In the name of God, Amen:
I, Isome Belcher of Tazewell County and the Sate of Virginia having arrived to an advanced period of life, consequently feeling the infirmities of age deem it expedient while having the exercise of my reason to make my last will and testament which is as follows;
In the first place I will that my body be buried in a Christian like manner at the discretion of my executors hereafter to be named and that my funeral expenses and debts (if any) be paid out of my estate by my executor.
I give and bequeath to each of my children to wit: Phoebe, Obediah, John, Jessee, & Nancy one dollar to be paid out of my estate
In like manner in the next place I give and bequeath to the balance of my children viz:
Isome, Micaga, Jude, Asa, Henry, Moses, James, Jonathan & Robert all my horse, property, cattle, hogs, sheep, & geese, all my farm utensils, all my furniture, & one loom to be enjoyed and possessed equally by them and their heirs forever.
I also give to my son Isome a certain tract or parcel of land in Tazewell County known by Iyrs improvement on the Laurel fork of Brushy Creek, quantity of acres not recollected to be enjoyed and possessed by him and his heirs forever.
I also give and bequeath to my three young sons, James, Jonathan, & Robert the tract of land I now live on lying at the mouth of the Laurel fork of Brushy Creek containing 170 acres and a small tract or parcel of land on Brush Creek & joining the tract will to son Isome quantity not recollected to be enjoyed and possessed equally by them and their heirs forever.
The above estate is to be at my disposal during my natural life.
Lastly, I nominate and appoint John Davidson and Henry Bailey Executors of this my last will and testament.
Whereof I have set my and affixed my seal this 18th day of December in the year of our Lord 1822.
Isome Belcher - seal
Signed,sealed and acknowledged on presence of:
This last will and testament of Isome Belcher was presented in court and being proved by the oaths of Samuel Dillon & Polly McVey was ordered to be recorded. Done at a court held for Tazewell County on the 28th day of January 1823.
Teste: S. M. Stilwell D. C.