Also, if you are a male Pike/Pyke (or you know one) who may be willing to do a genealogical DNA test, then please check out the Pike DNA Project for which I am a volunteer coordinator. There are several Pike/Pyke families that are not yet represented in the project, and for whom participants are wanted.
In the name of God Amen the sixteenth day of January in the sixth yeare of the raigne of our soveraigne Lord William by the grace of God of England &c Annoq Dni one Thousand six hundred ninety foure I Mary Pyke the wife of John Pyke of Weston in the County of Hertford Clerke haveing before marriage with my said husband reserved to my selfe the power to dispose of my personall Estate which I had before marriage with my said husband and being now of perfect health mind and memory praised be God doe make this my last Will and Testament in manner and forme following Imprimis I now and ever committ and recommend my soule into the hands of God my great Creator and mercifull redeemer and my body to the Earth to be decently buried if it may bee in the parish Church of Wethersfeild in the County of Essex as neare as may be unto the head of my late husband Mr Henry ??lsant who was buried at the desk door in the said church and as for my personall Estate I dispose thereof as followeth Imprimis I give to the Poor of the Parish of Wethersfeild aforesaid the sume of three pounds to be distributed according to the discretion of my Executor hereafter named Item I give and bequeath to the poore of the Parish of Weston aforesaid the sume of forty shillings to be distributed according to the discretion of my Executor hereafter named Item I give and bequeath unto my loveing friend Mr John Orsely of Pamfeild in the County of Essex and to Mr William Pike of Black Notley in the same County and to Mr John Carter of Brantree in the same County and to their heires and assignes the sume of six score pounds of lawfull money of England in trust and for this use following that is to say to be placed out att Interest by my said Trustees untill they can buy and purchase Lands in the Parish of Wethersfeild aforesaid or in any other adjacent Parish the Issues rents and proffitts of the said sixscore pounds att Interest or of the Lands therewith purchased it is my will shall quarterly be paid to my loveing and only sister Rebecca Cole of Cambridge widdow for and dureing the terme of her naturall life and after her decease it is my will that the rents Issues and proffitts of the said sixscore pounds att Interest or the lands therewith purchased shall be disposed of by my Trustes aforesaid as they shall think fitt to and for the use and benefitt of the poor of the Parish of Wethersfeild aforesaid dureing the natureall life of Mr Joseph Shipp of Wethersfeild if he shall so long continue vicar of Wethersfeild aforesaid and after his decease or ceaseing to be vicar of Wetherfeild it is my will and meaneing that my Trustees aforesaid their heires and assignes shall pay the Interest of the said six pounds if it be not laid out in Lands to the next succeeding vicar to the said Joseph Shipp till a convenient purchase may and shall be made and after such purchase it is my will and meaneing that the lands soe bought shall be setteled and lett by my said Trustees their heires and assignes by way of Lease or otherwise to and upon the next succeeding vickar to the aforesaid Joseph Shipp if the aforesaid Rebecca Cole be dead and to and upon his successor and successors forever who shallbe legally vicaars of Wethersfeild aforesaid upon this condition and upon this rent and service only that is to say that such succeeding vickar and vicars of Wethersfeild aforesaid shall yearely and every yeare preach or cause to be preached a Sermon in the Parish Church of Wethersfeild upon mortallity or works of charity upon that day in the yeare in which it shall please God to take me out of this miserable world Item I give to each of my said friends and Trustees a ring of the vallue of Twenty shillings hopeing they will see this my will fulfilled Item I give to my sonn Thomas Pike my silver Tankard and silver salt which have coats of Arms engraven upon them Item I give to my daughter Mary Pike my other silver Tankard and three silver spoons marked with H.M.P Item I give to my daughter Rhoda Pike my silver sugar box and silver Cupp Item I give unto my loveing Husband Mr John Pike the sume of six score pounds upon this condition that he shall enter into sufficient bond to my sister Rebecca Cole aforesaid to pay her one pound and tenn shillings quarterly and every quarter of a yeare for and dureing the time of her naturall life the first payment to be made att the end of the first three months next after my decease and in default of such security being given within six weekes next after my decease I bequeath the said sume of sixscore pounds to my sister aforesaid Item I make and constitute my loveing husband Mr John Pike my whole and sole Executor of this my last will and Testament and doe utterly revoke and annull all former wills by me made and doe publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament In Wittness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale the day and yeare first above written Mary Pyke sealed and delivered in the presence of us Rob Hide the marke of Elizabeth Reynolds Probatum fuit [this paragraph continues in Latin to grant probate on 17 November 1696] Decimo septimo die Mensis Novembris Anno Domini Millimo Sexcemmo Nonagemo Sexto [to] Johannis Pyke Executoris
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