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Acts of the North Carolina General Assembly, 1727
North Carolina. General Assembly
November 06, 1727
Volume 25, Page 210

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An Act, to appoint the North-west Part of Bertie Precinct a distinct Parish, by the Name of North-west Parish of Bertie Precinct, and for appointing Vestrymen for the said Parish; and to appoint Commissioners in every Parish in this Government, to call the Churchwardens and Vestry to Account, for the Parish Money by them received.

I. Whereas many Inconveniences attend the Inhabitants of Bertie Precinct, by Reason of the Largeness of the Parish, it including the whole Precinct: Be it therefore Enacted, by his Excellency the Palantine, and the rest of the true and absolute Lords Proprietors of Carolina by and with the Advice and Consent of the rest of the Members of this Present General Assembly, now met at Edenton, for the North-east Part of the said Province, and it is hereby Enacted, by the Authority of the same, That the said Precinct be divided into Two Parishes, as follows: From the Mouth of Wrestann's Creek up the said Creek to the Head of Ahatskey Swamp, from thence a direct Course to the Head of Bridger's Creek, thence down the said Creek to Roanoke River, and from thence, a South-west Course to the outer Inhabitants upon Fishing Creek.

II. And be it further Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That there shall be a Vestry appointed for the North-west Parish of Bertie, consisting of the Minister, (when any such shall be,) and The following Persons, viz. Major Barnabas Mackennie, Capt. John Spann Mr. Joseph Lane, Sen. Mr. Benjamin Hill, Mr. Robert Simmons, Mr. Richard Pace, Mr. Arthur Williams, Mr. John Due, Capt. George Winn, Mr. Edward Howard, Mr. Willliam Kinchen, Mr. John Bonde, which said Vestrymen are to be summoned, by the Provost Marshall, or his Deputy, to meet at the Church, Chappel, or Court-House, in the said Parish, within Forty Days after the ratification of this Act; under the Penalty of Twenty Shillings for every Vestryman not summoned To be recovered by Bill, Plaint, or information, in any Court of Record within this Government, and applied to the use of the poor of the parish.

III. And be it further Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That if any such Vestryman, being summoned, shall fail to appear and qualify himself, as by Law is appointed, (unless he be a known Dissenter from the Church of England,) he shall forfeit the Sum of Five Pounds; to be recovered, by Action of Debt, Bill, Plaint, or Information, in any Court of Record within this Government and applied to the uses above mentioned.

IV. And be it further Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That the said Vestrymen shall have as full Power and Authority, as the Vestrymen have in an Act, intituled, An Act, for establishing the Church, and appointing select Vestries.