The Resource These items came to the Library of Virginia in a transfer of court papers from Richmond County. A portion of theses records were transferred under the accession number 42487

These items came to the Library of Virginia in a transfer of court papers from Richmond County. A portion of theses records were transferred under the accession number 42487

Label
1748-1958
Inclusive dates
1748-1958
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Richmond County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1748-1958, 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. Entries also include the reel number and image number of where each chancery suit can be found on microfilm. 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
  • 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 (Richmond County). Browse search: Richmond County (Va.) Circuit Court.
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Biographical or historical data
  • Richmond County may have been named for Richmond borough in Surrey, England, or for Charles Lennox, first duke of Richmond and a son of King Charles II. It was formed from Old Rappahannock County in 1692. The county seat is Warsaw.
  • Some volumes were burned and mutilated through unknown causes; in addition, the will books prior to 1699 were missing as early as 1793, and order books for the period 1794-1816 are also missing. Numerous loose records prior to 1781 are missing as well.
  • 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
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Form designation
Richmond County (Va.) Chancery Causes
Location of other archival material
  • Additional Richmond County Court Records can be found on microfilm at The Library of Virginia web site. Consult "A Guide to Virginia County and City Records on Microfilm."
  • See the Chancery Records Index found on the Library of Virginia web site for the chancery records of additional Virginia localities.
  • Richmond County is one of Virginia's Lost Records Localities. Additional Richmond County Court Records may be found in the Virginia Lost Records Localities Digital Collection.
Label
These items came to the Library of Virginia in a transfer of court papers from Richmond County. A portion of theses records were transferred under the accession number 42487
Note
These items came to the Library of Virginia in a transfer of court papers from Richmond County. A portion of theses records were transferred under the accession number 42487
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
The Chancery Records Index for Richmond County Chancery Causes and the chancery causes of other Virginia localities are available electronically at the web site of the Library of Virginia by clicking the following link -
Extent
  • 56.25
  • 98
Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
  • Richmond County Circuit Court
  • Richmond County Circuit Court
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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001569183
Terms governing use
Use microfilm copies, Richmond County (Va.) Reels 72-170.
Type of unit
  • cu. ft. (123 boxes)
  • microfilm reels

Library Locations

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