The Resource Digital images were generated by Backstage Library Works through the Library of Virginia's Circuit Court Records Preservation Program | The Chancery Records Index and images for Nansemond County Chancery Causes are available electronically at the web site of the Library of Virginia by clicking the link found in this record

Digital images were generated by Backstage Library Works through the Library of Virginia's Circuit Court Records Preservation Program | The Chancery Records Index and images for Nansemond County Chancery Causes are available electronically at the web site of the Library of Virginia by clicking the link found in this record

Label
1866-1933
Inclusive dates
1866-1933
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Nansemond County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1866-1933, are indexed into the Chancery Records Index. Cases are identified by style of suit consisting of plaintiff and defendant names. Surnames of others involved in a suit, including secondary plaintiffs and defendants, witnesses, deponents and affiants, and family members with surnames different from the plaintiff or defendant are indexed. Chancery causes often involved the following: divisions of estates or land, disputes over wills, divorces, debt, and business disputes. Predominant documents found in chancery causes include bills (plaintiff's complaint), answers (defendant's response), decrees (court's decision), depositions, affidavits, correspondence, lists of heirs, deeds, wills, slave records, business records or vital statistics, among other items. Plats, if present, are noted, as are wills from localities with an incomplete record of wills or localities other than the one being indexed
  • Chancery causes are useful when researching local history, genealogical information, and land or estate divisions. They are a valuable source of local, state, social, and legal history and serve as a primary source for understanding a locality's history
Note
Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia Circuit Court (Nansemond County). Browse search: Nansemond County (Va.) Circuit Court.
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Biographical or historical data
  • Chancery Causes are cases of equity. According to Black's Law Dictionary they are "administered according to fairness as contrasted with the strictly formulated rules of common law." A judge, not a jury, determines the outcome of the case.
  • Nansemond County was created as Upper Norfolk County by 1640 and in 1642 was renamed Nansemond County for the Nansemond Indians, who lived in the area in the early seventeenth century. The county seat was Suffolk. The county became the independent city of Nansemond on 1 July 1972, and on 1 January 1974 Nansemond merged with the city of Suffolk. The entire area is now known as Suffolk.
  • Nansemond County court records were destroyed in three separate fires: the earliest consumed the house of the court clerk in April 1734 (where the records were kept at that time), the second was set by British troops in 1779, and the last occurred on 7 February 1866.
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Form designation
Nansemond County (Va.) Chancery Causes
Location of other archival material
  • Post-1933 original Nansemond County (Va.) Chancery Causes are available at The Library of Virginia.
  • Additional Nansemond County Court Records can be found on microfilm at The Library of Virginia web site. Consult "A Guide to Virginia County and City Records on Microfilm."
  • See the Chancery Records Index found on the Library of Virginia web site for the chancery records of other Virginia localities.
  • Nansemond County is one of Virginia's Lost Records Localities. Additional Nansemond County Court Records may be found in the Virginia Lost Records Localities Digital Collection.
Label
Digital images were generated by Backstage Library Works through the Library of Virginia's Circuit Court Records Preservation Program | The Chancery Records Index and images for Nansemond County Chancery Causes are available electronically at the web site of the Library of Virginia by clicking the link found in this record
Link
http://www.virginiamemory.com/collections/chancery/
Note
  • Digital images were generated by Backstage Library Works through the Library of Virginia's Circuit Court Records Preservation Program
  • The Chancery Records Index and images for Nansemond County Chancery Causes are available electronically at the web site of the Library of Virginia by clicking the link found in this record
Arrangement
Arranged chronologically.
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
Digital images.
Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Backstage Library Works
Organization method
Organized by case, of which each is assigned a unique index number comprised of the latest year found in case and a sequentially increasing 3-digit number assigned by the processor as cases for that year are found.
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001628225
Terms governing use
Patrons are to use digital images of Nansemond County (Va.) Chancery Causes found on the Chancery Records Index available electronically at the website of the Library of Virginia.

Library Locations

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