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 The sixt Daye of Aprill 1593 And in the Five and thirteth yeare of the Reigne of our Soveraigne Ladye Elizabeth by the grace of god Quene of England France and Ireland Defender of the faithe etc I William Pyke of the parishe of St George the martir in the Burroughe of Southworke in the County of Surrey one of the Quenes Maties Ordinary Servants being sick in bodye but neverthelesse of good and perfect memory Lawde and praese be given to Almighty god Doe make and ordayne this my Last will and Testament in manner and forme following that is to saye First and principally I commend my Sowle into thandes of Almighty god my maker and Redemer in whome and by the meritts of whose most pretious Deathe and bloudshedding my full and wholle trust is to be saved and to have free remission of my sinnes And my Bodye to be buryed in christian buriall without any vaine pompe at the Descreacon of my Executrix and overseers hereunder named And as concerning the Disposicon of suche worldly substannce as god hathe endued me withall I Doe give bequeathe and Dispose the same in manner and forme following viz First I will that my Executrix shall give and paye to my overseers ymediatly after my decease the some of Forty shillings of Lawfull money of England to be by them within one moneth after given and Distributed in my name to suche poore howsekepers of the said parrishe of St George being not comon beggers as they shall thincke meete some to one and some to an other in equall partes Item I give to Henry Aldredd sometime my servannt and nowe her maiesties servannt as a Remembrannce of my good will to him twenty shillings Item I give to be spent amongest my Fellowes the Serieants and yeomen of the Vestrye of her Maiesties Chappell the some of Twenty shillings to be paide to them to that intent by my saide executrix within one moneth next after my Decease Item I give to Mr John Hewlett gentleman of her Maties Chappell my best gowne Item I give to Mr Sampson one other of the gentlemen there my Litle Cupp of silver guilte Item to Mr Willm Hunis my greate Ringe Item to Thomas Woodsonne one other of the gentlemen of her Maties Chappell my second best gowne and Tenne shillings in money Item I give to Edwarde Frudd my servannt forty shillings in money and my second best Cloke Item I give to my servannt Awdrye Burges Twenty shillings besides her wages Item I give to my boye James Bye Tenne shillings Item for as muche as Willm Randall my wives sonne last before this my present wyfe shall thinck I am mindefull of him thoughe he have scarce Deserved it I give to him to the use of his children the value of Tenne poundes to be paide and Delivered to him in money or in goodes by the oversighte of my saide overseers within one yeare next after my decease uppon condicon that he be not troublesome to my Executrix And also uppon the Full payment of this Legacye Doe make and seale to her a Lawfull acquittannce and Release generall for all Demanndes not that I am any Waye indebted or Covennted to him but for that I woulde not have her troubled or molested by any meanes as per happe he dothe pretend Iten whereas one of my wives sonnes John Towlson of London Sadler oweth me at this present three poundes in money Will is that if I Dye before the same be repayed Then clearely to remitt and release him for the same Item I give and bequeathe to the saide JOhn Towlson a Fetherbedd striped with blacke with the bolster and one pillowe one blankett a payre of good towen sheetes and my Worste tapestrye Covering Item I give to my Fower bearers that shall beare my bodye to the Churche halfe a Crowne apeece Item I give and bequeathe to Father Crosse the Pounder of St Georges and his wyfe tenne shillings apeece And to him my Cloake being caped with plushe All the Residue of my goodes chattells howseholdstuff plate Jewells money Creditts and Rightes what- soever my debts paide and my Legacies and Funeralls Discharged I Doe wholly give and bequeathe unto Alice my welbeloved wyfe whome I Doe nominate and make full and sole executrix of this my Last will and Testament And I doe make and ordayne supervisors thereof to see every thing and Legacye Discharged and performed according to my true meaning my welbeloved Frendes and neighbors John Norton Channdeler and William ?teley Baker of the saide parrishe of St George To whome I Doe give and bequeathe in consideracon of theire paynes herein to be taken thirtene shillings foure pence apeece And to eache of them a Ringe of golde suche as I have most fitt for them neither of the best nor of the worste but of the middle sorte And I clearely renounce and recall all former wills Legacies bequests executors and overseers by me at any time heretofore made named willed or bequeathed And I will that this shall stande and be as my Last will and none other nor otherwayes In Wittnesse whereof I have hereunto sett my hande and seale in the pnce of theis persons hereunder named The marke of the said William Pyke Wittnesses hereunto Willm Harris pub S?? Franncis Howghton The marke of William Barnett Probatum fuit [this paragraph continues in Latin to grant probate on 15 May 1593] Decimo quinto Die mensis May Anno Dni Millimo Quingentesimo Nonagesimo Tertio [to] Anthonii Calton notarii publici procuratoris Alicie Pyke Relicte
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