Mitchell County, North Carolina
Apprentice Records
1863-1906



Partial Index to Apprentice Records

Apprentice and
Description
Master or
Mistress
Date and Term of Indenture Instruction Contracted Provisions at End of Indenture
Atkins, Zeb
"an orphan ... now of the age of Four years"
Will Street
6 December 1884
"until he, the said Zeb Atkins, shall attain the age of Twenty One years of age"
"the art, mystery and business of Farming and ... reading, writing, and arithmetic" "the sum of six dollars a new suit of clothes and a new Bible."
Beam, Maggie
"a minor ... now of the age of 8 years"
J. B. Taylor
5 September 1894
"until she, the said Maggie Beam, shall attain the age of 18 years of age"
"to read and write and the rules of arithmetic to the 'double rule of three,' and ... the following other education, viz: Housekeeper" "The said J. B. Taylor shall receive from J. S. Garland Gdn Ellen Beam $2.00 per month for 2 years from this date, then $1.00 per month for the next 2 years"
Biddix, Thomas
"an orphan ... now the age of 5 years"
James McNeill
10 May 1884
"until he, the said Thomas Biddix, shall attain the age of 21 years of age"
"the art, mystery and business of [form left blank here] and ... reading, writing, and arithmetic" "the sum of six dollars a new suit of clothes and a new Bible."
Biddix, Wm. L.
"an orphan"
Charlie J. Lowery
1 September 1884
"until he, the said Wm. L. Biddix, shall attain the age of 21st years of age"
"the art, mystery and business of farming and ... reading, writing, and arithmetic" "the sum of six dollars a new suit of clothes and a new Bible."
Blevins, Hanna
"an orphan ... now the age of 12 years"
Rebecca Blevins
1 June 1883
"until she, the said Hanna Blevins, shall attain the age of 18 years of age"
"the art, mystery and business of Seamstress and ... reading, writing, and arithmetic" "the sum of six dollars a new suit of clothes and a new Bible."
Boone, James
"an orphan, now the age of Four years, 4 6/30 months"
John D. Tolly
3 December 1877
"until the said apprentice shall attain the age of twenty-one years"
"the art and business of Farming" "six dollars in cash, a new suit of clothes and a new Bible"
Briggs, Elisha
"a minor ... now of the age of 16 years, born on the 9 day of April 1874"
J. H. Stanley
28 April 1890
"until he, the said Elisha Briggs, shall attain the age of 21 years of age"
"to read and write and the rules of arithmetic to the 'double rule of three,' and ... the following other education, viz: farming" "annually five dollars & to his mother Margerett Briggs five dollars during the continuance of said apprenticeship"
Bristol, Frank
"an orphan ... now of the age of One years"
T. W. Wright
13 January 1883
"until he, the said Frank Bristol, shall attain the age of 21 years of age"
"the art, mystery and business of Farming and ... reading, writing, and arithmetic" "the sum of six dollars a new suit of clothes and a new Bible."
Bristol, Sarah
"an orphan ... now of the age of 7 years"
C. P. Braswell
5 July 1887
"until she, the said Sarah Bristol, shall attain the age of 18 years of age"
"the art, mystery and business of House Keeping and ... reading, writing, and arithmetic" "the sum of six dollars a new suit of clothes and a new Bible."
Buchanan, David
"abandoned by his parents, now the age of two years, 2 month"
Jonathan Buchanan
18 December 1880
"until the said apprentice shall attain the age of twenty-one years."
"the art and business of Farming" "six dollars in cash, two new suits of clothes and a new Bible, & a good horse, saddle and bridle"
Buchanan, Edmond
"an orphan, now the age of one years"
E. G. Nichols
22 September 1879
"until the said apprentice shall attain the age of twenty-one years."
"the art and business of farming" "six dollars in cash, a new suit of clothes and a new Bible. Also a good horse bridle and Saddle."
Burleson, Asa Sylvester
"an orphan, now the age of Two years, 9 months"
James M. Swann
2 October 1876
"until the said apprentice shall attain the age of twenty-one years"
"the art and business of Farming" "six dollars in cash, a new suit of clothes and a new Bible"
Burleson, Barsha Matilda Anna Burleson
27 June 1864
"until the said apprentice shall attain the age of Eighteen years."
"to learn to read and write, and also the art and mystery of a Housekeeper." "what the law prescribes"
Burleson, John Aaron Pitman
27 June 1864
"until the said apprentice shall attain the age of twenty one years."
