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An Act to Confirm and Establish the Precincts of Onslow and Bladen, and for Appointing them Distinct Parishes.

Laws of North Carolina Passed in 1734

The State Records of North Carolina Volume XXIII - Pages 119-120.

I. Whereas, by an Act, intituled, An Act for regulating Vestries in this Government, and for the better inspecting Vestrymen and Churchwardens' Accompts of each and every Parish in this Government, it is Enacted, That the Southern Part of this Province shall be erected into a Precinct, by the name of New Hanover Precinct, and bounded to the Northward by the Haulover, and Little Inlet, and to the Southward by the Southernmost Bounds of the Province; and as the Precinct of New Hanover is now become very populous, and the Extent thereof being found too incommodious to many of the Inhabitants thereof, particularly those of New River, and the upper part of the Northwest River:

II. We therefore pray that it may be Enacted and be it Enacted by his Excellency Gabriel Johnston, Esq., Governor, by and with the Advice and Consent of His Majesty's Council and General Assembly of this Province and it is hereby Enacted by the Authority of the same, That a Precinct be erected at New River, by the Name of Onslow Precinct; and that the said Precinct be Bounded to the Northward by Whiteoak River, from the Mouth to the Head thereof; and to the Southward, by a creek that comes out of the Sound, and comes across New River Road, called the Bay Swamp, or Beasley's Creek.

III. And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That the upper Part of the Northwest River be erected into a Precinct, by the Name of Bladen Precinct; and that the said Precinct be bounded to the Southward as follows, viz., Beginning at the Mouth of Livingston's Creek, and bounded by the said Creek to the head thereof; and then, by a Line West, to the Bounds of the Government; and that the said Precinct be Bounded to the Northward by Black River, as follows: viz., Beginning at the Mouth of the said River, and bounded by the Main River up to the Fork, and that then the Westermost Branch be the Bounds to the Head thereof.

IV. And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That the said Precinct of Onslow be a distinct Parish, by the Name of St. John's Parish, and shall have all the Rights and Privileges that any other Parish in this Government now holds or enjoys.

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VI. And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That each of the above said Precincts are hereby invested with the same Powers and Privileges, as any other of the Southern Precincts have and enjoy.

VII. And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That the Justices of the aforesaid Precincts shall have full Power and Authority to appoint a Place for a Church, Court House, and Prison, and to Tax all taxable Persons in the said Precincts, for raising a Sum of Money sufficient to defray the Charges of the above Public Buildings, pursuant to an Act, intituled, an Act for settling Precinct Courts and Court Houses.

VIII. And whereas there hath been several Courts held in the Precinct of Onslow, by a Commission from the late Governor, George Burrington, Esq.; therefore, Be it Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That all Proceedings of that Court (saving the Right of Appeal), are hereby declared good and valid.

IX. And be it further Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That the Precinct of Bladen is hereby erected into a Parish by the Name of St. Martin's Parish: But whereas the said Parish is in Arrear of Parish Money to the Vestry and Church Wardens of St. James's Parish; to which they formerly belonged; therefore, It is hereby Enacted, That the Arrear aforesaid shall be paid to the Vestry or Church Wardens of St. James's Parish: And if any Person shall neglect or refuse to pay the same, it shall and may be lawful for the Vestry or Church Wardens to take such Ways and Means to recover the same as the Laws of this Province direct them to have, within the Parish of which they are the Vestry and Church Wardens.

Signed by,

GABRIEL JOHNSTON, ESQ., Governor,
WILLIAM SMITH, President.
WILLIAM DOWNING, Speaker.



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