The Resource Gloucester County (Va.) Chancery Causes, (electronic resource)

Gloucester County (Va.) Chancery Causes, (electronic resource)

Gloucester County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1866-1931
Gloucester County (Va.) Chancery Causes
Inclusive dates
  • Gloucester County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1866-1931 (bulk 1867-1917) 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
Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia Circuit Court (Gloucester County). Browse search: Gloucester 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.
  • Gloucester County was formed in 1651 from York County.
  • All records were destroyed by an 1820 fire, and most of the records created after 1820 were destroyed by fire in Richmond on 3 April 1865, where they had been moved for safekeeping during the Civil War.
Cataloging source
Location of other archival material
  • Additional Gloucester 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.
  • Gloucester County is one of Virginia's Lost Records Localities. Additional Gloucester County Court Records may be found in the Virginia Lost Records Localities Digital Collection.
Gloucester County (Va.) Chancery Causes, (electronic resource)
  • These items came to the Library of Virginia in transfer of court papers from Gloucester County
  • Digital images were generated by OCLC through the Library of Virginia's Circuit Court Records Preservation Program
Arranged chronologically.
  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
The Chancery Records Index for Gloucester County Chancery Causes and the chancery causes of other Virginia localities are available electronically at the web site of the Library of Virginia by clicking the following link -
Digital images.
Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
  • Gloucester County Circuit Court
  • OCLC
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.
Terms governing use
There are no restrictions.

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