Indentured Apprentice Contract Monday

Names: Skyler Contreras, Josue Mendez, Joshua Baez, Melvin Neri, Moustapha Ndiaye, Kelfallah Toronka.

Answer the following discussion questions, for each contract.


Contract #1

Place of Contract: New England

Date of Contract: September 29 1640

Length of Contract: 8-15 years

Age of Apprentice when Indenture Contract signed: 40 years old

Master’s Name:  William Pynchon

Apprentice’s Name: Thomas Millard

Trade Skill Defined:  Mystery trade

What will the master give to the apprentice?

Answer: Meat drinks & clothing. Apprentice receiving new suit of apparel and forty shillings.

What will the apprentice give to the master?

Answer: The apprentice will give the master free labor, in terms of day to day tasks.

Two of the contracts include the word, “mystery.”  What does that mean?


Contract #2

Place of Contract: Colonial New England, Portsmouth.

Date of Contract: 1676

Length of Contract: 12 years and 5 months.

Age of Apprentice when Indenture Contract signed: 14 years old

Master’s Name: Samuel Whidden.

Apprentice’s Name: Nathan Knight.

Trade Skill Defined:

Masonry (Masonry is the building of structures from individual units, which are often laid in and bound together by mortar; the term masonry can also refer to the units themselves.

What will the master give to the apprentice?

Answer: He will provide food, water, washing, clothes, and lodging. He will teach how to read, let the apprentice go to school to learn writing, and give him double clothes after finishing.

What will the apprentice give to the master?

Answer: Apprentice will not give out anything he was given, nor gamble off his belonging. The apprentice will be present for work by day or night with the expectation that he will behave himself as he should.

Two of the contracts include the word, “mystery.” What does that mean?

It can be inferred that in terms of this contract “mystery” refers to the masonry trade.


Contract #3

Place of Contract: North Kingston

Date of Contract: Date- April 7th 1792

Length of Contract: 24 months

Age of Apprentice when Indenture Contract signed: 8-15 years

Master’s Name: Benjamin Greene

Apprentice’s Name: Gould Brown

Trade Skill Defined: Shoemaker ( A person who makes shoes and other footwear as a profession.)

What will the master give to the apprentice?

Answer: Will give Three pounds lawful sillier money.

What will the apprentice give to the master?

Answer: The apprentice will give his service for 2 years.

Two of the contracts include the word, “mystery.” What does that mean?

Answer: Mystery means the talent or skill of that trade.


Contract #4

Place of Contract: New Bedford

Date of Contract: 1830

Length of Contract: 7 years

Age of Apprentice when Indenture Contract signed: 14 years old

Master’s Name: Thomas Remington

Apprentice’s Name: Lyman Slocom.

Trade Skill Defined: Carpentry (The art of shaping and assembling structural woodwork.)

What will the master give to the apprentice? The master agrees to teach the apprentice everything he knows about the trade including lodging and food.

What will the apprentice give to the master? No harm shall be done to the master, no gambling, no being tardy, no drinking, no vices shall be committed.

Two of the contracts include the word, “mystery.” What does that mean?