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 I Richard Pyke of Cambridge in the County of Cambridge Gent considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time of it doe make this my last Will in manner following vizt First I humbly resign my Soul to Almighty God hoping to be saved through the merits of Jesus Christ And my body I commit to Christian burial And for my worldly Estate I thus dispose of it Imprimis I give and bequeath unto my daughters Amy and Francisca and their heirs a house and lands in Hitcham in the County of Suffolke long since mortgaged to me by Lease and Release by Mr William Chaplin deced and all the principal money and Interest therupon due which said premisses are now in the tenure or occupation of Thomas Rain ham or his Assigns Item I give and bequeath unto my said daughters their heirs Executors and Administrators the house I dwell in both Freehold and Leasehold my intent being that the Leasehold should attend and go along with the Freehold part thereof Item I give and bequeath unto my said daughters all my household goods and implements of houshold Linnen plate and bookes Yet upon this condition that if my son Joseph do within two years after my decease pay or cause to be paid to Each of my said daughters the sum of one hundred and Eighty pounds of lawfull money of England and doe also pay them interest for the same from the time of my death at quarterly payments then I do hereby revoke my said Bequests to my said daughters And I do give and bequeath the said Estate in Hitcham and all other the premisses aforesaid unto my said son Joseph his Heirs Executors and Administrators in trust to be sold & disposed of for payment of my debts and Legacies excepting two Silver Tankards which I give to my said daughters and are marked for them Item I give and bequeath unto my said son Joseph his Executors and Administrators in trust as aforesaid two mortgages which I have from Thomas Glover One of booths and booch grounds and other premisses in Sturbridge Fair held by Leases from the Coroporation of Cambr together with the tilt and timber belonging to them And the other of houses & a garden ground in Sparrows Lane in Cambr And also a Farme in Tiversham held by Lease of the Master and Fellows of Cains College in Cambr Item I give and bequeath to my sons and daughter Mary these Legacies following of lawfull money of England vizt to my son John one hundred and twenty pounds and I doe acquit him for his his wifes children and Servants board at my house and for what money he oweth to me provided he make to claim of my Executor for debts in practice upon mine or my son Wiborow account To my son William Thirty pounds To my daughter Mary and son Richard Ten shillings apiece To my son Joseph one hundred and fifty pounds And I make my son Joseph Executor and do give and bequeath to him and his heires my booth in Sturbridge Fair held by Mr Heath and the tilt and timber belonging to it and also my share of William trees in ???Fen or elsewhere in Cambr which I hold in partnership with Mr Philip Reynolds who is obliged to lett them be enjoyed by the person I nominate which said booth and Willows I give to my said son Joseph as a recompence of his trouble in the Execution of my Will All the rest of my Estate either real or personal my Debts Legacies and burial being first discharged I give and bequeath unto my said son Joseph in trust and to the intent that there be an equall division made between his brother John and him and his sisters Amy and Francisca And in case it shall by any means happen that my Estate shall fall short to discharge the full of my Legacies then my will and mind is that my daughters Amy and Francisca and the rest of my Legatees shall abate of their Legacies proportionably as to what it shall fall short And my desire is that Administration of the goods and credits of my son Wiborow unadministred by me may be granted to my son Joseph and what shall be recovered or received thereupon to be applyed towards discharging my debts and Legacies and if any of my sonns or daughters shall oppose the same then he or she soe doing shall have no benefit by my Will And I revoke all former Wills by me made In witness whereof I have hereunto Sett my hand and seale the eighth day of October in the first yeare of the reign of our Sovereign Lady Ann by the Grace of God Queen of England &c Annoq Dni 1702 Ri Pyke signed sealed published and declared by the before named Testator as his last Will and Testament in our presence and in his presence attested by us Will King, William Kirk, Tho Brewer Probatum fuit [this paragraph continues in Latin to grant probate on 8 June 1703] Octavo die Junii Anno Domini Millesimo Septingentesimo tertio [to] Josephi Pyke filii
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