The Resource Powhatan County (Va.) Pending Chancery

Powhatan County (Va.) Pending Chancery

Powhatan County (Va.) Pending Chancery, 1914-1951
Powhatan County (Va.) Pending Chancery
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  • Powhatan County (Va.) Pending Chancery, 1914-1951, are unprocessed chancery papers. 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, business records or vital statistics, and plats, among other items
  • 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
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Biographical or historical data
  • Powhatan County was named for the Indian chieftain who ruled the native inhabitants of tidewater Virginia in the early seventeenth century. It was formed from Cumberland County in 1777, and part of Chesterfield County was added later.
  • 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.
Cataloging source
Location of other archival material
Additional Powhatan County Chancery Causes can be found via the Chancery Records Index on the Library of Virginia's web site.
Powhatan County (Va.) Pending Chancery
  • These items came to the Library of Virginia in a transfer of court papers from Powhatan County under the accession number 44158
  • The collection is located at the State Records Center. Contact Archives Research Services for access information, directions and hours
Arranged alphabetically by plaintiff surname.
  • The Library of Virginia
Governing access note
There are no restrictions. The collection is unprocessed but open for research
Immediate source of acquisition
Powhatan County Circuit Court
Terms governing use
There are no restrictions.
Type of unit
cu. ft. (10 boxes)

Library Locations

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      37.5415632 -77.4360805
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