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Akers, Blackburn
Aldridge, William
Alley, Nicholas

Booth, Isaac
Bowling, Gabriel
 John Gardner

Conner, William R.

Deweese, William

Epperly, Jacob
Epperly, Jacob (second generation)

Graham, William

Hilton, Elijah

Sumpter, George

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Botetourt County Va Will Book A Page 21
Will of William Hall
December 27, 1772
Wife Jean
Sons Andrew, John, William, Nathaniel, James, George, Berry.
Daughters Agnes Berry, Isabell Buchanan,
Grandchildren Andrew Hall, George Berry
Witness James Walker, John Thompson, Andrew Magkinley
Recorded Feburary 8, 1773
Teste David May DC

Contributed  by Rena Worthem and Margarette Tynan


David Howell
Floyd County, Virginia
Will Book "B"
In the name of God, Amen
I David Howell, Senior of Floyd County, Virginia feeling myself weak in
body, but of sound mind and memory and sensibly feeling that the desolution
of this mortal body is near at hand; therefore I do hereby make,
constitute, appoint and ordain this to be my last will and testament,
revoking all wills heretofore made for the purpose of disposing my estate
both real and personal property after the form following to wit; And first
I will that after my decease as soon as decency and convenience will admit
that my live stock whatever is not herein after devised be sold and, that
all my just debts be paid off and fully discharged after which if any
amount should remain it shall return to the possession of my much loved
wife, for her own use.  Secondly I give and bequeath unto my lawful wife
Jane Howell, the full possession and control of all my lands situate in
Floyd County together with all and every of its appurtenances, big
household and kitchen furniture of every description, one work-horse, two
milk cows, five head of sheep, ten head of hogs, together with all my
farming utensils to her own proper use benefit and comfort during her
natural life.  Thirdly I give and bequeath unto my two daughters, Rhoda and
Naomia Howell after the decease of their mother said lands above named for
there own use and benefit during their natural life for which purpose these
shall be a dividing line sum from Adam Rosteos line down Thos. Howell's
spring beneath as it meanders to the lower line.  The lands on the north
side of S_el branch to go into the possession of Rhoda Howell that on the
south to Naomia Howell for life only.  4thly after the decease of Rhoda and
Naomia Howell, I will that said land be sold and after securing thirty
dollars to be distributed between my six children to wit; Stephen Howell,
Charity S. Jieklemsen, Daseas Janes of Indian, Elizabeth Hewitts, Jenny
Hangate, and Daniel Howell of Floyd VA., the remainder to be equally
divided between each of David A. Howells and James Howells children.
Fifthly I give and bequeath unto my Grandson Daniel Howell one gray horse
now in his possession to him and his heirs forever, also five dollars out
of the proceeds of the sale of the lands.   6th I give to my daughter
Elizabeth Hewitt five dollars out of the proceeds of the sale of my lands
after the decease of Rhoda and Naomia Howell.  7th I give unto Jenny
Hangate five dollars of the same.  8th I give and bequeath unto my son
Daniel five dollars out of the proceeds of sd sale.  9thly I give and
bequeath to my son Steaphin Howell five dollars as his portion of my
estate.  10thly I give and bequeath to my daughter Charity Spicklensin five
dollars as her portion of my estate to her and her heirs.  11thly I give
and bequeath to my daughter Daseas Janes five dollars as her portion of my
estate to her and her heirs forever.  12thly I do hereby appoint and ordain
David A. Howell and James Howell my sons as executors to execute this my
last will and Testament and in evidence of the same I have hereunto set my
hand and seal, this tenth day of September in the year of our lord one
thousand eight hundred and forty-four.
Signed in the presence of William O. Burgess                    His
John Howell, const.                                     David X Howell (Seal)
                                                                Mark
At the March Term of Floyd County Court 1851 This last will and testament
of David Howell, Decd. Was proved by the oath of John Howell const, one of
the witnesses thereto and was ordered to be continued, and on the second
day of said court the same was further proven by William o. Burgess another
witness thereto and was ordered to be recorded and on motion of David A.
Howell and James Howell the executors therein named who made with theseto
and together with John Howell and Pleasant Howell their securities entered
into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of one thousand dollars
constitioned as the law direct certificate is granted them obtaining a
probate of said will in due form.

