Indexes of court records in the clerk's office, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 1782-1904

Manuscript/Manuscript on Film
Richmond, Virginia : Virginia State Library, 1973
on 7 microfilm reels ; 35 mm.


Microfilm of original records at the Fredericksburg City Courthouse in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

The District Court was established in 1789 and abolished in 1808, being replaced by the Superior Court of Law. It covered Fredericksburg District which contained the counties of Spotsylvania, Caroline, King George, Stafford, Orange, and Culpeper. It was held at Fredericksburg. The Superior Court of Law was for Spotsylvania County which at time included the city Fredericksburg. This court was replaced by the Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery in 1831. In 1851 this court was replaced by the Circuit Court.

The Superior Court of Chancery was created in 1802 and replaced in 1831 by the Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery. This Superior Court of Chancery for Fredericksburg District covered the city of Fredericksburg and the counties of Caroline, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fairfax, Lancaster, Northumberland, Madison, King George, Orange, Prince William, Richmond, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Essex, and Westmoreland.

Volume letter refers to first letter of surname. Does not index all records in clerk's office. Sometimes hard to identify court and book because abbreviations and names are not used consistently.

Contains the following identified books (some volumes in index have still not been identified): District Court law book v. 8, 1782-1792; District Court law books 1790-1793, v. A-F 1789-1811; Superior Court of Law law order books v. G-H 1812-1831; Superior Court of Chancery chancery order books 1814-1831; Hustings Court orders v. A-O 1782-1871; Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery law order books v. A-E 1831-1875; Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery chancery order books v. A-D 1831-1872; Circuit Court chancery order books v. A2, B-C 1875-1904.

Gives name of parties, name of court, book (type and vol. no.), page no., kind of case, and remarks.

No circulation to family history centers.



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