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Apprentices, Indentured Servants
Named in Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky Newspapers

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Ran away from the subscriber living near Danville, an Irish servant man, named JAMES DONELTON, about 26 years of age, about five feet six inches high, had on when he went away an old cloth coat, a pair of buckskin breeches, and a pair of shoes which are rather too large for him, much pitted by the small pox; whoever takes up said servant and secures him so that I get him shall have five dollars reward besides what the law allows.
WILLIAM GREEN
Source: Kentucky Gazette, 22 March 1788

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ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS REWARD. EVAN SMAWLEY, About six foot high, red hair, a little freckled, about 25 years of age; any person that will secure him so that I can bring him to justice, for conveying to me a stolen mare, shall receive the above reward. STEVEN GRIMES.
Source: Kentucky Gazette, 05 September 1789

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SIX DOLLARS REWARD. Ran away the last of December, from the subscriber in Baird’s Town, an apprentice to the hatting business. ROBERT FORSITH, Nineteen or Twenty years of age, short hair, dark complexion, about five feet nine or ten inches high; this is to forewarn any person or persons employing or harbouring said apprentice. The above reward will be given to any person who will deliver said apprentice to the subscriber. JACOB YODER.
Source: Kentucky Gazette, 12 May 1792

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RAN AWAY from the subscriber living in Danville, two apprentice Boys, both their names WILLIAM DOCHERTY, sons to Henry and John Docherty. We hereby offer the following reward, viz. for William Docherty, Henry’s son, FOUR PENCE; for William, John Docherty’s son, ONE SHILLING. And further forewarn all people not to harbor either of said Apprentices as they may depend on being protected according as the law directs by SIMEON CHAMBERS, JOHN CHAMBERS.
Source: Kentucky Gazette, 04 January 1794

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TEN DOLLARS REWARD For apprehending and delivering to the subscriber in Bourbon, WILLIAM ANDERSON, an apprentice to the Hatter’s business, about nineteen years of age, about five feet six or seven inches high, well made, and fair complexion. All persons are hereby forewarned from harbouring said apprentice, as they shall answer it at their peril. HORATIO HALL.
Source: Kentucky Gazette, 07 December, 1793

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One Penny Reward. Whereas LAPSLEY MCBRIDE, of Mercer County, was bound apprentice to me, and he having absented himself from his business without leave; I do therefore forewarn all persons from harboring or employing the said M'Bride in any business, as they may depend on having the law put in force against them. Any person taking up the said apprentice and delivering him to me, shall receive the above reward by me, in Scott County. JOHN MOSBY. April 19.
Source: The Kentucky Gazette, 26 April 1794.

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Four Dollars Reward. Ran away from the subscriber, living on North Elkhorn, Fayette County, an apprentice boy named FRANCIS KILERAST, about 17 years of age, brown baby hair inclined to curl, short, well made, had on a wool hat, blue cloth coat with white metal buttons, and overalls of the same; he was born in Conococheague Pennsylvania – whoever secures the said apprentice so that I can get him again shall receive the above reward. WILLIAM CLARK
Source: The Kentucky Gazette, 20 September 1794

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Six pence reward. Run away from the subscriber in Lexington, HUGH RANKIN, an apprentice to the blacksmith trade, he is about 17 or 18 years of age, about five feet nine inches high, slender made, brown hair and pock marked; had on and took with him a country linen shirt, a whitish new broadcloth coat, with yellow buttons, a cloth sailor jacket, a pair of new leather breeches and fustian trowsers, blue cloth leggins bound with pale blue binding, a pair of shoes and mockasons, and two hats, one of which is new. Whoever delivers said apprentice to me in Lexington shall receive the above reward. All persons are forewarned from feeding or harboring said apprentice, as they shall answer it at their peril. JACOB KIZER, B.S.
Source: The Kentucky Gazette, 17 January 1795

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Two dollars reward. Run away from the subscriber, living near Lexington, Fayette county, an Apprentice Boy named JOHN MONTGOMERY, about nineteen years of age when he went away, fair hair, stoop shouldered, about five feet ten inches high, slender made, of a fair complexion, had on when he went away, a wool hat, a short linsey coat and striped overalls. It is supposed that he is in the settlement of Drinnen’s lick waters. All persons are hereby forewarned from harboring the said apprentice or employing him. MOSES HALL
Source: The Kentucky Gazette, 27 June 1795

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Ten dollars reward, for apprehending and securing in any jail in the United States, RICHARD WHITE, a native of York County, Pennsylvania, served as apprentice to Mr. M’cord, joiner in Baltimore, who took him to Lexington, Kentucky, from thence the said villain stole my horse on the 10th of August last, and sold him in Washington county, Virginia to Mr. Lytle of Kentucky. White is about twenty three years old, short brown curly hair, his looks entitles him to a turn in the sheriff’s country dance. I suppose him in Maryland or Pennsylvania, but probably will return for more horses to Kentucky. The above reward and all reasonable charges will be paid by Mr. William Leavy, Mr. John Kay Lexington, or Dennis M’Carthy, Abingdon, Virginia, October 8.
N.B. Mr. Lytle is required to deliver the above horse to Mr. William Leavy or Mr. John Kay as above.
Source: Kentucky Gazette, 07 November 1795

