A Guide to the Campbell County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1915-1946 Campbell County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1915-1946 1162736-1162740, 1184718-1184719

A Guide to the Campbell County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1915-1946

A Collection in
the Library of Virginia
Barcode numbers: 1162736-1162740, 1184718-1184719


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The Library of Virginia
Barcode numbers
1162736-1162740, 1184718-1184719
Campbell County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1915-1946
Physical Characteristics
2.50 cu. ft.
Campbell 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

Campbell County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1915-1946. (Cite style of suit and chancery index no.). Local Government Records Collection, Campbell 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 Campbell County under accession 41133.

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.

Campbell County was named for William Campbell, a general in the militia during the Revolutionary War and one of the heroes of the Battle of Kings Mountain in 1780. The county was formed from Bedford County by an act passed on 15 December 1781. The county court first met on 7 February 1782.

Scope and Content

Campbell County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1915-1946, 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 Campbell 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 Chancery Records Index found on the Library of Virginia web site for the chancery records of other Virginia localities.

Index Terms

    Corporate Names:

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

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

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

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

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

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