Indenture of Wesley Johnson
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This Indenture, made the 14th day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty five Between Abraham KENDRICK one of the Overseeers of the Poor of Page County, of the one part, and Thomas B. KEMP of the same County, of the other part; Witnesseth, that the said Overseers, in consequence of the powers in them vested by law, and pursuant to an order of the court of the County afore said, dated January Term 1835, have put, placed and bound, and by these presents, do put, place and bind, Wesley JOHNSON a free boy of colour unto the said Thomas B. Kemp, with him to dwell, and serve after the manner of an apprentice, until he shall arrive at and attain the full age of twenty one years, (the said Wesley Johnson being ten years old the 17th day of February last past), during all which time the apprentice, his said master well and faithfully shall serve, his secrets keep, and his lawful commands at all times readily obey; hurt to the said master he shall not do, nor willingly suffer the same to be done by others; but hence forth shall notify him thereof. The goods of the said master he shall not waste or embezzel, of the said master he shall not at any time depart or absent himself without the said masters permission, and in all and everything and things he shall truly, honestly and faithfully demean himself towards the said master as a good and faithful apprentice ought to do.
In consideration whereof, the said Thomas B. Kemp on his part and behalf doth hereby covenant, promise and agree to and with the said Overseers and their successors, that he will constantly find and provide for the said apprentice a good wholesome diet, clothing, and clean washing and lodging, suitable to his degree, during the whole term of servitude and that he will teach or cause the said apprentice to be taught in the craft, mystery, and occupation of a farmer within the said term, and at the expiration thereof, pay and allow him the sum of twelve dollars for his freedom dues. In witness whereof, the parties aforesaid have to these presents interchangably set their hand and affixed their seals, the day and year first above written.
Thos. B. Kemp (his seal)
Signed and sealed in the presence of Jno. A. BLACKFORD