"to learn to read and write, and also the art and mystery of a Farmer." "a new suit of clothes and a new Bible"
Burleson, John
"a minor ... now of the age of 5 years, born ... 1887"
Aaron A. Wiseman
6 June 1892
"until he, the said John Burleson, shall attain the age of 21 years of age"
"to read and write and the rules of arithmetic to the 'double rule of three,' and ... the following other education, viz: Agriculture" "annually after he arrives at 15 years Twenty five dollars during the continuance of said apprenticeship"
Burleson, Julius
"a minor ... now of the age of 9 years, born on the 1 day of May 1891 [sic]"
William Mathas
23 May 1891
"until he, the said Julius Burleson, shall attain the age of 21 years of age"
"to read and write and the rules of arithmetic to the 'double rule of three,' and ... the following other education, viz: Farmer" "annually after he arrives at the age of 16 years $25.00 during the continuance of said apprenticeship"
Burleson, Leonard Reuben Pitman
27 June 1864
"until the said apprentice shall attain the age of Twenty one years."
"to learn to read and write, and also the art and mystery of a farmer." "a new suit of clothes and a new Bible"
Caraway, Elmira
"aged 6 years"
Lewis M. Sparks
13 March 1875
"until the said apprentice shall attain the age of 18 years."
"reading, writing and arithmetic, and also the art and mistery of House Keeping" "Six dollars in money a new suit of clothes and a new Bible"
Caraway, James W. Lewis D. Cook
4 January 1875
"until the said apprentice shall attain the age of Twenty One years"
"to learn to read and write and to learn arithmetic and also the art of a Farmer" "a new suit of clothes a new Bible and Six dollars in cash"
Carpenter, Martin M. D. Wiseman
28 December 1863
"until the said apprentice shall attain the age of Twenty One years."
"to learn to read and write, and also the art and mystery of a farmer." "a horse bridle & saddle"
Conly, Maude
"I, Martha Gouge, mother of Maude Conly do hereby agree that said child, who is now six years old, be apprenticed to Charles W. Daily. This December 1, 1904."
Charles W. Daily

  
Davis, Edmund A.
"an orphan, now the age of three years, 5 months"
Allen Davis
3 December 1877
"until the said apprentice shall attain the age of twenty-one years"
"the art and business of a Farmer" "six dollars in cash, a new suit of clothes and a new Bible"
Davis, Queeny
"an orphan, now the age of Two years, 4 months"
W. M. Garland
3 December 1877
"until the said apprentice shall attain the age of 18 years"
"the art and business of a House Keeper" "six dollars in cash, a new suit of clothes and a new Bible"
Day, Caroline
"an orphan ... now the age of Zero years"
Wilson Street
6 December 1884
"until she, the said Carline Day, shall attain the age of Twenty One years of age"
"the art, mystery and business of house Keeping or Seamstress and ... reading, writing, and arithmetic" "the sum of six dollars a new suit of clothes and a new Bible."
Erwin, Charles
"a Bastard child, now the age of about one years"
James H. McKinney
26 July 1879
"until the said apprentice shall attain the age of twenty-one years."
"the art and business of farmer" "six dollars in cash, a new suit of clothes and a new Bible, and one horse & bridle"
Erwin, William C. A. Wise
1 April 1882
Indenture cancelled in 1895.  
Foster, Hardy L.
"a minor ... now of the age of 10 years, born the [left blank] day of July 1883"
R. E. Joins
3 June 1893
"until he, the said Hardy L. Foster, shall attain the age of 21 years of age"
"to read and write and the rules of arithmetic to the 'double rule of three,' and ... the following other education, viz: Farmer" "annually $15 after he becomes 15 years old"
Freeman, Rosetta & Joe Esther
"two orphans ... now the age of 4 & 6 years"
Joseph Hardy
28 May 1883
"until they, the said Rosetta Freeman & Esther Freeman, shall attain the age of 21st years of age"
"the art, mystery and business of Seamstresses and ... reading, writing, and arithmetic" "Joseph Hardy do solemnly swear that I will diligently receive and improve all the estate of Rosetta Freeman and Joe Esther Freeman and make due return of the same according to law." "the sum of six dollars a new suit of clothes and a new Bible."
Gage, Joanna
"an orphan, now the age of ten years, 4 months"
Wilson McKinney
29 July 1878
"until the said apprentice shall attain the age of Eighteen years."
"the art and business of House Keeping" "six dollars in cash, a new suit of clothes and a new Bible."
Garland, Clayton
"an orphan ... now the age of 5 years"
John Miller
18 September 1883
"until he, the said Clayton Garland, shall attain the age of 21 years of age"
"the art, mystery and business of Farming and ... reading, writing, and arithmetic" "the sum of six dollars a new suit of clothes and a new Bible."
