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An Act to Incorporate Certain Religious and Charitable Societies and Societies for the Advancement of Education, and to Renew and Amend the Charters of Others Heretofore Incorporated.

December 21, 1857

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina, Volume XII, Pages 553-555.

I. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of the same, That all free white persons who now are, or hereafter may become, members of the following religious and charitable societies, and societies for the advancement of education, to wit :

- The Treadaway Baptist Church of Christ in Barnwell District;
- The Lebanon Baptist Church;
- The Williston Baptist Church at Williston;
- The Varennes Church in Anderson District;
- The Bethesda Church in York District;
- The Dry Creek Baptist Church in Edgefield;
- The Methodist Episcopal Church, South, at Sumter;
- The Rocky Spring Baptist Church in Lexington District;
- The Sumter Cemetery Association;
- The Euphemian Society of Erskine College;
- The Philomathean Society of Erskine College;
- The Elliott Society of Natural History;
- The Church of the Holy Comforter in the town of Sumter;
- The Mackey Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, No. 15;
- The Lebanon Council of Royal and Select Masons, No. 8, in the town of Yorkville;
- The Conwayboro Academy;
- Mount Bethel Camp Ground;
- Allen Lodge, No. 38, of Ancient Free Masons at the village of Bamberg;
- Butler Methodist Episcopal Church of Edgefield District;
- The Evergreen Cemetery Company;
- Sandy Springs Church in Anderson District; and
- Lancasterville Presbyterian Church in Lancaster District.

be, and the same are hereby, declared and constitutedbodies corporate and politic.

II. That the said churches, societies and associations shall have succession of Trustees, Vestry and Wardens, officers and members, according to their respective by-laws, and shall have power, respectively, to make by-laws, not repugnant to the laws of the land, and to have, use and keep a common seal, and the same to alter at will; to sue and be sued in any court in this State, and to have and enjoy every right, power and privilege incident to such corporations; and they are hereby empowered to hold, retain, possess and enjoy all such property, real and personal, as they may now severally have and possess or be entitled to, or which shall hereafter be given, bequeathed or devised to them respectively, or in any manner acquired by them, and to sell, alien or transfer the same, or any part thereof: Provided, That the amount so held shall in no case exceed the sum of fifty thousand dollars.

III - French Fusileer Charitable Society re-incorporated as Lafayette Artillery Charitable Society.

IV - Presbyterian Church of Smyrna in Newberry District incorporated; Liberty Spring Church in Laurens District incorporated.

V - Cheraw Library Society changed its name to Cheraw Lyceum.

VI - Charters extended:

- DeKalb Lodge, No. 6, of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows;
- The Baptist Church in Camden;
- The Bethel Male Academy;
- The Apprentices' Library Society of Charleston;
- The Methodist Protestant Church in Charleston; and
- The Presbyterian Church of Concord in Sumter District.

VII - Brotherly Association of Charleston incorporated.

VIII. That the fifth Section of an Act entitled "An Act to incorporate certain societies, associations and companies, and for the re-charter of others," ratified on the sixteenth day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-two, be, and the same is hereby, so altered and amended as to give the Philomathean Society of Erskine College all the rights and powers which are given to other like associations by the first and second Sections of this Act.

IX. That this Act is hereby declared to be a Public Act.

In the Senate House, the twenty-first day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-seven, and in the eighty-second year of the sovereignty and independence of the United States of America.

JAMES CHESNUT, Jr., President of the Senate.
JAMES SIMONS, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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