This Indenture made this fifteenth day of March in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and thirty eight MICHAEL HARE Overseer of the Poor of the State of Indiana Tippecanoe County Washington Township of the one part and TOWNSEND CRESSE of the State and County aforesaid of the other part - Witnesseth that the said Overseer has put placed and bound and do by these presents puts, places, and binds JOHN JENKINS a poor boy aged thirteen years and ten months and twenty days as an apprentice to the said TOWNSEND CRESSE to be taught the art, trade and occupation of a Farmer and to live with and serve him the said TOWNSEND CRESSE as an apprentice for the term of seven years one month and ten days, that is to say until he the said JOHN JENKINS shall arrive at the age of Twenty one years if the said TOWNSEND CRESSE shall so long live and the said Overseer does by these presents give unto the said TOWNSEND CRESSE all the right power and authority over the said JOHN JENKINS and his service during the said term which by the law of this State a Master has over a lawfully indented apprentice and the said TOWNSEND CRESSE in consideration thereof doth on his part covenant, promise and agree to and with the said Overseer and his successors in office and each and every one of them and with the said JOHN JENKINS to give him the said apprentice twelve months schooling and to train him in habits of industry and morality and during the term of his apprenticeship to provide and to allow to him sufficient meat, drink, washing, lodging and apparel necessary for an apprentice during his said term of service. And the said TOWNSEND CRESSE further covenants and agrees to pay to the said JOHN JENKINS at the expiration of his aforesaid term or service one hundred dollars. In Witness whereof the said parties have hereunto set their hand and seal the day and year above written.
Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of JAMES MOORE
A true record
Recorded May 8th A. D. 1838
Sanford C. Cox Recorder
Written across this record: "Rec'd of Townsend Cresse satisfaction in full of this Indenture, I hereby and forever release the said Cresse from the satisfaction and matters herein contained. This 1st day of May A.D. 1845."
Signed: John Jenkins
Attest: S. C. Cox
Transcribed from Record of Poor Children's Indentures for Tippecanoe County, Indiana, 1833-1846, pp. 32-33
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