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

Prince George County (Va.) Chancery Causes, (electronic resource)

Label
Prince George County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1809-1917
Title
Prince George County (Va.) Chancery Causes
Inclusive dates
1809-1917
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Prince George County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1809-1917 (bulk 1869-1916), 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 cases 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 (Prince George County). Browse search: Prince George County (Va.) Circuit Court.
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Described
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.
  • Prince George County was named for Prince George of Denmark, husband of Queen Anne of England. It was formed from Charles City County by a statute adopted on 28 August 1702 to take effect on 23 April 1703. The county seat is Prince George.
  • Most court records of Prince George County were destroyed in 1782 by British troops during the Revolutionary War and again in 1864 by Union troops during the Civil War. A few volumes that record deeds, court orders, and wills exist.
Cataloging source
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Location of other archival material
  • See the Chancery Records Index found on the Library of Virginia web site for the chancery records of other Virginia localities.
  • Prince George County is one of Virginia's Lost Records Localities. Additional Prince George County Court Records may be found in the Virginia Lost Records Localities Digital Collection.
Label
Prince George County (Va.) Chancery Causes, (electronic resource)
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 Prince George 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.
  • Arrangement of documents within each folder are as follows: Bill, Answer, and Final Decree (if found.)
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  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
A list of selected suits of interest
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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001680519
Terms governing use
Patrons are to use digital images of Prince George 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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