                                                Teste:   J. N. Zentemger, Clerk

Contributed by Barb Stanley



 

WILL OF ELIJAH HILTON
Montgomery Co., Va. Will Book 1, page 139
"Mem'o of an agreement made senters into this 8th day of September 1798 between the legatees of Elijah Hilton dec'd and is as follows:
Viz: the said Elijah Hilton during without a written will made the following verbal one as follows:
Viz: my desire is that my land shall be divided between my sons John and Archelaum agreeable to the
way that I have directed - my wife Susannah - daughter Patty - three unmarried children - land of David Howell - sons John, George, and Archelus and my son-in-law Charles Turman, David Howell and Henry
Hilton and my daughter Patty - ..."
Signed: September 8, 1798
        Susannah Hilton
        George Hilton
        John Hilton
        Archelars Hilton
        Charles Turman
        David Howel
        Henry Hilton
        Patty Hilton
Witnesses: Bird Smith, Ebenezer Watkins, William Garrison. Guy Smith
Recorded July 1802 Charles Taylor, CMC

Contributed by Barbara Stanley


John Hughett
State of Virginia
Floyd County
In the name of God Amen
I, John Hughett being weak in body but sound and disposing mind and memory
blessed almighty God for the same do publish this my Last Will and
testament in manner and form following to wit:
First I give my body to the dust and my soul to God who give it and as soon
after my decease as possible I desire that all my Funeral expenses be paid
and also all my just debts be paid by my Executors hereinafter named for
this purpose I desire them to sell from time to time such property either
privately or publicaly as they may think necessary and all the residue of
my property both real and personal I give and bequeath to my beloved wife
Elizabeth Hughett to be used by her during her natural life Except my son
Washtons hogs which are known to my Executors and which I give and bequeath
to him and I desire if Executors can do so conveniently to pay my son John
Hughett and my daughters Nancy, Naomia, and Elizabeth Hughett each thirty
dollars so as to make them equal to some of my older children and to my
daughter June Whitterker I give Ten dollars which will make her equal with
the balance of my children and if my executors have not found enough to
spare conveniently I desire it to be paid at the decease of my beloved wife
Elizabeth Hughett and at her death I desire that all my estate both real
and personal may be equally divided among my several children to wit:
David Hughett, Robert Hughett, Nancy Hughett, John Hughett, Naomia Hughett,
Stephen Hughett, Washington Hughett, Elizabeth Hughett, and my son in laws
Wm. Addison Whitterker, and Ransom Dickens and I john Hughett do nominate
and appoint my son David Hughett sole administrator of the estate of my
Father William Hughett to adjust and settle the business of said estate of
which I am executor and I further desire and request the County court and
the Superior court of law and chancery for the county aforesaid not to
appraise my estate nor to cause my executors to enter into any bond of
security for the performance of their duty and release them from being
bound in any manners either in law or equity having full faith and
confidence that they will discharge their duty and fulfill my desires and
lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my loving wife Elizabeth Hughett
Executrix and my son Washington Hughett Executor of this my last Will and
testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made.

Given under my hand and seal this the 2nd day of December in the year of
our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty nine the words Hughett Wm.
Elizabeth Hughett were interlined before signing.  Signed sealed published
and declared by John Hughett to be his last will and testament in presence
of us
T. W. Williamson
Ambious Cox  (his mark)
Fleming Duncan, Sr.
John Hughett   (his mark) (seal)
At a Court held for the County of Floyd at the Court House on the 21st day
of September, 1854.
This last will and testament of John Hughett Dec'd was proved by oath of
Thomas W. Williamson a subscribing witness thereto and Ambious Cox another
witness whose is subscribed to said will having departed this life his
handwriting was proved by said Williamson who testified that they witnessed
said will and that the testator acknowledged it when they were both present
whereupon said will was ordered to be recorded.
Teste:
J. N. Zentmeyer, Clerk

Contributed by Barb Stanley



 

