A Guide to the King George County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1802-1922 (bulk 1824-1914) King George County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1802-1922 (bulk 1824-1914) King George County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1802-001-1922-001

A Guide to the King George County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1802-1922 (bulk 1824-1914)

A Collection in
the Library of Virginia
Collection numbers: King George County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1802-001-1922-001


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Collection numbers
King George County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1802-001-1922-001
King George County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1802-1922 (bulk 1824-1914)
Physical Characteristics
Digital images
King George County (Va.) Circuit Court
Library of Virginia

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

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Preferred Citation

King George County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1802-1922 (bulk 1824-1914). (Cite style of suit and chancery index no.). Local Government Records Collection, King George County Court Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Acquisition Information

These items came to the Library of Virginia in transfer of court papers from King George County under the accession number 41901.

Backstage Library Services generated digital images from microfilm reels of the collection funded by 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.

King George County was named of in honor of King George I. The county was formed from Richmond County by a statute of 23 December 1720. The county court first met on 19 May 1721. The county seat is King George.

Most loose records prior to 1830 are missing. Volumes that record deeds, court orders, and wills exist.

Scope and Content

King George County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1802-1922, 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. Entries also include the reel number and image number of where each chancery suit can be found on microfilm. 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 King George County Court Records can be found on microfilm at The Library of Virginia. Consult "A Guide to Virginia County and City Records on Microfilm."

King George County is one of Virginia's Lost Records Localities. Additional King George County Court Records may be found in the Virginia Lost Records Localities Collection at the Library of Virginia. Search the Lost Records Localities Database found at the Library of Virginia web site.

See the Chancery Records Index to find the chancery records of additional Virginia localities.

Index Terms

    Corporate Names:

  • King George County (Va.) Circuit Court.
  • Subjects:

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

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

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

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • King George County (Va.)--Genealogy.
  • King George County (Va.)--History.

Selected Suits of Interest

1853-005: Exrs. of St Ledger Landon Carter vs. Robert O Carter, etc.:

St. Leger Landon Carter emancipated in wis will many enslaved people some who have already moved to Philadelphia, PA. He left them considerable amount of money and property.