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An Act for Dividing the County of Pasquotank, and Establishing that Part thereof on the North East Side of Pasquotank River a County, by the Name of Camden.

Laws of North Carolina Passed in 1777, Chapter XVIII

The State Records of North Carolina Volume XXIV - Pages 26-28.

I. Whereas by Reason of the Width of Pasquotank River, and the Difficulty of passing the same, especially in boisterous Weather, it is extremely inconvenient for the Inhabitants who live on the North East side of said River to attend Courts and other Public Business in the County of Pasquotank: For Remedy whereof,

II. Be it therefore Enacted, by the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, and it is hereby Enacted by the Authority of the same, That all that part of Pasquotank County lying on the North East side of the said River, and of a Line to be run from the Head of the said River a North West Course to the Virginia Line, shall be, and is hereby established a County, by the Name of Camden.

III. And for the due administration of Justice, Be it Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That Justices of the Peace shall be nominated and commissioned, and Courts held, in the said County of Camden, in the same Manner, and with the same Powers and Jurisdiction, as Justices and Courts in the other Counties of this State; and the Courts of the said County of Camden shall be held on the second Tuesday in July, October, January, and April, in every Year.

IV. And be it Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, that the said Justices to be appointed for the County of Camden aforesaid, are hereby directed to meet on the second Tuesday in July next at the House of Joseph Jones, and take the Oaths appointed for their Qualification; and the Justices for the said County of Camden, or any three of them, after being so qualified, shall hold a Court at the Place and Times herein before appointed; and every of them, at all Times during their Continuance in Office, as well within their Courts as without, shall have and exercise the same Power and Authority, and be subjected to the same Forfeitures and Penalties, as other Justices of the Peace within the several Counties in this State are liable to.

V. And be it further Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That a Poll Tax of Two Shillings and Eight Pence be laid on each taxable Person in the said County of Camden for three Years, for building a Court House, Prison and Stocks, therein; which Tax shall be collected by the Sheriff of the County aforesaid, at such Times, and in the same Manner as other Taxes are collected, and shall be paid to the Person or Persons who shall be impowered to receive the same.

VI. And be it further Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That nothing herein contained shall be construed to debar the Sheriff or Parish Collector of Pasquotank County, as the said County stands undivided to make Distress for any Taxes, Levies, Fees, or other Dues, that shall be due from the Inhabitants of the said County on the second Tuesday of July next, in the same Manner as by Law the said Sheriff or Parish Collector might or could do, if the said County had remained undivided, and the said Taxes shall be collected and accounted for in the same Manner as if this Act had never been made; any Thing herein contained to the contrary, notwithstanding.

VII. And to the End that no Action, or Suit of any Kind, commenced in Pasquotank County, be defeated by the Division aforesaid; Be it Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That where any Action or Suit is already commenced in the said County of Pasquotank, and the Parties or any of them, shall be Inhabitants of Camden County such Action or Suit shall be proceeded on by the Court in which the same was commenced, to the End and final Determination thereof; any Law or Usage, to the contrary, notwithstanding.

VIII. And be it further Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That Joseph Jones, Lemuel Sawyer, Isaac Gregory, Demsey Burgess, and Caleb Grandy, Esquires, or a Majority of them, be, and they are hereby appointed Commissioners to lay off and appoint the Place where the Court House, Prison, and Stocks, for the Use of the said County of Camden, shall be built, and there to erect, or cause the same to be erected.

IX. And be it Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That the Sheriff of the said County of Camden is hereby impowered and directed to account for and pay the Money by him collected for the Purpose of building the aforesaid Court House, Prison, and Stocks, to the Commissioners aforesaid, after deducting his Commissions for collecting the same.

X. And be it Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That from and after the passing of this Act, the said County of Camden shall continue to be considered as Part of the District of Edenton.

XI. And be it further Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That the Commissioners, or a Majority of them herein before appointed are hereby impowered and directed to employ Workmen to build the Court House, Prison, and Stocks, in the said County, for the Use thereof; and the said Court, and all Causes, Matters, and Things, in the same depending, after such Court House shall be built, shall stand adjourned from the Place where the Court shall have been held to the said Court House.

XII. Be it further Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That the Justices of the Court of the said County of Camden shall have Power to call the Commissioners to erect a Court House, Prison, and Stocks, to account for the due Application of whatever Monies they may receive for the Purposes mentioned, and if there should be any surplus, apply the same towards defraying the Contingencies of the County. And whenever it shall become necessary to run the North West Line from the Head of Pasquotank River to the Virginia Line, the Justices of the Courts of Camden and Pasquotank shall appoint one Commissioner from each of the said Counties to run the said Line, and lay a Tax for defraying the Charges thereof; which Line when run, shall be recorded in the Court of each of the said Counties of Camden and Pasquotank, and shall from thenceforward be deemed the dividing Line between the said Counties.

XIII. And be it Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That the County of Camden shall be intitled to the same Privileges and Immunities as the other Counties in this State are intitled to.

Read three times and ratified in General Assembly, the Ninth Day of May, 1777.

SAMUEL ASHE, S. S.
ABNER NASH, S. C..



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