Source: TNA, PROB 11/599
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In the Name of God Amen I Richard Pyke of Barnards Inn London Gent do make and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following Imprimis I will that my debts and Funerall Charges be first paid and Satisfyed by my Executrix hereafter named and from and after that I will that all and every such residue and remainder of my Goods Chattells and personall Estate what- soever and wheresoever undisposed may be sold and disposed of by my dear Mother Margaret Pyke for the best price that can be gott for the same and that the moneys ariseing by such sale together with all my ready moneys and debts whatsoever due to me at the time of my decease may be placed out at Interest by and in the name of my said Mother with the approbation and Consent of my brother in law Mr Thomas Dunbar in such manner and on such Security or Securities as they shall both approve of and my mynd and Will is that the Interest thereof shall be received by my said Mother for and during the term of her natural life and from and after her decease then I give and bequeath such principal Sume or Sums of money so to be placed out at Interest as aforesaid and such other my said personall Estate as shall happen to remaine in the hands of my said Mother to my Sister Mary Dunbar the now Wife of the said Mr Thomas Dunbar Item I give and devise all and every my Messuages or Tenements Farms Lands and premisses Scituate lying and being in little Saleing in the County of Essex as the same are now in the tenure or Occupations of Abraham Owers and James Empson and all other my Messuages and Lands in Essex or else where and all and every such my Estate right title Interest or Reversion Expectant from and after the Death and decease of my said Mother who is now Tenant for life to my said brother in law Mr Thomas Dunbar and my loving Sister Mary the now Wife of the said Mr Thomas Dunbar To hold to them for and during the term of their two Natural lives and the life of the longest liver of them and from and after their deceases then to the heirs of the body of my said Sister Mary by the said Mr Thomas Dunbar begotten or to be begotten and their heirs and for default of such Issue then to the use and behoof of such person and persons in such manner and form as the said Mary Dunbar by her last Will and Testament in Writing or by any other Writing or Writings during Coverture or Sole under her hand and Seale Testifyed and duely executed in the presence of three or more credible Witnesses shall declare limitt or appoint but in default of such Issue or declaration Lmitation or appointment as aforesaid then to the right heirs of my said Sister Mary Dunbar for ever Subject nevertheless and upon this Condition that my said Brother in Law Mr Thomas Dunbar and the said Mary his Wife or such person or persons to whom the said premises is devised to as aforesaid shall from and imediately after the decease of the said Margaret my said Mother out of the rents and profits thereof pay or cause to be paid unto my brother Pate Pyke for and during the term of his Natural life one Annuity or Rent Charge of ten pounds p annum at the four most usual Feasts or days of payment in the year by even and equall portions the first of the said payments to begin at such of the said Feast days as shall happen next after my said Mothers decease and if it shall happen that the said yearly rent Charge or any part thereof shall be behind and unpaid after any of the said Feasts or days of payment that then it shall and may be lawfull to and for the said Pate Pyke my brother into all or any part of the aforesaid premisses to enter and the same to have hold possess and enjoy and the Rents Issues and profits thereof to receive and take untill the said Rent Charge as aforesaid together with all Charges in Recovery of the same shall be fully paid and Satisfyed lastly I do hereby make nominate constitute and appoint the said Margaret Pyke my Mother to be sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament revoking all former Wills by me heretofore made declareing this only to be my last In Witness whereof to this my last Will and Testament contained in two Sheets of paper have to each of them Subscribed my name and to the Second my name and Seal the Eighteenth day of June in the tenth year of the Reign of our Soveraign Lord George by the Grace of God of Great Britaine France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith &c Annoq Dni 1724 Richd Pyke signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said Richard Pyke the Testator to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who subscribed our names in his presence and at his request Thomas Terrill Sarah Well W Rayment Probatum fuit [this paragraph continues in Latin to grant probate on 1 September 1724] primo die Mensis Septembris Anno Domini Millesimo Septingentesimo vicesimo quarto [to] Margareta Pyke Matris dicti defuncti et Executricis
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