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In the Name of God Amen I Mary Pyke of London Widow being of sound and disposing Mine and Memory do make and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following Imprimis I recommend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God hoping for Pardon of all my Sins through the Merits and Mediation of my Saviour Jesus Christ My Body I committ to the Earth to be buried in Walbrooke Church in the same Grave where my late Husband now lies My Funerall to be performed by my Nephew Richard Chambers from his House in the same manner my Mother was buried the Expence whereof amounted to about Five and forty pounds And I desire to be buried at Night and that none but near Relations be invited to attend my Funerall And as to such Worldly Estate as it hath pleased God to bless me withall I give and dispose thereof as follows First I give and bequeath unto my Executors herein after named Six hundred and fifty pounds South Sea Annuity Stock In Trust that they and the Survivor of them and the Executors and Administrators of such Survivor do and shall by and out of the Interest Dividends and Produce thereof pay to my wicked and disobedient Son Benjamin Pyke the Annuity or Sum of Fifteen pounds for and during the Term of his natural life which I now pay him and which was given him by my late Husbands Will And upon Trust to pay the residue of the said Interest Dividends and Produce unto my said Son for and during his naturall Life Upon Condition that within Six Months after my Death he Executes to my Executors a Release of all Claims and Demands out of my Estate except for the said Annuity and for what I have hereby given him and from and after the decease of my said Son Then In Trust to transferr and assign the same Annuity Stock unto and among my three GrandChildren William John and Pyke Shorey equally between them Share and Share alike The Share of such of them who shall not have then attained their Age of One and twenty years to be transferred and assigned to them respectively when they shall respectively attain their said Age of One and twenty years Item I give to the said Benjamin Pyke Ten pounds for Mourning Item I give to my said Grandson William Shorey the sume of Fifty pounds to his own use for evermore I having already given my said other Grandsons the like sume Item I given and bequeath unto my said Executors Fifty pounds South Sea Annuity Stock Upon Trust that they and the Survivor of them and the Executors and Administrators of such Survivor do and shall receive the Interest and Dividends thereof as they shall become due and payable and pay the same to my Neice Mrs Jane Chambers Widow for and during the Term of her natural Life And after her decease Then In Trust to transferr the said Fifty pounds South Sea Annuity Stock unto her two Children Nicholas and Ann Chambers at his and her Age of One and twenty years or to the Survivor of them if either of them dye before his or her Age of One and twenty years And the Dividends thereof in the meantime to be applyed towards their respective Maintenance and Education Item I give to the said Nicholas and Ann Chambers the Sum of Five and twenty pounds apeice to be paid them at their respective Ages of One and twenty years And in case either of them shall dye under that Age Then my Will is that the said Legacy of him or her so dying shall be paid to the Survivor with his or her own Originall Legacy Item I give to my said Nephew Richard Chambers Twenty pounds and to his Wife my Neice Isabella Chambers Ten pounds and to their Daughters Isabella and Mary Chambers I give Twenty pounds a peice And to their Son Richard I give Ten pounds Item I give to Mrs Rebecca Lucas of Saint Edmondsbury in the County of Suffolk Widow Ten pounds for Mourning Item I give to Mary and Abigail Lucas Daughters of the said Rebecca Lucas Ten pounds each for Mourning Item I give to Mr Christopher Fowler of London Grocer Twenty pounds and to his Wife Ten pounds for Mourning Item I give to Mr Harding Tomkins of Finch Lane Cornhill London Gentleman Twenty pounds Item to my Servant which shall be living with me at my death I give Five pounds Item I give unto my said Grandson William Shorey my Silver Tea kettle and Lamp and Canisters Six Silver Tea Spoons and a pair of Silver Tongs and two large Silver Spoons I also give him my four largest Diamonds and my best Diamond Ring and my Lockett sett round with green and red stones and my Gold Watch Item I give to my said Grandson John Shorey a pair of Silver Candlesticks a silver Salver and two large Silver Spoons I also give him my Diamond Ring of Seven Stones and my Lockett sett with Pearl and Stones and four of my next largest Diamonds Item I give to my said Grandson Pyke Shorey a pair of Silver Candlesticks with the Snuffers Snuff dish and Extinguisher a Silver Salver and two silver Spoons I also give him Eight of my small Diamonds my Diamond Hoop Ring and my Diamond Buckle and my small Lockett Item I give to my said son Benjamin Pyke my Silver Coffee Pott and two Silver Spoons Item I give to the said Isabella Chambers the Daughter of my said Nephew Richard Chambers my pair of sleeping Diamond Earrings Item I give to my said Nephew Richard Chambers my Diamond Ring which was my Mothers in which is wrote the Gift of a sincere Friend or to that Effect Item I give to my said Neices Isabella and Jane Chambers all my Wearing Apparell of what sort soever equally to be divided between them Item I give my Damask Table Linnen and all other my Household Linnen