ORPHAN'S INDENTURES & GUARDIANSHIP RECORDS IN COURT MINUTES
                        Taken from Chatham Co. Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions- 1774-1800
                                                NC State Archives film # C.022.30001
               Updated Sept 2, 2009                                                                                       Copyright 2000 - Sue Ashby
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PLEASE NOTE: These indentures were called "apprentice bonds".
There were many reasons for a child to be indentured, none of them of a happy nature. But, the 'powers that be',  in those days would not be responsible for the care and support of a child, whose Father and/or Mother were not longer living. Nor, would they take on an illegitimate child to support. The "public dole, or welfare" was non-existent. Everyone raised or hunted, their own food and if they didn't have the cash to pay their taxes, they could ask, for exemption, due to old age or poverty.
If a child's Father or Mother died and the surviving parent could not or would not support the child, then he/she was indentured (bound out) to some person/s who would sign a contract with the commissioners of the county to teach the child a trade, feed and clothe them (very poorly, usually) and then give them some material token ( a suit of clothes and a little money, usually) at the end of their service. Always, until they reached legal age.
During the term of indenture, the bound person did not usually receive money  and they were NOT allowed to marry unless given permission to do so, by their master.

The child could petition the courts for a new master, if he could prove that the present one was not fulfilling the contract, or was mistreated. And the master could ask the court to break the contract and a new person be named guardian, if they could not fulfil the bargain.
An orphan child 'could' (not all did) ask, for a certain person to be their guardian, IF, they were over 14 years of age, when orphaned.  (Remember, "orphaned" did NOT mean that BOTH  parents were dead) Many times, the Mother just could not support all her children, alone and if she remarried, sometimes the new stepfather didn't want to, especially once they had been bound out. You will see, in some cases where, the Mother WAS given custody, as guardian, when she (meaning the estate of her deceased husband) could support her family.
AND if you find a document saying that a child was an "orphan" and a guardian was named for them, but NO indenture, then it is likely that, the child had either Mother or Father, or both, still living.
The courts were required, to name a guardian in the instances, of a child inheriting property, from another person. Grandparents, for instance, who died and left a legacy to a child.  To insure that the inheritance was honestly administered, there had to be an impartial trustee or guardian.
LASTLY, not all indentured servants WERE orphans. However, I have extracted ONLY the orphans in this case.
P.S. The spelling and terminology is NOT MINE, in these documents !! <g>

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PG. 4- May, 1774
THOMAS WOOD, orphan of BRACKETT WOOD, be bound to WILLIAM DILLARD 'til lawfull age, being now fourteen years old, to learn the trade of a Carpenter.

pg. 5 - May, 1774
MARY DRAKE, an orphan be bound to RICHARD CLARK, until lawfull age being now fourteen years old to learn the business of housewifery.

pg. 11 - May, 1774
MARY COPLAND, be bound to WILLIAM PETTY SR. 'til she arrives at the age of 18 years, being now 12 years old.

pg. 13 - May, 1774
MARY TRIPLETT to be bound to JOHN COOK, JR. untill lawfull age being now, five years old.

pg. 23 - Aug., 1774
SARAH WOOD, orphan of BRAKETT WOOD be bound to MARY HOLDEN  'till lawfull age being now Eleven Years and Eight months old, to learn the Trade of a Spinstress.

pg. 23 - Aug., 1774
WILLIAM GRIFFEN, orphan of DAVID GRIFFEN, be bound to ZACHARIAH HARMAN 'till lawfull age, being now nine years and Eight months old to learn the business of a planter.

pg. 26 - Aug., 1774
SARAH JONES and JEMIMAH JONES, Orphans of WILLIAM JONES, be bound to SAMUEL STEWART  'till lawfull age, SARAH JONES being now fourteen years old and JEMIMA,  Eight years old.

pg. 28 - Aug. 1774
PHEBY JONES, orphan of WILLIAM JONES be bound to WILLIAM BILSTONE 'till lawfull age being now Eight years old to learn the trade of a spinstress.
MY NOTE:  Either Pheby and Jemima were twins OR the court was  estimating their ages. I don't think there would have been two William Jones, dec'd  and indentures being done on their children, at the same time, in spite of the common name.

