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sand seven hundred and fifty six, out of the public money then in his hands, according to the directions and regulations in the said recited act, mentioned, any thing in the said act, to the contrary thereof in any. wise, notwithstanding.

CHAP. IV.

An Act for aduling part of the counties of

Albemarle and Lunenburg, to the county of Bedford.

I. WHEREAS the counties of Albemarle, Lunenburg, and Bedford, are at present very inconvenient. Part of the ly situated; and it would be a great relief to the in- Albemarle habitants of the said counties, is part of the said coun- and Lunen. ties of Albemarle and Lunenburgh, were added to the burg added

to the councounty of Bedford:

ty of BedII. BE it therefore enacted, by the Lieutenant Go- ford. vernor, Council, 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 January now next ensuing, all that part of the county of Albemarle, on the south side of James river, that lies above the head of Falling river, and from thence a direct course to the mouth of Stonewall creek, on James river; and all that part of the county of Lunenburg, that lies to the westward of a line to be run from the mouth of Falling river, north, twenty degrees east, to intersect the line of Prince Edward county, shall be added to, and deemed part of the county of Bedford..

III. Provided always, That nothing herein contained shall be construed to hinder the sheriff's of the said counties of Albemarle and Lanenburg, as the same now stand entire, from collecting or making distress in their respective counties, for any public or county levies, or any other dues that they are by law now enabled to collect, and which shall on the said first day of January, remain unpaid by the inbabitants of those parts of the counties of Albemarle and Lunenburg,

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which are hereby adeled to the county of Bedford; but the said sheritis in their respective counties, shall have the same power to collect and distrain for such lesies and dues, and shall be accountable for them in the same namer as if this act had never been made.

IV. And whereas by one act act of Assen bly made in the twenty seventh year of his majesty's reign, intituled, All act fir dividing the county of Lunenburg, and parish of Cumberland, and for altering the court day in the county of Halifax, it was amongst other things enacteil, that from and after the tenth day of May, that should be in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty six, the parish of Cumberland, in the said county of Lunenburg, should be divided into two distinct parishes; and that all that part of the said parish that should be in the county of Bedford, should be a distinct parishi, and thereafter called and known by the name of Russel, and that the freeholders and housekeepers of the said parish of Russel, should some time before the tenth day of July, one thousand seven hundred and filty six, meet and clect a restry of the said parisli.

V. And whereas it will be more convenient that Parish of Russell, in

the whole county of Bedford should be included in one Bedford parislı, to take place before the said tenth day of May, county, new, and that the vestry should be sooner elected; Be it ly modelled. therefore enacted by the authority aforesaid, That from

and after the said first day of January, the said parish of Cumberland, in the said county of Lunenburg, shall be divided into two distinct parishes, according to the directions in the before recited act. That all that part of the county of Albemarle, and of the county of Luneuburg, which are hereby added to the connty of Bed. ford, shall be, and are hereby added to the said parish of Russel, and that the freeholders and housekeeper's of the said parish of Russel, shall at some convenient time and place, on or before the first day of May next, meet and elect twelve of the most able and discreet persons of the said parishi, to be vestrymen thereof, who being elected and qualified in the manner by the forementioned act directed. siiall to all intents and purposes be deemed and taken to be vestrymen of the said parish.

CHAP. V.

An Act for vesting seven hundred acres of

land, with the appurlenances, lying on Cherristone's creek, in the parish of Iungur's, and county of Northampton, in Litlieton Eyre, gent. in fee-simple.

1. WHEREAS William Kendall, formerly of the

Certain land's county of Northanipton, now deceased, being sersed in Northin te simple, among other lands, of seven hundred ampton, acres, lying and being on Cherristone's creek in the vested in

