Floyd County, Virginia  

Will of Littleberry Vest
Transcribed by Wayne Hawley


In the name of God, Amen
I Berry Vest being infirm in boddy but perfectly sound in mind do make this my last will and testament as follows.I give my boddy to the Earth from which it was taken in the certain assurance of hope that it will be raised again an immortal boddy at the reserrection at the last day and my soul to God who gave it and is able to preserve itand as for the little prowhich by the blessing of God I have been enabled to gether I desire that it may be disposed of in the following manner,Vig.
After all my Honest debts are paid or discharged and the expences of my funeral and other nesecery  expenses defraid I do give and bequeath unto my beloved wife the tract of land on which I live during her natural lifetime and all the looce house hold and kitchen funiture, property that may belong to me at my discease to dispose of as she may coose as far as her support is concerned. Also one tract lying near me of about sixty acres and one tract near the top of the mountain near the Franklin  line known as the James tract if not disposed before that time, my death, to be sold and if needed to be applied to her support. If not at her death to be eaqually devided among my children also any  that any affects that may be left at her death in like manner only the tract of land on which I live I give and bequeath unto my son Washington at the death of my wife above named.
I do also by my last will and testment constitute my son Samual Vest sole Executer of this my last will and testment in witness where of I have hear unto set my hand and seal this 15th day of July on thousand eight hundred and sixty five.
Bird Smith
Elizabeth Smith                                                                                       Berry (X) Vest
                                                                                                               his mark
I wrote this as it is written , mispelled words and all.
Wayne Hawley