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Two dollars reward will be paid by the subscriber, for apprehending my apprentice, ROBERT JOHNSON by name, about five feet eight inches high, round shouldered, sandy hair, had on when he went away, a short blue jacket; linen overalls, barefoot, an old hat with a patch on the top of the crown. I believe he is lurking about Georgetown. Whosoever secures the said apprentice in any jail, shall have the above reward paid by me. SAMUEL COOPER Town fork near Lexington. SAMUEL COOPER
N.B. I do hereby forewarn all persons from employing or haboring said apprentice, as I intend to take the regular step of law for that purpose.
Source: The Kentucky Gazette, 17 October 1795

Six Pence Reward. Ran away on the 22nd ult. an apprentice boy named GEORGE CAVENDER, about eighteen years old; near five feet high, slender made; had on when he went away, a short blue coat, striped waist coat, snuff coloured breeches, felt hat; whoever secures said apprentice so that I get him again, shall have the above reward, and no other charges paid. SAMUEL STOUT
Source: Kentucky Gazette, 12 March 1796

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Run away from the subscriber, an apprentice boy by the name of THOMAS GLASS, about eighteen years of age, fair hair and complexion. I will give four pence to any person who will deliver him to me in Georgetown; and I do hereby forewarn persons from harboring my said apprentice, and thus publicly declare that I will prosecute to the utmost of the law any person who any way harbors or conceals him. WM. EDSTER, Georgetown, Sep. 10, 1796 
Source: The Kentucky Gazette, 17 September 1796 

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Nine Pence Reward. 
Run away from the subscriber on the 8th day of October, an Apprentice Lad, named JAMES NUEL, bound to the Blacksmith’s trade—about seventeen years old, brown hair, down look—it is supposed he will make for the old settlement. The above reward will be paid, if he is delivered to me in Lexington. FRANCIS CARSON. Nov. 4, 1796 
Source: The Kentucky Gazette, 19 November, 1796 

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Runaway from the subscriber, living on the North Fork, an apprentice lad, by the name of SAMUEL TUMBLESTONE, about eighteen years old, five feet eight or nine inches high, had on when he went off, a short round-about coat, and overalls, of dark mixed cloth, dark complexion, black eyes, short light hair. I forewarn all persons from dealing with or harboring him in any wise, whoever takes up the said Tumblestone and brings him home shall receive four pence half penny reward paid by me JOHN FINCH. March 4th, 1797. 
Source: The Kentucky Gazette, 01 April 1797  

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SIX PENCE REWARD. Run away from the subscriber, on the 20th of January, 1798, an apprentice boy, named JONATHAN ANDERSON, about fifteen years of age, had on and took with him a black linsey jacket and overalls, a drab colored sailors’ jacket, and old hat, he has a down look and sandy hair. Whoever takes up said boy and brings him to me shall have the above reward, but no thanks, by me. ROBERT LEMON
Source: Kentucky Gazette, 14 February 1798

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FOUR PENCE REWARD. Ran away from the subscriber on the fourth inst., an apprentice boy named JAMES POGUE, this is to forewarn all persons from harboring him at their peril.  SAMUEL HOLADY.  Georgetown
Source: Kentucky Gazette, 25 April 1798

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TWENTY DOLLARS REWARD. Ran away from the subscriber, last night, an apprentice lad, to the hatters business, named JOHN DAVIS, about twenty one years of age, had on when he went away, a home spun linen shirt and trowsers, a pair of good shoes, an under jacket of nankin, and perhaps may have taken a new hat. The above reward will be paid for apprehending said apprentice and bringing him to my house, the sign of the Indian, on Main street, Lexington, or lodging him in any jail in the state, so that I may have him again. All persons are warned not to harbor said apprentice, as the law shall be rigorously enforced for contempt of this notice. GEORGE ADAMS.
Source: Kentucky Gazette, 04 July 1798

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FOUR PENCE REWARD. Ran away from the subscriber, on the 11th inst. WILLIAM PORTER, an apprentice to the tanning and currying business, about twenty years of age, five feet ten or eleven inches high; whoever delivers said apprentice to the subscriber shall receive the above reward, and no charges paid.  ARCHIBALD LOGAN.
Source: Kentucky Gazette, 04 July 1798

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FIVE DOLLARS REWARD. For apprehending WALLER HERRENDORIAN apprentice, and securing him in some jail within this state, so that the subscriber shall get him: he is about 19 years of age, stout and well made, dark complexion, long hair and dark eyes, swears profanely, vile countenance and generally of bad character; about 5 feet 10 inches high; run away the last day of June. All persons are hereby forewarned from harboring him. Madison County. RALPH ALLEN.
Source: Kentucky Gazette, 11 July 1798