Garland, Mary
"an orphan, now the age of 9 years"
Thos. Johnson
7 February 1881
"until the said apprentice shall attain the age of 18 years."
"the art and business of House Keeping" "six dollars in cash, a new suit of clothes and a new Bible. Also a good horse bridle and Saddle."
Hardin, Charity
"an orphan ... now the age of 3 years"
Sally Penland
20 March 1889
"until the said apprentice shall attain the age of eighteen"
"the art and business of a House Keeper and ... reading, writing, and arithmetic" "six dollars in cash, a new suit of clothes and a new Bible."
Howell, Mary Alice
"a Bastard child, now the age of One years, 6 months"
Sarah Howell
12 April 1878
"until the said apprentice shall attain the age of 18 years"
"the art and business of House Keeping" "six dollars in cash, a new suit of clothes and a new Bible"
Hughes, Mollie
"a minor ... now of the age of 8 years"
Moses McKinney
20 November 1899
"until she, the said Mollie Hughes, shall attain the age of 21 years of age"
"to read and write and the rules of arithmetic to the 'double rule of three,'" None mentioned.
Hutchins, Thomas
"a Bastard child ... now the age of nearly two years"
Wright Hutchins
6 February 1882
"until he, the said Thomas Hutchins, shall attain the age of twenty one years of age"
"the art, mystery and business of Farming and ... reading, writing, and arithmetic" "the sum of six dollars a new suit of clothes and a new Bible."
Johnson, George
"an orphan ... now the age of fourteen years, Six months"
J. W. Bowman
12 January 1888
"until he, the said Frank Bristol, shall attain the age of 21 years of age"
"the art, mystery and business of farming and ... reading, writing, and arithmetic" "six dollars in cash, a new suit of clothes and a new Bible."
Mason, William T. Spurgeon
("Sarah Jane Mason ... says that she is the mother of said infant; that James Mason the father of said infant has deserted his family, for something over one year. And do hereby relinquish all claim to said infant, and ask that he be apprenticed to Job Grindstaff.")
Job Grindstaff
19 September 1888
  
Mathis, Azor
"a free boy of Color" "aged fourteen years on the 8th day of August 1863"
J. C. Blaylock
25 April 1864
"until the said apprentice shall attain the age of Twenty one years."
"the art and mystery of a Farmer" "J. C. Blalock shall well and truly keep said boy within the County of Mitchell..." The document spells the master's name "Blalock," but he signs as "Blaylock." Blaylock and ----- Penland posted bond in the amount of $1,000 to guarantee Blaylock's performance of his obligation. None mentioned.
Mathis, Julius
"a free boy of Color" "aged twelve years on the 23d day of January 1864"
James G. Wiseman
25 April 1864
"until the said apprentice shall attain the age of twenty one years."
"the art and mystery of a farmer" "James G. Wiseman shall well and truly keep said boy within the County of Mitchell..." Wiseman and J. C. Keener posted bond in the amount of $1,000 to guarantee Wiseman's performance of his obligation. None mentioned.
Mathis, Thomas J. C. Keener
25 April 1864
"until the said apprentice shall attain the age of Twenty one years."
"the art of a farmer" None mentioned.
Parker, Julia
"an orphan ... now the age of fifteen years"
A. Brinkley
27 July 1882
"until she, the said Julia Parker, shall attain the age of 18 years of age"
"the art, mystery and business of House Keeping and ... reading, writing, and arithmetic" "the sum of six dollars a new suit of clothes and a new Bible."
Parker, Lazarus
"an orphan ... aged ten years on the 1st day of June 1866"
William O. Watson
5 June 1866
"until the said apprentice shall attain the age of twenty one years."
"to learn to read and write, and also the art and mystery of a farmer." "one horse and saddle and briddle and two new suits of clothes - the horse saddle and briddle to be worth one hundred dollars."
Penland, John
"and orphan, aged 11 years"
Elias Penland
6 August 1878
"until the said apprentice shall attain the age of twenty-one years"
"the art and business of farming" "six dollars in cash, a new suit of clothes and a new Bible"
Penly, De Estes Malone
"an orphan, now the age of 10 years"
A. D. Childs, Jr.
4 March 1878
"until the said apprentice shall attain the age of twenty-one years."
"tthe art and business of farming" "six dollars in cash, a new suit of clothes and a new Bible, and a horse Saddle and bridle."
Ray, Hiram
"(Col), an orphan ... now the age of 14 years"
William Mathas
19 April 1889
"until he, the said Frank Bristol, shall attain the age of 21 years of age"
"the art, mystery and business of Farming and ... reading, writing, and arithmetic" "six dollars in cash, a new suit of clothes and a new Bible."