THE WILL OF WILLIAM HUGHETT
In the name of God amen I William Hughett of the County of Floyd and the
State of Virginia being weak in body but of perfect mind and memory and
calling to mind the mortality of my body, do make and ordain this my last
will and testament as touching my worldly estate where with it hath pleased
God to bless me in this life.  I desire first that all my just debts should
be paid then I desire that my beloved wife Elizabeth Hughett should keep
and enjoy all the land I now possess together with all my household and
kitchen furniture of every description, all my plantation utensils, all
livestock of every description, also one Negro woman Nellie, to keep and
use or dispose of as she may think most advisable.  Then at her death I
desire that Mary Bond shall have ten acres of land taking the buildings,
the apple orchard and meadow, also one feather bed-stead and furniture to
keep and enjoy during her life and at her death I give and bequeath the
above named ten acres of land to my son John Hughett and his heirs forever.
 I also give to my daughter Mary Jeffries one shilling, as her part at
present of my estate.  I also give to my son John Hughett one shilling as
his part of my estate.  I also give to the heirs of my daughter Alcy Goad,
deceased, one shilling as their part of my estate.  I also give to my son
William Hughett one shilling as his part of my estate.  I also give to my
daughter Sally Prater one shilling as her part of my estate.  I also give
to my daughter Elizabeth Nester one shilling as her part of my estate at
present and at the death of my wife Elizabeth Hughett all my land estate
except the exception above made to Mary Bond and then to my son John
Hughett.  Also as above all the residue of land to my son John Hughett and
his heirs forever and at my wife Elizabeth Hughett's decease I give and
bequeath all the property that there may be left by her to my three
daughters Mary Jeffries, Sally Prater, and Elizabeth Nester and their heirs
forever and for the purpose of carrying this my last will act ____    ____
into effect.  I nominate and appoint my son John Hughett as my lawful
executor.   In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this
the 9th day of January 1834.
In presence of:
                                                                              his
Solomon Slusher                                 William Hughett
Peter Slusher                                                    mark
W. Thompson
W. M. Quesenberry
Floyd May Court 1837
This last will and testament of William Hughett, deceased, was proved in
court by the oath of Peter Slusher and William Thompson two of the
witnesses thereto and ordered to be reviewed.
                                                                W. Goodson

Contributed by Barb Stanley



 

The Will of HENRY IDDINGS Sr.
In the name of God Amen
I Henry Iddings being old and infirm in boddy but perfectly sound in mind
do make this my last Will and Testement as follows.
Viz I give my boddy to the earth from whence it was taken in the certain
assurance of hope that it be raised an immortal boddy at the
riserrection(ressurection) at the last day and my soul to God who gave it
and is able to preserve it and for the little property which by the
blessing of God I have been able to gather I desire that it may be disposed
of in the following manner. (Viz) First, after my honest debts is (are)
discharged and the funeral expenses defraid ( defrayed) I do give and
bequeath unto my daughter MARY two hundred dollars in cash and two beds
with steds and furniture sufficient for them and two milk cows (,) six
head of sheep( and) one bureau ( to keep for)her life time (;) then (,) if
any remain (s) (are) not disposed of it is (they are) to be sold and (the
proceeds) equally devided amonst the rest of my children only (except for )
fifty dollars cash she can give to whom she pleases at her death(.) (T)he
balance on (to) my my children and children in laws (.) I embrace them all
individually together. I have deeded them land and laid it off to them
accordin to the equality as near as my judgement could and consider it
fairly done (.) (S)o after fufilling the above bequest that all my land be
sold and all my property both real & personal at the highest bidder and the
money equally devided amonst them. NB This last mention be executed before
the above named MARY be partioned. 3rd I will do this my last will and
testament constitute my son WILLIAM IDDINGS and my son in law BIRD SMITH
sale executors of this my last Will and Testament. Also my WILLIAM IDDINGS
aforesaid Gardian for my daughter MARY aforesaid. In witness whereoff I
have unto set my hand and seal this 22nd day of May 1850
HENRY IDDINGS (seal)
Witness
John B Payne
James Light Jr
Samuel R Light
Will Book 1, page 156, Floyd County, Virginia
At a court held for the county of Floyd at the Court House on the 21st day
of September, 1854, this last Will and Testment of HENRY IDDINGS was proved
by JAMES LIGHT and SAMUEL LIGHT witness thereto and was ordered recorded.

Contributed by Rena Worthen & Margarette Tynan


Will of George W. KELLEY, Sr.
1878, Floyd County, Virginia
[The actual spelling and punctuation has been preserved in this
transcription.  The surname KELLY, also spelled KELLEY, is found with both
spellings in many records for this family.  Many descendants currently use
the KELLEY spelling, but there are probably some branches of the family,
unknown to me at this time, who use the KELLY spelling.

Paula Kelley Ward, 30 July 1998.]
 