Littleton parish of thungar's, in the said county, diil, by deed

Eyre. of gift, bearing date the first day of August, one thouSanu six hundred and eighty tive, in consideration of the love and affection that he bore to his well beloved son in law, stancock Lec, and his clearly beloved daugiter Mary his wife, and in consideration of five shullings sterling, give, grant, assign, and confirm to the said Hancock Lee, and Mary his wife, the said seven hundred acres of land, to hold to the sail Ilancock Lee, and Mary liis wife, during their natural lives, and to the survivor of them; and after their decease to his grand daughter Anna Lee, danghter of the said Hancock and Mary, and the heirs male of her body, lawfully begotten, for ever, with divers limitations and remainders over, in case of failure of such issue. And whereas the said Anna Lee, after the death of her said father and mother, entered into the said si ven hundred acres of land, and became thereof seised in tail male, and being so seised, intermarried with one William Armistead, now deceased, and had issue by him Jolin Armistead, now also deceased, her eldest son and heir at law, who left issue John Armistead, of the county of Gloucester, gen. tleman, his eldest son and heir at law, who after the death of the said Anna, his grandmother, will be entitled to the said seven lundred acres of land in tail male. And whereas the said John Armistead, the fa. ther, by his last will and testament in writing, bearing date the ninth day of April, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and thirty four, did give and devise to his daughter Susanna, six hundred

pounds sterling, to be paid her when she should attain the age of twenty one years, or marriage; and did also by his said will give and devise to his son William Armistead, six hundred pounds sterling, and did direct that the same should be paid by the said John Armistead, his son, when he should arrive at the age of twenty one years. And whereas the said Susanna, intermarried with Moore Fantleroy, of the county of Richmond, who soon after his marriage brought suit against the said John Armistead, the son, in the county court of Gloucester, and obtained a decree against him for the said six hundred pounds storling, so as aforesaid given to the said Susanna, with interest thereon, from the time of his marriage. And the said John Arnistead, the son, not being able to pay off the said decree, the said Moore Fantleroy sued out an attachment thereon, against the body of the said Jolin Almistead, by virtue whereof the sheriff of the said county of Gloucester, took and arrested the body of the said John Armistead, and him in his custody had and detained until he performed the said decree. And the said William Armistead, having obtained his age of twenty one years, hath lately brought a suit in the said county court of Gloucester, against the said Jolin Armistead, the son, for recovery of his legacy. And whereas the said John Armistead the son, hath already sold all the lands whereof he was seised in feesimple; and it will be very much to the disadvantage of the said John Armistead the son, and his posterity, if the slaves given him by his father should be sold to pay the said legacies, which if sufficient for that purpose would render the remainder of his lands of little or no benefit to him, or his posterity, and therefore the said Jobn Armistead the son, applied to a former session of this Assembly for, and obtained an act to impower him to sell certain intailed lands in the county of Essex, for the performance of his father's will, but hath not yet been able to sell the same, nor will the same, when sold, raise near sufficient for that parpose. Alid whereasthe said Anna Armistead, the tenant in tail, and John Armistead the son, contracted with Littleton Eyre of the said county of Northampton, gentleman, for the sale of the said seven hundred acres of land, for the sum of eight hundred and fifty pounds current money, wbich was the most that was offered or could be got for the same, and the said

Anna Armistead, by her certain indenture of bargain and sale, bearing date the twenty ninth day of August, one thousand seven hundred and fifty four, for the consideration of the said eight hundred and fifty pounds, did grant, bargain, sell, and confirm the said seven hundred acres of land, with the appurtenances, unto the said Littleton Eyre, to hold to the said Littleton Eyre, bis heirs and assigns, to the only proper use and behoof of the said Littleton Eyre, his heirs and assigns, for ever, with a covenant for further assuring and confirming the said land to him in fee-simple, as in the said indenture recorded in the general court of this colony, among other things more fully is contained; and the said Littleton Eyre, with the consent, and by the directions of the said Anna Armiste ad, hath actually paid the said eight hundred and fifty pounds, towards discharging the debts aforesaid, of the said Jolin Armistead the son. And whereas notice hath been published three Sundays successive. ly, in the church of the said parish of Hungar's, that application would be made to this General Assembly, for leave to dock the intail of the said seven hundred acres of land, pursuant to your majesty's instructions.

11. May it therefore please your most excellent majesty, at the humble suit of the said Anna Armistead, and Jolin Armistead the son, that it may be enacted, and Be it 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 saiu seven hundred acres of land, lying on Cherristone's creek, in the said parish of Hungars, and county of Northampton, so given by the said William Kendall, to his son in law Hancock Lee, and his daughter Mary, the wife of the said Hancock Lee, during their lives, and after their deaths to the said Anna their daughter, shall be, and the saine are hereby vested in the said Littleton Eyre, his heirs and assigns, to the only use and behoof of the said Littleton Eyre, his heirs and assigns for ever.

III. 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 persons claiming under the deed aforesaid, made by the said William Kendall, all such right, title, estate, interest, claim and demand, as they, every, or any of

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