Definition of CHURCH-WARDEN


CHURCH-WARDEN

An officer whose duties are, as the name implies,
to take care of, or guard the church.

2. These officers are created in some ecclesiastical corporations by the
charter, and their rights and duties are definitely explained.In England,
it is said, their principal duties are to take care of, 1. the church or
building; 2. the utensils and furniture; 3. the church-yard; 4. - matters
of good order concerning the church and church-yard; 5. the endowments of
the church. Bac. Ab. h. t. By the common law, the capacity of church-wardens
to hold property for the church, is limited to personal property. 9 Cranch,
43.

Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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