Apprentice Indenture
Edward Durgan to Montgomery N. Sherry
28 March 1841
Tippecanoe County, Indiana

This Indenture Witnesseth that Peter F. Bell and Jesse Rider overseers of the poor for Wayne Township Tippecanoe County Indiana have (by virtue of the statute in such case made and provided) put and bind out as an apprentice Edward Durgan a poor orphand boy the son of Richard Durgan late of said county deceased and by these presents put and bind out the said Edward Durgan as an apprentice to Montgomery N. Sherry of the county and State aforesaid to learn the art and mystery of a farmer which he the said Montgomery N. Sherry now useth the said Edward Durgan to dwell with and serve the said Montgomery N. Sherry after the manner of an apprentice from the date hereof until the first day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-five at which time the said apprentice if living will be (as is supposed) Twenty one years of age, During all which time the said apprentice shall dwell and faithfully serve his said master, keep his secrets and every where at all times readily obey his lawful commands, he shall do no damage to his said master nor willfully suffer any to be done by others, he shall not play at any unlawful games nor absent himself at any time from the service of his master without his consent but shall in all things behave himself as a good and faithful apprentice during the whole term aforesaid.  And the said Montgomery N. Sherry on his part doth hereby covenant and agree to teach and instruct the said apprentice or cause him to be taught and instructed to read and write and to cypher as far as through the double rule of three (if said apprentice be capable of learning) and also to teach and instruct said apprentice in the art trade or mystery of a farmer in the best manner he can, and well and faithfully to provide and furnish for said apprentice good and sufficient meat drink clothing and lodging and other necessaries fit and convenient for such an apprentice during the term aforesaid and at the expiration thereof shall give unto the said apprentice two suits of wearing apparel on suitable for Sundays and the other suitable for working days and also to give the said apprentice one good horse saddle and bridle also twenty five dollars in money.

In testimony whereof the parties have hereunto set their hands and seals this twenty eighth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty one.

Signed: Peter F. Bell {seal}
             Jesse Rider {seal}
             Montgomery N. Sherry {seal}

Signed sealed and delivered I presence of
J. Kinkannon
E. Boman

State of Indiana Tippecanoe County sst.

Before me James Kinkannon a Justice of the (peace) for said county came Peter F. Bell, Jesse Rider and Montgomery N. Sherry and severally acknowledged that the signed sealed and the above indenture uses and purposes therein expressed.  Given under my hand and seal this 30th day of March A.D. 1841.

A True Record
Recorded May 9th, 1841
Sandford C. Cox, Recorder

Transcribed from Record of Poor Children's Indentures for Tippecanoe County, Indiana, 1833-1846, pp. 56-58

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