The Resource Westmoreland County (Va.) Chancery Causes

Westmoreland County (Va.) Chancery Causes

Westmoreland County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1753-1913
Westmoreland County (Va.) Chancery Causes
Inclusive dates
  • Westmoreland County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1753-1913, 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. 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 cases 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.
  • Westmoreland County was named for the English county. It was formed from Northumberland County in 1653.
Cataloging source
Location of other archival material
Post-1913 Westmoreland County Chancery Causes available at the Westmoreland County Circuit Court Clerk's office.
Westmoreland County (Va.) Chancery Causes
  • Digital images were generated by Backstage Library Works through the Library of Virginia's Circuit Court Records Preservation Program
  • A portion of the collection was transferred to the Library of Virginia under the accession number 50772
  • The Chancery Records Index and images for Westmoreland County (Va.) Chancery Causes are available electronically at the web site of the Library of Virginia by clicking the link found in this record
Arranged chronologically.
  • The Library of Virginia
  • Digital images.
  • 30
Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
  • Backstage Library Works
  • Westmoreland County (Va.) 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.
Terms governing use
Patrons are to use digital images of Westmoreland County (Va.) Chancery Causes found on the Chancery Records Index available electronically at the website of the Library of Virginia. Westmoreland County Chancery Causes transferred under the accession number 50772 are available for research.
Type of unit
cu.ft. (65 boxes)

Library Locations

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