Source: TNA, PROB 11/2028
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This is the last Will and Testament of me STephen Pyke of Sturminster Newton Castle in the County of Dorset Innkeeper Firstly I desire that all my just debts funeral and testamentary expences be paid and satisfied by my executors hereinafter named as soon as conveniently may be after my decease and secondly I give dvise and bequeath all and every my household furniture linen wearing apparel books plate pictures china horses carriages carts and also all and every sum adn sums of money which may be in my house or about my persai or which may be due to me at the time of my decease and also all other my monies invested in stocks funds and securities for money book debts money on bonds vills notes or other securities and all and every other my Estate and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever both real and personal whether in possession reversion remainder or expectancy unto William Colbourne of Sturminster Newton Castle aforesaid Bankers Clerk and John Lambert of Salisbury in the County of Wilts Gentle- man and the survivor of them and the executors and adminis- trators of such survivor upon trust for my dear Wife Eliza Pyke for and during the term of her natural life and after her decease in trust for my son William Henry Pyke and any other child or children I may leave by my said Wife living at the time of my decease their heirs and assigns for ever and it is my will and I hereby direct that in case my said Wife should die before my said son William Henry Pyke and any other child or child- ren as aforesaid should attain the age of twenty one years respec- tively then I direct all my freehold leasehold or personal Estate and Effects be sold by public auction or otherwise as they shall seem meet and when and as soon as the same shall come to their or either of their hands upon trust to invest the same in some or one of the Government stocks or funds of Great Britain upon trust for my said son William Henry Pyke or any other child or child- ren as aforesaid to be divided between them as tenants in common but if there should be but one child living at the decease of my said Wife then in trust for such one child and I declare that the ??iares of my said children shall be vested interest and shall be paid or transferred to him her or them as to sons on their attain- ing the age of twenty one years and as to daughters at their at- taining the like age or on their marriage respectively which shall first happen and I direct that it shall be lawful for my executors and the survivor of them and the executors and administrators of such survivor or other the trustee or trustees for the time being of this my Will to pay and apply the whole or such part as they in their discretion shall think fit of the interest dividends and annu- al produce arising from the said estate property goods and chattels in and towards the maintenance and education or advanceman in life of my said son William Henry Pyke or any other child or children as aforesaid until they shall severally and respectively attain the said age of twenty one years or marry as aforesaid and in case my said son William Henry Pyke or any other child or children shall happen to die before their share or interest un- der this my Will shall become payable then I give and bequeath the share or shares of him her or them so dying as aforesaid unto the survivor or survivors of such children respectively his or her executors administrators and assigns in equal shares such accrued share or shares to be vested interest at the same ages days or times and the dividends and interest thereof be subject to the like discretion of my said executors of appropriation during the minority or discoverture of any such child or children as aforesaid and I hereby declare that the receipt or receipts of my executors or the trustees or trustee for the time being of this my Will to the purcha- ser or purchasers of any part of my Estate or Effects or to any person or persons who shall have any of the trust monies in their his or her hands shall be a good sufficient discharge for so much money as in such receipt or receipts shall be expressed to be received and I further direct that in case either of my executors hereinafter named or any future trustee or trustees to be appointed under the provision in their place or the place of any of them who shall die or becoming unwilling or unable to act in the aforesaid trusts before the said trusts shall be fully executed and performed then and as often as the same shall happen it shall be lawful for the surviving or continuing trustee or trustees of this my Will or the executors or administrators of the last surviving trustee to nom- inate any fit person or persons to supply the place or places of the trustee or trustees respectively so dying or becoming unwilling or unable to act as aforesaid and that immediately after every such appointment the said trust monies stocks funds or securities shall be assigned and transferred so that the same may vest in such new trustee or trustees jointly with the surviving or continuing trustee or trustees or in such new trustee or trustees solely as the case may require subject to the trusts aforesaid and such new trustee or trustees shall be competent to exercise all the powers and authorities what- soever hereinbefore contained in the same manner to all intents and purposes as if he or they had been appointed trustee or trustees in and by this my Will and I do hereby declare that my siad executors hereby appointed and also the trustee or trustees to be appoint- ed by virtue of the provision lastly hereinbefore contained severally and respectively and their several and respective heirs executors and administrators shall be charged and chargeable with such sums of money only as they shall respectively actually receive by virtue of the trusts hereby reposed in them notwithstanding their join- ing in signing any receipt or receipts or doing any other act for the sake of conformity and that they or any of them shall not be an- swerable or accountable for any misfortune loss or damage which may happen in the execution of the aforesaid trusts or in relation thereof except the same shall happen by or through his her or their own wilful act neglect or default and in that case each person shall be answerable only for such loss or damage as shall arise from his own act neglect or default and I do further declare that my executors herein named and such future trustee or trustees to be ap- pointed as aforesaid severally and respectively and their several and respective heirs executors and administrators shall and may out the monies which shall come to their hands by virtue of the trusts aforesaid deduct retain and reimburse to himself and themselves res- pectively all costs charges and expences which they or any of them may sustain or incur in or about the execution of the trusts of this my will and I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint the said William Colbourne and John Lambert trustees and Executors of this my Will and hereby revoking all former or toehr Wills by me at any time heretofore made I declare this to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I the said Stephen Pyke have to this my last Will and Testament as well as to a Duplicate thereof set my hand and seal the twenty second day December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty four Stephen Pyke LS Signed sealed published and declared by the Test- tator Stephen Pyke in the presence of us present at the same time who have at his request hereunto subscribed our names as wit- nesses in the presence of the said Testator and of each other as we have also to a duplicate thereof Alice Ann Marsh John H??i?? On the 20th day of December 1845 Admon with the Will annex- ed of the goods chattels and credits of Stephen Pyke late of Sturmins- ter Newton Castle in the County of Dorset Innkeeper deceased was gran- ted to Eliza Pyke Widow the Relict the universal Legatee for life na- med in the said Will having been first sworn by Comon duly to administer William Colbourne and John Lambert the Executors and universal Legatees in trust named in the said Will having renounced as well the probate and execution of the said Will as the Letters of Admon with the said Will annexed of the goods of the said deceased as by Acts of Court appears
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