The Resource 1848-1956
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- Land subdivision -- Virginia | New Kent County
- Equity. -- Virginia | New Kent County
- Wills -- Virginia | New Kent County
- Local government records -- Virginia | New Kent County
- Business enterprises. -- Virginia | New Kent County
- Plats -- Virginia | New Kent County
- Debt -- Virginia | New Kent County
- New Kent County (Va.) -- History
- Deeds -- Virginia | New Kent County
- Estates (Law) -- Virginia | New Kent County
- African Americans -- History
- Chancery causes -- Virginia | New Kent County
- New Kent County (Va.) -- Genealogy
- New Kent County (Va.)
- Judicial records -- Virginia | New Kent County
- Divorce suits -- Virginia | New Kent County
- Land records -- Virginia | New Kent County
- New Kent County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1848-1956, 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 (New Kent County). Browse search: New Kent County (Va.) Circuit Court.
- Biographical or historical data
- New Kent County may have been named either for the English county of Kent or for Kent Island, in the upper waters of the Chesapeake Bay. William Claiborne, a native of Kent who had been driven from Kent Island by Lord Baltimore, was a prominent resident of the New Kent area about 1654 when the county was formed from York County. Part of James City County was added in 1767. The county seat is New Kent.
- Records were destroyed when John Posey set fire to the courthouse on 15 July 1787. Many records were lost when the courthouse was partially destroyed by fire during Civil War hostilities in 1862. Additional records were burned in Richmond on 3 April 1865, where they had been moved for safekeeping during the Civil War.
- 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.
- Cataloging source
- Form designation
- New Kent County (Va.) Chancery Causes
- Location of other archival material
- Additional New Kent 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.
- New Kent County is one of Virginia's Lost Records Localities. Additional New Kent County Court Records may be found in the Virginia Lost Records Localities Digital Collection.
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