The Resource 1721-1816
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- Judicial records -- Virginia | Northampton County
- Divorce suits -- Virginia | Northampton County
- Northampton County (Va.) -- Genealogy
- Plats -- Virginia | Northampton County
- Chancery causes -- Virginia | Northampton County
- Northampton County (Va.)
- Northampton County (Va.) -- History
- African Americans -- History
- Wills -- Virginia | Northampton County
- Business enterprises. -- Virginia | Northampton County
- Land subdivision -- Virginia | Northampton County
- Local government records -- Virginia | Northampton County
- Estates (Law) -- Virginia | Northampton County
- Debt -- Virginia | Northampton County
- Equity. -- Virginia | Northampton County
- Deeds -- Virginia | Northampton County
- Land records -- Virginia | Northampton County
- Northampton County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1721-1816, 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 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
- Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia Circuit Court (Northampton County). Browse search: Northampton County (Va.) Circuit Court.
- 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.
- Northampton County probably was named for the English county, of which Obedience Robins, a prominent early resident of the Eastern Shore, was a native. The county, which originally included all of the peninsula south of Maryland and which was one of the eight shires established in 1694, was first called Accomac. The name was changed by legislative action in 1643.
- Cataloging source
- Form designation
- Northampton County (Va.) Chancery Causes
- Location of other archival material
- Additional Northampton 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."
- Additional Northampton County Chancery Causes are found at the Northampton County Courthouse.
- See the Chancery Records Index found on the Library of Virginia web site for the chancery records of other Virginia localities.
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