pg. 30 - Nov. 1774
JESSE MILES and JOHN MILES, orphans of THOMAS MILES, dec'd be bound to CHARLES MILES untill lawfull age to learn the Trade of planters JESSE MILES being now four years old and JOHN MILES, three years old.

pg. 32 - Nov., 1774
JUDY MAY came into open Court and made choice of STEPHEN PACE for her Guardian, who entered into Bond with ROBERT RUTHERFORD & BALAM THOMPSON,  in the amount of 500 pounds.

pg. 32 - Nov., 1774
STEPHEN PACE, appointed Guardian to ANN MAY orphan of WILLIAM MAY, dec'd  he giving Bond with ROBERT RUTHERFORD and BALAM THOMPSON, in the amount of 500 pounds.

pg. 46 - Feb. 1775
AARON TERRELL, orphan of TIMOTHY TERRELL came into court and made choice of ISAAC BROOKS as his Guardian, who entered into bond with JOAB BROOKS, in the amount of 500 pounds.

pg. 47 - Feb., 1775
JOAB BROOKS appointed Guardian to MOSES TERRELL, orphan of TIMOTHY TERRELL, he having given bond with ISAAC BROOKS, in the amount of 500 pounds.

pg. 47 - Feb., 1775
An entry be recorded at the request of MOSES TERRELL that the marks on his back unjustly received from his Brother SOLOMON TERRELL to prevent any report of a Scandalous  nature on himself or his master, WM. GRAVES on that account, hereafter.
MY NOTE: Even though this isn't an actual indenture, it mentions the master, so we know he was an apprentice and Moses' brother is given.

pg. 57 - Feb., 1775
ABNER HILL appointed Guardian to JAMES WHITMELL LAWRENCE he having given bond with CHARLES MATHIS, in the amount of 100 pounds.

pg. 59 - May, 1775
MILLY COKER be summoned, to bring ISAAC COKER & the orphans of JOSEPH COKER to the next court to be provided for as shall then be adjudged.

pg. 61 - May, 1775
MARY GRIFFEN, a poor child, be bound to ROBERT CULLILE & MARY, his wife, to learn the business of Housewifery, untill lawfull age being now six years and four months old.

pg. 62 - May, 1775
MARY COPLAND, an orphan be bound to ZACH'A HARMAN and REBECCA, his wife to learn the same business & serve the same term for which she was bound, some time past, to ELIZABETH PETTY. (actually, it was William Petty, see above)

pg. 64 - May, 1775
OWEN SMITH, an orphan be bound to WILLIAM DILLARD 'till lawfull age he being now Seventeen Years old to learn the Trade of a Carpenter.

pg. 79 - Aug., 1775
ISAAC, JACOB, ABRAHAM and MALACHI COOKER (was COKER in earlier record) orphans of JOSEPH COOKER be brought by the Sheriff to the next court to be held for this county to be dealt with as shall then be adjudged.

pg. 82 - Nov. 1775
HENRY TERRELL, orphan of SOLOMON TERRELL be bound to JOSEPH MOORE 'till lawfull age to learn the Trade of a wheelwright being now Ten years old.

pg. 82 - Nov., 1775
SARAH CREED, orphan of  MARY CREED be bound to JAMES EMMERSON and PEGGY, his wife to learn the business of HOUSEWIFERY untill lawfull age, being now, fourteen years old

pg. 87 - May, 1776
UPSHAW ROBERSON MASSEY be bound to THOMAS ROBERSON, SR., 'till lawfull age to learn the Business of a planter he being now Sixteen years old.
(This record DOES NOT say that Upshaw Roberson Massey, is an orphan but, he may be. He is old enough to have chosen his own guardian and might have indentured himself to a relative-- note the middle name)

pg. 88 0 May, 1776
BENJAMIN BRANTLEY appointed Guardian to JAMES PAGE, ANN PAGE, WM. PAGE and SALLY PAGE ( Sally Page is then, marked out)  orphans of NATHAN'L PAGE he having given bond with JOHN BRANTLEY, SR and JOSEPH BRANTLEY, in the amount of 100 pounds.

pg. 89 - May, 1776
BENJAMIN BRANTLEY appointed Guardian to NANCY and TABBY STEWART orphans of  JAMES STEWART, dec'd he having given bond with JOHN BRANTLEY, SR and JOSEPH BRANTLEY in the amount of 100 pounds.

pg. 89 - May, 1776
CINTHEY STEWART orphan of JAMES STEWART dec'd came into court and made choice of MIAL SCURLOCK her guardian who entered into bond in 100 pounds.

pg. 90 - May, 1776
WILLIAM BROWN, orphan of JOHN BROWN, dec'd be bound to LEWIS KIRK, to learn the Trade of a HATTER, 'till lawfull age being now Sixteen years old.

