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one shilling: On James river, from the land now it possession of Lewis Delony, in the county of Surry, across the said river, to the land of John Edloe, the elder, and from the said John Edloe's, to the land in possession of the said Lewis Delony, for a man seven pence halfpenny, and for an horse seven pence halfpenny: And for the transportation of wheel carriages, tobacco, cattle, and other beasts, at any of the places aforesaid, the ferry keeper may demand and take the rates following, that is to say, for every coachi, chariot, or waggon, and the driver thereof, the same as for six horses; for every cart, or four wheel chaise, and the driver of such chaise, as for four horses; for every two wheel chaise or chair, as for two horses; for every hogshead of tobacco, as for one horse; for every head of neat cattle, as for one horse; for every sheep, goat, or lamb, one fifth part of the ferriage of one horse; for every hog, one fourth of the ferriage of one borse, according to the prices herein before settled at such ferry, respectively, and no more.

II. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That it shall and may be lawful for the said Tarlton Woodson, and every other person who shall be in possession of the neck of land in the county of Chesterfield, aforesaid, to erect and keep a gate on the road going through the said neck of land to the ferry to be kept from thence, any law, or custom to the contrary notwithstanding.

CHAP. XIV.

An Act for adding part of the county and

parish of Augusta, to the county and parish of Frederick, and for dividing the

county and parish of Frederick, and the Hampshire

part of Augusta to be added thereto, into county formed from two counties and parishes. Frederick, and part of Augusta. I. WHEREAS part of the county and parish of

Augusta, lies within the bounds of the territory or

tract of land, called the Northern Neck belonging to the right honourable Thomas Lord Fairfax, Baron of Cameron; and it will be more convenient if the dividing line between the said territory, and the other part of this colony, be established as the line of the said county, and that part of the said county be added to the county and parish of Frederick. And whereas the said county and parish of Frederick, are of a very long and large extent, and inconvenient to the inhabitants thereof.

11. BE it enacted by the Lieutenant Governor, Couneil, and Burgesses, of this present General Assembly, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That on the first day of May, next ensuing, all that part of the county of Augusta, which lies within the bounds of the Northern Neck, be added to, and made part of the county of Frederick; and that from and immediately after the said first day of May, the said county of Frederick, and the said part of the county of Augusta so to be added to, and made part of the county of Frederick as aforesaid, be divided into two counties; and that all that part thereof, lying to the westward of the ridge of mountains, commonly called and known by the names of the Great North, or Cape Capon mountain, and Warin Spring mountain, extending to Potomack river, be one distinct county, and ealled and known by the name of Hampshire; and all that other part thereof, lying to the eastward of the said ridge of mountains, be one other distinct county, and retain the name of Frederick.

III. And for the due administration of justice in the said county of Hampshire, after the same shall take place, Be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That after the said first day of May, a court for the said county of Hampshire, be constantly held by the justices thereof, upon the second Tuesday in every month, in such manner as by the laws of this colony is provided, and shall be by their commissions directed.

IV. And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That all that part of the parish of Augusta, in the county of Augusta, which after the division aforesaid, will lie within the said counties of Frederick and Hampshire, shall be added to, and made part of the parish of Frederick.

V. Provided always, That nothing herein contained shall be construed to hinder the sheriffs or col

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lectors of the said counties of Augusta and Frederick, or the collectors of the parish of Augusta, in the county of Augusta, as the same now stand intire and undivided from collecting and making distress for any public dues or officer's fees, which shall remain unpaid by the inhabitants of that part of the county of Augusta to be added to the county of Frederick as afore. said, and the inhabitants of the said county of Hampshire, respectively, at the time the same shall take place; but such sheriff or collectors respectively, shall have the same power to collect and distrain for the said fees and dues, as if this act had never been made.

VI. Provided also, That the courts of the said counties of Augusta and Frederick, shall have jurisdiction of all actions and suits, both in law and equity, depending before them, respectively, at the time the said division shall take place, and shall try and determine such actions and suits, and issue process, and award execution against the body or estate of the defendant or defendants in any such action or suit, in the same manner as if this act had not been made, any law, usage, or custom to the contrary, in any wise notwithstanding

VII. And be it further enactedl, That from and after the first day of May, which shall be in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and fifty six, the said parish of Frederick, shall be divided into two distinct parishes, by the line dividing the said county of Frederick, from the said county of Hampshire, and that all that part of the said parish of Frederick, which, after such division, will lie within the said county of Frederick, shall retain the name of the parish of Frederick; and all the other part thereof, shall be called and known by the name of the parish of Hampshire.

VIII, Provided always, That nothing herein contained shall be construed to hinder the sheriff or col. lector of the said parish of Frederick, as the same now stands undivided, to make distress for any levies or other dues which shall be duc from the ivhabitants of the said parish of Ilampshire, after the said first day of May, one thousand seven hundred and fifty six.

IX. And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That the freeholders and house keepers of the said parish of Hampshire, shall meet at some convenient time and place, to be appointed and publickly

advertised, at least one month before, by the sheriff of the said county of Hampshire, before the first day of July, one thousand seven hundred and fifty six, and then and there elect twelve of the most able and discrect persons of the said parish, to be vestrymen thereof, which said persons so elected, having in the court of the said county of Hampshire, taken and subscribed the oaths appointed to be taken, by one act of parliament, made in the first year of the reign of his 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 vestrymen of the said parish.

X. And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That upon the death, removal, or resignation of any of the said vestrymen, the remaining restrymen shall be, and they are hereby impowered to choose and elect another vestryman, in the room of such vestryman so dying, removing or resigning.

CHAP. XV.

An Act for dividing the county of Amelia.

I. WHEREAS many inconveniences attend the in

Amelia counhabitants of the county of Amelia, by reason of their

ty divided great distance froin the court-house and the said inhabitants have petitioned this present General Assembly that the said county may be divided.

II. BE it therefore enacted, by the Lieutenant-Governor, Council, and Burgessess, of this present General As- ward county

Prince Ed. sembly, and it is hereby enacted, by the authority of the formed. same, That from and immediately after the firsť day of January next ensuing, the said county of Amelia

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be divided into two counties by a line to run from Ward's ford on Appomattox river, to the mouth of Snail's creek on Nottoway river, and that all that part of the said county, which lies on the upperside of the said line, shall be one distinct county, and called and known by the name of Prince-Edward, and that all that other part thereof, which is below the said line, shall be one other distinct county, and retain the name of Amelia.

Ill. And for the due administration of justice in the said county of Prince Edward, Be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That after the first day of January, a court for the said county of Prince-Ed. ward, be constantly held by the justices thereof, upon the second Tuesday in every month, in such manner as by the laws of this colony is provided, and shall be by their commissions directed.

IV. Provided always, That nothing herein contained shall be construed to binder the sheriffor collector of the said county of Amelia, as the same now stands intire and undivided, from collecting and making distress for any public dues or officers fees, which shall renain unpaid by the inhabitants of Prince Edward, at the time of its taking place; but such sheriff or collector shall have the same power to collect or distrain for the said dues and fees, and shall be answerable for them in the same manner as if this act had never been made, any law, usage, or custom to the contrary thereof, in anywise, notwithstanding.

V. And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That the court of the said county of Amelia, shall have jurisdiction of all actions and suits, both in law and equity, wbich shall be dépending 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 against the body or estate of the defendant or defendants in any such action or suit, in the same manner as if this act had never been made, any law, custom, or usage to the contrary thereof, in any wise notwithstanding.

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