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New York State Court of Chancery Filed Papers and Mortgage Foreclosure Decrees

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
The first sub-series contains filed documents in cases that generally did not result in an enrolled decree, the final determination in a Chancery case involving a complainant and defendant. The second sub-series, including corporation cases, includes some decrees or draft decrees, mostly in mortgage foreclosure cases, as well as papers in cases that did not result in decrees. Most of the case papers in this series were filed by the Register (before 1802), Assistant Register (starting 1802), and Clerk of the First Circuit in New York City (1823-1847). Some of the cases were commenced in the Supreme Court, in Equity (New York County), and the papers were filed by the New York County Clerk (1847-1899).
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Quantity:
323 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
1704-1847
Bulk Dates:
1783-1847
Series Number:
JN315

Arrangement

Series contains two sub-series: 1. Individuals; 2. Corporations. Case files are arranged alphabetically by first letter of the name of the complainant, then numerical by a consecutive case number.

Scope and Content Note

Chancery cases did not result in a final decree if the complainant did not pursue the lawsuit to its completion, or the parties settled their dispute out of court. The case files may contain any of the following documents: bill of complaint, answer by the defendant, affidavits, orders, bonds, notices, Master’s report, written evidence, etc. A few files include an order dismissing the complaint. A non-judicial case settlement is rarely documented in the file.

Most cases concerned disputes or matters arising in New York City (all periods) and in other counties comprising the First Circuit (1823-1847), but a few cases involved parties residing in other parts of New York State. Most of the cases in the second sub-series (incorporated entity a party to the case) are mortgage foreclosures.

A few case files concern non-adversarial matters commenced by petition, such as appointment of guardian for a minor, or committee for a lunatic; admission of solicitors to practice in the Court of Chancery; and permission to churches to sell real property.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of this material.

Alternate Formats Available

There is no microfilm for these records.

Related Information

Related Materials

Series J0059 Register's minute books

Series J0063 Enrolled decrees after 1800

Series J0090 Reigster's order and minute books

Series JN306 Transcriptions of enrolled decrees into libers

Series JN307 Enrolled decrees transcribed into libers

Series JN310 Clerk's minute books

Series JN312 Enrolled decrees

Series JN319 Register's and Assistant Register's minute books.

Other finding aids

Indexes containing references to file codes are: JN103 Card index to Court of Chancery enrolled decrees and filed papers; JN109 Spreadsheet index to Supreme Court judgment rolls and other documents on parchment, Court of Chancery and Vice-Chancery filed and transcribed documents, and New York City Court of Common Pleas and New York City Superior Court filed documents; JN303 Index to Chancellor’s decrees filed in New York City; and JN313 Indexes to Vice-Chancery decrees filed in New York City.

Indexes lacking references to file codes are JN111 Consolidated index of court judgments docketed in New York County and City; JN112 Indexes to notices of equity suits in Court of Chancery (1st Circuit) and Supreme Court (New York County).

Acquistion Information

These records were transferred by the New York State Unified Court System, Office of Court Administration in 2017.

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