Chapman Chancery Records


1774 Bill Involving the Family of Nathaniel Chapman

The Library of Virginia has an impressive collection of digitized Chancery Records.  Among the records are a few involving the Chapman family including the item pictured above.

It’s interesting to think that for the first thirty years after the Mill was built, the Chapman family would have been answering to the British crown for any legal matters.

Transcription from above:

George the third by the Grace of God of great Britain, France and Ireland King defender of the Faith &C To the Sheriff of Fauquier County Greeting.  We Command you that you summon Pearson Chapman and Samuel Grigsby to appear before the Justices of our said County Court at the Courthouse on the fourth Monday in next Month to answer a bill in Chancery exhibited agains them by Constance Chapman Widow of Nathaniel Chapman Gent deceased. And this they shall in no [wisdom?] under the penalty of 100 Pounds.  And have then there this Writ Witness Humphrey Brooke Clerk of our said Court at the Courthouse the Seventh day of April in the fourteenth year of our Reign 1774.

J Brooke


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