 "I, George W. Kelly, Sr., Of the County of Floyd and State of Virginia -
Do Make and ordain this to be my last Will and Testament
                 Artickual 1st - I will and desire that all my just debts
shall be paid.
                 Artickual 2nd - I further will that my wife, Nancy, Shall
have her thirds of my Real Estate laid off in such a way as to imbrace my
Dweling house, also that she shall have one horse beast, two milch cows,
two beads, and nessary beding for the same, also my best Cubbord, and one
half of the furnature in the same, one folding table, one dressing table,
one trunk which she may like best, Six chairs and half of my Kitchen
furnature, also fully one third part of all the sheep and hogs that I may
have on hand at my death, and that she shall have Meat and grain Sufficient
for her support for twelve months after my death.  To have and to hold
during her Natural life.  All of which property or so much as she may have
at her death Shall return to my heirs as hereinafter provided.
                 Artickual 3rd - I will to my Son, James L. Kelly, nothing.
for the reason that he has already gotten as much or more than any of my
children can get.
                 Artickual 4th - I further will that my son, Moses G.
Kelly, Shall pay after My death fifty dollars to My Estate, it being in
consideration of a balance for land deeded to him by my self.
                 Artickual 4th - The remaining Portion of My Estate both
Real and personal I wish sold, my personal property to be sold on a credit
of Twelve Months.  My Real Estate on such time as Executors may think most
conducive to the interests of my legatees, and after all nessary expences
shall have been paid.  My Will and desire is that the proceeds shall be
Eaqually divided between My children herein after named, to wit.  Elizabeth
Conner, Ann Gray, Benjamin F. Kelly, George W. Kelly, Jr., William D.
Kelly, and Moses G. Kelly, and the heirs of Joseph P. Kelly, Dec'd - Shall
have only one share.
                 I further will that My son, James L. Kelly, Shall not have
any Interest in My wife's Dowery.
                 I apoint My son, Moses G. Kelly, and my son-in-law, Nathan
Conner, My Executors of this My last Will and Testament - Given under My
hand and seal this fifth day of June One thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy
four - (signed) George W. Kelly
                 Signed in presents of us  S. M. Helm, R. W. Knopff, Wm.
M. Aldridge"
[George W. Kelley died 17 November 1878, Floyd County, VA.  The will was
proved in Floyd County Court on 10 December 1878.]

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              The following is from Deed Book P, Page 298, Floyd County
Court
                 On 10 December 1879, the Court appointed William M.
Aldridge, Mark H. Custer, and Benjamin L. Bell to assign the Dower to Nancy
Kelly, Widow of George W. Kelly, "having reference to quantity, quality and
improvements thereon and value, and report to the Court."
                 On 23 May 1879, the three appointees presented to the
Court the following statement
"...We went on the lands of the aforenamed G. W. Kelly and found by a
survey made by A. Hogan that the said G. W. Kelly owned at his death 407
acres of land at his residence & 135 acres in the County of Franklin on
Snow Creek.  Making 542 acres total No. of acres.  After examining the land
and taking into Consideration the quantity, quality and value of above
named lands.
                 "We assigned to the aforesaid Nancy Kelly Ninety fore &
One half [94-1/2] acres, including the dwelling house & other improvements
about the residence of the aforesaid Geo. W. Kelly as one
third in value of the whole estate as we could best determine."
                 They included with their report the Survey & plat of the
assigned dowery
                 "A Survey of the Dowery of Nancy Kelly, Widow of G. W.
Kelly, Containing 94-1/2 Acres lying on the Waters of Little River, Floyd
County, Va., & bounded as follows. (Viz) Beginning at a chestnut near the
County line corner to Lot No. 2, N. 28-1/2 W. 56-1/2 poles to locust by a
spring.  N. 34 W. 34 poles to a shake [?] in a road, thence road N. 21-1/2
W. 41 poles crossing a branch to a white oak, corner to Wm. Aldridge,
thence with his lines N. 31-1/2 W. 32-1/2 poles to a small red oak by a
road.  S. 59-1/2 W. 56 poles to a white oak.  S. 72-1/2 W. 20 poles to
pointers - thence leaving said lines.  With James Kelly's lines S. 32 E. 46
poles to a hickory. S. 50 W. 37 poles to white oak by road - S. 19. E. 58
poles to a white oak stump (of Conner) [Corner?].  Thence to a new line. S
69-1/2 E. 43-1/2 poles to a spanish oak N. 75 E. 97. poles passing Corner
of Lots 2 & 3, at 44-1/2 poles to the beginning.  May 1879.  [signed] A.
Hogan.  Respectfully submitted this the 23rd day of May 1879.
              Appraisers  Mark H. Custer, Benjamin L. Bell, Wm. M.
Aldridge."

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Transcribed and submitted by Paula Kelley Ward, 3rd-great granddaughter of George W. Kelley.


