Source: TNA, PROB 11/1593
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In the Name of God Amen I Thomazine Pyke of Appledore in the parish of Northam in the County of Devon being of sound understanding do make my last Will and Testament as follows I give to my Sister Vernon ten Guineas I give to my Sister Miles my Gold Watch I give to my Nephew Samuel Pyke in two years after my decease the Three hundred pounds the Executors of my late Brother John Pyke pay me interest for and for which the Estate called Ford in the Parish of Bideford is securing and in case the said Samuel Pyke is not living at the End of two years after my decease the said three hundred pounds then to be equally divided betwen my Nieces Jane, Elizabeth, and Ann Thomazine Pyke or such of them as may then be living I also give unto my Nephews John and Joseph Pyke and my Nieces Jane Elizabeth and Ann Thomazine Pyke Twenty Guineas each to be paid them respectively as they attain the Age of twenty one years I give to my Niece Elizabeth Vernon in two years after my decease the Sum of four hundred pounds Stock in the pr Cent New South Sea Annuity And I give to my Niece Thomazine Vernon Three hundred pounds Stock in the Navy five Pr Cent Annuities two years after my decease And I give to my Nephew Samuel Vernon five Guineas and to my Nieces Prudence Wills Dorothy Vernon and Joan Hooper five Guineas each and I make it my request that the Keys of my Wardrobe and Bureau may be given to my Niece Thomazine Vernon and the Contents I bequesth to her I constitute and apopint my Nephew Richard Vernon Junior my whole and sole Executor and I will that he possesses the whole of my property for two years after my decease in Consideration of which he is to pay my Funeral Expences and also he Expences his Administration to my Effects may be attended with In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal this 24th Day of April in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and thirteen Thomazine Pyke LS Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of Thos Miles Mary Allin All my right and Title to Mr Miles's Dwelling House and Garden I give for the purposes mentioned by Mr Miles in his Will Thomazine Pyke 29 August 1814 That part of my Will which bequeaths twenty Guineas to each of my Nieces Jane Farley Elizabeth and Ann Thomazine Pyke I revoke having given each of them that Sum respectively April 1 1816. Thomazine Pyke I revoke the bequest of three hundred pounds to Samuel Pyke for which an Estate called Ford is a Security and give the said three hundred pounds two years after my decease to John and Joseph Pyke in Trust they to pay the Interest thereof to the said Samuel Pyke during his life and at his Death to apply the principal as specified in my said Will April 20th 1816. Thomazine Pyke Appeared Personally Jane Pyke of Appledore in the County of Devon Widow and Elizabeth Miles also of the same place widow And being sworn jointly made oath that they knew and were acquainted with Thomazine Pyke late of Appledore in the County of Devon Spinster deceased for some time before and to the time of her death and that by virtew of having seen her write and also write and subscribe her name they have become acquainted with her manner and Character of Handwriting and Subscription and having respectively particularly viewed and perused the paper writings hereto annexed purporting to be and contain three Codicils to the last Will and Testament of the said Deceased the first Codicil beginning thus "All my right" and ending thus "mentioned by Mr Miles in his will 29 August 1814" and thus subscribed "Thomazine Pyke" The second Codicil beginning thus "That Part of my Will" also ending thus "that Sum respectively April 1 1816" and thus subscribed "Thomazine Pyke" And the Third Codicil beginning thus "I revoke the bequest" and ending thus "as specified in my will April 20th 1810" and thus subscribed "Thomazine Pyke" These Deponents respectively say they do verily and in their Consciences believe the whole body Series and Contents of the said three Codicils together with the Subscriptions thereto to be of the proper Handwriting and Subscription of the said Thomazine Pyke deceased Jane Pyke Eliz Miles On the 20th day of May 1817 the said Jane Pyke and Elizabeth miles were duly sworn to the Truth of this Affidavit at Appledore in the County of Devon by Virtue of the Commission hereto annexed before me Thomas Mill Commissioner Proved at London with three Codicils 12th June 1817 before the judge by the Oath of Richard Vernon ther Younger the sole Exor to whom Admon was granted having been first sworn by Comon duly to administer
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