Source: TNA, PROB 11/1082
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This is the last Will and Testament of me John Pyke Clerk Rector of the Parish of Sandwich in the Isle of Purbeck in the County of Dorset made and published this seventeenth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand seven Hundred and Eighty one as followeth First I Give and devise all that my Moiety or half Part of all that Freehold Estate and Lands with its Appurtenances situate lying and being at Marnhall in the said County of Dorset unto my Sister Elizabeth the Wife of John Jacob Bennet and to her Assigns and and during the Term of her natural Life and from and immediately after her Decease I Give and devise the same Moiety or half Part of the said Estate and Lands with its Appurtenance unto Patty Bennet the youngest Daughter of my said Sister Elizabeth Bennet To have and to hold the same unto her the said Patty Bennet and unto her Heirs and Assigns for ever I Give devise and Bequeath unto my said Sister Elizabeth Bennet and also unto my Neices Sally the Wife of Edward Parker and Dolly the wife of John Pitt All those my several and respective Leasehold Estates or Livings with all and singular the Rights Members Priviledges Advantages and Appurtenances to the same belonging or in any wise appertaining situate lying and being in the Manor of Ramdridge in the County of Hants or elsewhere to have and to hold the same and every Part thereof unto them the said Elizabeth Bennet Sally Parker and Dolly Pitt their Executors Administrators and Assigns for and during all the rest residue and remainder of all such Term and Terms of years and other Estate and Estates as shall or may be severally to come therein at my decease I Give and bequeath unto my Goddaughter Sally the Daughter of my said Neice Sally Parker twenty Pounds I Give and bequeath unto my Godson the Son of John and Mary Keynton Five Pounds I Give and Bequeath unto Polly the Daughter of my late Nephew John Pyke at her age of twenty one years twenty Pounds But in case she dies before that age then I Give and Bequeath the said twenty Pounds unto Dolly Pitt one of my Executrixes hereinafter named I Give and Bequeath unto John Pyke eldest Son of my said late Nephew John Pyke twenty Pounds and also my Gold Watch I Give and Bequeath unto the Revd Mr Jones my Curate twenty Pounds I Give and Bequeath unto each of my Servants that have lived with me one year before my Decease and shall be living with me at my Death Five Pounds I Give and Bequeath unto my old Servant Mary Tedbury the further Sum of five Pounds I Give and Bequeath unto Joseph Ralls and his Wife Five Pounds apiece and unto Gerrard and Joseph their Sons four Pounds apiece all and singular which before mentioned Legacies except that to Polly Pyke I direct to be paid to my respective Legatees at the end of twelve Months after my Decease I Give to the Poor of the said Parish of Sandwich five Pounds to be distributed amongst them in such manner as to my Executrixes shall seem meet Lastly all my Houshold Goods and Furniture Plate Linen China Ready Money and Securities for Money together with all the rest residue and remainder of my real and personal Estate and Effects of every Nature and Kind soever or wheresoever I Give devise and bequeath unto them the said Elizabeth Bennet Sally Parker and Dolly Pitt their Heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns for ever equally betweent hem chargeable Nevertheless And I do hereby charge the same and also all other my Estate and Effects with the Payment of all my just Debts Legacies and Funeral Expences and I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint them the said Elizabeth Bennet and Sally Parker and Dolly Pitt my said Neices joint Executrixes of this my said last Will and Testament And I do hereby revoke all former Will and Wills by me at any time or times heretofore made In Witness whereof I the said Testator John Pyke have to this my last Will and Testament set my Hand and Seal the said seventeenth day of January one thousand seven Hundred and Eighty one John Pyke Signed sealed and and delivered published and declared by the said Testator John Pyke as and for his last Will and Testament in the Presence of us who at his request in his Presence and in the Presence of each other have subscribed our Names as Witnesses (the Words Dolly Pitt one of and the Word and being first interlined) Tho Bartlett William Little William Curtis This Will was proved at London the twenty fourth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven Hundred and Eighty one before the Worshipful Thomas Bever Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right Worshipful Peter Calvert Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oaths of Sally Parker (Wife of Edward Parker and Dolly Pitt (Wife of John Pitt) two of the Executrixes named in the said Will to whom Administration was granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the deceased having been first sworn duly to adminsiter Elizabeth Bennett (Wife of John Jacob Bennett) the other Executrix named in the said Will having first renounced the Execution thereof
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