Acts on the Parishes of South Carolina

An Act to Divide St. Helena's Parish, and to Erect a Separate and Distinct Parish in Granville County, by the Name of Prince William, and to Ascertain the Bound Thereof.

May 25, 1745

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume III, Pages 658-660

WHEREAS, the inhabitants of St. Helena's parish, residing on the main land, between Combeehee and Coosahatchie rivers, by their petition to the General Assembly have represented that the parish church of St. Helena, being on Port Royal Island, is at too great a distance, besides the delays and difficulties of crossing a ferry a mile wide, for them to attend divine service there, as well as many other meetings, for the election of members of Assembly, of the commissioners of the high roads, and on other occasions, which are by law to be held at the parish church; to remedy which inconveniencys, they prayed that a separate parish should be erected, as hath been done heretofore in cases of the like nature: we therefore humbly pray his most sacred Majesty that it may be enacted,

I. And be it enacted, by his Excellency James Glen, Esq., Governor-in-chief and Captain-General in and over his Majesty's Province of South Carolina, by and with the advice and consent of his Majesty's honorable Council and the Assembly of this Province, and by the authority of the same, That from and after the passing of this Act, the parish of St. Helena, in Granville County, shall be divided into two parishes, and that the lands which are situated to the north and westward of Coosaw River, as far up Coosaw River until it meets that branch of Port Royal River which runs by Colonel Barnwell's plantation and Cochran's Point, down to the mouth of that branch, and from thence up Port Royal River to the head of that branch of it which is called Coosawhatchee, and a northwest line ran from thence and to the south and westward of Combeehee River, shall be set apart, held, deemed and taken, and are hereby declared to be set apart, held, deemed and taken to be a separate and distinct parish, by the name of Prince William's; and the said parish shall have and enjoy all the rights, privileges and immunitys as any parish in this Province doth or can have, hold or enjoy, by any law, custom or usage whatsoever.

II. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the church and parsonage house shall be built in such place within the bounds of the said parish of Prince William's, as the major part of the commissioners hereinafter 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, that shall contribute to the building thereof, at a meeting for that purpose to be ajjpointed by the commissioners hereafter named.

III. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the rector or minister of the said parish of Prince William's, shall be elected and chosen as the rectors or ministers of the other parishes in this Province are chosen and elected, according to the directions of an Act of the General Assembly of this Province entitled 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 public worship of God, and also for the maintenance of ministers and the building convenient houses for them, passed the thirtieth day of November, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and six; and there shall be yearly paid unto such minister or rector, or his lawlul successors, for ever, the sum of £100 proclamation money, in the same manner as the ministers or rectors of the other parishes in this Province are paid; and the public treasurer for the time being is hereby authorised and required to pay the same, under the same limitations as are appointed by any laws of this Province for the payment of the salarys of the clergy; provided, that no salary shall be paid to any minister until the said parish church shall be built.

IV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the Honorable William Bull, Esq., Stephen Bull and Robert Thorpe, Esqs., Mr. James Deveaux and Mr. John Greene, be and are hereby appointed commissioners for building the church and parsonage house herein mentioned; and they, or any three of them, are hereby impowered to receive subscriptions of money and materials for building the said church and parsonage, and for purchasing proper lands to build the same upon.

V. And whereas, by an Act of the General Assembly for building a chapel at the Huspaw Neck, commissioners were appointed for receiving subscriptions towards building the same, Be it therefore further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the commissioners by this Act appointed, or a majority of them, are hereby authorized, impowered and required to demand and receive from the said chapel commissioners all moneys and subscriptions for money or materials that have or ought to have come into their or either of their hands, and to apply the same towards building the parish church of Prince William's, and to no other use whatsoever.

VI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the parish of St. Helena shall be represented by three members, and no more, and that the said parish of Prince William's shall be represented by two members, to be elected according to the directions of the Act of the General Assembly entitled an Act to ascertain the manner and form of electing members to represent the inhabitants of this Province in the Commons House of Assembly; any law, usage or custom to the contrary notwithstanding.

VII. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That in case any one of the commissioners by this Act appointed should happen to die, go off the Province, or refuse to act, that the church-wardens and vestry of the said parish, or a majority of them, are hereby impowered and required to choose another fit person to fill up such vacancy, and the person so chosen shall be a commissioner in the room of any such commissioner who shall so happen to die, go off the Province, or refuse to act.

In the Council Chamber, the 25th day of May, 1745.

WM. BULL, Jun., Speaker.
Assented to: JAMES GLEN.



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