NOTE:  THERE ARE NO COURT MINUTES FROM MAY 1776 UNTIL MAY 1777.
I imagine there was no court held because of the beginning of the Revolution and the Regulators were very active in disrupting the court.

pg. 94 - May, 1777
SIMON POE orphan of SIMON POE, dec'd be bound to SIMON POE SR. 'till lawfull age being Twelve years old to learn the business of a planter.
(Evidently Simon Poe Jr. died and his father ?? took the grandson Simon in)

pg. 99 - Aug., 1777
CHARLES HIGDON, orphan of DANIEL HIGDON, dec'd be bound to LEWIS KIRK to learn the Trade of a Hatter being Eleven Years old the 1st August, last past.

pg 99 - Aug., 1777
The Sheriff summons ANNE COPLAND to bring WILLIAM COPLAND her son, orphan of RICHARD COPLAND dec'd to the next Court to be dealt with as the law directs.

pg. 111 - Nov., 1777
JAMES WATTS, orphan of THOMAS WATTS dec'd be bound to BENJAMIN WATTS 'till lawfull age being now 16 years old to learn the business of a planter.

pg. 112 - Nov., 1777
MARGARET BROOKS appointed Guardian to ISAAC BROOKS and LARKIN TRIPLETT, orphans of JOAB BROOKS dec'd she giving bond with JOHN MONTGOMRY and RICHARD LANE in 500 pounds.

pg. 128 - Feb. 1778
The Sheriff summons ROBERT CULLILE to bring -----------(blank) GRIFFEN, orphan of SARAH GRIFFEN, now in his possession, before the court tomorrow to be dealt with as the court shall judge.
(This may be the Mary Griffen indentured to Robert Cullile, in May, 1775, above)

pg. 132 - Feb., 1778
DAVID POE, orphan of SIMON POE dec'd, came into court and made choice of JAMES MASSEY as his Guardian, who entered into bond with GEORGE HERNDON and WILLIAM HOWARD in the among ot 1000 pounds.

pg. 132 - Feb., 1778
WILLIAM HOWARD appointed Guardian to HASTIN POE, LARKIN POE and JAMES POE, he giving bond with ROB'T RUTHERFORD, Esq. in the amount of 1000 pounds each.

pg. 132 - Feb. 1778
ELIZABETH CULPEPPER JACKSON be bound to JAMES SELLERS, Esq. untill she arrives to the age of Eighteen Years being now fourteen years old, to learn the business of a Spinstress.

pg. 135 - May, 1778
MILLY COOK, orphan of JOHN COOK, dec'd came into court and made choice of PETER SINCLAIR as her Guardian who entered into bond with ZACH'A HARMAN and HENRY COOK in the amount of 1000 pounds
(This entry was then, marked out , maybe she wasn't fourteen yet, to make the choice, or else she changed her mind, OR she got married, if she was older than fourteen)

pg. 135 - May, 1778
ABRAHAM COOK, orphan of JOHN COOK, dec'd came into court and made choice of PETER SINCLAIR as his Guardian who entered into Bond with ZACHARIAH HARMAN and HENRY COOK in the amount of 1000 pounds.

pg. 149 - Aug., 1778
ANN MANN orphan of ANN MANN be bound to MARY DILLARD, wife of JOHN DILLARD 'till lawfull age to learn the business of a Spinstress she being now six years and four months old.

pg. 153 - Aug. 1788
On suggestion of CONNER DOWD on behalf of BENJAMIN LEVY AND ELY DOTY, orphans, that a certain JOSEPH EDMONDSON has entered a certain parcel of vacant and unappropriated land in this county. It is ordered that all further proceedings stop untill the said CONNER DOWD, on behalf of the said orphans and the said JOSEPH EDMONDSONS claims be heard and determined by a jury so that the sid CONNER DOWD prosecutes his claims by the first day of January, next.

