WHEREAS, several inhabitants on the South-west part of the parish of St. Helena's, and also several inhabitant on Waccamaw Neck, in the parish of Prince George's, by their petitions to the General Assembly, have represented many inconveniencies which they are under, for want of having the said parishes of St. Helena's and Prince George's divided, and that part of the parish of St. Helena's, known by the name of the Euhaws part of the said parish, and also that part of the parish of Prince George's, known by the name of Waccamaw, established into separate parishes, 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 said Province, by and with the advice and consent of his Majesty's Council and the Commons House of Assembly, 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 Granville county aforesaid, in the following manner, (that is to say) by a line to run from the bridge over New River or Day's Creek, North ten degrees, West until it intersects the line of Prince William's parish, and from thence to be bounded by the South-west side of Coosawhatchee River, Port Royal, Broad River, the Sea, Callibogy Sound, and New River or Day's Creek, up to the bridge on the said river or creek, including all the islands to the south and west of Port Royal, Broad River and Callibogy Sound; any law, usage or custom to the contr&ry notwithstanding. And also, that another parish shall be laid out and established in Craven County aforesaid, in the following manner; that is to say, all the lands which lie between the sea and Waccamaw River, as far as the boundary line of North Carolina; and that the parish in the county of Granville shall hereafter be called and known by the name of St. Luke's; and that the parish in the county of Craven shall hereafter be called and known by the name of All Saints; and the inhabitants thereof shall and may use, exercise and enjoy all the rights, privileges and immunities that the inhabitants of any other parish do or can use, exercise or enjoy, by the laws of this Province.
II. And whereas, the commissioners of the public roads in the parish of Prince George's, have thought it necessary to make a new causey instead of that commonly called Lynch's causey, and have agreed to assess all mele persons between sixteen and sixty years of age, residing in the said parish the sum of forty shillings each, for making the said causey, Be it therefore enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the inhabitants of the parish of All Saints shall be subject to the said assessment of forty shillings, notwithstanding the passing of this Act, after payment of which assessment they shall not be liable to any other charge for or concerning the said causey.
III. And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the causey crossing Foisine's island, between Pedee and Waccamaw River, shall be kept in repair in the same manner and by the same persons as it was before the passing of this Act.
IV. And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the expense of maintaining the poor, at present upon the said parish of Prince George's, shall be borne and defrayed by the inhabitants of both the parishes of Prince George's and All Saints; and that all such monies as have been received by the church-wardens and vestry of the parish of Prince George's, and have not yet been expended, shall be equally divided between the said parishes of Prince George's and All Saints.
V. And be it also enacted by the authority aforesaid, That from and after the dissolution of the present General Assembly, the inhabitants of the parishes of St. Helena's and Prince George's, and also the inhabitants of the said parishes of St. Luke's and All Saints, qualified by law for that purpose, shall choose and elect two members, and no more, to represent each of the said parishes in General Assembly, 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 in 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."
VI. And be it also enacted by the authority aforesaid, That a church and parsonage house shall be built in the aforesaid parish of St. Luke's, and a church, chapel and parsonage house in the said parish of All Saints, at such places within the bounds of the said parishes as a majority of the commissioners hereafter named, for each of the said parishes, shall order and direct.
VII. And be it also enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That the rectors or ministers of the said parishes for the time being, shall officiate in the said churches and chapels according to law, 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 them and their successors for ever, 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 rectors or ministers of the said ptirishes 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.
VIII. And be it enacted by the authority aforesaidm That Daniel
Heyward, John Heyward, Daniel Pepper, Richard Proctor, John Garvey,
William Hazzard and Stephen Drayton, be, and they are hereby
appointed, commissioners or supervisors for the building of the
new church and parsonage house in the said parish of St. Luke's;
and that William Allston, Joseph Allston, Charles Lewis, William
Pawley, Josias Allston, William Allston, Jr. and John Clarke,
be, and they are hereby appointed, commissioners or supervisors
for the building of the new church, chapel and parsonage house
in the said parish of All Saints; and they, or the major part
of them, are fully authorized and impowered to purchase a glebe
for the said parishes respectively, 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 parishes
of St. Luke's and All Saints, for the time being, respectively,
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 authority for putting this Act in execution, to all intents
and purposes, as the commissioners herein
IX. And whereas, the inhabitants of the parish of Prince Frederick's, by their humble petition to the Assembly, have prayed for a law to be passed and commissioners appointed to build a chapel of ease in the said parish, at or near a place called Murray's old field, about thirty miles from the said parish church; Be it therefore enacted by the authority aforesaid, That a chapel of ease shall be built in the said parish of Prince Frederick's, at or near a place called Murray's old field; and that Samuel Clegg, Esq., Theodore Gordine, Samuel Newman, William Michau and John Perrit, be, and they are hereby appointed, commissioners for building the said chapel of ease; and that the rector or minister of the said parish of Prince Frederick's shall be, and he is hereby, obliged, enjoined and required, to perform divine service at the said chapel of ease every sixth Sunday, provided it happen not upon Easter Sunday, Whit Sunday, or Christmas-Day, and in such case to preach on the next Sunday after, and from thence again on every sixth Sunday.
In the Council Chamber, the 23d day of May, 1767.
P. MANIGAULT, Speaker.