Rose, Robert Franklin
"who will be three years old on the 3d day of January 1876"
Jas. H. Kile
9 March 1875
"until the said apprentice shall attain the age of twenty one years"
"reading, writing and arithmetic and also the art and mistery of a Shoe Maker" "For good and sufficient Reason this Indenture is revoked and the apprentice Bound to J. M. Stafford May 25 1875" "Six dollars in cash, a new suit of clothes and a new Bible"
Rose, Robert F.
"who will be three years of age on the 3th day of January 1876"
J. M. Stafford
25 May 1875
"until the said apprentice shall attain the age of twenty one years"
"to Read, Write, and the elementary Rules and principles of Arithmetic and also the art and mistery of a farmer or some other useful traid" "Six dollars in cash a new suit of clothes and a new Bible"
Scott, Minnie
"a minor ... now of the age of 12 years"
Thomps Johnson
10 March 1890
"until she, the said Minnie Scott, shall attain the age of 18 years of age"
"to read and write and the rules of arithmetic to the 'double rule of three,' and ... the following other education, viz: Housekeeping" "at her majority the sum of Ten dollars"
Singleton, Dollie
"an orphan ... now the age of 3 years"
A. Brinkley
25 February 1883
"until ... [form incompletely filled out] the age of 21 years of age"
"the art, mystery and business of House Keeping and ... reading, writing, and arithmetic" "the sum of six dollars a new suit of clothes and a new Bible."
Thomas, Rebecca
"aged about Eight years"
W. M. Garland
14 July 1875
"until the said apprentice shall attain the age of eighteen years"
"to read and write and the elementary rules of Arithmetic and also the art and mistery of House Keeping" "Six dollars in money a new suit of clothes and a new Bible"
Tolly, Eliza Susan Cordelia
"aged 4 years the 5th day of Oct 1874"
Elizabeth Tolly
14 June 1875
"until the said apprentice shall attain the age of twenty one years."
"to read and write Arithmetic as prescribed by law" None mentioned.
Vance, Hulda E.
"aged Eight Years on the 16th day of October 1863"
Lewis Vance
27 June 1864
"until the said apprentice shall attain the age of Eighteen years."
"to learn to read and write, and also the art and mystery of Housekeeping." None mentioned.
Vance, Laura E.
"aged Ten Years on the 7th day of Feb. 1864"
Lewis Vance
27 June 1864
"until the said apprentice shall attain the age of Eighteen years."
"to learn to read and write, and also the art and mystery of Housekeeping." None mentioned.
Whelan, Rufus S.
"an Colored Bastard child, now the age of ten or thereabouts"
E. M. Austin
22 September 1879
"until the said apprentice shall attain the age of twenty-one years."
"the art and business of Farming" "six dollars in cash, a new suit of clothes and a new Bible, and a horse worth fifty dollars."
Whitson, Mary
"an orphan ... now the age of four years"
J. H. Kyle
1 August 1883
"until she, the said Mary Whitson, shall attain the age of 21 years of age"
"the art, mystery and business of Seamstress and ... reading, writing, and arithmetic" "the sum of six dollars a new suit of clothes and a new Bible."
Whitson, Sarah Jane
"an orphan ... now the age of four years"
Amanda Kyle
1 September 1883
"until she, the said Sarah Jane Whitson, shall attain the age of 21 years of age"
"the art, mystery and business of Seamstress and ... reading, writing, and arithmetic" "the sum of six dollars a new suit of clothes and a new Bible."
Wilson, Jasper
"who has been abandoned by his father John Wilson" "now the age of Three years"
John Steward
8 June 1878
"until the said apprentice shall attain the age of twenty-one years"
"the art and business of Farming" "six dollars in cash, a new suit of clothes and a new Bible"
Wilson, William
"who has been abandoned by his father John Wilson" "now the age of Five years, 6 months"
John Steward
8 June 1878
"until the said apprentice shall attain the age of twenty-one years"
"the art and business of Farming" "six dollars in cash, a new suit of clothes and a new Bible"
Wyatt, Minnie
"a Bastard child, now the age of 1 years, 2 months"
J. W. T. Quinn
31 December 1880
"until the said apprentice shall attain the age of twenty-one years."
"the art and business of House Keeping" "six dollars in cash, a new suit of clothes and a new Bible."



Data has been taken from the original documents on file with the North Carolina State Archives. Researchers should allow for the possibility of error in transcribing this information, and should always consult the original records. Please notify the Mitchell County Coordinator of any errors on this page.


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