This is an index for narratives from the Chester County Court of Common Pleas (1691-1765). In civil cases, the plaintiff’s initial declaration was referred to as the narrative. It detailed the plaintiff’s complaint and the reasons why they filed the suit. The narrative justified the plaintiff’s actions and outlined their demands.
The narratives may include the following information:
- Names of plaintiff and defendant
- Occupation and residence of both parties
- Court term
- Summary of the complaint
For more information, see the Guide to Records of the Court of Common Pleas, 1681-1900.