10 September 1651 Will of John Pyke of Shalborne West Court, Wiltshire, gentleman (proved 9 February 1651)

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

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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