The jurisprudence and procedure of the Chancery Court constituted a part of the law our ancestors brought with them from England, when they founded the Colony of North Carolina. When that Colony became a State, this jurisprudence was reorganized, and its administration provided for in its Constitution; and in 1782, its legislature conferred this jurisdiction upon the courts.

Tennessee being a part of North Carolina, that jurisprudence became a part of our law; and when Tennessee became a State, both Deed of Cession and the Act of Admission by Congress made the laws of North Carolina our laws, until we saw fit to change them