A Guide to the Lunenburg County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1743-1921 Lunenburg County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1743-1921 Barcode numbers 1165048-1165180, 1183030-1183043, 1183190-1183192/Lunenburg County (Va.) Reels 45-375, 414-428

A Guide to the Lunenburg County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1743-1921

A Collection in
the Library of Virginia
Collection Numbers: Barcode numbers 1165048-1165180, 1183030-1183043, 1183190-1183192/Lunenburg County (Va.) Reels 45-375, 414-428


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Processed by: Field processors and Sherri Bagley

The Library of Virginia
Collection numbers
Barcode numbers 1165048-1165180, 1183030-1183043, 1183190-1183192/Lunenburg County (Va.) Reels 45-375, 414-428
Lunenburg County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1743-1921
Physical Characteristics
68 cu. ft. (150 boxes); 346 microfilm reels
Lunenburg County (Va.) Circuit Court.
Library of Virginia

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use Restrictions

Use microfilm copies, Lunenburg County (Va.) Reels 45-375, 414-428.

Preferred Citation

Lunenburg County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1743-1921. (Cite style of suit and chancery index no.). Local government records collection, Lunenburg 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 Lunenburg County under the accession number 41941.

Microfilm reels were generated by County Recording and Reproduction and OCLC through the Library of Virginia's Circuit Court Records Preservation Program.

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.

Lunenburg County was named for George II, duke of Brunswick-Luneburg, a German possession of the Hanoverian kings of England. It was formed from Brunswick County in 1745.

Scope and Content

Lunenburg County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1743-1921, 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. Entries also include the reel number and image number of where each chancery suit can be found on microfilm. 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.


Organized by case, of which each is assigned a unique index number comprised of the latest year found in case and a sequentially increasing 3-digit number assigned by the processor as cases for that year are found. Arranged chronologically.

Arrangement of documents within each folder are as follows: Bill, Answer, and Final Decree (if found.)

Related Material

Additional Lunenburg County Court Records can be found on microfilm at The Library of Virginia. See A Guide to Virginia County and City Records on Microfilm

See the Chancery Records Index to search for chancery suits of additional Virginia localities.

Separated Material

Index Terms

    Corporate Names:

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

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

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

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

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

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