Shelby  County, Indiana
Recorder's  Office
Deed  Mortgages  &  Indentures

Martha  Stewart

Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

Martha  Stewart
Robert  B.  Peak

Overseers of Poor to Indenture
Robt. B. Peak upon Martha Stewart
Recorded in the Office of the Recorder of Shelby County Indiana July 3d 1841
In Deed Book J. page 136 Milton Robins Recorder
            This indenture made this fifteenth day of March in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and forty one between John Ballard Sen. and William Steers overseers of the Poor of Liberty township in the County of Shelby and state of Indiana of the one part & Robert B. Peak of the County aforesaid of the other part witnesseth that the said overseers of the Poor have put and place and bound and do by these presents doth place and bind Martha Stewart a poor girl aged sixteen years on the twenty seventh day of September 1841, as an apprentice to the said Robert B. Peak to be taught the use and art of all Mature Uses of female Impliments that is used by females in general by domestics and to live with & serve him the said Robert B. Peak as an apprentice for the term of two years six months & eleven days from this date that is to say until the said Martha Stewart shall arrive to the age of Eighteen years    if the said Martha Stewart shall so live and the said overseers do by these presents give unto the said Robert B. Peak all the right power & authority over the said Martha Stewart and her services during the said term which by the Laws of this state a master has in and over a lawful indentured apprentice and the said Robert B. Peak in consideration thereof doth on his part covenant promise and agree to and with the said overseers and their successors in office each and every of them & with the said Martha Stewart that he will teach and instruct the said Martha Stewart as his apprentice or cause her to be well taught and instructed in the art of Female industry after the best way and manner that he can and also to teach and instruct the said apprentice or cause her to be taught the habits of Morality and during the term of her apprenticeship to provide and allow to her sufficient meat drink washing lodging and wearing apparel and all other things necessary for an apprentice during her said term of apprenticeship and the said Robert B. Peak further covenants to furnish and give to the said apprentice at the completion of her aforesaid term of service two fine dresses a bonnet of quality and a fine pair of shoes worth twelve dollars and fifty cents.
            In witness whereof the said parties have hereunto set their hand and seals, the day and year above written signed sealed and delivered in presents of
John M. Worland     John H. Dunn
John Ballard Sen   His X Mark         Wm. Steer         Robert B. Peek     (SEAL)

Contributed by Barb Huff

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