The Resource These items came to the Library of Virginia in transfer of court papers from Lynchburg | The Chancery Records Index is available electronically at the web site of the Library of Virginia by clicking the link found in this record

These items came to the Library of Virginia in transfer of court papers from Lynchburg | The Chancery Records Index is available electronically at the web site of the Library of Virginia by clicking the link found in this record

Label
1807-1945
Inclusive dates
1807-1945
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Lynchburg (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1807-1945, 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. 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
  • The collection includes chancery causes heard in the Superior Court of Chancery for the Lynchburg District seated in the city of Lynchburg between 1814 and 1831. The district consisted of the following localities: Amherst County, Bedford County, Campbell County, Franklin County, Henry County, Patrick County, Pittsylvania County, and the city of Lynchburg. Suits that originated in these localities are found in this collection
  • 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 of Lynchburg. Browse search: Lynchburg (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.
  • The Superior Courts of Chancery were created in 1802 to expedite the hearing of chancery suits. Each court heard cases from the localities which constituted its chancery district. The court met at one location in the district and its records were kept in that one location. The Superior Courts of Chancery were abolished in 1831.
  • The Superior Court of Chancery for the Lynchburg District existed between 1814 and 1831. The district consisted of the following localities: Amherst County, Bedford County, Campbell County, Franklin County, Henry County, Patrick County, Pittsylvania County, and the city of Lynchburg.
  • Lynchburg was named for John Lynch, the owner of the original town site. It was established in 1786, was incorporated as a town in 1805, and became a city in 1852. Parts of Campbell and Bedford Counties were annexed to the city in 1976.
Cataloging source
Vi
Form designation
Lynchburg (Va.) Chancery Causes
Location of other archival material
  • Additional Lynchburg 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.
Label
These items came to the Library of Virginia in transfer of court papers from Lynchburg | The Chancery Records Index is available electronically at the web site of the Library of Virginia by clicking the link found in this record
Note
  • These items came to the Library of Virginia in transfer of court papers from Lynchburg
  • The Chancery Records Index is available electronically at the web site of the Library of Virginia by clicking the link found in this record
Arrangement
  • Arranged chronologically.
  • Arrangement of documents within each folder is as follows: Bill, Answer, and Final Decree (if found.)
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
301.70
Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Lynchburg 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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001566918
Terms governing use
Chancery causes 1822-068-1824-049 are closed for conservation. The rest of the collection is open for research.
Type of unit
cu. ft. (666 boxes)

Library Locations

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