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What Rights did the Wife of an Indentured Servant have upon his Death?

18C Flour Mill Powered by water... January 7, 1796, from Pearce stating that Davenport, a miller whom George Washington had brought from Pennsylvania, was dead. He had already received six hundred pounds of pork & more wages than were due him as advances...
From: 18th-century American Women on 14 Mar 2020

The British American Colonies - Evoving from a Territory to a Hub of Commerce

Trafique, Commerce, and Trade are those great wheels that by their circular and continued motion turn into most Kingdoms of the Earth the plenty of abundant Riches that they are commonly fed withall: For Trafique in his right description is the very soul...
From: 17th-century American Women on 15 Jun 2017

1656 John Hammond's Defense of Servitude for Women in Virginia

19C Depiction of Females Arriving In Jamestown, Virginia's Indentured ServantsSource: John Hammond. Leah and Rachel, or, The Two Fruitful Sisters Virginia and Maryland: Their Present Condition, Impartially Stated and Related (1656)It is the glory of every...
From: 17th-century American Women on 17 Feb 2018


Pondering George Washington’s letter (previous post) to ELIZABETH WILLING POWEL in regard to the sale of his coach horses to her, one wonders what Washington’s coach was like, who drove it, rode the horses or accompanied it. And so this digression....
From: In the Words of Women on 18 Sep 2017

1631 Young New England Indentured Servant's Urgent Plea to his Parents Back in England

From the Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, 2nd Series, vol. 8 (Boston, 1892-1894). The writer is unidentified.March 15, 1631To my loving father William Pond, at Etherston in Suffolk give this.MOST LOVING & KIND FATHER & MOTHER,...
From: 17th-century American Women on 17 Aug 2017

Indentured Servant Richard Frethorne's 1623 Letter from Virginia to His Mother and Father

“Our Plantation Is Very Weak”: The Experiences of an Indentured Servant in Virginia, 1623 Planters in early seventeenth-century Virginia had bountiful amounts of land and a profitable crop in tobacco, but they needed labor to till their fields....
From: 17th-century American Women on 8 Jun 2017

The Chesapeake Headright System Increases Numbers of Indentured Servants

Both Virginia and Maryland employed the “headright” system to encourage the importation of the servant workers, that they so desperately needed. Under its terms, whoever paid the passage of a laborer received the right to acquire fifty acres...
From: 17th-century American Women on 6 Jun 2017

The Chesapeake Tobacco Economy - Indentured Servants & Angry Native Americans

The Chesapeake was immensely hospitable to tobacco cultivation. Profit-hungry settlers often planted tobacco, before they planted corn; seeking fields to plant tobacco, these new immigrants plunged farther away from the river valley and closer to the...
From: 17th-century American Women on 4 Jun 2017

Guest Post: Historical Narratives, Contemporary Tools

Today at The Junto, our Black Atlantic roundtable continues with a guest post by Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan, on the relationship between race and poverty in Haiti and Philadelphia
From: The Junto on 14 Dec 2016

This indenture witnesseth that [Hugh Forster otherwise Foyster] of his own free will …

An printed indenture form apprenticing a poor boy for a period of seven years, issued by the Mayor of the Town of Stamford, Lincolnshire and acting as trustee of an annuity paid from the estate of Thomas Earl of Exeter. Title: This indenture witnesseth...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 26 Sep 2014

Indentured Servant Schoolmaster Virginia 1774

John Harrower (1733-1777) was a 40 year-old Scottish merchant who set out in 1774 for the American colonies as an indentured servant. Harrower’s four-year indenture contract was sold to Colonel William Daingerfield of at Belvidera at Fredericksburg,...
From: 18th-century American Women on 23 Jul 2013

1756 Baltimore Indentured Servant Elizabeth Sprigs' letter home

. Elizabeth Sprigs, a servant in a Maryland household, financed her passage to the colonies from England in exchange for a term as an indentured servant.  She served in a Maryland household and wrote home to her father, complaining of the terrible...
From: 18th-century American Women on 16 Jun 2013

Indentured Servants - Germans in PA

From Gottlieb Mittelberger's Journey to Pennsylvania in the Year 1750 and Return to Germany in the Year 1754 (Philadelphia, 1898).Gottlieb Mittelberger traveled to Pennsylvania from Germany in 1750, on a ship primarily filled with poorer immigrants who...
From: 18th-century American Women on 12 Jun 2013

1666 Defense of Servitude in Maryland

The necessariness of Servitude proved, with the common usage of Servants in Mary-Land, together with their PriviledgesAs there can be Monarchy without the Supremacy of a King and Crown, nor no King without Subjects, nor any Parents without it be by the...
From: 17th-century American Women on 10 Jun 2013

White Slavery in the English Colonies

I am probably straying into the territory of my fellow hoyden, Kim Murphy, but I recently had cause to research the plight of "white slaves" in England's colonies in the seventeenth century. In the horrendous history of black slavery in the...
From: Hoydens & Firebrands on 25 Nov 2012

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