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An Act to Establish a New Judicial and Election County from a Portion of the County of Beaufort to be Known as Hampton County.

February 18, 1878

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1877-1878, Pages 375-377

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of the same, That a new judicial and election County, which shall be known as Hampton County, shall be formed, and is hereby authorized to be formed, from that portion of the County of Beaufort which lies to the North of the center of the present track of the Savannah and Charleston Railroad.

SEC. 2. That W. I. Causey, William Stokes, B. F. Buckner, Southwood Smith and John T. Morrison be, and are hereby, appointed Commissioners to designate and establish the County seat and to provide suitable buildings for the several Court and County officers, and to select and purchase or procure sites for the usual public buildings, and to contract for and superintend the erection of the court house and jail thereon, and that said public buildings shall be built at the expense of the citizens of said County of Hampton; and to meet the said demands a special tax, not exceeding two (2) mills on the dollar of the assessed value of real and personal property in said County, be levied by the proper County officers, hereinafter provided for, in accordance with the laws now of force regulating the assessment and collection of taxes.

SEC. 3. That an election shall be held in the County of Hampton on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November, A. D. 1878, for members of the General Assembly and for the regular County officers provided for by the Constitution and laws of the State.

SEC. 4. That until the next apportionment of Representatives, the said County of Hampton and the said County of Beaufort shall each be entitled to three (3) Representatives.

SEC. 5. That the voting precincts heretofore established by law in that portion of Beaufort County embraced in the limits of Hampton County shall be the precincts of Hampton County.

SEC. 6. That the County of Hampton be, and is hereby, attached to the Fifth Congressional District, and shall form part and parcel of the Second Judicial Circuit, and that the regular terms of the Court of General Sessions shall be held on the fourth Monday in January, May and October, and the Courts of Common Pleas on the Wednesday following the fourth Monday in January, May and October, and that the Trial Justices located in that portion of Beaufort County embraced in the limits or Hampton County shall be continued in office until their successors shall have been appointed and qualified: Provided, however, That from and after the time this Act goes into effect they shall be confined and limited in their official capacity, duty and power to said limits of Hampton County.

SEC. 7. That from and after the fifteenth day of December, A. D. 1878, all suits pending in the Courts of Beaufort, of which the defendants reside in that portion of said County now established as the County of Hampton, and all indictments pending in said County of Beaufort, where the offense was committed in that part of said County now established as the County of Hampton, shall be transferred to the calendars of the Courts of the said County of Hampton; and all records, commissions and other papers belonging to any of the said suits or indictments, together with all the legal incidents thereto appertaining, shall be transferred to the Clerk of the Court of the said County of Hampton.

SEC. 8. That the Governor be, and he is hereby, authorized and empowered to appoint a Commission of five persons, two of whom shall be residents of the new County of Beaufort, two residents of the new County of Hampton, and one resident of some other County of the State, which said Commission shall divide and apportion between the two Counties herein provided for the present lawful and bona fide indebtedness of the old County of Beaufort, having regard to the amount of unpaid taxes due to the said County of Beaufort.

Approved February 18, 1878.

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