Acts on the Parishes of South Carolina

An Act to Divide the Parish of St. James Santee, in Craven County, and for Establishing Another Parish in the Said County, by the Name of the Parish of St. Stephen, and Appointing the Chapel of Ease in the Said Parish of St. Stephen to be the Parish Church, and Declaring the Chapel of Ease at Echaw, in the Parish of St. James Santee, to be the Parish Church, and for Appointing Commissioners to Erect a Chapel of Ease near Wambaw Bridge, in the Said Parish of St. James Santee, and for Ascertaining the Number of Members to Represent the Inhabitants of the Said Parishes Respectively in the General Assembly of this Province, and for Appointing Commissioners for the High Roads in the Said Parishes Respectively.

May 11, 1754

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume IV, Pages 8-10

WHEREAS, the inhabitants of the parish of St. James, Santee, in Craven Vounty, by their petition to the General Assembly, have represented many inconveniencys which they labour under for want of having the said parish divided, and prayed that a law may be passed for that purpose; 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 the Province of South Carolina, by and with the advice and consent of his Majesty's Council and the Assembly of the said Province, and by the authority of the same, That immediately from and after the passing of this Act, the parish of St. James, Santee, in Craven County, shall be divided into two parishes, in the following manner, that is to say: the broad road leading from Strawberry to the ferry commonly known by the name of Skrine's ferry, where the parish line crosses the said road, and from thence along the present road leading to the said ferry, till the said road reaches a post with three notches in it, being the mark of a boundary between the plantation of John Gendron, Esq. and the plantation where the said Skrine's ferry was kept, as aforesaid, and from thence to continue the same course in a direct line to Santee River; and all the lands which are situate on the west side of the line hereby directed to be made shall be a distinct parish by itself, separate from the other part of the parish of St. James, Santee, and shall hereafter be called and known by the name of the parish of St. Stephen's; and the inhabitants of the said parish of St. Stephen's shall and may have, hold and enjoy all the rights, privileges and immunitys that the inhabitants of any other parish doth or can have, hold or enjoy, by any law or laws of this Province.

II. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the chapel within the district and limits of the said parish of St. Stephen's, intended to be hereby separated from the parish of St. James, Santee, shall forever hereafter be, and is hereby declared and appointed to be, the parish church of the said parish of St. Stephen's.

III. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That Mr. Daniel Horry, Mr. John Mayrant, Mr. Tacitus Gaillard, Mr. John Gendron, Jr., and Mr. Edward Jermayn, or any three of them, shall be, and they are hereby appointed, commissioners for erecting a chapel of ease near Wambaw bridge, in the parish of St. James, Santee; and they are hereby impowered to take subscriptions, and to receive, gather, collect and sue for all such sum and sums of money as any pious and well disposed person shall give and contribute for building the said chapel.

IV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the chapel of ease at Echaw, in the said parish of St. James, Santee, shall forever hereafter be, and is hereby declared to be, the parish church of St. James, Santee; and the rector or minister of the said parish of St. James, Santee for the time being, shall be and he is hereby obliged, enjoined and required to preach and perfonn divine service at the said church, and at the chapel of ease to be erected near Wambaw bridge, alternately.

V. And be it also enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the rector or minister of the said parish of St. Stephen's shall be elected and chosen in the same manner as the rectors or ministers of the several other parishes in this Province are elected and chosen; and shall have yearly paid him the sum of one hundred pounds proclamation money as a salary, out of the fund appropriated or to be appropriated for payment of the salarys of the clergy in this Province; and the public treasurer of this Province, for the time being, is hereby authorized, impowered and required to pay the same, under the like penaltys and forfeitures as for not paying the salarys due to the other rectors and ministers of the several other parishes in this Province; and the said rector or minister of the parish of St. Stephen's shall have and enjoy all and every such privileges and advantages, and shall also be under such rules, laws and restrictions, as the rectors or ministers of the other parishes in this Province have and enjoy, or are subject and liable unto.

VI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the expence of maintaining the poor at present upon the parish of St. James, Santee shall be borne and defrayed equally by the inhabitants of both parishes, and that all such moneys as have been received by the vestry of St. James, Santee, for parochial charges, as have not been already expended, be equally divided between the said parishes of St. James, Santee and St. Stephen's.

VII. And to prevent any disputes that may arise between the said parishes concerning their choosing of members to represent them in the General Assembly of this Province, Be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the inhabitants of the parish of St. James, Santee, qualified by the Election Act, shall choose and send two members of Assembly, and the inhabitants of the said parish of St. Stephen's shall choose and send one member of Assembly, and no more; any law, usage or custom to the contrary thereof in any wise notwithstanding: And that writs for the electing of members to serve in the General Assembly, for each of the said parishes, shall be issued in the same manner and at the same time as for the several other parishes in this Province, pursuant to the directions of the Act 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, and to appoint who shall be deemed and adjudged capable of choosing and being chosen members of the said House."

VIII. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That Daniel Horry, Theodore Gaillard, Alexander Chovine, Tacitus Gaillard, Edward Jermyn, John Mayrant, John Gendron, Jr., Thomas Hall and Peter Roberts, shall be, and they are hereby appointed, commissioners for the high roads in the said parish of St. James, Santee; and that Rene Peyre, Charles Cantey, Samuel Peyre, John Palmer, Samuel Cordes, Peter Porcher and Isaac Porcher, shall be, and they are hereby appointed, commissioners for the high roads in the parish of St. Stephen's; and the road which divides the said parishes, as aforesaid, shall be kept in repair by the inhabitants of both parishes. And the said commissioners, for the said parishes respectively, shall have the same powers and authoritys for laying out, making and keeping in repair the roads in the said parishes, and shall be subject and liable to the like penaltys and forfeitures, as the commissioners for the high roads in the other parts of this Province have or are subject and liable unto, by the laws of this Province; and in case any of the commissioners appointed by this Act shall happen to die, depart this Province, or refuse to act, it shall and may be lawful for the remaining commissioners to nominate and appoint another commissioner or commissioners in the room of him or them so dying, departing this Province, or refusing to act; and the commissioner or commissioners so nominated and appointed shall have the same powers and authoritys, and be subject to the same penaltys and forforfeitures, as the commissioners appointed by this Act.

In the Council Chamber, the 11th day of May, 1754.

JAMES MICHIE, Speaker.
Assented to: JAMES GLEN.



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