Acts on the Parishes of South Carolina

An Act for Dividing the Parishes of St. Paul's in Colleton County, and Prince George Winyaw in Craven County.

April 9, 1734

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume III, Pages 374-376

WHEREAS, the Parishes of St. Paul's, in Colleton County, and Prince George's, Winyaw, in Craven County, are of a very large extent, so that the inhabitants thereof cannot attend the publick worship according to the custom of the Church of England, by reason of the great distance many of the inhabitants of the said parishes live from the respective parish churches; we therefore humbly pray your most sacred Majesty that it may be enacted,

I. And be it enacted, by his Excellency Robert Johnson, Esq. Governour, by and with the advice and consent of his Majesty's honourable Council and the Commons House of Assembly of this Province, and by the authority of the same. That the Parish of St. Paul's, in Colleton County, shall be divided as hereafter is mentioned; that is to say, that John's Island, Wadmelaw Island and Edisto Island, and the other adjacent Islands to the seaward, be and are hereby declared to be a distinct Parish by itself, separate from the other part of St. Paul's Parish, and for ever hereafter shall be called and known by the name of St. John's Parish, in Colleton County.

II. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the Parish of Prince George's, Winyaw shall be divided as hereinafter is mentioned; that is to say, beginning at the southwestermost part of the plantation of John Du Bose, on Santee River, from thence on aline to the head of John Green's Creek, and down the said creek till you come to Black River, and from thence over Black River to the plantation of John Bogg, and from the said plantation of John Bogg, to be included in the town parish, in a due north line, till you come to Pedee River; and that part of the said parish wherein the parish church now is, shall and is hereby declared to be a distinct parish by itself, separate from the other part of the Parish of Prince George's, Winyaw, and for ever hereafter shall be called and known by the name of Prince Frederick's; and the other part of the parish, where Georgetown lies, shall be called and for ever hereafter be known by the name of Prince George's, Winyaw.

III. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the churches and parsonage houses for the said parishes of St. John's in Colleton County and Prince George's, Winyaw in Craven County, respectively, shall be built in such place and places within the bounds of the said parishes respectively, as the major part of the commissioners hereinafter named shall order, direct and appoint, by and with the advice and consent of the major part of the inhabitants of the said parishes respectively, that shall contribute to the building of the same; and the said parishes respectively shall and may have and enjoy all the privileges and immunities as any other parish in this Province, doth or can have, hold or enjoy, by any law, custom or usage, whatsoever.

IV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the rectors or ministers of the said parishes of St. John's in Colleton County, and Prince George's, Winyaw in Craven County, respectively, shall be elected and chosen in the same manner as the other rectors or ministers of the several other parishes iu this Province are, and shall have yearly paid to them and their successors, respectively, in the said parishes, for ever, the same sums as are paid to the other rectors and ministers of the other country parishes in this Province; and the publick treasurer of this Province for the time being, is hereby authorized, impowered 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 other parishes in this Province. And the said rectors or ministers of the said parishes of St. John's in Colleton County, and Prince George's, Winyaw in Craven County, respectively, shall have and enjoy all and every such privileges and advantages, and also shall be under all such rules, laws and restrictions, as the other rectors or ministers of the other parishes in this Province are, or have and enjoy.

V. And to prevent any disputes that may hereafter arise between the said parishes of St. Paul's and St. John's in Colleton County, and the parishes of Prince George's, Winyaw and Prince Frederick's in Craven County, concerning the choosing and sending their representatives to the General Assembly of this Province, Be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said parish of St. Paul's shall choose and send three members, and the parish of St. John's in Colleton County, three members, and no more, and the said parish of Prince George's, Winyaw, two members, and the parish of Prince Frederick's two members, and no more, to represent them respectively in the General Assembly of this Province; and that the said parishes respectively shall choose and elect their respective members to serve in the General Assembly, in the same manner as the other parishes in this Province do, and as is required by an Act 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, and that writs for electing the members for each of the said parishes above named, shall be issued in the same manner and at the same time as for the several other parishes of this Province.

VI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the Honorable Col. John Fenwicke, Col. John Gibbes, Mr. John Stanyarn, Sen., Capt, Samuel Underwood and Captain John Jenkins, for the parish of St. John's, in Colleton County, and for the parish of Prince George's, Winyaw, Maj. George Pawley, Mr. Daniel La Roche and Mr. Elias Horry, Senior, are hereby nominated and appointed to be the commissioners mentioned in this Act; and they, or the major part of them, are hereby authorized and impowered to accept and take any grant or conveyances of any lands within the said parishes respectively, to them and their heirs, in trust, for the inhabitants of the said parishes of St. John's, in Colleton County, and Prince George's, Winyaw, for building and erecting parish churches and parsonage houses in the said parishes respectively, and for a glebe for the use of the same; and they are hereby authorized, required and impowered to exercise all the authorities and powers given them as commissioners by this Act; and in case of the death, absence or resignation of any of the said commissioners, the remaining commissioners, or the major part of them, shall summon the freeholders of the respective parishes to choose person or persons to be commissioner or commissioners in the room or place of such person or persons so dead, gone off, or resigning, as to them shall seem meet, which persons so chosen by the majority of the freeholders then present, shall, and are hereby declared to be commissioners of this Act, and are and shall be invested with the same powers and authorities as the other commissioners appointed and named in this Act.

VII. And forasmuch as several bridges are unfinished and out of repair in the said parish of St. Paul's, at the time of the making of this Act, to which all the inhabitants of the said parish before the division of the same ought collectively and respectively to contribute, Be it therefore further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That all the bridges which within the term of two years shall be finished, rebuilt or repaired, within the limits of the said parish of St. Paul's, as the said parish was limited and bounded before the making of this Act, shall be finished, rebuilt and repaired at the united expence of all the inhabitants of the said parish, as if this Act had never been made, and as if the said parish had still remained undivided, any thing in this Act or any other Act to the contrary notwithstanding; provided, that after the said term of two years, to commence after the ratification of this Act, the said divided parishes shall sustain the expence of all the said bridges, distinctly, severally and respectively, according to the usage and laws now subsisting in other parishes.

In the Council Chamber, the 9th April, 1734.

PAUL JENYS, Speaker.
Assented to: ROBT. JOHNSON.



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