Page images
PDF
EPUB

CHAP. XLI.

An act

for dividing the parish of Saint George, in the county of Spotsylvanio, and for other purposes therein mentioned.

vided.

1. WHEREAS the parish of Saint George, in the

Parish of St. county of Spotsylvania, by reason of its large extent, George, in is inconvenient to the inhabitants thereof: Be it there- Spotsylvania fore enacted, by the Governer, Council, and Burgesses, county, di. of this present General Assembly, and it is hereby enacted, by the authority of the same, That from and after the first day of March next, the said parish of Saint George be divided by the river Po, where it is intersected by the line of Caroline county, thence up the said river Po to the mouth of the run, called the Robinson, thence up the said river whereon John Mitchell's mill now stands, until it intersects the line of Orange county; and that all that part of the said parish of Saint George that lies between the said river Po and Rappahannock river, shall be one distinct parish; and retain the name of Saint George, and all the remainder of the Berkeley said parish of Saint George shall be one other distinct parish form

ed. parish, and called by the name of Berkeley:

II. And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That the present vestry of the said parish of Saint George shall be, and the same is hereby declared to be dissolved, and that the freeholders and housekeepers of the said parishes of Saint George and Berkeley respectively, shall meet at some convenient time and place, to be appointed, and publicly advertised by the sheriff of the said county of Spotsylvania, at least one month before the tenth day of April next following, and then and there elect (welve of the most able and discreet persons, being freeholders and resident in their respective parishes, for vestrymen in each of the said parishes, which vestrymen, so elected, having, in the court of the said county of Spotsylvania, taken and subscribed the oaths prescribed by law, and taken and subscribed the oath of abjuration, and repeated and subscribed the test, and also subscribed to be conformable to the doctrine and discipline of the church of England, shall, to all intents

and purposes, be deemed and taken to be vestries of the said parishes respectively.

III. And whereas the present vestry of the said parish of Saint George have contracted for the building of a new church, which will be in that part of the parish now called Saint George, and also for repairs and additions to be made to the Mattapony chapel

, which will be in the part of the said parish now called Berkeley:

IV. And whereas it is not known whether the charges of the said new church repairs and additions are levied by the present vestry: Beit therefore further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That the respective vestries of the said parishes of Saint George and Berkeley shall and may, and they are hereby respectively required to levy and assess upon the inhabitants of the said parishes, the charges of the said new church repairs and additions, in proportion to the number of the inhabitants of their respective parishes.

V. Provided always, That nothing herein contained shall be construed to hinder the collector of the said parish of Saint George, as the same now stands intire and undivided, from collecting or making distress for any parish levies which shall remain unpaid by the inhabitants of the said parish of Berkeley at the time of its taking place, but such collector shall have the same power to collect or distrain for the said levies, and shall be answerable for them in the same manner as if this act had never been made.

CHAP. XLII.

in act for altering the court days of several counties thercin mentioned.

Court days I. WHEREAS it hath been represented to this preof Pittsylva. nia, Middle: sent general assembly, that the days appointed for holdsex, Spotsyl. ing courts in the counties of Pittsylvania, Middlesex, vania, and Spotsylvania, and Culpeper, are inconvenient to the Culpeper altered.

justices and others, who are obliged to attend the said courts: Be it therefore enacted, by the Governor, Couna

3 cil, and Burgesses, of thrs present General Assembly; and it is hereby enacted, by the authority of the same, That from and after the last day of July next, the court of the said county of Pittsylvania shall be held upon the last Thursday in every month, the court of the said county of Middlesex upon the fourth Monday in every month, the court of the said county of Spotsylvania upon the third Thursday in every month, and the court of the said county of Culpeper upon the third Monday in every month; any law, custom; or usage, to the contrary, in any wise, Hotwithstanding.

CHAP. XLIII.

