3 May 1808 Will of William Pyke of City Road (formerly of Grenada), gentleman (proved 5 September 1808)

The original will can be obtained online from The National Archives.

Source: TNA, PROB 11/1485

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In the Name of God Amen
I William Pyke formerly of the Island of Grenada late
of Fleet Street London but now of the City Road in
the Parish of Saint Luke in the County of Middlesex
Gentleman being of sound mind memory and 
understanding do make publish and declare this to 
be my last Will and Testament in manner and
form following that is to say First I will and
direct that all my Just Debts Funeral Expences and
the Charges of proving this my last Will and
Testament be duly paid and discharged I give devise 
and bequeath unto my Dear Wife Mary Pyke all my
real and Personal Estate and Effects whatsoever and
wheresoever and of what nature or kind soever
whether in possession reversion remainder or 
expectancy in the Island of Grenada to hold to 
her her Heirs and Assigns for ever (except a Negroe


Sailor named Charles who I give and bequeath 
unto my Nephew Charles Shephard of the said
Island of Grenada) And as to all other my Estate
and Effects whether Real or Personal and wheresoever
the same may be situate lying or being whether in
possession reversion remainder or expectancy I give
devise and bequeath the same unto my said Wife
Mary Pyke Mr William Anderson or Mile End and
Mr William Francis Eld of the Bank of England and
to the Survivors or Survivor of them and the
Executors Administrators and Assigns of such Survivor
upon trust that they my said Trustees do and shall
convert the whole thereof into Money and pay
or cause to be paid the following Legacies and
Residue by me hereinafter given and bequeathed
(viz) I give and bequeath unto my Brother 
Joseph Pyke of Fenchurch Street London the Sum 
of fifty pounds Sterling Also I give and bequeath 
unto my Sister Judith Pyke Spinster of Richmond
in the County of Surry the Sum of fifty pounds
Sterling Also I give and bequeath to my Sister Mrs
Susannah Pyke of Exeter Spinster the Sum of One
hundred pounds Sterling with half a dozen Tea
Spoons and my Sugar Tongs I give and bequeath 
unto my Sister Mrs Elizabeth Shephard of Exeter
Widow the Sum of One hundred pounds Sterling
and three Silver Table Spoons two large Bibles
the old and new Testaments Also I give and bequeath
unto my Nephew Thomas Pyke Carver and Gilder
now living at Plymouth Dock the Sum of fifty
Pounds Sterling together with all my Wearing
Apparel Also I give and bequeath to Miss 
Catherine Linton of London a Niece of my Wifes
the Sum of fifty pounds Sterling Also I give and
bequeath to Jane Metcalf my Wifes Sister at Rippa
in Yorkshire the Sum of fifty Pounds Sterling Also I
give and bequeath unto my Nephews and Nieces
William Pyke Ann Edwards Wife of Richard
Edwards Frances Pyke of London Harriet Shephard
and Mary Ann Shephard of Exeter the Sum of ten pounds Sterling each
Also I give and bequeath unto Mrs Mary Turner
of Rippon in Yorkshire Widow ten pounds Sterling
Also I give and bequeath to my Nephew Joseph
Pyke Junior of London ten pounds Sterling and desire
him to take charge of Mrs Pykes Picture and all
my private papers with the drawers and what
Furniture he may think worth keeping till her
arrival in England if she comes this year if not
to dispose of all (except her picture and and my
private papers which may be destroyed or sent
to her with her picture) and the Money arising 
therefrom to divide equally among his Children
					who


