Mecklenburg Co, VA WB#15 p.219 
Will of Thomas Smith 7 May 1812; 18 May 1840
In the name of God amen - I Thomas Smith of the county of
Mecklenburg & state of Virginia of sound mind & memory do make this
last will testament Viz - I lend to my brother in law John Couch and
his wife Susannah Couch all my estate real & personal their natural
life & after their decease I give & bequeath the same all my estate
real & personal to their son John Couch & his heirs forever.  In
witness whereof I have hereunto set my name 7th day of May A.D.
1812.  Sig: Thomas Smith
Wit: Wm. J. Pattillo
Martha M. Pattillo
At a court held for the county of Mecklenburg at the courthouse
thereof on the 18th day of May 1840 The foregoing last will &
testament was produced in court and proved by the oath of Martha M.
Pattillo of the subscribing witnesses thereto and William J.
Pattillo the other subscribing witness now being dead John F. Finch
& W. ? Wall being sworn (copy bad at bottom, they verified sig of
William J. Pattillo).