A Guide to the Greene County (Va.) Chancery Causes1838-1961 Greene County (Va.) Chancery Causes 1147350-1148227

A Guide to the Greene County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1838-1961

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the Library of Virginia
Collection Number 1147350-1148227


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Processed by: Nick Wolfe

The Library of Virginia
Collection Number
Greene County (Va.) Chancery Causes, , 1838-1961
67 cu.ft. (149 boxes)
Greene County (Va.) Circuit Court
Library of Virginia

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Greene County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1838-1961. (Cite style of suit and chancery index no.). Local Government Records Collection, Augusta County Court Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Acquisition Information

These items came to the Library of Virginia in a shipment of court papers from Greene County.

Historical Information

Greene County was named for Nathanael Greene, commanding general of the Continental army in the South during part of the Revolutionary War. It was formed from Orange County in 1838. The county seat is Stanardsville.

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.

Scope and Content

Greene County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1838-1961, 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 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.

Related Material

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

Separated Material

Index Terms

    Corporate Names:

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

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

  • Greene County (Va.) -- Genealogy
  • Greene County (Va.) -- History -- 20th century
  • Genre and Form Terms:

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

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Greene County (Va.) -- Genealogy
  • Greene County (Va.) -- History -- 20th century