I, JOEL YANCEY, of the County of Bedford do hereby make my last will and testament in manner and form following:
I desire that my land should be sold and the money arising therefrom should go to the payment of all my legal debts and in case that should not be sufficient it is my wish that as much of my personal property should be sold as will answer that purpose.
The residue of my estate, I loan to my beloved wife, during her natural life, and after death to be equally divided among her children Viz. JOHN, LUWESA [sic.], TUDOR, GRACY, CHARLES, BETSEY, MARGARETT, MARY, ANN ELLEN.
I have already given to my son ROBERT and daughter [MARTHA?] an equal part of my estate. The sword given me by my friend ROBERT YANCEY I give to my son ROBERT.
And lastly I constitute and appoint my beloved wife Executrix and my friend WILLIAM RADFORD and my two sons in law as her advisors. No security to be required by my wife.
I do hereby revoke all other wills or testaments made by my me. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 16th day of October in the year of Lord 1833.
JOEL YANCY (SEAL)
JOHN T. W. REDA
At a Court held for Bedford County at the Courthouse the 25th day of November 1833. This last will & Testament of JOEL YANCEY, deceased, was produced in Court & proved by the oaths of JOHN T. W. READ and WILLIAM STEPTOE the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.
And on the motion of ELIZABETH YANCEY, the Executrix in said will named, who took the oath prescribed by law and gave [conditioned recording?] to law in the penalty of Eighteen Thousand dollars, she being released from giving Security by the said will, certificate is granted her for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.
Teste R. C. MITCHELL C.B.C.