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CHAP. XXI.

An Act to enable the Vestry of the Parish of

Stratton-Major, in the County of King and Queen, to sell their Glebe, and for other purposes therein mentioned.

I. WHEREAS the glebe of the parish of Stratton- Vestry of Major, in the county of King and Queen, is inconve Stratton-Maniently situated, and the minister and vestry of the jor parish in said pirish have pititioned this present general assem Queen aubly that an act may pass to enable them to sell the thorised said glebe, and to lay out the money arising from such sell their sale in purchasing other land for a glebe, and erecting glebe, convenient buildings thereon: Be it therefore enacted, by the Lieutenant-Governor, Council and Burgesses, of this present General Assembly, and it is hereby enacted, by the authority of the same, That the said glebe land, with the appurtenances, be, and the same is hereby vested in the present vestry of the said parish of Stratton-Major, and in the vestry of the said parish for the time being, in trust: Nevertheless, that the said vestry, or the greater part of them, shall, by deed of bar. gain and sale, sell and convey the said glebe, 'with the appurtenances, for the best price that can be got for the same, to any person or persons who shall be will. ing to purchase the same; to hold to such purchaser or purchasers; his and their heirs and assigns, for ever.

II. And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That the money arising by the sale of the said globe, shall be by the said vestry laid out and applied for and towards purchasing a more convenient tract or parcel of land for a glebe, and erecting buildings thereon, for the use and benefit of the minister of the said parish of Stratton-Major, for the time being, for ever.

CHAP. XXII.

An Act fir dividing the County of Fairfax.

1. WHEREAS many inconveniencies attend the Fairfax coun upper inhabitants of the county of Fairfax, by reason ty divided.

of the large extent of the said county, and their remote situati in from the court houst', and the said inhabitants have petitioned this present general assem. bly that the said county may be divided; Be it therefore enacted, by the Lieutenant-Governor, Council, and Burgesses of this present General Assembly, and it is hereby enacteii, by the authority of the same, That from and afier the first day of July next ensuing the said coun

ty of Fairfax bi divided into two counties, that is to Loudoun say: All that part thereof, lying above Difficult run, county torm- which falls into Patowmack river, and by a line to be ed.

run from the head of the said run, a straight course, to the mouth of Rocky run, shall be one distinct coun. ty, and called and known by the name of Loudoun: And all that part thereof below the said run and course, shail be one other distinct county, and retain the name of Fairfax.

II. And for the due administration of justice in the said county of Loudoun, after the same shall take place:

Be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That Court days. after the first day of July a court for the said county

of Loudoun be constantly held by the justices thereof, upon the second Tuesday in every month, in such man. ner as by the laws of this colony is provided, and shall be by their commission directed.

III. Pr wided always, That nothing herein contained shall be construed to hinder the sheriff or collector of the said county of Fairfax, as the same now stands entire and undivided, from collecting and making distress for any public dues, or officers fees, which shall remain unpaid by the inhabitants of the said county of Loudoun at the time of its taking place; but such sheritf or collector shall have the same power to collect or distrain for such dues and fees, and shall be answerable for them in the same manner as if this act hari never been made, any law, usage, or custom to the contrary thereof in any wise notwithstanding,

IV. And be at further enacteil, by the authority aforesaid, That the court of the said county of Fairfax shall have jurisdiction of all actions and suits, both in law and equity, which shall be depending before them at the time the said division shall take place; and shall and may try and determine all such actions and suits, and issue process and award execution in any sucho action or suit in the same manner as if this act had never been made, any law, usage, or custom to the contrary in any wise notwithstanding.

v. And be it further enacted, by the authority afore. said, That out of every hundred pounds of tobacco, paid in discharge of quit repts, secretary's, clerk's, sheriff's, surveyors, or other officers fees, and so proportionably for a greater or lesser quantity, there shall be made the following abatements or allowances to the payer, that is to say: For tobacco due in the county of Fairfax ten pounds of tobacco, and for tobacco due in the county of Loudoun twenty pounds of tobacco; and that so much of the act of assembly, intituled, An Act for amending the Staple of Tobacco, and preventing frauds in his majesty's customs, as relates to any thing within the purview of this act, shall be, and is hereby repealed and made void.

