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

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

Nelson County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1808-1912
Nelson County (Va.) Chancery Causes
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  • Nelson County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1808-1912, 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, marriage records and vital statistics, among other items. Plats, if present, are noted on the main folder for the cause, as are wills
  • 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
  • In addition, chancery causes for Nelson County may reference or contain documents from the following counties and cities in Virginia: Amherst, Albemarle, Augusta, Bedford, Buckingham, Goochland, Highland and King William counties and the cities of Lynchburg and Richmond
Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia Circuit Court (Nelson County). Browse search: Nelson 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.
  • Nelson County was formed in 1807 from Amherst County. The county was named for Thomas Nelson, Jr., governor of Virginia from June to November 1781.
Cataloging source
Location of other archival material
  • Additional Nelson 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."
  • Additional unprocessed Nelson County Chancery Causes, 1913-1966, can be found at the Library of Virginia.
  • See the Chancery Records Index found on the Library of Virginia's web site for the chancery records of other Virginia localities.
  • For a list of old chancery causes dismissed from the docket as ended causes, see Nelson County Chancery Order Books U (1955, 1958), pages 96, 399-400 and V (1964), pages 241-243.
Nelson County (Va.) Chancery Causes, (electronic resource)
  • Digital images were generated by Backstage Library Works through the Library of Virginia's Circuit Court Records Preservation Program
  • These items came to the Library of Virginia in transfer of court records from Nelson County under the accession numbers 33162c and 42148
  • Arranged chronologically.
  • Arrangement of documents within each folder are as follows: Bill, Answer, and Final Decree (if found.)
  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
A list of selected suits of interest
Digital images.
Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
  • Backstage Library Works
  • Nelson County Circuit Court
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
Patrons are to use digital images of Craig County (Va.) Chancery Causes found on the Chancery Records Index available electronically at the website of the Library of Virginia.

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