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  • John Green’s Indenture as Cooper, in Truro, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, April 5, 1765

    Howard W. Quinn

    Published Date : December 1988
    Following is a segment of John Green’s indenture (the original of which is located in the archives of the Eastham Historical Society, Eastham, Massachusetts) and a transcription of the text by Howard W. Quinn, NEHGS member. John Green, born 11 June 1760, was son of Joseph and Hannah Green of Truro, according to Vital Records of the Town of Truro, Massachusetts,...1849, transcribed under the direction of George Ernest Bowman (Boston, Mass.: Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1933), p. 6.

    This indenture witnesseth that Joseph Green of Truro in the County of Barnstable fisherman and Hannah his wife of their own free will and accord and for many good causes them there unto moving have put their son John Green after the manner of an apprintice unto John Rich Jr of the same Town and county afore sd seafaring man and Bettey his wife with them the sd John Rich and Bettey his wife to Dwell and serve after the manner of an aprintice till he the sd John Green shall arrive to the full age of Twenty one years old and to serve them his sd master and mistriss faithfully in all things where in he is capable their law full commands every where gladly do and perform fornication he shall not commit nor matters money contract with any person during the sd Term Taverns and ale houses he shall not freequent neither shall he absent him self from his master and mistrises service without leave by night or by day but in all things shall Bare and behave himself toward his sd master and mistriss as a good and faithfull servant and an apprintis ought to do and the sd John Rich and Bettey his wife doth covenant and agree with their sd apprintice during sd term to find him with suatable cloathing and meat drink washing and lodging in sickness and in health and to teach him their sd apprintice or cause him to he taught the art Trade or mystry of a cooper and to read right and to Scypher as far as the Rule of three if sd apprintice is capable to learn and at the end of sd term to dismis their sd apprimitice with two sutes of apparil for all parts of his body In Witness where of we have hereunto set our hands and seals this 22 day of April In the 5th year of his majesties Reign A.D. 1765

    signed sealed and delivered
    in presents of John Rich; B. Paine

    John Rich
    Betty Rich
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