Indenture  of

James G. Yelton
Abner  Kelsey  and  Susan  Mariah  Kelsay

Received for Record in the office of the recorder of Shelby County Indiana
On the 24th day of August A.D. 1835
Recorded in Book 6 pages 452 & 453     Wm. Sleeth R.S.C.

            This indenture witnesseth that  Elisha Mayhew  and  John Morrison  Overseers of the poor of Addison Township Shelby County and State of Indiana hath put and placed and by these presents doth put and bind out  James G. Yelton  minor a poor child whose parents are dead, and the said James G. Yelton doth hereby put place and bind out himself as an apprentice to  Abner Kelsey  and  Susan Mariah Kelsey,  his wife to learn the art of a farmer, which ocupation the said Abner Kelsey now useth.  The said James G. Yelton to dwell with and serve the said Abner Kelsey and Susan Mariah his wife, after the manner of an apprentice at the farming business from the day of the date hereof untill the 27th day of May which will be in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and fifty, at which time the said apprentice if he shall be living, will be twenty-one years of age.  During all which time, the said apprentice shall well and faithful serve his said Master, Keep his secrets, and evry where at all times readily obey his lawful commands he shall do no damage to his said master, nor willfully suffer any to be done by others, and if any to his knowledge be intended he shall give his said Master, reasonable notice thereof.  He shall not waste the goods of his said Master, nor lend them unlawfully to any, he shall not play at cards, dice, or any other unlawful games he shall not contract Matrimony during the said term.  He shall not haunt or frequent taverns, tipling houses, or plases of gaming; he shall not absent himself from the service of his said Master; but shall in all things, and at all times, carry and behave himself as a good and faithful apprentice ought, during the whole term aforesaid.
            And the said Abner Kelsey (and Susan Mariah his wife) on their part, doth hereby consent, promise and agree, to teach and instruct the said apprentice, or cause him to be taut and instructed to read and write, and cypher as far as the rule of three, if the said apprentice be capable to learn; and also to teach and instruct the said apprentice in the art of farming in the best way and manner he can; and well and faithfully to find and provide for the said apprentice good and sufficient meat, drink, clothing and lodging; and other necessaries fit and convenient for such an apprentice, both in health and sickness during the term aforesaid; and at the Experation thereof shall give unto the said apprentice two new suits of wearing apparel, a horse saddle and bridle worth fifty dollars, or fifty dollars in cash insted of the horse saddle and bridle at the option of the said Abner Kelsey one of the said suits of wearing apparrel to be suitable for Sundays, and the other for working days in testimony whereof the said parties have hereunto interchangeable set their hands and seals the Eleventh day of August Eighteen hundred and thirty five Signed Sealed and dilvered in the presence of
Wm. J. Peaslee H. H. Barker

    Elisha Mayhew         James G. Yelton   his X mark         John Morrison         Abner Kelsey  (SEAL)

            Be it remembered that on the Eleventh day of August Eighteen hundred and thirty five before me William J. Peaslee of Shelby County, in the state of Indiana, Notary Public, by authority of law duly appointed and qualified, the within named and above named parties towit: Elisha Mayhew and John Morrison overseers of the poor for Addison Township, Shelby County and state of Indiana and James G. Yelton and Abner Kelsey personally came, and acknowledged that they signed sealed and delivered the within indenture as their act and deed for the purpose therein expressed.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my notorial Seal, the day and year above written
William J. Peaslee

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