Acts on the Parishes of South Carolina

An Act to Erect the Upper Part of the Parish of St. Andrew's on Ashley River, into a Distinct Parish Separate from the Lower Part of the Said Parish

December 11, 1717

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume III, Pages 9-11

WHEREAS, the inhabitants of the upper part of the Parish of St. Andrew's on Ashley River, in Berkeley County, are at so great a distance from the Parish Church, that they receive small or no benefit by the same, whereby they are deprived of the publick worship of God therein performed, and several of the said inhabitants being desirous to have divine worship established amongst them according to the Church of England, are willing to contribute towards builtling a Church, and a Rector or Minister's House, provided that the said upper part of the Parish of St. Andrew's may be erected into a separate Parish, distinct from the said Parish of St. Andrew's, and a Rector or Minister of the said Parish may have the same salary paid him out of the Publick Treasury, as is given to the Rectors or Ministers of the other country Parishes of this Province; therefore for the gratifying so reasonable a request and desire of the said inhabitants, and for the promoting the knowledge of the Christian religion as professed in the Church of England, and the worship of God in all parts of this Province, that so no persons inhabitants thereof may be destitute of enjoying the ordinances of God, appointed for their salvation,

I. Be it enacted by his Excellency John Lord Carteret, Palatine, and the rest of the true and absolute Lords and Proprietors of this Province, by and with the advice and consent of the rest of the members of the General Assembly, now met at Charlestown, for the South and West part of this Province, and by the authority of the same, That the said upper part of the parish of St. Andrew's, on Ashley River, in Berkeley County, shall be and is hereby declared to be from henceforth forever, a distinct parish by itself, separate from the lower part of the parish of St. Andrew's, and shall be called by the name of St. George's; and the said parish shall be and is hereby bounded to the South-east by the plantation of Mr. Beadon inclusive, and from thence by a West line to the bounds of Colleton County, and also by another straight line from the said Beadon's to the plantation of the late William Rowsam, deceased, where Mr. Robert Dews now lives, inclusive, and from the said plantation of the said Rowsam, deceased, by an East line until it touches the bounds of the parish of St. James, Goose Creek, and on all other parts
by the same bounds the said parish of St. Andrew's was formerly bounded.

II. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the Church and parsonage house, for the said parish, shall be built in such place within the bounds of the said parish, as the said major part of the commissioners hereafter named, shall order and direct, by and with the advice and consent of the major part of the inhabitants of the said parish, who are of the profession of the Church of England, and that shall contribute to the building thereof, and the said parish shall have and enjoy all the rights, privileges and immunities as any parish in this Province doth or can have, hold or enjoy, by any law, custom or usage whatsoever.

III. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the rector or minister of the said parish of St. George's shall be elected and chosen as the rectors or ministers of the several other parishes by one Act of this Province, entituled, an Act for the establishment of religious vvorship 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, ratified in open Assembly the thirtieth day of November, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and six, are ordered to be chosen, and shall have yearly paid to him or his lawful successors forever, the sum of one hundred pounds, to be paid him in the same manner as the other rectors or ministers of the several parishes are to be paid, and the Publick Receiver for the time being is hereby authorized and required to pay the same, under the same penalties and forfeitures as for not paying the salaries due to the other rectors or ministers of the several parishes of this Province; and the said rector or minister of the said parish of St. George's shall have and enjoy such piiviledges and advantages, and also shall be under all such rules and laws, as the other rectors and ministers of the other parishes are.

IV. And least so good, pious and laudable an undertaking should fail for want of a sufficient number of contributions, to raise money to build the said parish church and parsonage house, and purchasing a glebe, Be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That it shall be lawful for the commissioners hereafter named, by an order under their hands, to draw on the Publick Receiver of this Province, for any sum or sums of money not exceeding three hundred thirty-three pounds six shillings and eight pence, to be paid by the said Publick Receiver, out of the Publick Money that shall come to his hands, in order to defray the charges of the building aforesaid, and the Publick Receiver for the time being is hereby authorized and required to pay the same.

V. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That Alexander Skeen, Esq, Capt. Walter Izard, Mr. Thomas Diston, Samuel Wragg, Esq. Capt. John Canty, Mr. Thomas Warring and Mr. Jacob Satur, are hereby nominated and appointed to be the commissioners mentioned in this Act, and they or tlie major part of them are hereby impowered to exercise all the authorities and powers given them as commissioners by this Act in the several parts thereof; and in case of the death, absence or resignation of any of the said commissioners, the remaining commissioners or the major part of them, being summoned or notice given them before they meet, at some convenient place, such commissioners as shall so meet upon such summons or notice given, or the major part of them, shall or may chuse a person or persons to be commissioner or commissioners in the room or place of such person or persons dead, gone off or resigning, as to them shall seem meet, which persons so chosen, shall and are hereby declared to be commissioners for this Act.

VI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That this Act nor any thing therein contained, do alter or be construed to alter any thing contained in one Act of Assembly of this Province, entituled, an Act to keep inviolate and preserve the freedoms of elections, &c. but that all writs for the future elections of members to represent the said two parishes of St. Andrew's and St. George's, shall be directed only to the church-wardens of the parish of St. Andrew's, to choose four members, for to represent the said two parishes, according to the true intent and meaning of the said Act.

Read three times, and ratified in open Assembly, December 11, 1717.

ROBERT JOHNSON,
ALEXANDER SKEEN,
NICHOLAS TROTT,
THOMAS BROUGHTON,
CHARLES HART,
FRANCIS YONGE.



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