Ån act to explain certain doubts touch

ing the jurisdiction of the court of
Husting's of the city of Williams:
burg

I. WHEREAS doubts have arisen upon the extent

Jurisdiction of the jurisdiction of the court of Hustings of the city of court of of Williamsburg: For explaining thereof, Be it enact- Hustings of ed, by the Governor, Council, and Burgesses, of this

Williams.

burg present General Assembly, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That from and after the passing of this act the said court shall have jurisdiction, and hold plea of all transitory actions and suits at common law, and in chancery, which shall actually arise within the limits of the said city, in the same manner as county courts within this colony by law have or can take cognizance of such pleas; any law, custom, or usage, to the contrary thereof, notwithstanding.

II. And whereas the said court of Hastings liath heretofore exercised an unlimited jurisdiction, as well in chancery as common law, and it will introduce great confusion if the same should now be liable to be re. versed for want of a proper jurisdiction: Be it enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That all judgments, orders, and decrees, which have been heretofore made, given, or pronounced, by the said court of Hustings, shall for

A ZVOL. 81

ever hereafter be held, deemed, and taken to be as valid, as if the same had been made, given, or pronounced, by any county court within this colony; any thing in this or any other act, to the contrary, or seeming to the contrary, in any wise, notwithstanding.

CHAP. XLIV.

An act for settling the fees of the clerk and serjeant of the court of Hustings for the city of Williamsburg.

I. BE it enacted, by the Governor, Council, and BurFess of clerk and sergeant

gesses, of this present General Assembly, and it is hereof Williams by enacted, by the authority of the same, That from and burg settled. after the passing of this act, the clerk of the court of

Hustings for the city of Williamsburg, shall be intitled to the same fees for services by him done as are by law allowed for the like services to the clerks of county courts, to be collected, levied, and accounted for, in the same manner, and under the like regulations, as are provided in the case of the clerk of the county court of York.

II. And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That the serjeant of the said court of Hustings shall be intitled to the same fees for services by him done as are by law allowed for the like services to the sheriffs of the several counties, to be collected, levied, and accounted for, in the same manner, and under the like regulations, as are provided in the case of the sheriff of York county.

CHAP. XLV.

An act to divide the parish of Hamil- {Explained

( ton, in the counties of Fauquier and post chap. Prince William.

62-1

I. WHEREAS the parish of Hamilton, in the coun- Parish of ties of Fauquier and Prince William, by reason of the Hamilton, in great extent thereof, is very inconvenient to the inha- counties of bitants of the said parish: Be it enacted, by the Gover- Prince Wilnor, Council, and Burgesses, of this present General As- liam divided; sembly, and it is hereby enacted, by the authority of the and Leeds same, That from and after the first day of May next

parish form

ed. ensuing, the said parish of Hamilton shall be divided into two distinct parishes, in the following manner; to wit, by a straight line, to begin at the north fork of Broad run, at an angle made by the line that divides the said parish of Hamilton from the parish of Dettingen, and to end at two red oaks, on the bank of the north fork of Rappahannock river, in the plantation of Jesse Williams; and that all that part of the said parish, which lies on the lower side of the said line, shall be one distinct parish, and retain the name of Hamilton; and all that, the other part of the said parish, shall be one other distinct parish, and be called and known by the name of Leeds.

II. And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That the present vestry of the parish of Hamilton shall be, and is hereby declared to be dissolved; and that the freeholders and housekeepers of the said parishes of Hamilton and Leeds, respectively, shall meet at some convenient time and place, to be appointed, and publicly advertised by the sheriff of the said county of Fauquier, at least one month before the first day of July next ensuing, and then and there elect twelve of the most able and discreet persons of their respective parishes, to be vestrymen in each of the said parishes; which vestrymen, so elected, having, in the court of Fauquier, taken and subscribed the oaths appointed to be taken by law, and taken and subscribed the oath of abjuration, and repeated and subscribed the test, and also subscribed to be conformable to the doctrine and discipline of the church of England, shall, to all intents and purposes, be deemed and taken to be vestries of the said parishes respectively.

« PreviousContinue »