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Thomas Jones's Plantation; also all that Part of St. Anne's Parish bounded by a Line drawn from
the Mouth of a small branch running unto Patuxent River, and lying between the Plantations
of John Ryan and  Rose Lee, and running by a strait Line through the Woods till it intersects the

former divisional Line between Ann-Arundel and Baltimore Counties, including therein the Plantations
of John Ryan and John Barber, shall be taken from the Parishes aforesaid, and be erected
into a new Parish, by the Name of Queen-Caroline.  (2.)  The Inhabitants of the said Queen-Caroline
Parish to enjoy all Benefits, Privileges, Power and Authorities, equal with any Inhabitants
of any other Parish within this Province.  (3.)  The Free-holders impowered to elect Vestry-men
and Church-wardens; and to finish the Church already built therein; which shall br
reputed, taken and deemed as the Parish Church for that Parish.

An act for the laying out of Land, and erecting a Town in St. Mary's County,
    at a Place formerly called
Seymour-Town.  Lib. L. Nº 5. fol. 225.
    N.B.  By this Act,  (1.)  Commissioners were appointed and impowered to purchase (by Agreement,
or Valuation of a Jury) 50 Acres of Land adjoining to the Place where St. Mary's
County Court-house now stands, and to cause the same to be surveyed and laid out for a Town
into 80 Lots, with convenient Streets, Lanes, &c.  (2.)  The Owner of the Land to have his
Choice for two Lots, and the remaining Lots to be taken up by others; but no Person to take
up more than one Lot, within the said 50 Acres, during 4 Months after laying out the same;
nor any other than Inhabitants of the said County.  After which Time any other persons whatsoever,
might take up Lots, paying the Owner of the Land proportionably for the same.  (3.)  In
case the Taker-up of any Lot refuse or neglect to build upon such Lot, within Twelve Months,

a House to cover 400 square Feet, and the Chimneys to be of Brick or Stone, it shall then be
lawful for any other person to enter upon such Lot so not built upon as aforesaid, on paying the
Sum of Tobacco first set upon such Lot to the Commissioners or Person by them appointed to
receive the same, for the Public Use and Benefit of the Town.  And such second Taker-up, on
building in Manner aforesaid, within 12 Months after his Entry made, shall have as good an
Estate to all Intents and Purposes, as by this Act is settled upon the first Taker-up and Builder.
(4.)  All Lots, not taken up in 7 Years after Publication of this Act, shall revert tot he owner
if the Land, who shall be possessed and interested in the same, as in his first and former Estate.
(5.)  This Act not to prejudice any persons, their Heirs or Assigns, who have complied with the
requisites of the former Act, whereby part of the Land allowed to be laid out was actually surveyed
into Lots, and then called Seymour's Town, of their Title to, or Inheritance in such Lots.
(6.)  The Land not to be so surveyed as to affect the Buildings or Improvements of the Heir at
Law of Thomas Cooper deceased.  (7.)  A Saving of Rights to his Majesty, the Lord Proprietor,
&c.  (8.)  The Place to be called Leonard-Town, and all Writs, &c. issuing out of St. Mary's 

County Court to be made returnable to the said Place, by the Name of Leonard-Town.
    See a Supplementary Act 1730, ch. 5, wherein some Defects of this Act are aided; particularly
the Want of a Free-hold Estate in the Lots taken up.  This Town was originally established
by 1708, ch. 3, when Mr. Seymour was Governor; whereby 50 Acres of Land were ordered
to be laid out and erected into a Town at Sheppard's old Fields, near the Head of Britan's
Bay, on the Land of Philip Lynes, Esq; and the Court-house of St. Mary's County to be built
and kept there.  How it came to be called Seymour-Town (unless by common Courtesy, in Compliment
to the then Governor) does not appear.  But in the Act 1710, ch. 6, it is called by
the Name of Seymour-Town, otherwise Sheppard's old Fields.

Passed 28th
Octob. 1728.
An Act impowering the justices of Calvert County, to finish the Court-house of
    that County by an Assessment on the Inhabitants thereof as also for the Relief 
John Critchard and William Kidd, two of the Builders of the said Court-house.
L. Nº 5. fol. 229.
By this Act, the Place whereon the said Court-house now stands, shall be from henceforth,
        called and known by the name of Prince-Frederick Town.

Passed 30th
October 1728
An Act for the Relief of Francis Gateril of Ann-Arundel County.  Lib. L.
    Nº 5. fol. 231.  PR.
An Act for the dividing of St. Paul's Parish, in Queen-Ann's County, and Part
Talbot County.  Lib. L. Nº 5. fol. 232.
By this Act,  (1.)  All the Land to the North East side of Courseca Creek, and the
North east side of the Easternmost Branch thereof, commonly known by the Name of the Three-Bridges,
and running up the said Branch through the dwelling Plantation of Mr. Edward Wright,
to the Head thereof; thence down with a Branch called Smith's Branch, to a Branch of Tuckahoe,
and with that Branch to the main Branch of Tuckahoe Creek, and from the aforesaid main Branch,
with a Line drawn South East to Choptank River, is taken from St. Paul's Parish, and erected
into a new Parish, by the name of St. Luke's Parish.  (2.)  The Inhabitants of St. Luke's Parish
to have and enjoy all Benefits, Privileges, Power and Authority equal with the Inhabitants of
any other Parish within this Province.  (3.)  The Free-holders of the said parish are impowered
to elect Vestry-men, and Church-wardens, and to build and found a new Church, &c.

An act for the Relief of Edward Parish of Ann-Arundel County.  Lib. L.
    Nº 5. fol. 234.  PR.
Passed 31st
October 1728.
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