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From: "Barbara Vines Little, CG" <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Virginia Superior Court Districts 1814-185x
Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2005 14:24:02 -0500
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Booker should read Brooke and it was created between 1814 when Tyler was
established and 1818 when Preston and Nicholas (which are not listed)
were created.

Barbara Vines Little, CG
Dominion Research Services
PO Box 1273
Orange, VA 22960

540-832-3473 (7-10 p.m.; all day Sunday)




Craig Kilby wrote:

>Fellow Listers:
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>I hope the following may prove useful in your research projects. Around
>the year 1999 [I don't recall exactly when], I visited the Spotsylvania
>Court in Fredericksburg, which at that time also housed the Chancery Court
>cases for the District of Fredericksburg. I belive that at this time they
>(Fredericksburg Historical Society) have moved their offices. Anyway, at
>the time and to this present day they are indexing all of the old chancery
>court records.
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>Found as a page marker in one of the books was a list of the which counties
>were holding proceedings in which court. This typed version for a mailing
>list will not do the handwritten copy justice, but at least the information
>it contains will still convey.
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>The note I wrote on the bottom of this copy says:
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>"Virginia Superior Court Districts 1814-185x" Prior to 1814, all superior
>court cases were heard in Richmond. Those records were burned during the
>Civil War. This was found as a page marker in one of the court books at
>Fredericksburg." Keep in mind that this list was drawn up prior to West
>Virginia's seccession from Virginia, and includes those counties then in
>existence in modern day West Virginia.
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>This list was probably prepared by an attorney, and predates the Civil War.
>Using the names of the Judges. the handwriting style, and the counties in
>it names, a more accurate date could probably be established.
>Unfortunately, we don't know who wrote it.
>
>RICHMOND DISTRICT
>Judge: frec d [Frederick?] Taylor
>Convenes: 1st Day of January, 1sty day of June
>Counties in the District:
>Amelia, Brunswick, Charlotte, Buckingham, Halifax (crossed out),
>Chesterfield, King & Queen, Henrico, King William, Louisa, Lunenburg,
>Mecklenburg, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Fluvanna, Goochland, Greensville,
>Hanover, Nottoway, Powhatan, Prince Edward, Prince George, Sussex, city of
>Richmond, City of Petersburg.
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>LYNCHBURG DISTRICT
>Judge: Taylor
>Convenes: 1st day of May & 1st day of October
>Counties in District:
>Amherst, Cambell, Henry, Pittsylvania, Bedford, Franklin, Patrick and
>corporations (cities) of Lynchburg @ Nelson. Also, which could be a county
>or a city (either way I cannot identify it) looks like "Idalifare".
>
>WINCHESTER DISTRICT
>Judge: [D. Cain?]
>Convenes: 6th July & 16th November
>Counties in District:
>Frederick, Hardy, Berkeley, Loudon, Shenandoah, Hampshire, Jefferson
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>WYTHE DISTRICT
>Judge: Brown
>Convenes: 25th May and 16th November [at Wythe Court House]
>Counties in District:
>Lee, Russell, Washington, Tazewell, Wythe, Grayson, Giles, Montgomery
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>CLARKSBURG DISTRICT
>Judge: Brown
>Convenes: at Clarksburg, dates not stated
>Counties in District:
>Booker, Ohio, Wood, Harrison, Monongalia, Randolph, Tyler [xxxx, crossed
>out after Tyler], [Burton?].
>NB : The locales in this district may help date this list
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>FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT
>Judge: Brown
>Convenes: 15th of April and 15th day of September
>Counties in District:
>Caroline, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fairfax, Lancaster, Northumberland, Madison,
>King George, Orange, Prince William, Richmond [County], Spotsylvania,
>Stafford, Essex, Westmoreland and Corporation of Fredericksburg.
>NB: Interesting to see most, but not all, of the modern Northern Neck
>counties included in this geographic distribution--e.g., those in the
>Northern Neck Proprietary.
>
>WILLIAMSBURG DISTRICT
>Judge: Browne
>Convenes: Scratched out, but had been written "20th Mary & 15th October".
>Scratched out again is 20th June & 20th September. Interlined the 3rd time
>is "10th January and 15th July. Place not given, probably Williamsburg.
>Counties in District:
>Accomack, Charles City, Elizabeth City, Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James
>City, Matthews, Middlesex, Nansemond, New Kent, Norfolk, Northampton,
>Princess Anne, Surry, Southampton, Warick, York, Borough of Norfolk.
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>GREENBRIAR DISTRICT
>Judge: Not stated
>Covenes: 1st June & 1st November at Greenbriar Court House
>Counties in District:
>Greenbriar, Monroe, Cabell, Kanawha, Mason, Bath
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>STAUNTON DISTRICT
>Judge: Brown
>Convenes: 15th March & 15th October
>Counties in District:
>Augusta, Rockingham, Pendelton, Rockbridge, Albemarle, Botetourt
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>For more information about Chancery Court cases, the Library of Virginia
>Research Note #22 gives some good background information. A searchable
>database of plaintiffs and defendants is on their website, but I always
>have a bit of trouble getting to it. Prior to 1814, you will probably have
>little luck in finding a court suit unless the original loose files were
>kept by either one of the parties or their attorneys. You will probably be
>able to find a reference to any court suit in the court minutes, but those
>are not likely (usually) to offer up many details. (Depends on how much
>the clerk wanted to tell in the county record).
>
>It should also be mentioned that chancery suits could be filed at either
>the county level, or the district level, and appeals of course went to
>Richmond.
>
>Happy New Year,
>Craig Kilby
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