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Isham E. Belcher (b. 1732, d. 1798)

Isham E. Belcher (son of Richard D. Belcher and Mary Obedience Clay) was born 1732 in Chesterfield Co., VA, and died 1798 in Wythe, VA. He married Elizabeth Clay on June 02, 1759 in Virginia, daughter of William Mitchell Clay and Martha Runyan.

 Notes for Isham E. Belcher:
Isham Belcher is listed under Miscellaneous Enlistments for the French
and Indian Wars. He enlisted 28 June 1757, in Amelia Co., VA.

Isham Belcher is listed in the Roll of Captain Robert McKenzie's Company, 1757-1758.
It is said that he was 24 years of age at that time, and was 5'10" tall, and enlisted in
Amelia, Virginia. (This was found in a book entitled Colonial Soldiers of the South,

Franklin County, Virginia, Deeds: Isham & Elizabeth Belcher and Richard
Bowlin, 1793

Franklin County, VA Deed Book 2 Pages 503, 504

This Indenture made this forth day of May one thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety
three Between Isham Belcher of the County of Franklin and Elizabeth his wife of
the one part and Richard Bowlin of the County aforesaid of the other part
Witnefseth that the said Isham Belcher for and in Consideration of the Sum of
one hundred and Thirty pounds Current money part in hand paid to him doth grant
bargain and Sell to the said Richard Bowling and his heirs a tract of Land,
Lying on the Branches of Poplar Camp Creek and Simmons Creek in the County
aforesaid -- Containing by Estimation Two hundred and Eight acres be the same
more or lefs and Counded as follows; to wit: Beginning at a Corner Locust
Running north West Course by mark to trees to Heards old order Line-Thence along
the old line partly north East Course to a Corner White Oak on the Indian Ridge
Branch thence down the Same as it meanders to a C______ Whight Oka on Samuel
Dillions line which was Formerly Heards thence with the old line west course to
Poplar Camp as the mowed (?) connecting on a Beech thence Running up the Branch
as it meanders south course to a Counish poplar on on William Austin Line thence
west to Conner hickery continnuing west Crofsing's Branch to a Conner Hickery
thence South to a C_____ Chesnut on Allercoll's line thence South East to a
Corner Read Oak thence with Allarcall's line East Course to a Cumer Chesnut
which is laid doon in John Smith's Coloarces (?) Ground, thence north East
Course to the Beginning together with all its apperinances to have and to hold
the Said Tract of Land with its apportencanses to the sale use of said Richard
Bowling his heirs and afsigns and the Said Isham Belcher and his heirs forever
warrant and defend the said Tract of Land with its apperdinances to the Said
Richard Rowlin and his heirs against the Claims of all persons whatsoever in
witnefs whereof the Isham Belcher and Elizabeth his wife _____ unto ______ -
their names and affefsed their Seals the day and year a bove mention....Signed
Sealed and Delivered in the presence of.


Isham X Belcher SS


Elizabeth III (slash across) Belcher SS


Memorandum that on the day and year within ________....Savery X Saison of the
within Mentioned Land with its apportenances made to the within Richard Rowlace
by the within _______ Isham Belcher agreeable to the within Mentioned deed -
Signed Sealed and Delivered in the presence of

+ Belcher SS



Elizabeth X Belcher SS


At a Court held for Franklin County In April 1793 the within Indenture Together
with the memorandum of Senery and Saison was acknowledged by the within named
Isham Bellcher to be his act and deed and Elizabeth the wife Being Prively
Examed separate and apart from her husband Relinquishing her Rights of dower in
and to said Land and the same was ordered to be Recorded.
Teste: James Callaway

Bio of Isham E. Belcher
Written by: Gregory Clyde Belcher
Research by: Gayl Wells and Greg Belcher
May 2002

Their names are not remembered down through the history of the United States.
As common people during the birth of our nation, they lived lives that vanished into the backdrop of time.
Yet to us they are just as important as the founding fathers of America. A clue here and a hint there gives us glimpse at more then a name. Though lacking important facts about their personal lives, we can piece together clues and hints and imagine who this person was and how his days were spent.

