Source: TNA, PROB 11/773
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This is the last Will and Testament of me Mary Pyke of Tiverton in the county of Devon Widow first I commend my Soul into the Hands of its most mercifull Creator and My Body to the Earth to be decently Interred according to the Discretion of my Executor hereinafter named and my Worldly Substance I give and dispose of in manner following that is to day I give devise and bequeath unto my Cousin Thomas Morgan of Michel Dean in the County of Gloucester and the Heirs of his Body lawfully Issuing all that my Messuage Tenement and premisses with the Appurtenances situate lying and being at Lealine in the parish of Ashton Ingram in the County of Hereford and containing by Estimation forty Acres or thereabouts and in default of such Issue of my Cousin Thomas Morgan then I will the same Messuage Tenement and Premisses shall remain to my own Right Heirs Also I give and bequeath unto the said Thomas Morgan the sum of Two Hundred Pounds upon this Express Condition that he his Executors or Assigns do (at or before the Time of payment Thereof) give such Reasonable Security or Securitys as my Executor hereinafter named his Executors or Assigns or his or their Councill learned in the Law shall Advise devise or require That he the said Thomas Morgan his Executors Administrators or Assigns shall and will yearly pay or cause to be paid unto the Pastor or Pastors Minister or Ministers or such Person or Persons as for the Time being shall Officiate as such in the Presbyterian Congregation of Protestant Dissenters at Michel Dean aforesaid the Sum of four Pounds of lawfull Money of Great Britain for ever or for so long Time as the same Congregation shall be by law Tolerated and Continue but in Case the said Thomas Morgan his Executors or Assigns shall refuse to give such Security or Securitys as aforesaid then I hereby give the said Sum of two Hundred Pounds which I so Intended for him unto my Cousin Prudence Woodward Widow her Executors Administrators and Assigns upon the like Condition but if she and they should likewise refuse to Comply with the said Condition my Will is that the said two Hundred Pounds shall in such Case remain to and for the Benefit of my Executor herein after named his Executors and Assigns whom I request to secure the Payment of the said four Pounds per annum pursuant to this my last Will And I give and bequeath unto each of the Sisters of my Cousin James Yerbury (who lately lived with me but is now deceased) being Six in Number the Sum of Twenty Pounds a piece of lawful Money of Great Britain Also I give the Sum of one Hundred Pounds of like lawfull Money unto my Cousin Thomas Mawson to be paid him when and in Case he shall attain the Age of three and Twenty Years and lawful Interest from the Time of my Death to be paid for the same untill such payment (by my Executor) and to be applied towards his Education or better Maintenance and if he my said Cousin Mawson shall happen to die before he attains the said Age of Three and Twenty Years then I give fifty Pounds (Part of the said Hundred Pounds so given to him) to my Cousins Francis and Richard Yerbury (Sons of Francis Yerbury) Equally between them and the remaining fifty pounds (Part of the said Mawsons Legacy) I give in such Case to the two Eldest Sons of my Cousin Axford late of Bath White Baker equally between them if both living or if one be Dead then to the Survivor his Executors and Administrators Also I give unto my Cousin Prudence Bower (Daughter of Thomas Morgan) Twenty Pounds Also I give unto my Aunt Yerbury the Sum of Ten Pounds also I give the Sum of Ten Pounds unto Martha the Daughter of my Uncle Nathaniel Yerbury also I give unto my Aunt Baily the Sum of Twenty Pounds Also I give the Sum of Twenty Pounds unto the Wife of Owen of Bristoll also I give unto my Cousin Joseph Yerbury the Sum of one Hundred Pounds he paying unto my said Aunt Baily One Annuity (clear of all deductions by quarterly payments during her Life) of four pounds of lawful Money of Great Britain and my Express Will is that my said Cousin Yerbury his Executors or Administrators shall give Bond or some other reasonable Security for payment of the said Annuity before the said one Hundred Pounds shall be paid to him or them also I give unto my said Cousin Thomas Morgan the Son of Nathaniel Morgan my Silver Cup Marked T. M. and