Source: TNA, PROB 11/220
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In the name of God Amen I John Pyke of Shalborne West Court in the County of Wilts Gentleman being sicke in body but of perfect memorie Which I praise God) Doe make this my Last Will and Testament in manner and forme following First I render and bequeath my Soule unto my Creator and direct my bodie to bee buried in Christian buriall assuredly beleeving the resurrection of the bodie and life everlastinge And for my small portion of goods and estate I doe hereby give and bequeath in manner following Imprimis I devise and bequeath unto Edmund Pyke my eldest Sonne some certaine Wooddie grounds lying within the parish of Frarie in the County of Sommersett knowne by ye name of Hicksparke which my Will is that my said Sonne shall enioy dureing the remayning tearme & estate which I have therein Item whereas by Indenture of Lease from Francis Goddard of Standen Hussey in the County of Wilts Esquire I am Lawfully possessed of Two Tenements in Cleve Piper in the said County of Wilts for the tearme of Ninety and nine yeares if three lives therein named shall happen soe long to live One of which Tenements was lately possessed by Edmund Goddard now deceased and the other Tenement in the tenure of Christian Holloway deceased now for the setlinge of my estate in the said Two Tenements I will devise and bequeath unto my Sonne Edmund Pyke all my right title and interest which I have in the said Tenement lately possessed by Edmund Goddard As for the other Tenement lately in the possession of Christian Holloway I have lately by deed conveyed the same to James Deane of OxenWood in the said County of Wilts in trust for the only use & benefitt of Margarett my wife forsoe many yeares thereof as shee shall happen to live After whose decease I give and bequeath unto my Edmund Pyke ^ when hee ^ all my remayning Estate shall attaine to the age of Three and Twentie yeares all my tearme title interest and estate in whatsoever of in and to the my farme of Shalborne West Court excepting out of the same Farme the ground lately enclosed sayd Tenement Item I give upon Shalborne Cowdowne knowne by the name of the new Inclosure adioyning unto Fosburn unto my sonne John Pike Cow Downe And if my Sonne John Pyke shall happen to live to enioy my said farme according to my Will Then my Farther will and meaning is that hee shall pay and discharge all rents Taxes Conribucons and payments whatsoever as well for the new Inclosure hereby excepted out of the said farme and for the other greater part which I have hereby devised unto him But if it shall happen that my Sonne John Pyke shall dye before hee attaine to the age of Three and Twenty yeares Then my Will and meaning is that all my estate and interest in the same farme hereby devised to my Sonne John shall passe and remayne to my sonne Edmund Pike in as full and ample manner and att the same tyme as I have hereby directed my Sonne John to enioy the same Item I give and bequeath unto my Sonne Thomas Pyke all my tearme estate and interest in the new Inclosure on Shalborne Downe which I have hereby excepted out of my Farme in Shalborne aforesaid to bee possessed by him when hee shall attaine to the age of Twentie and two yeares But if my Sonne Thomas shall dye before that tyme then my true will is and I doe give and bequeath unto my Sonne Edmund Pyke all my remayning tearme interest and estate of the said new Inclosure Item I give unto my Daughter Elizabeth Pyke if shee doth marrie with the consent of my Executors hereafter named the full Sume of Foure hundred pounds to bee payd unto her att the day of her marriage or when shee shall attayne to the age of One and Twentie yeares And in the meanetyme my Willis that shee shall have the profitts of the same for her present mainteynance But if shee happen to r???e her owne course and marry without the Free consent of my Executors then my Will is that shee shall have only ye Sume of Five poundes and the rest of her said portion shall bee payd to her Brother Edmund Pyke Item I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Elenor the Sume of Two Hundred and Fiftie poundes to bee payd unto her att the same tyme of her age and mariage with the same Lymittacons and conditions as I have formelie devised Fower Hundred poundes to my Daughter Elizabeth Pyke I doe will and direct the portion my Daughter Ellenor to bee raysed out of my stocke of goods and Chattells and Corne And if that should not fully effect the same Then I will that it shall be made up and raysed out of the profitts which my Executors shall receive out of the Farme of Shalborne West Court after my daughter Elizabeths portion is fully raysed and my Sonne Thomas Pyke is placed abrode to some calling Item my Will is that after my daughter Elizabeths portion is raysed my daughter Ellenor and my Sonne Thomas placed abroade to some calling that then my will is that my daughtr Elizabeth Pyke shall receive the profitts of the farme of Shalborne West Court for Two yeares and after the expiracon of the Two yeares my will is that my Sonne Thomas Pike shall Inioy the profitts of the same farme untill my Sonne John Pike shall attaine to the age of Three and twentie yeares before menconed and expressed And if my two daughtrs or either of them shall happen to dye before the full tymes of receipts of their severall portions as aforesaid Then I will and direct their said portions unto my Sonne Edmund Pyke Item I give unto my Wife Margarett One Coppice in Cleve Piper knowne by the name of Cleves Wood for soe manie yeares as shee shall remaine a Widdow and afterwards I doe give and bequeath my remayning Tearme and estate unto my Sonne Edmund Pyke Item I give unto my wife Margarett one moyetie of all my Corne in my possession on my Farme of Shalborne together with my Swine and Poultrey aboute my Backeside which I direct unto her for her more comfortable beginning of housekeeping after my death and for her better subsistance dureing her Widdowhood I doe hereby Will unto her the full and free use of my Household stuffe furniture and goods which after her widdowhood I doe hereby direct to my Sonne John Item I doe hereby constitute ordaine and make ^ my brother in Law and Thomas Pyke ^ Edmond Pike my brother James of R???scombe my Cozen to bee the full and absolute Executors of this my Last will and Testament Deane my fahter in law Francis Inioyning my said wife and Children to bee wholie directed and disposed by my said Executors In Piggott my kinseman John Deane wittnes hereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale this Tenth day of September Annoq Domini one thousand six hundred fiftie one ????e John Pyke Sealed signed published and Declared by the said John Pyke to bee his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us William Collyer Leonard Pigott This Will was proved att London before the Right Worshipfull Sir Nathaniell Brent Knight Doctor of Lawes Mr or Keeper of the Prerogative Court the Nineth day of February in the yeare of our Lord God according to the Computatcon of the Church of England one thousand six hundred fiftie and one by the oaths of Edmund Pyke James Deane Francis Piggott John Deane and Thomas Pyke Executors named in the said Will To whome Administracon was committed of all and singuler ye goods chattells and Debts of the said Deceased which any manner of ways concerne the said Will They being first Legally sworne by vertue of a Commission in that behalfe well and truely to administer the same
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