Will of Elder John Lawrence
At the October 1801 term of Court) John Lawrence S will was proven.  "In the Name of God, Amen, I, John Lawrence of Montgomery County and the State of Virginia being through the abundant mercy of God of a sound mind and perfect understanding and memory do constitute and appoint this my Last Will and Testament and desire it may be Received by all as such.  Impromise I give my soul to God who gave it in hopes of a joyful Resurrection through the all sufficient merit and mediation of my most blessed redeemer Jesus Christ, Him I give my body to the earth from whence it came to be buried at the descration of my Executors hereafter named   I desire that all my just debts and funeral charges being paid that the residue of my estate be disposed of in manner following.  Impromise I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Levinah all my real and personal estate during her natural life and the one. third part of my personal estate to be wholly at her disposal and will.  Item:
I give and bequeath unto Thomas Sabens  son of Liony Sabens the plantation I now live on adjoining James Simpkins land.  I herewith give to him .~he said Thomas Sabens the two-thirds of all my personal estate after the decease of my loving wife to him and his heirs and assigns forever.  Item.  I give and bequeath unto my three sons John Lawrence, William Lawrence and Thomas Lawrence a sartain tract of land laung on Lorrel Creek at the waters of Little River the sai~to be equally divided between the three to them and thare heirs or assigns forever.  Ite~T~ I give and bequeath unto Levi Charlton a carta~as of land laung on the east side of Pounding Mill branch between John Lawrence  and and Thomas Chariton land, James Simpkins land and with Simpkins line strait to said branch to him and his heirs and assigns forever.  Item. I hereby constitute and appoint my loving sons John Lawrence~ William Lawrenoeand Thomas Lawrence Executors of this my last will and Testament hereby revoking and dismal mg all former wills and testaments by me heretofore constituted, this my last Wi 1 and Testament, to witness hereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the twentieth day of February one thousan~ eighl hundred and one.  Signed and sealed and delivered in presence of James Simpkins, James Stevens and Rebeckah Stevens."
/Sgn./ John Lawrence

Contributed by Chuck Jennings


WILL OF MARTEL LESUEUR
I Martel Lesueur of Floyd County and State of Virginia Being of sound mind
but ? in body and knowing the certainty of death and wishing to dispose of
my property according to my desire do make this my last will and testament.
I desire my executor herein after appointed shall as soon as practable
after my death sell all of my personal property after paying my just debts
out of the sale.
First I will and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth S. Lesueur Seven hundred
($700.00).
Second I will and bequeath to my grandson Willie E. Bowman Two hundred
($200.00) Dollars.
Third I will and bequeath to my three children E. J. Lesueur, Eliza A.
Howery and Flora A. Vanfleet the remainder of my estate to be equally
divided between them.  The debts that I have against my three children is
to be taken in as part of their estate.
I appoint  Samuel Bowman as my executor to my will and direct him to sell
my property on such terms as he thinks best.
Witness my signature and seal   {J. A. Sowers
                                                {C. P. Phlegar
December 5 1902      M. Lesueur

Codicil   No. 1 to the foregoing will in clause third the debts referred to
include all debts and bonds I hold against E. J. Lesuer dated first day of
August 1885 for the sum of $282.00 which is based on ?  must be accounted
for by said E. J. Lesueur but he is not to be charged with interest
thereon.
Witness my signature and seal
 July 28, 1904
  M. Lesueur
This codicil was signed in the presence of the undersigned witnesses and we
were asked to sign it as witnesses and we signed it being both together in
the presence of the testator, July 28th 1904
 R. F. Lampkins
 J. A. Sowers
 W. M. ?
A paper dated December 5, 1902 and Codicil No. 1 dated July 28, 1904 to be
the last will and testament of Martel Lesueur was presented to the Circuit
Court of Floyd County, Virginia on the second day of December 1904 and
ordered to be recorded.
RECORDED IN
Will Book 1
Page 344

