South Carolina - Legislative Acts Creating Counties / Districts

An Act for Laying Off the Several Counties Therein Mentioned, and Appointing Commissioners to Erect the Public Buildings.

February 19, 1791

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume VII, Pages 270-271

WHEREAS, the inhabitants of Kershaw District, as by their petition to the Legislature is set forth, have experienced many inconveniences by being annexed to Lancaster, Claremont, Fairfield and Richland counties, which renders it necessary to establish the same into a separate county, agreeable to the Constitution:

I. Be it therefore enacted, by the honorable the Senate and House of Representatives, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of the same, That the said district shall be, and is hereby, established as a county, to be called and known by the name of Kershaw County; the lines and boundaries of which, till they are altered by the Legislature, shall be as follows, that is to say, beginning on the east side of the Wateree River, at Stark's Ferry; from thence by a line running to the fold of the Hanging-Rock Creek; thence down Lick Creek to Flat Creek; thence down that creek to big Lynch's Creek; thence down big Lynch's Creek to Spivy's Ferry or ford; thence to Carter's Ferry or crossing place, in Claremont County; thence down the fork of Swift and Rafting creek; thence across the Wateree River to Spears's Creek, in Richland County; thence up Spears's Creek to the fork of Spears's and Raglin's creek; thence up Raglin's Creek to John Daugherty's, on the Twenty-Five Mile Creek; from thence in a direct line to the mouth of Colonels Creek, on the Wateree River; and thence across tlie Wateree River to Starks's Ferry, at the beginning; which said county shall be intitled to county courts, to be holden on the twenty-eighth day of February, the sixteenth day of April, the seventeenth day of July, and the fifteenth day of November, in every year; and the said courts shall hold, exercise and enjoy the several powers, jurisdictions and authorities as are by law vested in the county courts of this State.

II. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That John Simpson, Douglass Starke, Isham Moore, Philip Pearson, Thomas Ballard, Benjamin Waring, and Samuel Boykin, be, and they are hereby appointed, commissioners to survey the lines between the counties of Kershaw and Lancaster, and the lines between the counties of Kershaw and Claremont, and to report to the Legislature, at their next meeting, a plat of the aforesaid three counties, with remarks on the population, situation, and other circumstances necessary to be taken into consideration in forming the dividing lines of the said counties.

In the Senate House, the nineteenth day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-one, and in the fifteenth year of the Independence of the United States of America.

DAVID RAMSAY, President of the Senate.
JACOB READ, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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