The Resource 1749-1874
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- Divorce suits -- Virginia | Essex County
- Deeds -- Virginia | Essex County
- Wills -- Virginia | Essex County
- Land records -- Virginia | Essex County
- Essex County (Va.)
- Estates (Law) -- Virginia | Essex County
- Equity. -- Virginia | Essex County
- African Americans -- History
- Judicial records -- Virginia | Essex County
- Essex County (Va.) -- History
- Business enterprises. -- Virginia | Essex County
- Local government records -- Virginia | Essex County
- Land subdivision -- Virginia | Essex County
- Debt -- Virginia | Essex County
- Plats -- Virginia | Essex County
- Chancery causes -- Virginia | Essex County
- Essex County (Va.) -- Genealogy
- Essex County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1749-1874, 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 (Essex County). Browse search: Essex 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.
- Essex County was named for the English county. It was formed from old Rappahannock County in 1692.
- Cataloging source
- Form designation
- Essex County (Va.) Chancery Causes
- Location of other archival material
- Additional Essex County Chancery Causes are located at the Essex County Courthouse.
- Additional Essex 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.
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