The lives of men then was often hard and not too long. They and their families faced the constant threat of Indian attacks on the outlying areas of civilization.

During the 1700's a large portion of people in Virginia wanted to establish farms in an area where most of the land had not been settled by earlier generations of colonists. A large number of Chesterfield familes began to migrate to Bedford County, which is now Franklin County, Virginia.
Isham Belcher was among those hardy pioneers.
In 1758, Isham bought 100 acres of land from William Thompson. He also sold the land of Richard Belcher, deceased, that same year.

Description of Isham E. Belcher

Isham E. Belcher was born 1732 in Virginia, and died Abt. 1798 in Wythe Co., Va.
As a man he would not have stood out in a crowd. He was approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall with rounded shoulders. (according to French and Indian War records) His hair was light in color.

In the 1750s, France and Britain were fighting in Europe. The war soon spread to North America. British Colonists wanted to take over French land in North America. The British wanted to take over the fur trade in the French held territory. This inevitably drew the colonists into the conflict.
Isham enlisted in his majesty's service on 28 June 1757.


The war ended in 1759 when British Major General James Wolfe captured Quebec. In the peace treaty of 1763 the British got most of the French land in North America. Also as a result of the war, the British began taxing the colonists to pay for the war.

After the war, Isham married (1) Elisabeth Clay 02 June 1759 in Chesterfield Co., Va, daughter of William Clay and Martha Runyun.

1. Children of Isham Belcher and Elisabeth Clay are:
i. George Belcher, born Abt. 1760 in Amelia Co., VA.
ii. James Belcher, born Abt. 1761 in Virginia. He married Sarah Ramsey 26 July 1786 in Virginia.
iii. William Belcher, born Abt. 1762 in Virginia; died Bet. 1840 - 1850 in Orange Co., IN.
iv. Bartlett Belcher, born 08 June 1764 in Chesterfield Co., Va; died 08 April 1848 in Lee Co., Va.
v. Jacob Moses Belcher, born Abt. 1765 in Franklin Co.,Virginia.
vi. Richard Belcher, born Abt. 1766 in Amelia County,Va.
vii. John Belcher, born Abt. 1768 in Virginia; died Bet. 04 June 1838 - 1839 in Orange Co., IN. viii. Martha Belcher, born Abt. 1769 in Virginia. She married James Dillon 12 February 1789 in Franklin Co., Va.
ix. Isham Belcher, born 13 October 1769 in Bedford Co., Virginia; died January 1823 in Bedford Co., Virginia.
Mary Sarah Belcher, born Abt. 1770 in Virginia; died March 1824 in Cabell County,WV.
xi. Lucy Belcher, born Abt. 1771 in Virginia. She married Barnet Marcum 06 June 1791 in Franklin Co., Va.
xii. Phoebe Belcher, born Abt. 1771 in Virginia. She married (1) Joseph Sevenny. She married (2) Richard Bailey.
xiii. Samuel Belcher, born Abt. 1774 in Virginia. He married Betsey Ward 01 January 1799 in Washington Co., Va.
xiv. Jesse Belcher, born Abt. 1778 in Virginia.

More About Isham E. Belcher and Elizabeth Clay:
Marriage: June 02, 1759, Virginia.

Children of Isham E. Belcher and Elizabeth Clay are:

  1. George Belcher, b. 1760.
  2. Jacob Moses Belcher, b. 1762.
  3. William Belcher, b. 1766, d. Aft. 1840.
  4. +Richard Belcher, b. 1766.
  5. James Belcher, b. 1768.
  6. +Isham
  7.  Isome Belcher

, b. October 13, 1769, Franklin County, VA, d. January 1823, Tazewell Co., VA.

  1. Sarah M. Belcher, b. Abt. 1772.
  2. Lucy Belcher, b. 1773.
  3. John Belcher, b. 1774.
  4. Phoebe Belcher, b. 1775.
  5. Martha Belcher, b. 1776.
  6. Samuel Belcher, b. 1771.
  7. Jesse Belcher, b. 1771.