To the left you will find the court records I have online. If you have records you would like to submit or additions to these pages, please let me know. If you would like a copy, please click on "Order Records." I do not have copies of these documents.
The first courthouse built in Kemper County was burned in 1873, along with all records. Late in the 1880's another courthouse was built. In 1908 fire again destroyed the courthouse along with most of the records. Most records between 1915 - 1933 were burned in another fire, with only a few surviving.
I have listed the names in the will books in alphabetical order, not in the separate will books. This way, all of your surnames will be together and you would not have to look in 3 separate will books.
COURT RECORDS INDEX
Index of Kemper County Miscellaneous Court Records
Records typed by Marsha Bryant.
Misc. Court Records
Court Records Index typed by Marsha Bryant.
When ordering records from the courthouse, make sure you include as much of the information found on these pages as possible, such as book #, page #, full name, etc. The Kemper County Clerks office charges fifty cents a page for copies. You will need to send a stamped, self addressed envelope with your request. Please let the Clerk's office know that you got the information from these pages.
County Chancery Clerk
Submitting Kemper County Court Records
You may submit your Kemper County court record for me to post here. Those posted will be listed in this section to the left.
You can send in your records by attaching them in an email in a .txt, .rtf or .doc file types. If you're not sure what to use, please use "Notepad". I paste everything into notepad prior to placing it on the web pages in order to remove excess formatting.
If you would like to send an image of your document, please name the image the same name of the document. For example: Fred Holley's will would be named "holleyfredwill.jpg". When you label it in this fashion, it makes it very easy for me to link your image with your web page.
COURT/LEGAL COMMON TERMSThese are common terms we find when doing family research. This list is by no means all inclusive. If you have comments, a better definition, or additional terms, please email me. David Hamby has given us some of the definitions. Most of the abbreviations came from the Bryan research list.
a.a.s. - died in the year of his/her age (anno aetitis suae) (86 years old and died in the year 86)
bond - marriage, indenture, guardian (click on bond)
d.s.p. - died without issue (decessit sine prole legitima)
d.s.p.l. - died without legitimate issue (decessit sine prole mascula supesita)
d.s.p.m.s. - died without surviving male issue (decessit sine prole mascula supersita)
d.s.p.s. - died without surviving issue (decessit sine prole supersita)
d.unm - died unmarried
d.v.p. - died in the lifetime of his father (decessit vita patris)
d.v.m. - died in the lifetime of his mother (decessit vita matris)
Et al - other parties are involved, but not listed in the name of the case. There can be many other defendants. (et alia)
Ex P - sometimes used at the beginning of the name of a case, for example, Ex P Charles Smith. It is usually used to refer to a case that has been appealed as another way to designate that other parties are involved and multiple appeals have been filed. It can also be used when one party may want to remain anonymous and files a motion with the court. (Ex Parte)
heirs-at-law - anyone who would legally be considered an heir to a deceased person
Inst - present month (instans)
intestate - one who dies without a will
Liber - book or volume
Nepos - grandson
Nunc Nuncapative - will, an oral will, written by a witness
Ob - he/she died (obit)
Relict - widow or widower (relicta/relictus)
Sic - so or thus, exact copy as written
testator - one who dies with a valid will
Testis - legal witnesses
Utl - late (ultimo)
Ux or vs - wife (uxor)
Viz - namely (videlicet)