The Resource These items came to the Library of Virginia in transfer of court papers from Washington County under the accession number 40995

These items came to the Library of Virginia in transfer of court papers from Washington County under the accession number 40995

Label
1849-1913
Inclusive dates
1849-1913
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Washington County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1849-1913, 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, 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 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 (King George County). Browse search: Washington County (Va.) Circuit Court.
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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.
  • Washington County was named for George Washington who had been commander in chief of the Continental army for little more than a year when the county was formed from Fincastle County in 1776. The county court first met on 28 January 1777. A part of Montgomery County was added in 1777.
  • Minute books for the periods 1787-1819 and 1821-1837 and many loose papers were lost in a courthouse fire set by Union soldier James Wyatt on 15 December 1864 during the Civil War. Wyatt, who was raised in Washington County, sought revenge for what he claimed was a wrong done against him by a county court judge before the war.
Cataloging source
Vi
Form designation
Washington County (Va.) Chancery Causes
Location of other archival material
  • Additional Washington 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."
  • Washington County is one of Virginia's Lost Records Localities. Additional Washington County Court Records may be found in the Virginia Lost Records Localities Collection at the Library of Virginia. Search the "Lost Records Localities Database" found at the Library of Virginia web site.
  • See the Chancery Records Index found on the Library of Virginia web site for the chancery records of additional Virginia localities.
Label
These items came to the Library of Virginia in transfer of court papers from Washington County under the accession number 40995
Note
These items came to the Library of Virginia in transfer of court papers from Washington County under the accession number 40995
Arrangement
Arranged chronologically.
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  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
The Chancery Records Index for Washington 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
  • 94
  • 346
Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Washington 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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001613754
Terms governing use
Use microfilm copies, Washington County (Va.) Reels 90-435.
Type of unit
  • cu. ft. (208 boxes)
  • microfilm reels.

Library Locations

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