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CHAP. XVIII.

In Act for dividing the parish of St. An

drew, in the county of Brunswick, Parish of St. 1. WHEREAS the parish of St. Andrew, in the Andrew in county of Brunswick, by reason of its large extent, is Brunswick

inconvenient to the inhabitants thereof. county divi. ded.

II. BE it eracted, by the Lieutenant-Governor, Coun.

cil, and Burgesscs, of this present General Assembly, Meherrin and it is hereby enacted, by the authority of the same, parish form. That from and after the first day of July next, the ed.

said parish of St. Andrew, shall be divided by Meherrin river; and that all that part of the said parish of St. Andrew, which lies on the south side of the said river, shall be one distinct parish, and called by the name of Meherrin; and that all that part of the said parish which lies on the north side of the said river, shall be one other distinct parisli, and retain the name of St. Andrew.

III. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the freeholders and housekeepers of the said parishes of St. Andrew and Meherrin, respectively, shall meet at some convenient time and place, to be appointedjand publickly advertised, by the sheriff of the said county of Brunswick, at least one month before the first day of September, next following, and then and there elect twelve of the most able and discreet persons of their respective parishes, for vestry. men in each of the said parishes, which vestrymen so elected, having in the court of the said county of Brunswick, take and subscribed the oaths appointed to be taken, by one act of parliament, made in the first year of the reign of his 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.

IV. Provided always, That nothing herein contained shall be construed to hinder the collector of the said parish of St. Andrew, as the same now is entire and undivided, from collecting or making distress for any parish levies which shall remain unpaid by the inliabitants of the said parish of Meherrin, at the time of its taking place, but such collector shall have the same power to collect and distrain for the said levies, and shall be answerable for them 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

V. And whereas there is due and owing to the said parish of St. Andrew, divers sums of money, and quantities of tobacco, which have been heretofore levied on the tithable persons of the said parish, for defraying the contingent charges thereof. And also the vestry of the said parish, at the expense thereof, have Jately purchased books, plate, and church ornaments of considerable value.

V!. Be it therefore enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the vestry of the said parish of St. Andrew, from and after being elected and qualified in manner aforesaid, shall have power and authority to demand and receive of all and every person and persons indebted to the said parish of St. Andrew, as it now stands entire and widivided, all debts and dues owing to the said parish, and after they shall have received the same, shall pay to the vestry of the said parish of Meherrin, for the use of their said parish, an equal part of all such m'ey and tobacco, in proportion to the number of tithable persons in the said parishes respectively. And also shall reimburse and pay to the said parish of Meherrin, one third part of the sum of money first expended in the purchase of the said plate, and also the said parisht

' of Meherrin, shall and may retain the books and ornaments that have hitherto been made use of in the chapels which are on the south side of the said river Meherrin.

CHAP. XIX.

An Act to im power the vestry of the parish

of South Farnham, in the county of Essex, to sell the Giebe land of the said parish, and io lay out and apply the money arising by such sale, towards purchasing a more convenient Glebe, and erect

ing houses thereon. Vestry of

I. WHEREAS the giebe of the parish of South South-Farnham, in Es. Farnham, in the county of Essex, is very inconvenises county, ently situated, and the minister and vestry of the said authorised

parish bave petitioned this General Assembly, for to sell their glebe.

leave to sell the same, and to purchase a more convenient glebe.

11. 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 glebe land belonging to the said parish of South Farnham, eontaining about two hundred and fifty acres, be, and is hereby vested in the present vestry of the said parish, and the vestry of the said parish for the time being in trust. Nevertheless, that the said vestry, or the greater part of them, shall be impowered bw deed of bargain and sale, indented and duly recordeil, to convey the said glebe with the appurtenances, for a valuable consideration of money. bona fide received, to such person or persons as shall be willing to purchase the same, to hold to such purchaser or purchasers, his or their heirs and assigns for ever: And the money arising by such sale, shall be by them laid out and applied towards purchasing a more convenient glebe, and erecting bouses thereon, for the use and benefit of the minister of the said parish, for the time being, for ever.

II. Saving to the king's most excellent majesty, his heirs and successors, and to all and every other person and persons, bodies politic and corporate, their respective heirs and successors, other than the minister and vestry of the said parish, all such right,

title, interest, claim, and demand, as they, every, or any of them, should or might bave had or claimed to the said glebe land, if this act had never been made.

CHAP. XX.

An Act for enabling the justices of the peace

of the county of Elizabeth-City, and the minister and church-wardens of the parish of Elizabeth-City, in that county, to take and hold certain lands devised by the will of Benjamin Sym, for a free school, and other charitable uses.

1. WHEREAS Benjamin Sym, late of the county of Elizabeth-City, deceased, was in his life-time seis- Justices and ed in fee-simple, of a tract or parcel of land, contain- dens of Elizing two hundred acres or thereabouts, with a marsh abeth-City, contiguous thereto; situate, lying, and being, in the enabled to

hold lands county of Elizabeth-City, and being so scised, by his

devised by last will and testament bearing date the twelfth day Banjamin of February, in the year of our lord, one thousand six Sym, for a hundred and thirty four, devised the use of the said

free school. land, (by the description of two hundred acres of land being in the Poquoson river) with the milk, and increase of eight milch cows, for the maintenance of a learned honest man, to keep upon the said ground a free school for the education and instruction of the children of the adjoining parishes of Elizabeth City and Kiquotan, viz. from Mary's-mount downwards, to the Poquoson river, and declared his will and desire to be, that the justices of the peace of the said county, (by the name and title of the worshipful the commanders, and the rest of the commissioners of this liberty) with the minister and church-wardens of the said parish of Elizabeth-city, should see his said will, from time to time justly and truly performed, and further declared his will and desire to be, that when there should be a sufficient increase of the said cattle, part

of them should be sold, and the money raised by sach sale, laid out in building a school-house; and that the residue of the said increase, after the school-master should have a suflicient stock, should be applied towards repairing the school house, and maintaining poor children, or decayed or maimed persons, according to the direction of the said justices, minister, and church-wardens.

II. And whereas the charitable intention of the said Benjamin Sym, the donor, hath not been effectually fulfilled. To the end that the said charity may be more beneficial for the future, · III. BE it enacted by the Lieutenant Governor, Coun. cil, and Burgesses of this present General Assembly, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That the present justices of the peace of the said county of Elizabeth-City, and such as after them sball succeed to be justices of the peace for the said county, during the time they shall so continue justices; the present minister of the said parish of Elizabeth-City, and such as after him shall succeed to be minister thereof, during the time they shall so continue or be in the same office, and the present church-wardens of the said parish of Elizabeth-City, and such as after them shall succeed to be church-wardens thereof, during the time they shall so continue in the same office; shall and may be trustees and governors of the said free school, and of the said tract or parcel of land and marsh, with the appurtenances at all times hereafter for ever: And that the said trustees and directors shall for ever hereafter stand and be incorporated, established and founded, in name and deed, a body politic and corporate, to have cotinuance forever, by the name of the trustees and governors of Sym's free school in the county of Elizabeth-City, and that they the said trustees and governors may have perpetual succession, and that by that name they and their successors may forever bereafter have, hold, and enjoy the above mentioned tract or parcel of land, containing by estimation two hundred acres, according to the known and reputed bounds thereof, and the marsh aforesaid, with the appurtenances; and that the said trustees and governors, and their successors, or the greater part of them, by the same name shall and may have power, ability and ca. pacity, to demise, lease, and grant the said tract or parcel of land and marsh, with the appurtenances, and

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