Draper and made Oath that the Deponent was on the day the said deceased dyed at his the said deceaseds House in Clare Street in the said Parish and was present when the said deceaseds Wills was first found after his the said deceaseds death And that the Legacy or sum of 60 given therein to the Charity School of Saint Clement Danes aforesaid Appeared at that time to have been struck through or obliterated in manner as it now appeareth And the said Will is now in the same Plight and Condition as it was when found in manner aforesaid John Thorp Stephen Pyke Jos Burnthwaite same Day the said John Thorp Stephen Pyke and Joseph Burnthwaite were sworn to the truth of the Premisses before me Geo Harris Surrogate Present Edwd Goodwin Notary Publick This Will was proved at London the twenty fourth day of October in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and Fifty nine before the Worshipfull George Harris Doctor of Laws and Surrogate of the Right Worshipfull Edward Simpson also Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oath Elizabeht Thorp Pyke Spinster the Daughter of the deceased and Sole Executrix named in the said Will to whom Administration was granted of all and singular the Goods Chattles and Credits of the said deceased having been first sworn duly to adminsiter
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