pg. 154 - Aug., 1788
MARY ELLIS, an orphan be bound to RICHARD HALEY untill she arrives to the age of Eighteen years being thirteen years old and 22d. day of September next.

pg. 166 - Nov., 1778
Ordered that, THOMAS BROOKS deliver unto MARGARET BROOKS, who was appointed Guardian to ISAAC BROOKS and LARKIN TRIPLET, orphans of JOAB BROOKS, all the Estate of the said orphans which he has in his possession.

pg. 172 - Feb. 1779
An account of guardianship of ABRAHAM COOKE, returned by PETER SINCLARE, Guardian.

pg. 177 - Feb. 1779
JEREMIAH ROLAND & REBECCA ROLAND two children of WILLIAM ROLAND dec'd be bound unto JOHN ROE until the boy arrives to the age of Twenty one Years & the Girl to the age of Eighteen. He, the said Roe first entering into bond with security. The boy being 10 years old at this time and the girl 8 years.

pg. 185 - May, 1779
STERLING JONES be bound to WILLIAM ALLEN 'tll he arrives to lawfull age being born the 5th day of March 1770, to learn the business of planter.

pg. 185 - May, 1779
JOHN HEADEN, orphan of JOHN HEADEN dec'd came into court and made choice of ISAAC BROOKS his guardian who entered into bond with ROB'T MASH in 2000 pounds. Also ISAAC BROOKS appointed guardian to AARON HEADEN, he giving bond with ROB'T MASH, his sec'ty in 2000 pounds.

pg. 188 - May, 1779
NANCY ROLAND, orphan of WM. ROLAND dec'd be bound to JOSEPH HACKNEY 'till lawfull age of 18 years being now 12 years old to learn the business of Housewifery.

pg. 191 - May, 1779
ABRAHAM ROLAND, orphan of WM. ROLAND dec'd be bound to RICHARD MINTER 'till the age of 21 years, he being now Six years old, to learn the business of a planter.

pg. 195 - Aug., 1779
JESSE BROWN, orphan of JOHN Brown dec'd being formerly bound to JEDUTHAN HARPER, Esq.  being now brought into court, ordered that he be bound to LEWIS KIRK to learn the Trade of a Hatter 'till lawfull age being now Sixteen years old.
(There was evidently a indenture not, recorded or, it was made before the Chatham Co. records were kept.)

pg. 200 - Aug., 1779
SARAH ROLAND orphan of WILLIAM ROLAND dec'd be bound to THOMAS ROBINSON and ELIZABETH, his wife 'till she arrives to the age of 18 years being three Years old last March, to learn the business of a Spinstress.
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Vol. 2- 1781 - 1785

Pg.3B - Nov., 1781
WILLIAM AVANT, son of JOSEPH AVANT came into court and made choice of JOHN AVANT as Guardian to his Estate.

Pg. 4A - Nov., 1781
JOHN AVANT appointed as Guardian  to the Estate of JOHN AVANT, son of JOHN AVANT, that he give security.

Pg. 9A - May, 1782
HENRY HADDOCK, orphan of EZEKIAL SHADDOCK be bound unto ISUM DANIEL  untill he come to the age
of twenty one years, he being twelve years of age, now.

Pg. 12A - May, 1782
ABELL ROLAND be bound unto WILLIAM HOWARD untill he comes to the age of twenty One years, he being now Nine years of age.

Pg. 12B - May, 1782
COMFORT POWELL appointed Guardian to NATHANIEL POWEL, BENJA. POWEL, and JACOB POWEL, orphans of NATHANIEL POWEL, dec'd on her giving bond with WM. DANIEL & JEREMIAH MELTON, securities.

Pg. 20B - Nov., 1782
WILLIAM LYN, on a motion is permitted to come in and defend his ward, VOLENTINE BRAZWELL, at the suit of JAMES WILLIAMS, Esqr. on entry on caveat, 640 acres of land on Haw River.

Pg. 29A - Feb., 1783
TERRY POE, the Orphan of Simon Poe dec'd be bound unto WILLIAM DOUGLASS, Esq. to learn the trade of Joiner untill he comes to the age of twenty One he now being Sixteen years Old..

