A Guide to the Augusta County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1913-1928 Augusta County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1913-1928 Augusta County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1913-001-1928-002

A Guide to the Augusta County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1913-1928

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the Library of Virginia
Collection numbers: Augusta County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1913-001-1928-002


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Collection numbers
Augusta County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1913-001-1928-002
Augusta County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1913-1928
Physical Characteristics
2 boxes
Augusta County (Va.) Circuit Court
State Records Center - Archives Annex, Library of Virginia

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Augusta County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1913-1928. (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 Augusta County under accession number 43054.

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.

Augusta County was named in honor of Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, wife of Frederick Louis, Prince of Wales, and mother of George III. It was formed from Orange County in 1738, but county government was not established there until 1745.

Scope and Content

Augusta County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1913-1928, 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.

Digital images of pre-1918 Augusta 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:

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

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

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

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

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

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