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THREE DOLLARS REWARD. Ran away from the subscriber, last February, an apprentice boy named JOHN KILLBREATH, about seventeen years of age, bound to the cabinet business. This is to foreward all persons from harboring him, as I have a lawful indenture on him, whoever delivers said boy to the subscriber, living in Cynthiana, shall be entitled to the above reward.  CHARLES KELSA.
Source: Kentucky Gazette, 15 August 1798

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TWENTY FIVE CENTS REWARD. Runaway from the subscriber, an apprentice boy, to the Hatter’s trade, named JACOB COFFMAN, about fifteen years old. Whoever delivers him to his master, near the mouth of Dick’s river, shall have the above reward, but no other charges paid.  DAVID SUTTON.
Source: Kentucky Gazette, 19 September 1798

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ONE DOLLAR REWARD, Runaway from the subscriber, on the 2d inst, CHARLES HENDERSON, an apprentice to the Carpenter and House Joiners business about 17 years old, about five feet and a half high, light hair, had on a blue coat, white waistcoat, mixt cloth overalls, and fur hat. Whoever delivers said apprentice to the subscriber living in Scott county or secure him in any jail so that he can get him shall have the above reward. All persons are forewarned against harboring him at their peril.
Source: Kentucky Gazette, 05 December 1798

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Sic Pence Reward, Ranaway from the subscriber, on the 10th day of October, WILLIAM KILLPATRICK, an apprentice to the Tanning and Currying business about sixteen years of age, five feet high, whoever delivers said apprentice to the subscriber, shall receive the above reward, and no charges paid.  SAMUEL GALAWAY.  N.B. All persons are forewarned from harbouring him, as they shall be punished with the utmost rigor of the law.
Source: Kentucky Gazette, 12 December 1798

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Ran away from our rope walk last summer, two Apprentice Boys−one named MARTIN FORD or MARTIN WILHOITE, aged twenty years, and PETER MILLAR, about nineteen years. A reward of one dollar will be given for the former, and ten dollars for the latter, for delivering them to us again, in Versailles. C. & P.C. BUCK.
Source: Kentucky Gazette, 04 January 1812

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$40 reward. Ran away from the subscriber on the 27th of October last, THEODORE KING, a bound Apprentice to learn the tailoring business. He is eighteen years old; five feet eight inches high; slender made; has dark hare and some whiskers, I expect by this time, as I discovered them sprouting when he left me; he is quick spoken and fine of fond clothes; he is fond of singing and playing on the flute—when he left me he had on a dark dress coat of janes, with jet buttons; pantaloons of the same; took with him a ruffle hypocrit, and I expect by this time he is a dandy of the first water; he had three years to serve when he left me. I will give the above reward to any person who will bring said boy to me in Nicholasville, Ky., provided it is done within seven months from this date; or of the boy is within 250 miles of Nicholasville, and any persons will put him in confinement and give me information of the same, so the I get him, I will give such person or persons 25 dollars for their trouble and pay all reasonable expenses. I expect he will be found in one of the following named places, viz: Mississippi, 50 miles east direction from New Orleans; Huntsville or Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Clay county, Missouri, or Abington, Virginia—where another runaway of mine was harbored and employed for a long time, by the name of JEFFERSON LITERALL: My compliments to some of the master tailors of Abington; I will try and employ some of them if old Virginia will furnish the cloth. I forewarn all persons from harboring or employing the above named Theodore King, under the penalty of the law. I do hope that for the sake of good order among mechanics, that he will receive from all master workmen and others, that countenance and treatment which he so justly deserves.  EMANUEL MESSICK. Nicholasville, Jessamine co. Ky. Dec. 8, 1832
N.B. No boys need apply to me to learn the Trade hereafter, unless they can give good security for their performance. E.M.
Source: The Kentucky Gazette, 05 January 1833

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One cent reward. Ran away from the subscriber living in Pulaski county, on the 17th day of September last, an apprentice to the Tanning Business by the name of LOGAN HIGGINS, about 14 years old, slender made and this visage, light coloured hair, fair skin and freckled; had on when he left me a jeans rounsbout and blue cotton jeans pantaloons. Any person who will bring back said boy shall have the above reward. I also forewarn any person from hiring or harboring said boy, as I shall certainly enforce the law regulating those things on _____ who does.  MICAJAH SUTTON
Source: The Kentucky Gazette, 02 November 1833

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6 ¼ Cents Reward. Ran away from the subscriber living in Fayette county, Ky., on the 5th day of the present month, an apprentice to the Blacksmith business, by the name of  EDWARD HOLLAND, about 18 years old, stout made and full in the face, red hair and fair skin; had on when he left me a blue mixed jeans coat and pantaloons, and a dark worsted vest, white fur hat and mouroe shoes. Any person who will bring back said boy, shall have the above reward. I also forewarn any person from hiring or harbouring said boy, as I shall certainly enforce the law regulating those things, on him who does. THOS. S. BROCKMAN
Source: The Kentucky Gazette, 30 November 1833

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