This Indenture, made this 31th day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty eight Between Thos B. Curtis and George H Bell Overseers of the Poor of the county of Accomack, in the state of Virginia, of the one part, and William S Sturgis of the same place, of the other part, Witnesseth, That the said Overseers of the Poor of the County aforesaid, in pursuance of an order of the County Court of Accomack, bearing date the 31st day of December Anno Dom. one thousand eight hundred and Thirty Eight for and in consideration of the Covenants and Agreements on the part and behalf of the said William S Sturgis to be done and performed, have, and by these Presents do put and bind an Apprentice a certain Bregget Sturgis Free nigro [negro] unto the said William S. Sturgis until the said Bredget Sturgis shall arrive at the age of Twenty One years fully to be completed and ended; during which said time the said Bredget Sturgis shall truly and faithfully serve the said William S. Sturgis his lawful commands obey, and in all things well and faithfully demean herself. And the said William S. Sturgis doth by these Presents covenant, promise and agree, to and with the said Thos. B. Custis & George H. Bell Overseers of the Poor, and their successors of the County aforesaid, that he the said William S. Sturgis will teach or cause to be taught the said Bredget Sturgis his said Apprentice, the trade of a Farming as also time she shall arrive to the lawful age aforesaid, and provide for his said Apprentice, during the Apprenticeship aforesaid, good, wholesome and sufficient Meat, Drink, Washing, Lodging, and Wearing Apparel: and also pay unto the said Apprentice the sum of Twelve Dollars, at the expiration of said time, according to the Act of Assembly in such case made and provided. In witness whereof, The said parties have hereunto set their hands and affixed their Seals, the day and year first above written. Thos B Custis (L. S.) George H. Bell (L. S.) William S. Sturges (L. S.) WITNESS Js. J. Ailworth (as to Bell & Sturgis) Wm T. Joyner as to T. B. C.