A Guide to the Goochland County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1913-1924 Goochland County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1913-1924 Goochland County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1913-001-1924-001

A Guide to the Goochland County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1913-1924

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the Library of Virginia
Collection numbers: Goochland County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1913-001-1924-001


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Collection numbers
Goochland County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1913-001-1924-001
Goochland County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1913-1924
Physical Characteristics
3 boxes
Goochland County (Va.) Circuit Court
Library of Virginia

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Goochland County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1913-1924. (Cite style of suit and chancery index no.). Local Government Records Collection, Goochland County Court Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Acquisition Information

These items came to the Library of Virginia in shipments of court papers from Goochland County.

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.

Goochland County was named for Sir William Gooch, lieutenant governor of Virginia from 1727 to 1749.

Scope and Content

Goochland County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1913-1924, 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 Goochland 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.

Digital images of pre-1913 Goochland County Chancery Causes are available on the Library of Virginia's Chancery Records Index.

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

Separated Material

Index Terms

    Corporate Names:

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

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

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

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

Selected Suits of Interest

1852-004: Petition of Lewy, a slave; Lewis Brooks, etc. vs. Exr. of Thomas Brooks, etc.

Freedom suit filed by a slave named Lewy, alias Lewis Brooks.

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

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