Acts on the Parishes of South Carolina

An Act for Erecting the Settlement at Winyaw, in Craven County, into a Distinct Parish from St. James Santee, in the Said County

March 10, 1721/2

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume III, Pages 171-172

WHEREAS, the inhabitants at Winyaw, in Craven county, have by their petition to the General Assembly set forth, that they are so far distant from the next parish church to them, in Craven County, that they can receive no benefit by the same, and being desirous to have divine worship established amongst them, according to the Church of England, pray that their Settlement may be erected into a parish; therefore, for gratifying so reasonable and pious a request and desire of the said inhabitants, and for promoting the knowledge of the Christian religion as professed in the Church of England, and 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, we pray your most sacred Majesty that it may be enacted,

I. And be it enacted by his Excellency Francis Nicholson, Esq. Governour, by and with the advice and consent of his Majesty's Council and Assembly of this Province, and by the authority of the same, That the said inhabitants and Settlement at Winyaw, shall be and is hereby declared to be from henceforth for ever a distinct parish by itself, and shall be called by the name of Prince George's Parish; and the said parish shall be bounded to the south-west on Santee River, and to the north-east on Cape Fear River, to the eastward on the ocean, and to the westward as far as it shall be inhabited by his Majesty's subjects.

II. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the church and parsonage-house for the said parish, shall be built on such part of the said Settlement as his Excellency the Governour and his Majesty's honourable Council shall agree upon, by and with the advice and consent of the major part of the inhabitants of the said Settlement or Parish, who are of the Church of England; and the said parish shall have and enjoy all the rights, priviledges 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 aforesaid parish, shall be elected and chosen as the other rectors or ministers of the several other parishes, by the Act for the establishment of Religious Worship in this Province, according to the Church of England, &c. 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 and his lawful successors for ever, the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds, to be paid him in the same manner as other rectors and ministers of the several parishes are to be paid, and the publick Treasurer 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 other rectors or ministers of the several parishes of this Province; and the said rector or minister of the aforesaid parish, shall have and enjoy all such priviledges and advantages, and also shall be under all such rules and laws as the other rectors or ministers of the parishes are under.

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 chujch and parsonage house, and purchasing a glebe; Be it further 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 Treasurer of this Province, for any sum or sums of money not exceeding one thousand pounds, from time to time, as they shall become due to the artificers and labourers employed in building the said parish church and parsonage house, and for all materials that shall be purchased for the said purpose, to be paid by the said publick Treasurer out of the publick money that shall come to his hands; and the publick Treasurer for the time being, is hereby authorized and required to pay the same.

V. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That Capt. Meredith Hughes, Mr. John Lane and Mr. John Hayes, being inhabitants of the said Settlement of Winyaw, are hereby nominated and appointed to be the commissioners mentioned in this Act, and they, or the 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 being summoned, or notice being given them before they meet, at some convenient place, which commissioners as shall so meet upon such summons or notice given, or the major part of them, shall or may choose 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 of this Act.

VI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That in all future elections for Assembly men for this Province, there shall be writs directed to the church-wardens of the said parish, to choose two members to represent them in the Commons House of Assembly, and as well the said members so chosen, as also the church-wardens and all other persons concerned in election of members, shall be subject to the same qualifications and restrictions as other persons concerned in elections are under, pursuant to the directions of an Act of Assembly of this Province, entituled an Act to ascertain the manner and form of electing Members to represent the Inhabitants of this Province in the Commons House of Assembly, and to appoint who shall be deemed and adjudged capable of choosing or being chosen Members of the said House, ratified in open Assembly the nineteenth day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred twenty and one; and all future writs directed to the church-wardens of the parish church of St. James, Santee, for electing two members for the said parish, the words (and Winyaw) shall be left out, any thing in the before recited Act contained to the contrary notwithstanding.

Charlestown, South Carolina, March 10, 1721/2.

JA. MOORE, Speaker.
Assented to by FR. NICHOLSON, Governour.



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