The Resource These items came to the Library of Virginia in transfers of court papers from the city of Petersburg

These items came to the Library of Virginia in transfers of court papers from the city of Petersburg

Label
1914-1960
Inclusive dates
1914-1960
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Petersburg (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1914-1960, 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, 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
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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.
  • Petersburg was formed from parts of Dinwiddie, Prince George, and Chesterfield counties. A garrison and fur trading post called Fort Henry was established in 1645 on the site of the Indian village of Appamattuck. The present name, suggested in 1733 by William Byrd II, honors Peter Jones, Byrd's companion on expeditions into the Virginia backcountry. Petersburg was established in 1748 and incorporated as a town in 1784. In the latter year the towns of Blandford, Pocahontas, and Ravenscroft were added to Petersburg. It was incorporated as a city in 1850.
Cataloging source
Vi
Form designation
Petersburg (Va.) Chancery Causes
Location of other archival material
  • Additional Petersburg 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."
  • Digital images of pre-1914 Petersburg Chancery Causes are available on the Library of Virginia's Chancery Records Index.
  • See the Library of Virginia's Chancery Records Index for the chancery records of other Virginia localities.
Label
These items came to the Library of Virginia in transfers of court papers from the city of Petersburg
Note
These items came to the Library of Virginia in transfers of court papers from the city of Petersburg
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
  • A finding aid is
  • The Chancery Records Index for Petersburg 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
3.6
Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Petersburg (City) 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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001684339
Terms governing use
There are no restrictions.
Type of unit
cu. ft. (8 boxes)

Library Locations

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