A Guide to the Campbell County (Va.) Commonwealth Causes, 1790-1934 Campbell County (Va.) Commonwealth Causes, 1790-1934 1164574-1164577, 1178331-1178334

A Guide to the Campbell County (Va.) Commonwealth Causes, 1790-1934

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Barcode numbers: 1164574-1164577, 1178331-1178334


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Barcode numbers
1164574-1164577, 1178331-1178334
Campbell County (Va.) Commonwealth Causes, 1790-1934
Physical Characteristics
3.60 cu. ft. (8 boxes)
Campbell County (Va.) Circuit Court.
Library of Virginia

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

Campbell County (Va.) Commonwealth Causes, 1790-1934. Local government records collection, Campbell County Court Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Va. 23219.

Acquisition Information

These items came to the Library of Virginia in shipments of court papers from Campbell County under the accession number 41133.

Historical Information

Campbell County was named for William Campbell, a general in the militia during the Revolutionary War and one of the heroes of the Battle of Kings Mountain in 1780. The county was formed from Bedford County by an act passed on 15 December 1781. The county court first met on 7 February 1782. The county seat is Rustburg.

Scope and Content

Campbell county (Va.) Commonwealth Causes, 1790-1934, are criminal court cases and consist primarily of warrants, summons, and indictments handed down by grand juries and other legal authorities in order to prosecute individuals who violated the penal code. These offenses ranged in severity from assault and battery to larceny to murder.

An indictment is the official, written description of the crime that an accused individual is suspected of committing, which is approved by a grand jury and presented to a court in order to begin legal proceedings. Due to this process, indictments are often referred to as "presentments."

Related Material

Additional Campbell County Court Records can be found on microfilm at the Library of Virginia. Consult "A Guide to Virginia County and City Records on Microfilm."

Index Terms

    Corporate Names:

  • Campbell County (Va.) Circuit Court.
  • Subjects:

  • African Americans--History.
  • Assault and battery--Virginia--Campbell County.
  • Crime--Virginia--Campbell County.
  • Criminals--Virginia--Campbell County.
  • Larceny--Virginia--Campbell County.
  • Libel and slander--Virginia--Campbell County.
  • Murder--Virginia--Campbell County.
  • Women--History.
  • Geographical Names:

  • Campbell County (Va.)--History.
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Indictments--Virginia--Campbell County.
  • Local government records--Virginia--Campbell County.
  • Summons--Virginia--Campbell County.
  • Verdicts--Virginia--Campbell County.
  • Warrants (Law)--Virginia--Campbell County.

Selected Commonwealth Causes of Interest

1859: Commonwealth vs. William Williamson -

William Williamson was a free African American who was indicted for remaining in the county for more than one year. The commonwealth cause includes Williamson's petition for reenslavement.