A Guide to the Montgomery County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1773-1920 Montgomery County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1773-1920 1773-001-1920-002

A Guide to the Montgomery County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1773-1920

A Collection in
the Montgomery County (Va.) Circuit Court
Chancery Records Index: 1773-001-1920-002


Montgomery County (Va.) Circuit Court

Montgomery County Circuit Court
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Christiansburg, VA 24073
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Montgomery County (Va.) Circuit Court
Chancery Records Index
Montgomery County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1773-1920
Physical Characteristics
Digital images
Montgomery County (Va.) Circuit Court
Montgomery County (Va.) Circuit Court

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Digital images of Montgomery County Chancery Causes are available on the Library of Virginia's Chancery Records Index.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Montgomery County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1773-1920. Montgomery County Court Records. Montgomery County (Va.) Circuit Court. Christiansburg, VA 24073.

Acquisition Information

These records were filed at the Montgomery County (Va.) Circuit Court during the course of court business.

Historical Information

Montgomery County was formed from Fincastle County in 1776, and the county court first met on 7 January 1777. Part of Botetourt County was added in 1790. Part of Pulaski County was added in 1842. The county was named for Richard Montgomery, who was killed in the American assault on Quebec late in 1775.

Fincastle County was created from Botetourt County in 1772, and the county court first met on 5 January 1773. Fincastle County became extinct on 31 December 1776 when it was divided to form Montgomery, Washington and Kentucky Counties. The county was named probably for George, Viscount Fincastle, Lord Dunmore's son; for John Murray, fourth earl of Dunmore, Viscount Fincastle; or for the town of Fincastle, Virginia, which was established in 1772 and named for George, Viscount Fincastle.

Scope and Content

Montgomery County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1773-1920, 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, 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.