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Washington County Court Records, 1780-1965 | Archives of Appalachia

Title: Washington County Court Records, 1780-1965Add to your cart.
ID: 500/AppMs 18
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Arrangement: The collection is arranged in 7 Subgroups: Subgroup 1, Superior Court of Law and Equity Records, 1785-1811; Subgroup 2, Circuit Court Records, 1801-1950; Subgroup 3, Chancery Court Records, 1830-1934; Subgroup 4, County Court Records, 1779-1950, Subgroup 5, Justice of the Peace Records, 1790-1950; Subgroup 6, Miscellaenous Records, 1794-1944; Subgroup 7, Miscellaneous Judicial Documents, 1777-1928.
Extent: 326.0 linear feet
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Scope and Contents: The Washington County Court Records contains administrative records of the county government; court dockets, minutes and registers; and legal documents, correspondence and exhibits pertaining to cases in superior, circuit, chancery and county courts as well as under individual justices of the peace. Although this collection does not contain a complete set of dockets for the various courts, additional volumes are available at the Washington County courthouse in Jonesborough. Records of the supreme court of errors and appeals were removed and accessioned as a separate group.

The court records span from 1780 to 1960 but the largest volumes of documents are in two periods: 1800-1860 and 1870-1930. The group contains some records of the State of Franklin and the Civil War period; however, there records are in smaller numbers and are likely incomplete. Few records are included after the 1930s.

The records reflect the operation and activities of the courts, county government, local individuals and area businesses. Chancery court records provide useful information on the settlement of estates and the study of family history. The county court records give some insight into how the county government operated in caring for the poor, supervising the schools and county offices, and maintaining public properties.

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