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Apprenticeships, Indentured Servants and Slaves
  • Queenie July 2013
    Just a general question thrown out here, if the phrase "My 'prentice boy...I give him to my brother..." What could possibly be the terms of this child's "service" that he was included in part of an estate?
  • unlmarian September 2015
    A lot of slaveowners apprenticed out slaves to learn a skilled trade, sometimes they might be apprenticed for 4 or 5 years. A significant investment that could yield a small fortune for the master in return for the enslaved person's skilled work.

    Have you tried the craftsman database at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts? It is a bit off the beaten track but well worth it as there is a lot of potential information there. Best wishes!

    http://www.mesda.org/research_sprite/mesda_craftsman_database.html

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