Acts on the Parishes of South Carolina

An Additional Act to an Act Entituled An Act for the Establishment of Religious Worship in this Province, According to the Church of England, and for the Erecting of Churches for the Publick Worship of God, and also for the Maintenance of Ministers and the Building Convenient Houses for Them.

December 18, 1708

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume II, Pages 328-330

WHEREAS, by an Act of Assembly of this Province, duly ratified in open Assembly the thirtieth day of November, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and six, entituled an Act for the Establishment of Religious Worship in this Province, &c., amongst other things it was enacted that Berkeley County shall be divided into six more parishes besides Charlestown, that is to say, one upon the south-east of Wando River, which shall be called by the name of Christ Church; one upon the neck of land lying on the north-west of Wando and south-east of Cooper River, which shall be called by the name of St. Thomas; one upon the western branch of Cooper River, which shall be called by the name of St. John's; one upon Goose Creek, which shall be called by the name of St. James, Goose Creek; one upon Ashley River, which shall be called by the name of St. Andrew's; and one in the Orange Quarter, for the use of the French settlement there, which shall be called by the name of the parish of St. Dennis. And also that Colleton County shall be divided into two parishes, that is to say, one on the south side of Stono River, to extend to the north side of South Edisto, which shall be called by the name of St. Paul's, and the other on the north side of St. Helen's, which shall be called by the name of St. Bartholomew's. And also that one parish shall be erected in Craven County, in that part of it which is called by the name of St. James's, on Santee river—as by the said recited Act, reference being thereunto had, will more fully appear. But in the said recited Act, the limits and bounds of the said several parishes are not particularly exprest, whereby differences, disputes and contentions have already risen, and more may hereafter arise, concerning the same: For the preventing of which evils and inconveniences;

I. Be it enacted by his Excellency William Earl of Craven, Palatine, and the rest of the true and absolute Lords and Proprietors of the Province of Carolina, by and with the advice and consent of the rest of the members of the General Assembly, for the south-west part of the said Province, and by the authority of the same, That the above mentioned parish on the south-east of Wando River, called the parish of Christ Church, shall be, and is hereby bounded to the north-east by a large creek or river, commonly called Awendaw Creek, or Seawee River, being the bounds of Craven County, to the south-east by the sea, to the west by Wando River, and to the north-west, partly by the said river, and partly by a line drawn from the Cowpen of Captain Robert Daniel, on the swamp of the head of Wando River exclusive, to the cowpen of Joseph Wigfall, on the head of the said Awendaw Creek or Seawee River inclusive. And the said parishes on the neck of land lying on the north-west of Wando and south-east of Cooper River, called St. Thomas and St. Dennis, shall be and is hereby bounded, to the north-east by the bounds of Craven County, to the south by the bounds of Christ Church parish and Wando River, to the west by Cooper River, to that tract of land commonly called the Hagin, inclusive, and to the north by the eastern branch of the said Cooper River, to the plantation of the Right Honourable Sir Nathaniel Johnson, Knight, Governour, inclusive, and then by an east line from the northermost part of the said plantation to the bounds of Craven County. And the said parish on the western branch of Cooper River, called St. John's, shall be and is hereby bounded to the north-east by the bounds of Craven County, to the south by the bounds of the said parishes of St. Thomas and St. Dennis, and by the eastern branch of Cooper River, then down Cooper River to the mouth of the Back River, to the south-west, partly by the said Back River to the plantation of David Durham inclusive, and partly by a north west line from the west part of the said Durham's plantation to the north-west bounds of Berkley County, and to the north-east by the said bounds of the said county. And that the said parish upon Goose Creek, called St. James, Goose Creek, shall be, and is hereby bounded, to the north-east by the bounds of St. John's parish aforesaid, and the Black River, to the east by Cooper River, to the bounds of the parish of St. Philip's, Charlestown, to the south by the bounds of the said St. Philip's, and to the south-west by a north-west line from the northernmost corner of the plantation or tract of land formerly belonging to Mr. Christopher Smith, deceased, the bounds of St. Philip's parish unto the north-west bounds of Berkeley County, and to the north-west by the said bounds of the said county. And the said parish upon Ashley River, called St. Andrew's, shall be and is hereby bounded to the north-east by the said north-west line from the north bounds of the plantation of the said Christopher Smith, aforesaid, to the north-west bounds of Berkeley County, the bounds of the said parish of St. James, Goose Creek, to the south-east by the sea, to the south-west by Stono River and the bounds of Colleton County, and to the north-west by the north-west bounds of Berkeley County.

II. And whereas by the above-mentioned limits and bounds of the several parishes of St. Thomas and St. Dennis, the said parish of St. Dennis is included in the said bounds, and it will be difficult at present to fix the bounds of the said parish of St. Dennis, lying in the midst of the bounds, and designed at the present only for the use of the French Settlement, which at present are mixt with English; Be it therefore further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the French congregation of the church of St. Dennis only, shall be liable to the charges and parochial duties belonging to the said church, during the time that the divine service of the said congregation be in the French language; and that for the future, when the service shall be performed in the English language, the said church of St. Dennis shall become a chappel of ease to the said parish church of St. Thomas.

III. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said parish in Colleton County, on the south side of Stono River, to extend to the north side of South Edisto, called St. Paul's, shall be, and is hereby bounded to the north-east by the said Stono River and the bounds of Berkeley County, to the south-east by the sea, and to the west by South Edisto River. And that other parish in the said Colleton County, on the north side of St. Helen's, called St. Bartholomew, shall, and is hereby bounded to the east by the said South Edisto River, to the south-east by the sea, to the north-west by St. Helena Sound, Combahee River, and the bounds of Granville County, and to the north-west by the north-west bounds of Colleton County.

IV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said parish in Craven County, called St. James, Santee, shall be, and is hereby bounded, to the north-east by Santee River, to the south-east by the sea, and to the south-west by Berkeley County.

V. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That in case any differences or disputes shall hereafter arise, concerning the limits or bounds of any of the several parishes above mentioned, that the same shall be finally decided and determined by the commissioners for the time being, appointed in the above recited Act, for the Establishment of Religious Worship, &c., commonly called the Church Act.

VI. And whereas the bounds of the several parishes specified and expressed in this Act may, when being put in practice, be found not so practicable and convenient as in time experience may further shew, Be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That any time after the ratification of this Act, it shall and may be lawfull for the commissioners appointed in the Church Act, for the time being, if they see cause at any time, to alter the bounds and limits of any paiish, and to sett and appoint new bounds and limits, and such bounds and limits so sett and appointed shall be the bounds and limits of such parish and parishes, as fully to all intents and purposes as if particularly expressed in this Act, any thing in this Act to the contrary notwithstanding.

Read three times, and ratified in open Assembly, the 18th day of December, 1708.

N. JOHNSON,
THO. BROUGHTON,
RICH. BERESFORD,
ROBERT GIBBES.



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