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Carter, Henry : Freedom Suit, Pittsylvania County

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This indenture made this 9th day of [May?] in the year of our Lord 1842 between Richd. Whitehead jr. and Jacob T. Coles overseers of the poor [left blank] district in the County of Pittsylvania of the one part and William Keesee of the said County of the other part. Witnesseth that the said Richd. Whitehead jr and Jacob T. Coles overseers of the poor as aforesaid by virtue of an order of the Court of the aforesaid County bearing date the [blank] day of [blank month] in the year 1842 have put place and bound and by these presents do put place and bind John Carter of the age of [blank] years to be an apprentice with him the said William Keesee and as an apprentice with him the said William Keesee to dwell from the date of these presents until the said John Carter shall come to the age of 21 years according to the act of the General Assembly in that case made and provided. By and during all which time and term the said John Carter shall the said William Keesee his said master well and faithfully serve in all such lawful business as the said John Carter shall be put unto by his said master according to the power wit and ability of him the said John Carter and honestly and obediently in all things shall behave himself toward his said master and honestly and orderly towards the rest of the family of the William Keesee. And the said William Keesee for his part for himself his Executors and Administrators doth hereby promise and covenant to and with the said overseers of the poor and every of them their and every of their Executors and Administrators and their and every of their successors for the time being and to and with the said John Carter that he the said William Keesee shall the said John Carter in the craft mystery and occupation of a farmer which he the said William Keesee now useth after the best manner that he can or may teach instruct and inform or cause to be taught instructed and informed as much as thereunto belongeth or in any wise