The Resource Stafford County (Va.) Chancery Causes

Stafford County (Va.) Chancery Causes

Label
Stafford County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1913-1940 (broken series.)
Title
Stafford County (Va.) Chancery Causes
Inclusive dates
1913-1940 (broken series.)
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Stafford County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1913-1940 (broken series.) Chancery causes often involved the following: divisions of estates or land, disputes over wills, divorces, and settlements of dissolved business partnerships. 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. Broken series indicates a wide date range with multiple gaps in years. These records are currently unprocessed
  • 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
Note
Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia Circuit Court (Stafford County). Browse search: Stafford County (Va.) Circuit Court.
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Action
  • Accessioned
  • Described
Biographical or historical data
  • Stafford County was formed from Westmoreland county in 1664. Part of King George County was added on 1 January 1777. The county was named for the English County.
  • Many pre-Civil War court records were lost to vandalism by Union troops during the Civil War. A few volumes that record deeds, court orders, and wills exist.
  • 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
Vi
Location of other archival material
  • Additional Stafford County Records can be found on microfilm at The Library of Virginia's web site. Consult "A Guide to Virginia County and City Records on Microfilm."
  • Stafford County is one of Virginia's Lost Records Localities. Additional Stafford County Court Records may be found in the Virginia Lost Records Localities Digital Collection.
  • See the Chancery Records Index found on the Library of Virginia's web site for the chancery records of other Virginia localities.
Label
Stafford County (Va.) Chancery Causes
Note
These items came to the Library of Virginia under accession number 44155
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
2.7
Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Stafford County Circuit Court
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001691047
Terms governing use
There are no restrictions.
Type of unit
cu. ft. (6 boxes)

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