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Indentured as a Servant

This document is copied exactly as written from the original which appeared in the Shelby County Genealogical Society’s "Shelbyana" newsletter issue, October 1990, No. 45.

This Indenture made this 26th Day of November in the year of Our lord 1828 Witnesseth that Wm W Cecil Guardian of Sarah Jane Blakely Daughter of Atchinson Blakely Decd of shelby County Ohio having put & placed and by these presents do put and place the said Sarah Jane Blakely Born on the 29th Day of June 1826 a Servant to Joseph Mellingor Senr of the County and State afsd with him to Dwell and Serve from the Date of these presents until she shall accomplish the full age of Eighteen years according to the statute in such case made and provided During all which term the said servant her said master faithfully shall serve on all Lawful Business and shall honestly and obediently in all things demean and behave herself towards her said master & all his During the said term & the said Joseph Mellingor for himself his Executors and administrators doth Covenant & agree to & with the said Wm W Cecil guardian as aforesaid & his sucessor for the time being by these presents that the said Sarah Jane Blakeley Servant as afsd shall be instructed in Ordinary household affairs & During all the term aforesaid provide and allow said Servant Sufficient meat & Drink washing lodging & apparel & all other things necessary for said servant & shall cause such Servant to be instructed to read & Write & Will also so provide for said Servant that she shall in no case become Chargable to the township or Inhabitants thereof During the said term & at the end of said term will allow provide & deliver to the said servant One New Bible & two suits of Common Wearing apparel One Spinning Wheel & One bed.

As witness our hands & seals Wm W Cecil guardian this 26 Day of November 1828 of Sarah Jane Blakely; Joseph Mellinger

'Immigration' segment written in November, 1997 by
David Lodge


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