CHAP. XXIII.

In Act for dividing the Parish of Cumber.

land, in the County of Lunenburg. 1. WHEREAS the parish of Cumberland, in the

Cumberland county of Lunenburg, by reason of the great extent parish, in thereof, is very inconvenient to the inhabitants: Be it Lunenburg therefore enacted, by the Lieutenant-Governor, Council divided. and Burgesses, of this present General Assembly, and it is hereby enacted, by the authority of the same, That from and after the first day of July next the said parish of Cumberland be divided, by a streight line to be run from Colonel Byrd's mill, on Roanoke river, to the head of Nottoway river; and that all that part of the said parish of Cumberland; which lies below the said

bounds shall be one distinct parish, and retain the Cornwall pa- name of Cumberland, and all that part thereof which rish formed. lies above the said bounds shall be one other distinct

parish, and called by the name of Cornwall.

II. And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesard, That the freeholders and house-keepers of the said parishes of Cumberland and Cornwall, respectively, shall meet at some convenient time and place, to be appointed and publicly advertised by the sheriff of the said county of Lunenburg, at least one month before the tenth day of September next, and then and there elect twelve of the most able and discreet persons of their respective parishes for vestrymen in each of the said parishes; which vestrymen, so elected, having, in the court of the said county of Lunenburg, taken and subscribed the oaths appointed to be taken by one act of parlianient, made in the first year of the reign of bis late majesty king George the first, intituled, An Act for the further security of his majesty's person and government, and the succession of the crown in the heirs of the late Princess Sophia (being protestants) and for extinguishing the hopes of the pretended Prince of Wales, and his open and secret abettors, 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 the vestries of the said parishes, respectively.

III. Provided always, That nothing herein contained shall be construed to hinder the collector or collectors of the said parish of Cumberland, as the same now stands entire and undivided, from collecting or making distress for any parish levies which shall remain unpaid by the inhabitants of the said parish of Cornwall at the time the said division shall take place, but such collector or collectors shall have the same power to collect and distrain for the said levies, and shall be answerable for the same in the same manner as if this act had never been made, any law, usage, or custom to the contrary thereof in any wise notwithstanding.

CHAP. XXIV.

in Act to impower the Vestry of the Parish

of Overwharton, in the County of Stafford, to levy for Mourning Richards a reasonable satisfaction for rebuilding a Church at icquia.

1. WHEREAS Mourning Richards, in the year one Vestry of 0. thousand seven hundred and fifty one, contracted with verwharton the vestry of the parish of Overwharton, in the coun- parish, in

Stafford, auty of Stafford, to build a large brick church at the head thorised to of Acquia creek in the said parish, for the considera- levy a sum of tion of one hundred and ten thousand nine hundred money for

Mourning pounds of tobacco to be paid in four years, and after

Richards, for wards agreed to make several alterations and addi- re-building a tions to the plan first proposed, for the further consi- church at deration of twenty thousand pounds of tobacco, and Acquia;

which had had almost finished the same, when in the year one been burnt thousand seven hundred and fifty-five it was acciden- down. tally burnt down, and the said Mourning Richards hath since rebuilt the same in a neat, workman-like manner.

II. And whereas the parishioners of the said parish are willing to pay the said Mourning Richards a reasonable satisfaction for the expence and trouble he hath been put to in rebuilding the said church, and are desirous that an act may pass to enable the vestry of the said parish to raise the same: Be it therefore enacted, by the Lieutenant Governor, Council and Burgesses, of this present General Assembly, and it is hereby enacted, by the authority of the-sume, That the vestry of the said parish of Overwharton shall and may, and they are hereby impowered and refuired to levy on the in habitants of the said parish, for the use of the said Mourning Richards, in one or more years, and in such propirtion as they shall judge least burthensome to the said inhabitants, so much inoney or tobacco as they shall think a reasonable satisfaction for rebuilding the said church.

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