The Resource These items came to the Library of Virginia in transfer of court papers from the city of Suffolk | This collection is located at the State Record Center. Contact Archives Research Services for access information, directions, and hours

These items came to the Library of Virginia in transfer of court papers from the city of Suffolk | This collection is located at the State Record Center. Contact Archives Research Services for access information, directions, and hours

Label
1934-1944
Inclusive dates
1934-1944
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Nansemond County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1934-1944, 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
Note
Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia Circuit Court. Browse search: Nansemond County (Va.) Circuit Court.
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Biographical or historical data
  • Nansemond County court records were destroyed in three separate fires: the earliest consumed the house of the court clerk in April 1734 (where the records were kept at that time), the second was set by British troops in 1779, and the last occurred on 7 February 1866.
  • 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.
  • Nansemond County (extinct) was named for the Nansemond Indians, who lived in the area in the early seventeenth century. The word nansemond means fishing point or angle. When first established in 1637, the county was known as Upper Norfolk, but the name Nansemond was adopted in 1646. The county seat was Suffolk. The county became the independent city of Nansemond in July 1972, and on 1 January 1974 Nansemond merged with the city of Suffolk. The entire area is now known as Suffolk.
  • The City of Suffolk was located in Nansemond County, which is now extinct. It probably was named for the county of Suffolk in England. Established in 1742 on the site of John Constant's warehouse, Suffolk was incorporated as a town in 1808 and as a city by court order in 1910. In 1974 the city was enlarged when it merged with the former county of Nansemond.
Cataloging source
Vi
Form designation
Nansemond County (Va.) Chancery Causes
Location of other archival material
  • Additional Nansemond 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 other Virginia localities.
  • Digital images of pre-1934 Nansemond County Chancery Causes are available on the Chancery Records Index found on the Library of Virginia web site.
  • Nansemond County is one of Virginia's Lost Records Localities. Additional Nansemond County Court Records may be found in the Virginia Lost Records Localities Digital Collection.
Label
These items came to the Library of Virginia in transfer of court papers from the city of Suffolk | This collection is located at the State Record Center. Contact Archives Research Services for access information, directions, and hours
Note
  • These items came to the Library of Virginia in transfer of court papers from the city of Suffolk
  • This collection is located at the State Record Center. Contact Archives Research Services for access information, directions, and hours
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 Nansemond 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
2.7
Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Suffolk 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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001628311
Terms governing use
There are no restrictions.
Type of unit
cu. ft. (6 boxes)

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