A Guide to the Giles County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1833-1912 Giles County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1833-1912 1207300-1207355

A Guide to the Giles County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1833-1912

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Giles County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1833-1912
Physical Characteristics
25.3 cu. ft. (56 boxes)
Giles County (Va.) Circuit Court.
Library of Virginia

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use Restrictions

Collection closed for processing.

Preferred Citation

Giles County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1833-1912. Local Government Records Collection, Giles County Court Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Acquisition Information

These items came to the Library of Virginia in transfer of court papers from Giles County under the accession number 45263.

Historical Information

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.

Giles County was named for William Branch Giles, United States senator from Virginia, in 1806. It was formed from Montgomery, Monroe (West Virginia), and Tazewell Counties. Part of Wythe County was added in 1808, parts of Tazewell County were added in 1826 and 1836, part of Monroe County was added in 1829, parts of Mercer (West Virginia) County were added in 1840-1841, and part of Craig County was added in 1858.

Scope and Content

Giles County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1833-1912. 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, business records, or vital statistics, among other items.

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.


Organized by case file number assigned by the circuit court.

Related Material

See the Library of Virginia's Chancery Records Index for the chancery records of other Virginia localities.

Separated Material

Index Terms

    Corporate Names:

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

  • African Americans -- History.
  • Business enterprises -- Virginia -- Giles County.
  • Debt -- Virginia -- Giles County.
  • Divorce suits -- Virginia -- Giles County.
  • Equity -- Virginia -- Giles County.
  • Estates (Law) -- Virginia -- Giles County.
  • Land subdivision -- Virginia -- Giles County.
  • Geographical Names:

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

  • Chancery causes -- Virginia -- Giles County.
  • Deeds -- Virginia -- Giles County.
  • Judicial records -- Virginia -- Giles County.
  • Land records -- Virginia -- Giles County.
  • Local government records -- Virginia -- Giles County.
  • Plats -- Virginia -- Giles County.
  • Wills -- Virginia -- Giles County.

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Giles County (Va.) -- Genealogy. -- Genealogy.
  • Giles County (Va.) -- History.