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Amelia County (Va.) Oyer and Terminer Order Book

Amelia County (Va.) Oyer and Terminer Order Book, 1785-1791
Amelia County (Va.) Oyer and Terminer Order Book
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Amelia County (Va.) Oyer and Terminer Order Book, 1785-1791, records brief summaries of court actions in felony cases brought before the court of oyer and terminer including charges such as theft of livestock and goods, rape, murder, and forgery. Many of the cases involve slaves as the defendants. The cases are arranged by court date. There is no index
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Biographical or historical data
  • Amelia County was formed in 1734 from Brunswick and Prince George counties.
  • Courts of Oyer and Terminer (hear and determine) are English in origin. In Virginia, they were convened to try slaves who committed capital offenses, persons accused of committing capital offenses at sea, and other special situations concerning capital offenses. The law establishing the oyer and terminer commission in Virginia has its origins in an act of assembly passed in April 1692 and amended several times in the decades afterwards. The law detailed the procedure for a slave brought to trial for a capital offense. A slave was denied the right to a jury trial that white men and women had.
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Location of other archival material
Additional Amelia County court records can be found on microfilm at the Library of Virginia. Consult "A Guide to Virginia County and City Records on Microfilm" found on the Library of Virginia web site.
Amelia County (Va.) Oyer and Terminer Order Book
  • This volume came to the Library of Virginia under the accession number 37995
  • The microfilm reel was generated by OCLC through the Library of Virginia's Circuit Court Records Preservation Program
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Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
  • Amelia County Circuit Court
  • OCLC
Terms governing use
Use microfilm copy, Amelia County (Va.) Reel 102.
Type of unit
  • v. (20 p.)
  • microfilm reel (22 images)

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