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In the Name of God Amen I William Pyke of Greenwich in the County of Kent Poulterer being of a Sound perfect and disposing mind and memory praised be almighty God for the same do make and Ordaine this my last Will and Testament in manner following first and principally I comend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator hoping for Salvation in and through the meritts Death and Passion of Jesus Christ my blessed Saviour and redeemer and my body I committ to the Earth to be Decently buryed att the discretion of my Executrix herafter named and as touching the worldly Goods and Estate that it hath pleased almighty God to bless me with I do Dispose thereof as followeth Imprimis I give and bequeath unto my loving sister Jane Day the Sume of ten pounds of lawfull money of great Brittaine to be paid within Six months next after my decease and also One of my Silver Spoons Item I give and bequeath unto my Brother in Law Edward Day the sume of ten pounds to buy him mourning Item I give and bequeath unto my nephew Edward Day son of my said Brother in Law Edward Day the sume of twenty pounds of lawfull money of great Brittaine to be paid within Six months after my decease and I also give and bequeath unto my said nephew Edwd Day all my woollen wearing apparell my hair Wiggs and my two linnen Wascoats and my Silver Watch to be delivered to him Immediately after my decease and I also give and bequeath unto my said nephew Edward Day my Silver Tankard with my one coate of Arms Engraved on itt to be Delivered to him immediately after the decease of my dear and loving Wife Elizabeth Pyke But my Will and mind is that my said Dear and loving Wife shall Enjoy and have the use of the said Tankard during her natural life Item I give and bequeath unto my neice Jane Pointing youngest Daughter of my said loving Sister Jane Day the sume of twenty pounds of like lawfull money to be paid to her Own hands and for her Own use without her husbands Intermedling therewith and my Will and mind is that the receipt of the said Jane Pointing shall be a Sufficient Discharge to my Executrix hereafter named for the same without her husband signing thereof Item I give and bequeath to Elizabeth Button Junr the sume of Fifty pounds of like lawfull money of great Brittaine to be paid to her within Six months after my decease In recompence and Satisfaccon and in full discharge of all sume and sumes of money due and Oweing from me to her the said Elizabeth Button for Wages or otherwise or by me or my said Dear and loving Wife or by William Button deced late husband of my said Dear and loving Wife or by me my Wife or her said late husband or either of them received and upon condicon that the said Elizabeth Button do and shall Execute a Release to my said Dear and loving Wife Elizabeth Pyke of all Debts dues and demands whatsoever and in such manner as Councill shall advise and I also give unto the said Elizabeth Button the further sume of ten pounds to be paid to her within One year after my decease In case She soe long continues with my said dear and loving Wife and I hereby recommend & desire that the said Elizabeth Button will remaine and continue with my said Wife as long as the said Elizabeth Button continues unmarryed Item I give and bequeath to my loving friend Henry Staines of great Dunmow in the County of Essex Gentleman the sume of ten pounds of like lawfull money Item I give and bequeath to my loving neice Mary Reeve late Mary Bland the sume of One Guinea to buy her a ring and the reason why I leave her noe more is for that my late dear Father Richard Pyke deced either by his last Will and Testament or otherwise hath fully provided for her and the only reason why I leave nothing to my Son in Law William Button is for that I have made an Ample provision by this my Will for my said Dear and loving Wife Mother of the said William Button whereby it will be in her power to provide well for her Son in case he proves a Dutifull Son to her Item I give to my uncle John Pyke and to my Cousin Edward Pyke the sume of One Guinea each to buy them a Ring In case they attend my funerall on due notice given to them by my Executrix Item I give to my good friend Mr Jacob Cardosse the sume of two Guineas Item I give to my Cousin Archibald Bruce and his Wife One guinea each to buy them a ring Item my Will and mind is that whatsoever sume or Sumes of money shall be due to me from the said Edward Day son of my said sister Jane Day att the time of my decease Either upon bond or otherwise be freely acquitted and discharged and I do hereby order my Executrix hereinafter named immediately after my decease to Deliver up such bonds and release and Discharge the said Edward Day from all such Sume and Sumes of money and whereas I have lately purchased of Mrs Sarah Skelton of Greenwich aforesaid in the said County of Kent Widow two Freehold Messuages or tenements scituate lying and being in London Street in Greenwich aforesaid to me and my heirs for ever and whereas there is a mortgage of three hundred pounds and Interest due to me Price Clardi with which the said two Messuages or tenements stand charged which I have agreed to pay off and discharge now my Will and mind is that my Executrix hereinafter named doe out of the first moneys that shall come to her hands pay off and discharge the said Mortgage and when the same is clear then I give and bequeath the said two Messuages or tenements with the appurtenances unto the said Jacob Cardosse and to George Huxley of London Gentleman and their heirs upon this Speciall Trust and Confidence nevertheless that they the said Jacob Cardosse and George Huxley and the Survivor of them and the heirs of such Survivor shall withall convenient Speed after my decease Convey settle and assure all the said two messuages or tenements with the appurtenances unto and to the use of my said Dear and loving Wife Elizabeth Pyke for and during the terme of her natural life and from and after the Determination of that estate as to One of the said Messuages or tenements unto and to the use of my said neice Jane Pointing Daughter of my said loving Sister Jane Day for and during the terme of her natural life for her Own Separate use and maintenance without her husbands Intermedling with the same as aforesaid and from and after the determination of that Estate unto and to the use of the said Edward Day son of my said Sister Jane Day his heirs and assignes for ever and as to the other of the said Messuages or tenements unto and to the use of the said Edward Day son of my said Sister Jane Day his heirs and assignes for ever all the rest and residue of my Estate both reall and personall whatsoever after all my debts legacyes and funerall Charges are fully paid and Satisfyed I give to my said Dear and loving Wife Elizabeth Pyke whom I make full and Sole Executrix of this my Will and Testament revoking all Wills by me formerly made and declare this only to be my last Will and Testamt In Witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand to each Sheet of this my Will and my Seale to the last sheet containing in all three sheets of Paper the Eleventh Day of September In the first year of the reign of our Sovereigne Lord George the Second King of great Brittaine France and Ireland &c Annoq Dni 1727 Wm Pyke Signed sealed Published and declared by the Testator William Pyke in the presence of us who have Subscribed our names as Witnesses in the presence of the said Testator John Hawkins Jos Sellen Geo Huxley Memorandum This Fifteenth Day of September One thousand Seven hundred twenty and Seven I having paid the wthin named Elizabeth Button Inn?? all that is due from me to her therefore I do hereby revoke the Legacye of Fifty pounds given to her by this my Will and Only give unto her the sume of ten pounds and not more Witness my hand W Pyke Witness Jo Pearce Geo Huxley Probatum fuit [this paragraph continues in Latin to grant probate on 10 October 1720 [sic... this should be 1727]] Decimo die mensis Octobris Anno Dni Millesimo Septingentesimo Vicesimo [to] Eliza Pyke vidua relicta et Executricis
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