The Resource Richmond (Va.) Ended Causes

Richmond (Va.) Ended Causes

Richmond (Va.) Ended Causes, 1843-1866
Richmond (Va.) Ended Causes
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Richmond (Va.) Ended Causes, 1843-1866 (bulk 1860-1866), consist primarily of commonwealth causes (criminal cases) involving African Americans (slave and free) and writs of habeas corpus involving idividuals who claimed to be illegally conscripted into Confederate military service that were heard by the Hustings Court and Judge's Court (also referred to as Mayor's Court) held in the city of Richmond. The collection includes additional commonwealth causes and civil suits of interest and miscellaneous documents recorded in the Hustings Court and Judge's Court
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Biographical or historical data
The city of Richmond, located between Henrico and Chesterfield Counties, was named by William Byrd (1674-1744), who envisioned the development of a city at the falls of the James River and with the help of William Mayo laid out the town in 1737. The name probably came from the English borough of Richmond upon Thames, which Byrd visited on several occasions. Richmond was established in 1742 and in 1779 was designated the capital of Virginia effective 30 April 1780. It was incorporated as a town, although "stiled the city of Richmond," in 1782 and was incorporated as a city in 1842. It served as the capital of the Confederacy from mid-1861 to April 1865. Richmond was enlarged by the annexation of Manchester (or South Richmond) in 1910, and by the addition of Barton Heights, Fairmount, and Highland Park in 1914. Further annexations from Chesterfield County occurred in 1942 and 1970.
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Location of other archival material
  • Additional unprocessed Richmond (Va.) Ended Causes, 1785-1951, are available at the Library of Virginia.
  • Additional Richmond court 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 web site.
Richmond (Va.) Ended Causes
These items came to the Library of Virginia in a transfer of court papers from the city of Richmond
  • The Library of Virginia
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Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Richmond Circuit Court
Terms governing use
There are no restrictions.
Type of unit
cu.ft. (8 boxes)

Library Locations

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      800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 23219, US
      37.5415632 -77.4360805
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