who shall be then living Also I give to my said
Sister Susannah Pyke of Exeter my Silver Mounted
Spectacles with two sets of Glasses for a Young
sight if she thinks  them worth her acceptance I
further give and bequeath unto my Nephew
William Pyke my Writing Desk and a pair of
Gold Sleeve Buttons To my Niece Frances Pyke
my Tea Table Kettle and all other my Tea
Equipage To Ann Edwards Wife of the said 
Richard Edwards my Press Bedstead with the 
Begging my Clock and all my Kitchen Earthen
ware and to Mr Edwards my Smoaking Chair 
and as to all the rest residue and remainder 
of my said real and Personal Estate and Effects
that shall be then remaining I give devise and 
bequeath the same unto my said Dear Wife Mary
Pyke to hold to her her Heirs and Assigns for
ever But in case my said wife shall happen 
to depart this life before me or if she survives
me and dies without having disposed of them 
since by Will or otherwise I then give devise 
and bequeath all that I have hereinbefore 
given devised and bequeathed to her in the said
Island of Grenada (except a Bond due to me
from James Hayes for One thousand pounds) to 
Mrs Isabells Ritter Widow my said Wifes Sister
now living in the said Island of Grenada her
Heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns upon
trust to sell and dispose of the same and out of 
the Monies arising therefrom to pay unto my
Nephew William Pyke of London the Sum of
fifty pounds Sterling and the Residue to be equally
divided between her the said Isabella Ritter and
Mrs Jane Metcalf of Rippon in Yorkshire and
her two Nieces Catherine Linton of London and
Louisa Linton in Grenada And as to all other
the rest and residue of my said Estate and 
Effects which she my said Wife would have been 
entitled to if living together with the said Bond
of James Hayes of the said Island of Grenada
of One thousand pounds I give devise and bequeath 
the same unto the said William Anderson and 
William Francis Eld and unto the Survivor of
them and the Executors Administrators and Assigns 
of such Survivor upon trust to convert the same
into Money and pay the same in the following
manner (that is to say) I give and bequeath to 
my Sister Judith Pyke of Richmond in Surry 
one hundred Pounds Sterling To my two Sisters 
Susannah Pyke Spinster and Elizabeth Shephard
Widow of Exeter One hundred and fifty pounds
Sterling each To my Nephew Thomas Pyke of 
					Plymouth


Plymouth One hundred pounds Sterling To Mrs
Pykes Sister Jane Metcalf of Rippon in Yorkshire
and her Niece Catherine Linton of London fifty
Pounds Sterling each to my three Nephews Joseph
Pyke Junior William Pyke and Charles Shephard
I give fifty pounds Sterling each to my four
Nieces Ann Edwards and Frances Pyke of London
Harriett and Mary Ann Shephard of Exeter twenty
five pounds Sterling each to Dorothy Farmer and
Mrs Sarah Grey Water Lane Blackfriars London
twenty five pounds Sterling each and to Mrs
Turner of Rippon in Yorkshire One hundred 
pounds Sterling but in case there shall not be
sufficient to answer and pay the Legacies 
hereinbefore given then it is my Will that each
Legatee shall abate in proportion to their respect
Legacies and if there shall be more than sufficient
to pay the same then I give and bequeath the 
same unto and equally between my said Sister
Susannah Pyke and Elizabeth Shephard And I do
hereby declare that the Receipt and Receipts of 
them my said Trustees and the Survivors or
Survivor of them and the Executors Administrators
and Assigns of such Survivor respectively shall be
a good and sufficient discharge or discharges to 
any purchasers or purchaser or any other persons
or person paying any Money under of by 
virtue of the trusts of this my Will and that
such purchasers or purchaser or any other persons
or person respectively shall not be obliged to see
to the application or misapplication of such
Monies or Money (or any part thereof and that 
neither of my said Trustees their Heirs Executors
Administrators or Assigns shall be charges or
chargeable with or accountable for the Receipt
or Receipts of each other for any Monies or
Money received by virtue of this my Will but
each of them only for his Own Acts Deeds Receipts
and wilful defaults only And I do hereby nominate
constitute and appoint my said Dear Wife Mary
Pyke the said Mr William Anderson and William
Francis Eld Executors of this my said last Will and
Testament And I give and bequeath unto the
said Mr William Anderson and William Francis Eld
the Sum of ten pounds Sterling each in consideration
of the trouble they will have in the Execution of
this my said Will but in case my said dear Wife
shall die before me or without having made 
any disposition as aforesaid then I give and 
bequeath unto the said Mr William Anderson and 
William Francis Eld the further Sum of ten pounds
Sterling each and hereby revoking all former and


