The Library of Virginia Chancery Court records website has added images of court records for Orange County, Virginia, to their website. Counties are being added on a continual basis. This is an excellent way to preserve these records and make them available to researchers.
There is one court case in which I’m particularly interested: one over the will of Benjamin Hawkins (LVA case number for Orange County 1796-012 ) We will be discussing this case in an upcoming post. The will only names some of Hawkins’ family, but his other heirs appear to be listed in the list of parties directly involved in the case.
The packet of papers contains an unsigned copy of his will and depositions regarding the content of the will, it’s drafting, and Benjamin’s intent. These case files are a wonderful augment to court order books and other transcriptions.
The will and accompanying documents suggest that court order books and land records for this family also need to be utilized.