Transcribed & submitted by descendants, Vernon Anderson, Peg Duffy & Ed L. Starling.
From Marshall County Will Book III, pp.297-298. In the name of God Amen. I George Dowler of Marshall county and state of Virginia being in health and sound in mind and memory thank God and calling to mind the mortality of my body I desire my body to be buried with a Christian burial. My soul to God that gave it. As to such estate as I possess I dispose of in the following manner. Towit To my son Thomas Dowler I give and bequest that portion land that I purchased of Josiah Talber[t] and that portion of my homestead lying West of a line to be drawn from the back of the orchard to South-West corner of the barn thence to the meeting house including the barn field and also the land lying North-West of the ridge road. The remainder of my homestead to my son Isaac Dowler. As to my personal property I give and bequest to my sons Thomas Dowler and Isaac Dowler whom I appoint and ordain the Executors of this my last will and testament after all my just debts and funeral expenses are paid, and they(?) pay the following legacies towit said Thomas Dowler to pay to my son Edward Dowler one hundred dollars, to my Michael Dowler one hundred dollars, to my Joseph Dowler one hundred and fifty dollars. My son Isaac Dowler to pay to my daughter the following sums to my daughter Nancy Ann Talbert one hundred dollars to my daughter Hannah Ann Turner one hundred dollars to my daughter Mary Orem one hundred dollars to my daughter Sarah Conner one hundred dollars to my grandson Nelson Lancaster thirty dollars when he comes to age of twenty one years. Whatever notes, receits[sic]or accounts standing against either or each of the above heirs to be deducted from their legacies. The whole of the above property to be subject to the lawful claims of my beloved wife if alive. My executors to act without further security than the property he. In witness whereof I herewith set my hand and seal this 28th day of June A.D. 1858 eight.. Acknowledged in presence of us George Dowler (seal) Dennis Dorsey William Talbert Virginia: county court of Marshall county October seven 1862 George Dowler's will continued A writing purporting to be the last Will and Testament of George Dowler, late of this county, but now deceased, was this day fully proved by oaths of Dennis Dorsey and William Talbert, the subscribing witnesses thereto, and is ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of Thomas Dowler and Isaac Dowler, the persons named as executors of said Will, who made oath as the law directs and witnessed unto (?and?) acknowledged a bond in the penalty of $1000 payable and conditioned according to law (they being persons [forced?] by said Will to act without giving security) certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate of said will in [?this or our?] forum. A copy Teste E. H. Caldwell II