The Resource Prince William County (Va.) County Court Records

Prince William County (Va.) County Court Records

Prince William County (Va.) County Court Records, 1752-1897, undated
Prince William County (Va.) County Court Records
Inclusive dates
1752-1897, undated
  • Prince William County (Va.) County Court Records, 1752-1897, undated contain 3 Fee books, 8 indices to Execution books, 1 Memorandum Book, 1 Minute Book, 7 Order Books, 2 Record Books and 1 Summons Docket (Index to Cases Suspended)/Memorandum Book. Early order and minute books for this county also contain executions
  • Fee books are volumes showing the date of a duty performed by the clerk, the name of the person paying the fees and the amount. These books include fees charged attorneys, cash accounts and the clerk's fees in common law and chancery suits
  • An execution is a court order directing a sheriff or other officer to enforce a judgment, usually by seizing and selling the judgment debtor's property
  • Memorandum books are used for notations of entries to be made in other books
  • Minute books contain the clerk's rough notes of court proceedings
  • Order books are the formal, corrected transcript of the clerk's notes of the proceedings of court
  • A summons could be one of three things: a writ directing a sheriff to summon a defendant to appear in court, a writ or process commencing the plaintiff's action and requiring the defendant to appear and answer or a notice requiring a person to appear in court as a juror or a witness
  • A docket is a brief formal record of proceedings in a court of justice; an entry of all acts in the coduct of a case, from inception to conclusion
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Biographical or historical data
  • Prince William County was formed from Stafford and King George Counties by a statute adopted in 1730, to take effect on 12 March 1731. The county was named for William Augustus, duke of Cumberland and third son of King George II.
  • Many preā€“Civil War records were lost, destroyed, or stolen by Union troops in 1863 during the Civil War. Sixteen deed books and five will books are missing.
  • The items in this collection were originally created by the County Court.
Cataloging source
Location of other archival material
  • Additional Prince William County Records can be found on microfilm at the Library of Virginia. Consult "A Guide to Virginia County and City Records on Microfilm" found on the Library of Virginia's web site.
  • Prince William County is one of Virginia's Lost Records Localities. Additional Prince William County Court Records may be found in the Virginia Lost Records Localities Digital Collection.
Prince William County (Va.) County Court Records
  • These items came to the Library of Virginia in a shipment of court records from Prince William County. Portions of this collection were obtained under the accession numbers 22187, 38383, 40077, 42609 and 43945
  • Items 1017147, 1124293-1124296, 1124298, 1125577-1125585, 11255587-1125590, 1125605, 1129088, 1129126 and 1147033 are found at the State Records Center. Contact Archives Research Services for access information, directions and hours
  • The Library of Virginia
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Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
  • Prince William County Circuit Court.
  • The Library of Virginia's Photographic Services
Reproduction note
photostats (negative)
Terms governing use
For Order Book 1778-1784, use microfilm copy, Prince William County, Reel 88.
Type of unit
  • v. and/or boxes
  • microfilm reel.

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