Acts on the Parishes of South Carolina

An Act for Erecting the Township of Purrysburgh and Parts Adjacent, Into a Separate and Distinct Parish.

February 17, 1746/7

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume III, Pages 668-669

WHEREAS, the inhabitants of the township of Purrysburgh and the adjacent parts of St. Helena's Parish in Granville County, by their petition to the General Assembly, have represented several inconveniencies arising from the great distance of St. Helena's church, which they pray may be remedied in such manner 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, Esquire, 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 Council and the Commons House of Assembly of this Province, and by the authority of the same, That from and after the passing of this Act, the township of Purrysburgh and all that part of St. Helena's parish which lies to the westward of a division line to be run due north from the bridge near the head of the main branch of Day's Creek until it meets King Creek, shall be set apart, held, deemed, and taken, and the said township, together with the said other lands so as aforesaid situate, are hereby declared to be set apart, held, deemed, and taken to be a separate and distinct parish, by the name of the parish of St. Peter's, and shall have and enjoy all the rights, privileges, and immunities which any parish in this Province doth, or ought to have, hold, or enjoy by any law, custom, or usage whatever, except as in the proviso hereafter is provided.

II. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the church or chapel, and the dwelling house at Purrysburgh, wherein the Rev. Mr. Chiffelle hath preached and dwelt for some years past, shall be deemed and taken, and they are hereby declared to be the parish church and parsonage house of the said parish of St. Peter's, to all intents and purposes whatsoever; and that the rector or minister of the said parish of St. Peter'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, intitled 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 maintainance 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, and his lawful successors forever, the sum of one hundred pounds proclamation money, in the same manner as the ministers or rectors of the other parishes in this Province are paid; and the public receiver 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.

III. Provided always, and be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said parish of St. Peter's shall be represented in the Commons House of Assembly only by one member, to be elected according to the directions of the Acts of the General Assembly in that case made and provided; any law, usage, or custom to the contrary notwithstanding.

In the Council Chamber, the 17th day of February, 1746/7.

HENRY MIDDLETON, Speaker.
Assented to: JAMES GLEN.



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