Pg. 29A - Feb., 1783
WILLIAM PETTY Sr.. appointed guardian to DEVINA DILLARD, orphan of WILLIAM DILLARD, dec'd, he giving JAMES PETTY  security

Pg. 31B - May, 1783
MARY DENNES and Orphan of CATHARINE DENNES, be bound unto JOSEPH GRIFFIN untill she arrives to lawfull age she being now Eleven Years old.

Pg. 33B - May, 1783
NANCY JAMES be bond unto JOHN NULAND untill she arrives to lawfull age, she now being fourteen Years of Age.

Pg. 33B - May,, 1783
HANNAH SUTTON be bound unto BENJAMEN WATTS and wife until she arrives to lawfull age to learn the business of Housewifery she now being fifteen years of age.

Pg. 34B - May, 1783
WILLIAM POE, Orphan of SIMON POE, dec'd be bound unto WILLIAM BURNS untill he comes to lawfull age, he now being Fourteen years of age, to learn the trade of Blacksmith.

Pg. 36A- May, 1783
JOSEPH GRIFFIN to take the daughter of CATHARINE DENNIS, wherever he shall find her, the same being bound to him.
( This must be the Mary Dennes, above , who was bound to Joseph. She was Eleven years old and has evidently run away)

Pg. 39A - Aug., 1783
JOSIAH DURDEN and ELISHA DURDEN, Orphans of MOSES DURDEN, dec'd came into court and made choice of STEPHEN DURDEN their Guardian he giving MOSES DURDEN and ----------(unreadable) DURDEN securitys.

Pg. 40B- Aug., 1783
PATRICK ST. LAURENCE appointed Guardian to THO'S McCARRELL Orphan of JAMES McCARRELL, dec'd he giving bond with WILLIAM JOHNSON, Esq. and JAMES WILLIAMS, Esq., securities in the sum of 1000 pounds.

Pg. 48B - Nov., 1783
------------- (blotted) EDWARDS Orphan of RICH'D EDWARDS, be bound to HENRY PICKART, untill she come to lawfull age she now being adjudged to be twelve years old.

Pg. 50A - Nov., 1783
SPIRES SMITH Orphan of THOS. MOORE, be bound to ADOM MOSEY, to learn the trade of Blacksmith untill
he arrives to lawfull age, he now being judged to be Eight years of age.
(MY NOTE: Spires may have been, the step son of Thomas Moore?)

Pg. 52B - Nov., 1783
NANCY GOING, O_______ (probably Orphan), of WILLIAM GOING be bound to WILLIAM CAPE, untill she comes to lawfull age to learn the business of House Wifery she now being adjudg'd to be thirteen years of age.
Pg. 52B - Nov., 1783
WILLIAM GOING, Orphan of WILLIAM GOING be bound to GEORGE DISMUKES untill he come of lawfull age to learn the Art of farming, he now being adjudged Eight Years of age.

pg. 53A - Nov., 1783
JOHN GOING Orphan of WILLIAM GOING, dec'd be bound to WILLIAM RIDDLE to learn the art of farming untill he come to lawful age, he now being adjudged to be Twelve Years of age.

Pg. 55B- Feb., 1784
JOSHUA LINDLEY, Orphan of JAMES LINDLEY be bound unto CATHARINE WHITE (SIMON is written over Catherine)  To learn the trade of farming untill he comes of lawfull age, he now being adjudged Ten Years of age.

Pg. 55B - Feb., 1784
THOMAS MORRIS, Orphan of GEORGE MORRIS, be bound to CATHARINE WHITE ( SIMON is written over Catharine) untill he come of lawfull age he now being adjudged to be Eight years of age - to learn the trade of Farming.

Pg. 58B - Feb., 1784
DELILA CURLILE, daughter of AMY CURLILE be bound to PHILLIP HARRINGTON and Wife, untill she arrives to lawfull age, she now being six years of age to learn the business of House Wifery.

Pg. 59B - Feb., 1784
SARAH SLAUGHTER be appointed Guardian to WILLIAM SLAUGHTER, Orphan of JACOB SLAUGHTER, she given MOSES TERRELL and JOHN KENDRICK, securitys.

