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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.

January 28, 1861

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina, Volume XII, Pages 759-761.

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, to wit:

- The Shiloh Baptist Church in Anderson District;
- The Presbyterian Church at Unionville;
- Richland Church in Pickens District;
- The Unitarian Clergy Society of Charleston;
- Pelican Chapter, No. 1, Rose Croix;
- Padgett's Creek Baptist Church in Union District;
- The Methodist Church, South, at Williston in Barnwell District;
- The Board of Managers of the South Carolina Conference Book and Tract Society;
- The Darlington Agricultural Society;
- The Charleston Ladies' Association;
- The Burns Charitable Association;
- The Walhalla Charitable Society;
- The Macedonia Evangelical Lutheran Church,
- Nazareth Evangelical Lutheran Church,
- Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church,
- Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church,
- St. David Evangelical Lutheran Church,
- Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church,
- Union Evangelical Lutheran Church, all of Lexington District;
- St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church,
- Mt. Lebanon Evangelical Lutheran Church,
- Mt. Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church of Edgefield District,

the above Lutheran Churches, both in Lexington and Edgefield, being in connection with the "Evangelical Lutheran Synod of South South Carolina and adjacent States," be, and the same are hereby, constituted bodies politic and corporate, for the term of fourteen years, by the name and style to each of them hereinbefore respectively assigned.

II. That the said churches, societies and associations, shall have succession of Trustees, Vestry and Wardens, ofiicers 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, except in the case of the Board of Managers of the "South Carolina Conference Book and Tract Society," which corporation shall have power to hold property, real and personal, to the amount of one hundred thousand dollars, and also the right to sell, alien or transfer the same, or any part thereof.

III - Charters renewed for fourteen (14) years:

- The Lafayette Lodge, Number Eight, of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows;
- The Ladies' Benevolent Society, of Charleston;
- All Saints School Society;
- The Unitarian Church in Charleston;
- Union Light Infantry Charitable Society;
- St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church and Mt. Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, both of Lexington District;
- Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Corinth Evangelical Lutheran Church, Good Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, all four of Edgefield District; all six in connection with the "Evangelical Lutheran Synod of South Carolina and Adjacent States.

IV. That the charter of "The Chesterville Academy Society," be, and the same is hereby, renewed for the term of fourteen years, with all the rights and privileges heretofore granted to said corporation; that the name shall hereafter be "The Chester Academy Society;" and that all such property as hath heretofore or may hereafter accrue to the State, in the District of Chester, on account of property which by an Act entitled "An Act to appoint escheators and regulate escheats," hath escheated to the State, provided the same do not amount to more than twenty thousand dollars, shall be, and the same is hereby, vested in "The Chester Academy Society," for the use of the Chester Academy; and the said corporation are hereby vested with all the powers necessary for receiving the said property, and for disposing of the same for the benefit of the said academy: Povided, nevertheless, That such escheats shall not affect any citizen or friendly alien, but that in all cases such citizen or friendly alien shall have liberty to plead the statute of limitations in all proceedings under tlie existing laws regulating escheats, in like manner as the said statute may now be pleaded in actions between citizens of this State: And provided, also, That nothing herein contained shall be so construed as to restrict the Legislature from vesting in any person or persons any escheated property within the said District, who may have an equitable claim thereto.

V - Strict Observance Lodge, Number 73, Ancient Free Masons incorporated.

VI - Tabernacle Camp Ground of Sumter District incorporated.

In the Senate House, the twenty-eighth day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-one, and in the eighty-fifth year of the sovereignty and independence of the State of South Carolina.

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

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