A Guide to the Henry County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1783-1931 (bulk 1795-1916) Henry County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1783-1931 (bulk 1795-1916) Henry County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1783-001-1931-001

A Guide to the Henry County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1783-1931 (bulk 1795-1916)

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Chancery Records Index: Henry County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1783-001-1931-001


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Chancery Records Index
Henry County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1783-001-1931-001
Henry County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1783-1931 (bulk 1795-1916)
Physical Characteristics
Digital images
Henry County (Va.) Circuit Court
Library of Virginia

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use Restrictions

Patrons are to use digital images of Henry County Chancery Causes found on the Chancery Records Index available electronically at the website of the Library of Virginia.

Preferred Citation

Henry County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1783-1931 (bulk 1795-1916). (Cite style of suit and chancery index no.). Local government records collection, Henry County Court Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Acquisition Information

Digital images were generated by 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.

Henry County was named for Patrick Henry, who was the first governor of the commonwealth of Virginia. It was formed from Pittsylvania County in 1776. The county court first met on 20 January 1777. Part of Patrick County was added later in 1858.

Scope and Content

Henry County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1783-1931 (bulk 1795-1916), 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.


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

Related Material

Additional Henry 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 find the chancery records of additional Virginia localities.

Separated Material

Index Terms

    Corporate Names:

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

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

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

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

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

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