Contributed by Cheryl LeSueur


WILL OF PHILIP MARTIN
In the name of God amen, I Philip Martin, of Montgomery County, State of Virginia, being weak in body but of sound mind and disposing memory (for which I thank God) and calling to mind the uncertainty of human life and being desirous to dispose of all such worldly estate as it has pleased God to help me with I dispose of in the following manner, To wit, all my just debts and funeral expenses being first paid Impreines[?] I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Catherine and undivided part of my land as followeth, to wit, Beginning at a pine tree on the mountain & on or near the open line of the patend land and running thence a straight course to a large beach above the spring near the dwelling house including the dwelling house and all the other buildings and from there to a large poplar on a line of James Walls land for her support during her life, also all the personal estate which shall belong to me at the time of my decease except such part thereof as shall be otherwise disposed of in the subsequent part of this my will.  Item I will and bequeath unto my oldest daughter Polly Walters wife of William Walters one dollar.  Item I will and bequeath unto my eldest son George Martin one dollar.  Item I will and bequeath unto my daughter Peggy Howery wife of George Howery one dollar.  Item I will and bequeath unto my son Philip Martin one dollar.  Item I will and bequeath unto my daughter Betsy Wailsman wife of John Wailman one dollar.  Item I will and bequeath unto my daughter Nancy Martin wife of David Martin one dollar.  Item I will and bequeath unto my daughter Catherine the other undivided part of land lying southwest of the other deviseo[?] part and beginning at the pine tree before mentioned and running a straight course to the before mentioned beach and from thence a straight course to the poplar tree, marker, on James Walls line with all its appurtenances to her and her heirs and ofsigns[?] forever, Item I will and bequeath unto my daughter Matilda all the personal property that shall remain at the time of my wifes decease.  Item I will and bequeath unto my younger daughter Melinda the part of my real estate which in[?] the preceeding part of my will is bequeathed to my wife during her life which includes all the buildings with all its appurtenances after the decease of my wife to her the said Malinda and her heirs and afsigns[?] forever.  And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my beloved wife Catherine sole executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking and disannulling all other as former wills and testament by me heretofore made.  In witnip[?] whereof I have hereunder set my hand and affixed my my [as written] seal this twenty first day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & seventeen [1817]
                                                                                         PHILLIP MARTIN
Signed sealed Published and declared as and for the last will and testament of the above Philip Martin in presance of us
F. GARDNER FRANCIS A. GARDNER
At Montgomery June Court 1821 _________________________________presented in Court and proved by the oath of_______________________ [couldn't read]

Contributed by Barbara Stanley


WILL OF PETER POFF, SR.
I Peter Poff Seynior of the County of Montgomery and State of Virginia do hearby make my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say
1st that out of my moneys now in hand I desire that all my just debts if any thar be and funeral expences [be] fully paid off and discharged
2nd I will and bequeath unto my Dear and loving wife two of her chois Cows two beds and all the Ballance of the Household and Kitchen furniture except the ballance of the beds The Home place whear we now live during her natural life the paroshable part of what hath been bequeathed to my Dear Wife she may dispose of During her lifetime if she pleases
3rd I will and bequeath unto my Son Henry Poff the tract of land on which he now lives with all its appurtenances thereto belonging Beginning at the Draw bars whear they now stand near the old mill then a strait line on easterly course to the Cross fence whar it now stands and with said fence as it now runs to the Corner of Anthony Poff's [illegible] fence whar it now stands and then a line according to Anthony's Clamd land now is woods that is the land he now occupys and from his Clamd land a strait line to the nearest part of the old line and with the old line to the Bent road and with said road to the Beginning
4th I will and bequeath unto my Son anthony Poff all the mill place and all the Ballance of the land except that part devised to Henry Poff Beginning at the above named Draw Bars along the Bent road to whar it Crosses the old mill branch and down that branch to Wiley's line.
5th I will and bequeath unto my Son michael Poff all the land that lays of the [illegible] on the south side of the Bent mountain road and according to Anthony Poff's lines mentioned above
6th I will and bequeath unto my Son Charles Poff all that tract of land on the Pine Spar road which I purchased of Stephen R[illegible]
7th I will and bequeath unto my Son Peter Poff two small tracts of land and which he now lives on the aker adjoining the same Which is set forth by 2 small patterns
8th I will and bequeath unto my Son John Poff a piece of land that I took up adjoining the old place which will be set forth By a pattern of about ninety akers.
8th I will and bequeath unto my Son Samuel Poff after the decease of his mother the Ballance of the old tract of land
9th I Will and bequeath unto my two younger Daughters Christiniah and Anna Poff 1 Cow and 1 Heifer each and Anna 1 Bed and furniture also twenty dollars and the ballance of my paroshable property I wish sold and my outstanding debts Collected and my specified legays paid off and out of the proceeds of such sale and Colection I wish to Be equally divided between my five daughters
I mor over Will and bequeath unto my Loving Wife Seventy five Bushels of the grain growed or growing and lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my friends William Conner Seynior & Jacob Hoback By this my will and testament hearby revoking all others In witness whearof I have hearunder set my hand and affixed my seal In the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty September the 14th.
Will of Nathan Ratliff, Abstract
Wills Va, Montgomery Co.  RATLIFF, Nathan. Will probated Jan 1835.
Names children. Jeremiah, William, John, Thompson, Sarah "Sally" ALTIZER,
wife of Jonas, Rebecca AKERS, wife of John, Mary and Martha.

