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This document is copied exactly as written from the original which appeared in the Shelby County Genealogical Society’s "Shelbyana" newsletter issue, October 1989, No. 41. It had been obtained from Book D, Page 357 in the Shelby County Recorder’s Office.

This indenture made the 6th day of April 1835 witnesseth that the trustees of the Township of Clinton County of Shelby and state of Ohio hath and by these presents doth put place and bind George Washington Fox a destitute orphan Boy aged ten years on the fourth Day of July Last as an apprentice servant to Benjamin Vanator of the Twp. Co. and St. aforesaid to learn the trade or occupation of Farming in which business the said Benjamin Vanator is now engaged and with him the said Benjamin Vanator or as an apprentice or servant to dwel and serve from the day of the Date hereof until the fourth day of July 1841 at which time the said George Washington Fox will be seventeen years of age if he so long lives During all which time the apprentice or servant his said master shall well and faithfully serve in all such lawful business as shall be Required of him by his said Master according to the best of his abilities and honesty and obediantly behave himself toward his Master and family and the said Benjamin Vanator on his part doth covenant and agree to and with the said Trustees and their successors in office and George Washington Fox respectively to teach and instruct said servant or apprentice boy in occupation of farming in best manner that he can and that he will provide for said George Washington Fox boarding, clothing and washing and lodging and any other necessarys proper and suitable for such an apprentice or servant in sickness and in health during the time of his term of service and also that he will caus the said George W. Fox to be taught to read and right and so much arithmetick as will include the single rule of three and at the expiration of the time of service to furnish him the said George W. Fox with a new Bible and two suits of common waring apparil and one good sunday suit of clothes. In witness whereof the said Trustees and Benjamin Vanator have hereby set their hands and seals this Day and year first above written.

Witnesses present:  George Hobough, Joel Frankeberger, Benjamin Vanator, Saml Byers, John Lenox
The foregoing Deed was Entred for Record Augt 13 and recorded August 17th AD 1835. James Wells, Recorder

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