An American Family History


Belcher Family

  also spelled Belsher, Belshaw, Bellshar  

Henrico County was established in 1634 as one Virginia's eight original shires. Its boundaries incorporated an area from which ten Virginia counties were later formed.

Chesterfield County, Virginia was organized in 1749 when the territory south of the James River was separated from Henrico County.

Richard Belcher, Sr, was born about 1710 in Henrico (now Chesterfield) County, Virginia.

He married Mary Obedience Clay.

Richard and Mary's children included:

Isham E. Belcher (1732, married Elizabeth Clay)
Richard Belcher (1734)
Elizabeth Anne Belcher (1740, married Richard Bailey),
Phoebe Belcher (1742 , married Mitchell Clay),
Thomas Belcher (1744),
Robert Belcher (1746),
William Belcher (1748 ),
Benjamin Belcher (1749).

On February 26, 1753, Richard Belcher sold two tracts to William Thompson. The deed was witnessed by John Nunnally, Michael Clay, and John Ward.

In 1754, Richard Belcher sold Peter Blankenship (son of Richard Blankenship) 100 acres bounded by the town of Skinquarter, William Gates, Horsepen Branch and Belcher's old line.

William Clay was the executor of Richard's estate.

In 1767 Isham Belcher, son of Richard Belcher sold his father's land.


Richard Belcher, Jr. was born about 1734

In 1781, on the south side of Little Mountain on Turkey Gap Creek, 28 acres North Fork of Holstein River to the Corner of Belcher's former survey.

On April 29, 1783, Richard had 130 acres on both sides of the North Fork of the
Holston River and a Treasury Warrant beginning on a spur of Pine Mountain
of John Simmons Tract in Tazwell County.


The Holston River flows from Kingsport to Knoxville.
map by Kmusser





Virginia Colonial Abstracts: Henrico Co, Southside of James River 1736;  from a sheriff’s account book, A Levy was 51 lb of tobacco

Page 7
Richd Belshar.
Dr. 1736.
1 Levy.
For your last year’s levy.
Pd by John Belshar Senr.

Page 10
John Belshar.
Dr. 1736.
1 Levy.
Clerk’s fees.
To 1 Registerar
"to your promise for Rd Belshar".
"Cr given you in my Store 110".
"To yr or to R Belsjar for his Levy 51".
In the Credits
"The Clk fee is to Bellshar junr".
The balance of 338 lb tobo pd by Inspector’s note."

Page 19
Aaron Haskins,
Dr. 1736.
1 Levy.
100 acres.
Clks fees.
To lev’d you by the public for taking up yr Runaway.
To del yr pet’o vs Ben Lee.
To arrest Rd Belshar.
Pd by Co Levy and cash.

Page 26
Wil Norris.
Hund’d Norris.
Dr. 1736.
1 Levy.
Clks fee.
Store debt,
Mr Cary’s debt.
To summon vs. R Belsjar.
Paid by an Inspector’s note and "By Jno Belshar junr for Richard