Acts on the Parishes of South Carolina

An Act for Establishing a Parish in Craven County, by the Name of St. David, and for Appointing Commissioners for the High-Roads in the Said Parish.

April 12, 1768

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume IV, Pages 300-302

WHEREAS, the inhabitants residing on Pedee River, in the parishes of St. Mark's and Prince George's, in Craven County, have represented many inconveniences which they are under for want of having a parish laid out and established in the said county, and prayed that a law may be passed for that purpose, we therefore pray his most sacred Majesty that it may be enacted,

I. And be it enacted, by his Excellency the Right Honorable Lord Charles Greville Montagu, Captain-General, Governor and Commander-in-chief 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 the said Province, and by the authority of the same, That immediately from and after the passing of this Act, a parish shall be laid out and established in Craven County aforesaid, bounded in the following manner, (that is to say,) by a North-west line to be run from the northward-most corner of Williamsburgh township to Lynch's Creek, and from thence by that creek to the provincial line, and that the line dividing St. Mark's from Prince Frederick's parish be carried on in the same course from Great Pedee, where it now ends, to the provincial line aforesaid, by which, together with lines aforesaid and Lynch's Creek, the new parish shall be bounded, and that the said pansh shall hereafter be called and known by the name of St. David's.

II. And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That a church, chapel and parsonage house shall be built at such places, within the bounds of the said parish, as the major part of the commissioners hereafter named shall order and direct.

III. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the rector or minister of the said parish for the time being, shall officiate in the said church and chapel alternately, and 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 to him and 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 of 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 shall have and enjoy all and every such privileges and advantages, and 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 further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That Claudius Pegues, Philip Pledger, Alexander McIntosh, George Hicks, Thomas Ellerbee, Robert Allison, Thomas Lide, Charles Bedingfield, James James, Robert Weaver, Thomas Crawford, James Tompson, Thomas Port and Benjamin Rogers, be, and they are hereby appointed, commissioners or supervisors for the building of the new church and chapel and parsonage house in the parish of St. David's, and they or a major part of them are fully authorized and impowered to purchase a glebe for the said parish, and to take subscriptions, and to receive and gather, collect and sue for all such sum or 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. David'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 from and immediately after the passing of this Act, the commissioners herein appointed for building the church, chapel and parsonage house in the said parish, do call the inhabitants thereof together, to choose parish officers, and fix on the most proper places for building the church and chapel.

VI. And be it also enacted by the authority aforesaid, That from and after the dissolution of the present General Assembly, the inhabitants of the parish of St. Mark's, (which heretofore chose two members of Assembly,) and the inhabitants of the parish of St. David's, qualified by law for that purpose, shall choose and elect one member each, and no more, to represent the said parishes respectively, in General Assembly; any law, usage or custom, to the contrary in any wise notwithstanding; and that writs for electing members to serve in General Assembly for the said parishes, shall be issued at the same times and in the same manner as for the several other parishes in this Province, according to the directions of the Act of the General Assembly in that case made and previded.

VII. And be it also enacted by the authority aforesaid, That Claudius Pegues, Philip Pledger, Alexander McIntosh, George Hicks, Thomas Ellerbee, Robert Allison, Thomas Lide, Charles Bedingfield, James James, Robert Weaver, Thomas Crawford, James Tompson, Thomas Port and Benjainin Rogers, shall be, and they are hereby appointed, commissioners for the high-roads in the said parish of St. David's; and the said commissioners, or a majority of them, shall have the same powers and authorities for laying out and making and keeping in repair the roads in the said parish, and shall be subject and liable to the like penalties and forfeitures as the commissioners for the high-roads in 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 the province, or refuse to act, it shall and may be lawful for the remainder of the commissioners, or a major part of them, to nominate and appoint another cominissioner or commissioners, in the room of him or them so dying, departing the Province or refusing to act; and the commissioner or commissioners so nominated and appointed shall have the same powers and authorities, and be subject to the same penalties and forfeitures as the commissioners appointed by this Act.

In the Council Chamber, the 12th day of April, 1768.

P. MANIGAULT, Speaker.
Assented to: C.G.MONTAGU.



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