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Will of Squiar Ratliff, Abstract
Wills Va, Montgomery 1783-1833  RATLIFF, Squiar. Will probated 1 Apr
1777. Leaves everything he has to Lauh RATLIFF. Made just before starting
upon a long journey, (1773) from which he never returned.

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The Will of Lawrence Shelor
(Dated 1787, Botetourt Co., Virginia)
"In the name of god amen. I Lawrence Shealer of the County of Botetourt in
the State of Virginia, being in perfect mind and memory, thanks be given to
god calling to mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is
appointed for all men to die, do take and ordain this my last will and
testament, that is to say, specifically, and first of all I give and
recommend my soul into the hand of the almighty God that gave it, and my
body to the earth to be buried in a decent christian burial; at the
discresion, of my Executionors, nothing doubting but the general
resurection. I shall recieve the same again, by the mightily forever of God,
and as touching such worldly Estate, wherewith it both pleased God to (help
or keep) me with, in this life, I give (devide?) and dispose of the same in
the following manner and form,_First I give and bequeath to Mary, my beloved
wife, the house where we now live, with all my lands and house hold
furniture, stock of horses and cattle, hogs and sheep, working tools, money
and my whole Estate, to have and to hold and use as she thinks proper, only
at her death shall divide her estate between my son, Jacob Shelor, and my
daughter, Mary Shelor, in the manner and form she thinks best Excepting one
hundred acres of land which she my said wife; shall make at good and
sufficient right unto my son Lawrence Shealor at any time he should apply
for same, - I also give my said son Lawrence the sum of one shilling
starting to be paid by my Executioners; also to my son Daniel I give the sum
of one shilling in like manner to be paid, also to my son Jacob I give one
shilling, also to my daughter Sophia I give one shilling also to my daughter
Margaret , I give one shilling, also to my daughter Catrin I give one
shilling also to my daughter
Mary I give one shilling. Also my beloved wife, Mary Shealor, I constitute
make and ordain my sole executionor of this my last will and testament and I
do hereby disanull and revoke all former wills and declaring and confirming
this my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof, I hereunto set my hand
and seal this day of (blank?) in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven
Hundred and Eighty Seven. ... Lawrence Shealor (and hand drawn seal) (also
signed by) ... William Hungate   Moses Cummings
The above will was proved in Montgomery January Court 1795. Moses Cummings
had departed this life in Kentucky but William Hungate verified Mr. Cummings
was present and saw Moses Cummings subscribe his name.

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John H. Sowers
LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF JOHN H. SOWERS DECEASED.
FLOYD COUNTY, VIRGINIA - WILL BOOK E - PAGE 451
I John H. Sowers of the county of Floyd and state of Virginia being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding do make this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former last wills & testament and writings in the nature of last wills & testament by me heretofore made ----- My will is first that all the Just debts & funeral expenses of myself & my wife Catherine Sowers shall be paid by my Executor herein after named ----- I will and bequeath to the heirs of my son Hewlin L. Sowers one dollar ----- I will & bequeath to my son Joseph D. Sowers one dollar ----- I will & bequeath to my grand-daughter Catherine Sowers One good bed & one milk cow provided she continue to live with me & my wife till our death or until she may marry -----I will & bequeath to my daughters E. Ellen Winters & Pollie Wickham all my household and Kitchen property that may remain after the death of myself & wife or the one that may live the longer ----- to be equally divided between them provided that in case E. Ellen Winters should die before myself & wife then all my household & Kitchen property I give to my daughter Pollie Wickham ----- I will and bequeath to my daughter Ellen Wickham & her husband B. C. Wickham all the residue of my estate both real & personal provided the said B. C. Wickham pay all the bequeaths herein before made and furnish to myself and wife Catherine Sowers a comfortable support and careful attendance during our natural lives and to pay to my daughter Eliza Ellen Winters should she live longer than either of us the sum of One hundred dollars to be paid in five equal payments of twenty dollars each without interest the first payment to be made twelve months after the death of myself or wife of the one that may live the longer and than Twenty dollars a year till the amount is paid or till the death of said Eliza Ellen Winters and in case of her death no payments are to be made thereafter ----- And I herein nominate and appoint my son in law B. C. Wickham the sole executor of this my last will & testamant ------ In witness whereof I have assigned my name & affixed my seal this 25th day of August 1876
John H. (x his mark) Sowers
Teste B. P. Elliott, Clk
Assigned sealed & declared by the said John H. Sowers to be his last will & testament who in his presence and at his request hereunto in the presence of each other assigned our names as witnesses thereto this 25th day of August 1876 -----
                                                A. J. Hoback
                                                Peter Bowman
Virginia ----- In Floyd County Court January 9th 1877
        A paper purporting to be the Last will & Testament of John H. Sowers deceased was produced in court and proven by the Oaths of A. J. Hoback & Peter Bowman subscribing witness         thereto admitted to probate and ordered to be recorded
                                                A Copy
                                                Teste B. P. Elliott, Clk

