Acts on the Parishes of South Carolina

An Act Dividing the Parish of Prince Frederick, in Craven County, and Establishing Another Parish in the Said County by the Name of the Parish of St. Mark, and Appointing Commissioners for Building a Church and Parsonage House Therein, and Ascertaining the Number of Members to Represent the Inhabitants of the Said Parishes Respectively in the General Assembly of This Province.

May 21, 1757

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume IV, Pages 35-37

WHEREAS, the inhabitants of the upper parts of the parish of Prince Frederick's, in Craven County, by their petition to the General Assembly have represented many inconveniencies they labour under for want of having the said parish divided, and prayed that a law may be made for that purpose; we therefore humbly pray his most sacred Majesty that it may be enacted,

I. And be it enacted, by his Excellency William Henry Lyttelton, Esq., Captain-General and Governor-in-chief in and over the Province of South Carolina, by and with the advice and consent of his Majesty's Council and the Commons House of 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 Prince Frederick's in Craven County shall be divided into two parishes, in the following manner, (that is to say) by continuing the northwestermost line of Williamsburgh township to Pedee and Santee rivers; and all the lands situate to the northward of the said line shall be a distinct parish by itself, separate from the other part of the parish of Prince Frederick's, and shall hereafter be called and known by the name of the parish of St. Mark's; and the inhabitants of the said parish of St. Mark's shall and may have, use, exercise and enjoy all the rights, privileges and immunities that the inhabitants of any other parish do or can have, use, exercise or enjoy, by the laws of this Province.

II. And be it also enacted by the authority aforesaid, That a church and parsonage house shall be built at such place within the bounds of the said parish of St. Mark's as the maior part of the commissioners hereinafter named shall order and direct, by and with the consent of the major part of tlie inhabitants of the said parish of the profession of the Church of England, who shall contribute toward building the same, at a meeting to be appointed for that purpose by the said commissioners.

III. And be it also enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the rector or minister of the said parish of St. Mark'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, and to his successors forever, the same salary as is appointed for the rector or minister of any other parish in this Province, (the parishes of St. Philip's and St. Michael's excepted) out of the fund appropriated or to be appropriated for payment of the salaries of the clergy in this Province; and the public treasurer for the time being is hereby authorized and required to pay the same, under the like 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 rector or minister of the said parish of St. Mark's shall have and enjoy all and every such privileges and advantages, and shall 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.

IV. And, be it also enacted by the authority aforesaid, That Richard Richardson and Joseph Cantey, Esqs., Matthew Nelson, Isaac Brunson, James M'Girt, William Cantey and John Cantey, be, and they are hereby appointed commissioners for building of the church and pews and the parsonage house in the said parish of St. Mark's; and they, or the major part of them, are hereby fully authorized and impowered to take subscriptions, and to receive, gather, solicit and sue for all such sum and sums of money as any pious and well disposed person or persons shall give and contribute for the purposes aforesaid. And in case of the death, absence or refusing to act of any of the said commissioners, the church-wardens and vestry of the said parish of St. Mark's for the time being, shall and may nominate and appoint another person or persons to be commissioner or commissioners in the room or place of such so dead, absent or refusing to act, as to the said church-wardens and vestry shall seem meet; which commissioner or commissioners, so to be nominated and appointed, shall have the same powers and authorities for putting this Act in execution, to all intents and purposes, as the commissioners herein named.

V. And be it also enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the pews in the said church shall be erected by the direction and appointment of the said commissioners, or the major part of them, which are hereby required to be made as equal in space as can be, and shall be disposed of in the manner following, (that is to say) the persons who shall have contributed most towards building the said church shall be entitled to and have the first choice of the pews in the same; and in cases where it shall happen that several persons have contributed alike, such persons shall draw lots for the choice. And the said commissioners, or a majority of them, shall have power and authority, and they are hereby fully authorized and impowered, by an instrument in writing, to be drawn up and executed for that purpose, to convey the said pews to the several persons aforesaid, their heirs and assigns, for ever.

VI. And to prevent any disputes that may arise between the said parishes concerning their choosing of members to represent them in the General Assembly, Be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the inhabitants of the parish of Prince Frederick's, qualified by law for that purpose, shall choose and send two members of Assembly, and the inhabitants of the parish of St. Mark's, qualified as aforesaid, shall choose and send two members 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 times as for the several other parishes in this Province, according 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 or being chosen members of the said House."

In the Council Chamher, the 21st day of May, 1757.

B. SMITH, Speaker.
Assented to: WM. HENRY LYTTELTON.



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