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The Freedmen's Bureau Online

Records of the Assistant Commissioner for the State of North Carolina
Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, 1865 - 1870
National Archives Microfilm Publication M843 Roll 35
"Indentures Sept. 1865 - Aug. 1867"

Indenture of Apprenticeship

State of North Carolina
Robeson County

This indenture made the 19th day of September A.D. 1865 between James Sinclair, Agent of Bureau Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands for Robeson County, North Carolina of the one part and Mrs. Mary A. Bryant the other part. Witnesseth that the said James Sinclair doth put, place and bind unto the said Mary A. Bryant a colored orphan child named Helen aged fifteen (15) years to live after the manner of an apprentice and servant until the said apprentice shall attain the age of twenty one years during all which time the said apprentice her master faithfully shall serve and his lawful commands every where obey. And the said Mary A. Bryant doth covenant and promise and agree that she will teach and instruct the said apprentice or cause her to be taught and instructed to read and write and that she will constantly provide and fend for said apprentice during the time aforesaid sufficient diet, washing, lodging and apparel fitting for an apprentice and also all other things necessary both in sickness and in health. In witness whereof the parties to these presents have set their hands and seals the day and year above written.

James Sinclair, Agt. Bureau [seal]
Margaret Bryan [seal]

This Indenture made this 21st day of October 1865 between Capt. P. J. Hawk, Asst. Supt. Freedmen's Bureau of the one part, and Mr. J. L. Motley of the County of Casswell of the other part, WITNESSETH: That the said P. J. Hawk, Asst. Supt. &c. by virtue of the authority in him vested as MILITARY COMMANDANT AGENT aforesaid, hath put and bound, and doth by THESE PRESENTS, put and bind Lucy, a free girl of color, of the said County, and being of the age of 9 years, to be Apprenticed to the said J. L. Motley, to learn the business of a housekeeper, and with him to dwell and remain and serve until she the said Lucy, shall obtain the age of 18 years; during all which time she, the said Lucy faithfully shall serve and obey, all secrets keep, and all lawful commands willingly do and perform; and shall not absent from the service of her master day or night, without his leave; but shall, in all things, as a faithful Apprentice, behave herself towards her master, and all his family, during the said term; and the said J. L. Motley doth hereby covenant, promise and agree to, and with the said Capt. P. J. Hawk &c. and his successor in office, that he the said J. L. Motley will instruct said Apprentice in the business of a housekeeper which . . . . now useth and shall and will teach and instruct, or cause to be taught and instructed in the best manner that he can, and shall and will provide and allow unto the said Apprentice, during all the said term, competent and sufficient meat, drink, washing, lodging, apparel, and all other things necessary for the said Apprentice to have, and that he will well and truly pay to the said Lucy at the end of her term of apprencticeship aforesaid, the sum of $50 Dollars, lawful money of Virginia; and that during the term aforesaid J. L. Motley will instruct, or cause to be instructed, the said Lucy in reading, writing and arithmetic, as far as the Rule of Three.

WITNESSETH, the following signatures and seals of the parties:
P. Hawk [seal]
J. Noel Burton for J. L. Motley [seal]

B. F. Stranch