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WILL OF JACOB WALTERS - WILL BOOK F, PAGE 21
The last Will and Testament of Jacob Walters-
        I Jacob Walters considering the uncertainty of this Mortal life and being of sound Mind and Memory.
        Blessed be Almighty God. For the same do make and publish this my last Will and testament in manner
        and form following. (that is to say)
First - I desire to be decently and _______ buried on my own land without any funeral pomp and with
        as little Expense as may be.
Second - After the payment of all my just debts and funeral expenses I give to each of my children by
        my first beloved wife Hannah Walters, Elizabeth Angle, Abigill Board, Mary Kingery's dec'd
        her two sons, Wm. & Charly Kingery & Christena Boswell the sum of One Dollar each to be
        paid to each of them in One Year after my disease.
Third - I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Elizabeth Walters all my land containing about one
        hundred Acres, more or less, Known as the homeplace adjoining the land of Jonathan &
        James R. Whiteneck and others. Also all the personal property that I may have at my decease
        during her Natcheral life. Thence to be equally divided between my Five sons and two Daughters
        vs - George B., Jacob B., Theodore L., James M., John M., Alice Walters and Sis Harrison.
And I do hereby constitute and appoint my two sons George B. & Jacob B. Walters sole Executor of this
my last Will and Testament
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 24th day of February 1887
                                                                Jacob (his mark) Walters
Witness: George B. Conner Simpson, Va.
Moses L. Conner Simpson, Va.
Virginia - At a County Court held for the County of Floyd at Court house thereof on the 9th day of
        April 1889 A paper purporting to be the last Will and Testament of Jacob Walters deceased
        produced in Court proven by the oaths of George B. Conner & Moses L. Conner the
        subscribing witnesses thereto admitted to probate and ordered to be recorded.
                                                        Test. B. P. Elliott Clk.

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WILL OF WILLIAM WALTERS, SR.
        I William Walters Seignior of the County of Floyd and State of Virginia being far advanced in this life and being desirous to dispose of what estate I shall have left at my decease according to my own wish Therefore I make this my last will and testament revoking all others That is to Say 1st I will my daughter Nancy Holt one dollar 2ndly I will to my daughter Elizabeth Sipmson one dollar 3rdly I will to my son Jacob Walters one dollar 4thly I will to my son George Walters one dollar 5thly I will to my son Martin P. Walters one dollar 6thly I will to my son Wm. C. Walters one dollar 7thly I will to my daughter Elender Perdue twelve dollars 8thly I will to my Daughter Polly Deeweese the wife of Larkin Deeweese one dollar 9thly I will to my daughter Matilda Conner the wife of Andrew Conner one dollar 10thly I will to my Son John Walters one dollar 11thly I will to my present wife all my house hold & Kitchen furniture should she be the longer lived and at her decease to despose of Said house hold & Kitchen furniture as she pleases and lastly I will to my son Hiram all the balance of my estate both real and personal after paying the above legacys and burial Expences and all other just debts in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & Seal this the 15th day of February one thousand eight hundred & forty eight 1848.
                                                        Wm. Walters Sr (Seal)
attest
Peter Guerrant William Snuffer Jacob Sowder
At the November Term of Floyd County Court 1853
This last will and testament of William Walters Decd was proved by the oath of Peter Guerrant William Snuffer and Jacob Sowder witnesses thereto and was ordered to be recorded And no executor having been named in the Will On motion of Hiram Walters he was permitted to qualify as administrator with the Will assessed Whereupon the said Hiram Walters with Peter Guerrant his security entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penality of One Thousand dollars with Conditions according to law and thereupon he took the Oath prescribed by law.
                                                Teste J. N. Lentmeyer? Clerk

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