the Mourning Ring I had for my Father a Damask Table Cloath and Eighteen Napkins marked T.M. Also I give unto my Cousin John Morgan and Sarah Morgan (the Son and Daughter of my Uncle Timothy Morgan deceased) the Sum of forty Pounds apiece also I give unto the two Sons of Cousin Francis Yerbury the like Sum of Twenty Pounds a piece Also I give unto Cousin Sarah Rudge the Sum of two Hundred Pounds and also all such Moneys as now are or at the Time of my Death shall be due from the Representative of her Father to me upon Mortgage Bond or otherwise which Mortgage and Bonds I will shall be delivered up or Assigned to her the said Sarah her Executors or Assigns Also I give and bequeath to my Cousins Ann Rudge and Joanna Rudge (Sisters of the above named Sarah) the Sum of fifty Pounds a piece Also I give to my said Cousin Prudence Woodward and to my Cousin Binglsey (Wife of the Reverend Mr Bingsley of Bradford) the Sum of Twenty Pounds a piece Also I give unto Sister Churley Mr Pykes Picture and mine my Silver Chaffing Dish and Soup Spoon Also I give the Sum of Five pouds to be divided amongst Ten Poor People of the Pitt Meeting at the Discretion of my said Executor also I give unto unto the Widow Gillard formerly my Servant the Sum of five pounds Also I give unto Sally Spiller who now lives with me the Sum of Fifty Pounds in Case she shall be living with at the Time of my Death Also I give unto my Maid Martha the Sum of Ten Pounds if living with me at my Death And my Will is that all the Legacys herein before given and bequeathed shall be paid severally within Twelve Months next after my decease and the Specifick Legacys shall Also be Delivered as soon as conveniently may be after my Death and Lastly all the Rest Residue and Remainder of my Lands Tenements Goods Chattels Rights Credits and Estate (both Real and Personal) whatsoever and wheresoever not hereinbefore given devised or bequeathed (my Debts Funeral Expences and Legacys above mentioned being first paid and discharged I give devise and bequeath unto my said Cousing Francis Yerbury of Bradford in the County of Wilts Clothier his Heirs Executors & Assigns and I do hereby make ordain and constitute him the said Francis Yerbury whoel and sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament revoking and annulling all former and other Wills by me heretofore made In Witness whereof I the said Mary Pike the Testatrix to this my last Will and Testament contained in two Sheets of paper Have set my Hand and to this last Sheet have also affixed my Seal this first Day of October in the Year of our Lord One Thousand seven Hundred and forty Eight Mary Pyke Signed Sealed published and declared by the Testatrix as and for her last Will and Testament (being contained in two Sheets of Paper) In the Presence of us who subscribed our Names thereto as Witnesses at her request in her presence and in the presence of each other the Rasure in the fifth Line of the Second Sheet being first made and also two Interlineations first added before she so signed published or declared the same Elizabeth Richards Margaret Richard James Kirkpatrick Also I give to the Reverend Mr Kiddell the Sum of Ten Pounds in Consideration of his constant attendances on me and great Trouble And whereas I have by the within Will given my Aunt Baily four pounds a Year to be paid by my Cousin Joseph Yerbury out of his Hundred Pounds Legacy now I hereby revoke that Clause which relates to that Annuity and do will and desire that my Cousin Joseph shall have and be paid the said Hundred Pounds free from the same and all other Deductions whatsoever and I hereby desire this may be taken as part of my Will Witness my Hand this seventh Day of October In the Year of our Lord 1748 Mary Pike Witnesses hereto Elizabeth Richard Margaret Richards James Kirkpatrick This Will was proved at London (with a Codicill annexed) on the Thirteenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord One Thousand seven Hundred and forty nine before the Worshipful Robert Chapman Doctor of Laws and Surrogate of the Right Worshipful John Bettesworth also Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oath of Francis Yerbury sole Executor in the said Will named to whom Administration was granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the Deceased being first sworn duly to Administer
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