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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 Granted.

December 21, 1858

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina, Volume XII, Pages 605-610.

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 societies, viz:

- The Mount Olivet Church, in Pickens District;
- St. Mark's Church in the town of Chester;
- Ebenezer Church in Greenville District;
- The Second Baptist Church in Pickens District;
- The Shady Grove Presbyterian Church in Laurens District;
- The Baptist Church of Long Branch in Barnwell District;
- The Beaver Creek Presbyterian Church in Kershaw District;
- The Harmony Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in Edgefield District;
- Rehoboth Church in Abbeville District;
- The Williamston Presbyterian Church in Anderson District;
- The Shiloh Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in Abbeville District;
- The Bethlehem Baptist Church in Edgefield District;
- Bethel Church in Greenville District;
- Dorchester Baptist Church in Anderson District;
- The Columbia Baptist Church in Greenville District;
- Neal's Creek Baptist Church in Anderson District;
- The Baptist Church at Manning;
- The Presbyterian Church at Manning;
- Cheraw Lodge, No. 15, Ancient Free Masons, of South Carolina;
- Hammond Lodge, No. 7, Independent Order of Sons of Malta;
- Bennettsville Lodge, No. 88, Ancient Free Masons;
- Winnsborough Lodge, No. 11, Ancient Free Masons;
- The Orangeburg Missionary Union of Orangeburg District;
- The Mount Bethel Baptist Church in Anderson District;
- The Baptist Church at Chester, South Carolina;
- St. Luke's Church in the city of Charleston;
- The Bethesda Baptist Church in Anderson District;
- The Providence Methodist Episcopal Church;
- The First Creek Baptist Church in Anderson District;
- Williston Academy in Barnwell District; and
- Fairfield Division, No. 13, Sons of Temperance

are hereby declared and constituted bodies corporate and politic.

II. That John T. Broyles, B. F. Mauldin, James D. Smith, Archy M. Smith and F. A. Hoke, and their successors in office, be, and they are hereby, declared and constituted a body politic and corporate, by the name and style of "The Trustees of the Williamston Male Academy," and by that name may sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded in any court of law or equity in this State; may have a common seal, and the same may alter at pleasure; may make such by-laws, rules and regulations, not inconsistent with the laws of the land, for the organization and government of the said corporation, as may be deemed necessary or expedient, and generally may have and enjoy all the rights, powers and privileges incident to corporations.

III. 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 twenty thousand dollars.

IV - Charters renewed:

- Grace Church in Camden;
- Darlington Presbyterian Church;
- The Milford Baptist Church of Greenville District;
- Trustees of the Rock Church in Abbeville District;
- Pacolet Baptist Church in Union District.

V. That the Right Reverend Thomas F, Davis, Peter J. Shand, J. J. Roberts, C. P. Gadsden, Henry D. Lesesne, A. P. Aldrich and Joseph B. Kershaw, and their successors in office, be, and they are hereby, declared and constituted a body politic and corporate, by the name and style of "The Theological Seminary of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of South Carolina," and by that name may sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded in any court of law or equity in this State; may have a common seal, and the same may alter at pleasure; may make such by-laws, rules and regulations, not inconsistent with the laws of the land, for the organization and government of the said corporation, as may be deemed necessary or expedient, and generally may have and enjoy all the rights, powers and privileges incident to corporations.

VI. That the said corporation shall have power to appoint all such officers and instructors as may be deemed advisable for the interest of the said Seminary, and may confer and award all such distinctions, honors, licenses and degrees as are usually conferred or awarded in Theological Universities of the United States.

VII. That the said corporation shall be, and is hereby, authorized and empowered to hold, possess and enjoy all such property, real or personal, as may be given, devised or bequeathed to it, or in any manner acquired by it, and to sell, alien or transfer the same, or any part thereof: Provided, That the value of such real estate shall not exceed the sum of one hundred thousand dollars.

VIII. That all the powers, rights and privileges granted to the stockholders of "The Spartanburg Female Association," by an Act entitled "An Act to incorporate the Spartanburg Female College," ratified the twenty-first day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-four, be, and the same is hereby, conferred upon the South Carolina Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South," and that the charter of the said Spartanburg Female College Association be, and the same is hereby, so altered and amended as to conform to the charter heretofore granted to the "Columbia Female College," by an Act entitled "An Act to incorporate the Columbia Female College," ratified on the twenty first day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-four.

IX, X, and XI - Rock Creek Church charter amended to rename it to Rock Church, in Abbeville District.

XII, XIII, XIV, and XV - Retreat Church in Pickens District incorporated.

XVI. That B. Manly, J. B. Kendrick, B. C. Pressley, W. B. Johnson, J, C. Furman, J. G. Landrura, T. P. Lide, Iverson L. Brooks, C. J. Elford, J. M. Chiles, A. Walker, G. W. Samson, J. B. Jeter, J. L. Pritchard, Thomas Stocks, W. P. Chiltan, M. W. Phillips, J. H. Low, K. B. C. Howell, D. R. Campbell, James E. Broome, R. C. Burleson, A. L. Hay, W. M. McPhenan, and their successors in office, Trustees of "The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary," an institution of learning to be located at Greenville, South Carolina, shall be, and they are hereby, created and constituted a body politic and corporate by the name and style of "The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary," and by said name shall have perpetual succession of officers and members, according to the by-laws they may establish; and for that purpose the said corporation shall have power to ordain all such by-laws for the regulation of their succession and government, and for the organization and government of the said institution of learning as they may deem necessary, not inconsistent with the Constitution and laws of this State, or of the United States; to have, use and keep a common seal, and the same to break and alter at will; to sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, answer and be answered unto, in any court of law or equity in this State, or the United States, and to have and enjoy every right, power and privilege incident to such corporations; and the said corporation is hereby empowered to have, hold, retain, possess and enjoy all such property, real and personal, as they now have or are entitled to, or which shall hereafter be given, granted or derived thereto, or in any manner acquired thereby, and the same to sell, alien or transfer at pleasure: Provided, That the sum so held shall not, at any one time, exceed in value the sum of five hundred thousand dollars.

XVII - Zion Presbyterian Church of Charleston incorporated.

XVIII. That Albert Evans, Leonidas Lowry, Evander David, W. J. Boggan, Jackson Miller, and their associates and successors, be, and the same are hereby declared to be, a body politic and corporate, by the name and style of the "White Plains Educational Society, of Chesterfield District;" and that said corporation may sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded in any court of law or equity in this State; may adopt and use a common seal, and the same may alter at pleasure; may make, and from time to time alter or modify such by-laws, rules and regulations, not inconsistent with the laws of the land, for the organization and regulation of the said corporation as may be deemed necessary or expedient; may be capable of holding any real estate, not exceeding the value of fifty thousand dollars, and generally may have and enjoy all the rights and privileges incident to bodies corporate.

XIX - St. David's Church in the town of Cheraw incorporated.

XX. That this Act shall be deemed and taken to be a public Act, and continue in force for twenty-one years.

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

WILLIAM D. PORTER, President of the Senate.
JAMES SIMONS, Speaker of the House of Representatives.



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