to my said three Grandsons equally to be divided between them Item all the Rest and Residue of my Estate whatsoever I give devise and bequeath unto my said three Grandsons William John and Pyke Shorey their Executors and Administrators equally to be divided between them share and share alike The Share of such of them who shall not have attained their Age of One and twenty years at the time of my Death to be paid transferred and assigned to him or them respectively when he or they shall respectively attain their said Age of One and twenty years And in case the said Residue of my Estate shall not at my death be invested in South Sea Annuity Stock I hereby authorize my Executors hereinafter named in their own Names to Invest the Share thereof of such of my GrandChildren as shall not be of the Age of One and twenty years at my Death in South Sea Annuity Stock untill the same shall become payable according to the true Intent and Meaning of this my Will and I Will that the Interest Dividends and Produce thereof or of such part of them as my said Executors shall think fitt shall in the meantime be laid out paid and applied for their respective uses and Benefitts in such manner as to my said Executors shall seem meet and convenient And what part of them shall not be so laid out paid or applied I Will shall be invested in South Sea Annuity Stock to be transferred to them respectively with their Originall Shares of the said Residue of my Estate And I expressly Will and Order That in Case any or either of my said three GrandChildren shall happen to dye before he or they shall attain the Age of One and twenty years Then the Share or Shares of him or them so dying of and in the said Legacyes of Six hundred and fifty pounds South Sea Annuity Stock and of the said Residue of my Estate and of the Dividends thereof that shall be so invested as aforesaid shall be go remain and be transferred to the Survivors and Survivor of them And I do hereby declare my Will and Mind to be That my said Executors and the Survivor of them and the Executors and Administrators of such Survivor shall not be responsible for any Loss that shall or may happen to any part of my Estate without their willfull Default nor be accountable for the Act or Receipt of the other of them but each for his own Act and Receipt only But that such Loss if any shall happen shall be born and sustained by such Person and Persons to whom the same would have belonged according to the true Intent and Meaning of this my Will if no such Loss had happened and that my said Executors shall and may in the first place out of my Estate and the Stocks hereby given them in Trust satisfye and pay themselves all such Costs Charges and Disbursements as they shall be at or lay out in the Execution of this my Will or the Trusts hereby in them reposed And I hereby make ordain consititute and appoint my said Grandson William Shorey and the said Christopher Fowler and Harding Tomkins Executors of this my last Will and Testament But I hereby declare That I do not intend to release or discharge the Debt owing me by the said Christopher Fowler by my making him One of my Executors but such Debt if not paid in my Life time I reckon as part of my Estate And Lastly I hereby revoke and make void all former and other Will and Wills by me at any time heretofore made And do make publish and declare this only to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I the said Mary Pyke the Testatrix to this my last Will and Testament contained in this and the two foregoing sheets of Paper and to a Duplicate hereof have set my hand and to this last sheet my hand and seal this Nine and twentieth day of November One Thousand seven hundred and thirty five Mary Pyke Signed Sealed Published and Declared to be her last Will and Testament by the said Mary Pyke the Testatrix in the presence of us who have each of us set our Names as Witnesses hereto in the presence of the said Testatrix The Words and to a Duplicate hereof being first interlined between the last Line but one and the last Line but two Tho Buckham William Potter This Will was proved at London before the Worshipfull Thomas Walker Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right Worshipfull John Bettesworth Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted on the Second day of November in the year of Our Lord One Thousand seven hundred and Thirty six by the Oaths of William Shorey and Christopher Fowler two of the Executors named in the said Will To whom was granted Administration of all and singular the Goods Chattells and Credits of the said deceased they being first sworn duly to administer the same (Power reserved of making the like Grant to Harding Tomkins the other Executor named in the said Will when he shall apply for the same) On the twenty fifth day of June in the year of our Lord 1742 Admon with the Will annexed of the goods Chattells and Credits of the said Mary Pyke Widow deced left unadministred by William Shorey and Christopher Fowler two of the Executors named in the said Will of the said deced was granted to Martha Mallet Offredy heretofore Shorey now the Wife of John Mallet Offredy the Relict and Sole Executrix named in the said Will of the said William Shorey deced whilst ???????????????ing Executor and one of the residuary Legatees named in the said will of the said Mary Pyke deced being first sworn duly to admster Harding Tomkins the surviving Executor having been first legally ????? and intimated and not appearing
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