other Will or Wills or any Codicil or Codicils I
may at any time heretofore have made ratifying
and confirming this and no other to stand and be for
and as my last Will and Testament In Witness
whereof I have to this my said last Will and
Testament contained in four Sheets of paper set
my hand and Seal (that is to say) my hand to the
first second and third and to this fourther and last
Sheet my hand and Seal this third Day of May
in the year of our Lord One thousand eight
hundred and eight  Willm Pyke  LS  Signed Sealed
Published and Declared by the said William Pyke
the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament
in the presence of us who have at this request
and in his presence and in the presence of each 
other subscribed our Names as Witnesses to the due
Execution hereof  John Wright City Road  Sarah
Kitching Hoxton Square  Wm Kitching Doctors Commons

A Codicil to be added to and taken as
part of the last Will and Testament of me William
Pyke Whereas I have given unto my Nephew 
Thomas Pyke Carver and Gilder of Plymouth 
Dock the Sum of fifty Pounds Sterling together with
all my Wearing Apparel Now I do hereby revoke
that part of my said Will and do give and
bequeath unto him my said Nephew the Sum of
fifty Pounds Sterling only and desire my Executors 
named in my said Will to deduct out of the
same the Sum of Nine pounds thirteen Shillings
and six pence which I have paid for him And 
whereas I have directed my Nephew Joseph
Pyke Junior of London to take charge of Mrs Pykes
picture and all my private papers with the
drawers and what Furniture he may think worth
keeping till her Arrival in England if she comes
this year if not to dispose of all except her
picture and my private papers which may be
destroyed or sent to her with her picture and the
Money arising therefrom to be divided among
his Children Now I do hereby desire him not
to dispose of the same until he shall hear from
my said Wife what she would wish to have 
done with them and in the interim to make use of
them as his own and whereas I have by mistake
given unto my Sister Susannah Pyke of Exeter 
my Silver Mounted Spectacles with two sets of 
Glasses for a young Sight I do hereby revoke the
same and do give them to my Sister Elizabeth
Shephard I also give and bequeath unto my 
Nephew William Pyke of Cheapside London my


Metal Watch almost new and to his Father Mr
Joseph Pyke of Fenchurch Street all my Books that
are not in and by my Will given and disposed
of also I give to Richard Edwards Husband of
my Niece Ann Edwards all my Wearing apparel
and Linen of every description over and above
any other Legacy or Legacies I may have given 
to them or either of them by my said Will
and do ratify and confirm my said Will in all
other respects that is not by this my Codicil 
altered In Witness whereof I have to this my
Codicil set my hand and Seal this Eighteenth
Day of May in the year of our Lord One thousand
eight hundred and eight  William Pyke  LS  Signed
Sealed Published and Declared as and for a Codicil
to be added to and taken as part of my last
Will and Testament in the presence of us who
have at his request and in his presence and in
the presence of each other subscribed our Names
as Witnesses to the due Execution thereof  Sarah
Hitching  Willm Hitching

This Will was proved at London with a
Codicil on the fifth Day of September in the year 
of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and eight
before the Worshipful John Danbeny Doctor of
Laws and Surrogate of the Right Honorable Sir
William Wynne Knight also Doctor of Laws Master
Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of
Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oaths of
William Anderson and William Francis Eld two
of the Executors named in the said Will to whom
Administration was granted of all and singular the
Goods Chattels and Credits of the said Deceased they
having been first sworn duly to administer power
reserved of making the like Grant to Mary
Pyke Widow the Relict of the Deceased and other
Executor named in the said Will when she shall
apply for the same



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