Pg. 60A - Feb., 1784
AMBROSE BROWN be bound to LEWIS KIRK, to learn the trade of Hatter, untill he comes to lawfull age, he now being adjudged to be Seventeen years of age.

Pg. 68B- May, 1784
JOHN BACKER, Orphan of JOHN BACKER, dec'd be bound unto BENJAMEN WILSON untill he comes of lawfull age to learn the trade of Blacksmith, he now being adjudged to be Fourteen Years of age.

Pg. 68B - May, 1784
MARY GOING, Orphan of WILLIAM GOING being heretofore bound to WILLIAM CAPE be removed from the said CAPE.

Pg. 77A - Aug., 1784
JAMES WEBSTER, Orphan of CHAS. WEBSTER, dec'd be bound unto JAMES YOUNGER, to learn the trade of Cooper or a Trimer untill he arrives to the age to Twenty One, now being Seven years of age.

Pg. 77B - Aug., 1784
PHEBEA WEBSTER, Orphan of CHAS. WEBSTER, dec'd, be bound unto JAMES YOUNGER untill she comes of lawfull age, to learn the mistery of Housewifery, she now being twelve years of age.

Pg. 85B - Nov.,1784
JOSEPH ROSSER appointed Guardian to ELIZABETH ROPER/ROSSER, Orphan of BENJAMIN ROPER/ROSSER, he entering into bond with JOHN THOMPSON, Esq.

Pg., 86B - Nov., 1784
RICHARD WEBSTER, Orphan of CHARLES WEBSTER, dec'd be bound unto THOMAS STONE untill he come to the age of twenty one years to learn the trade of a Taylor, he being now judged to be Eleven years.

Pg. 86B - Nov., 1784
JOHN WEBSTER, Orphan of CHARLES WEBSTER, dec'd be bound unto THOMAS STONE, untill he come to the age of Twenty One years to learn the trade of a Taylor, he being now judged to be Eleven years.

Pg. 87A - Nov., 1784
SUSANNA THOMPSON, Orphan of CHARLES THOMPSON be bound to ELIZABETH RIDDLE untill she arrives to lawfull age to learn the Mistry of houswifery, she now being twelve years of age.

Pg. 87B - Nov., 1784
PHERRIBY DENIS, an orphan of CATHERINE DENNIS, be bound unto JOHN BOOKER untill she come to lawfull age being now about 10 years to learn the mistry of house wifery.

Pg. 87 B - Nov. 1784
SARAH GLASSON appointed Guardian to all her children (to wit) HUGH, WILLIAM, JAMES, MARY, SAMUEL, SARAH, JOHN, JOSEPH, DAVID & JAMES GLASSON, Orphans of JOSEPH GLOSSON, dec'd, her giving bond with VACHEL CLARK.

Pg. 89A - Nov., 1784
 SARAH BOOKER, Orphan of DANIEL BOOKER, dec'd be bound unto DAVID HOGAN untill she arrive to age of Eighteen being now Nine years of age.

Pg. 90A - Nov., 1784
ELIZABETH GOWING, and orphan of WILLIAM GOWING, dec'd be bound to WILLIAM DOUGLASS, Esq., untill she come to lawfull age, she being now about twelve years to learn the mistry of housewifery.

Pg. 90A - Nov., 1784
ANN GOWIN, an orphan of WILLIAM GOWING  be bound unto JAMES HOWARD, untill she come to lawfull age to learn the mistry of housewifery. She being on or about 10 years of age.

Pg. 90A - Nov., 1784
ABRAM COOKER, orphan of ___________ (blank) COOKER (may be COKER), dec'd, be bound unto WILLIAM DOUGLASS, untill he arrives to lawfull age, to learn the trade of a Joyner, he now being judged to be 14 years of age.

Pg. 90A - Nov., 1784
CLOEY MORTON, orphan of WILLIAM MORTON, be bound unto ROBERT POE, to learn the mistry of housewifery untill she arrives to lawfull age, she being judged now to be about Eleven years.

Pg. 95B- Feb., 1785
WILLIAM GRIFFEN appointed guardian to MARY LEDBETTER having given bond with JAMES SELLARS.

Pg. 96A - Feb., 1785
MARY LEDBETTER be bound unto WILLIAM GRIFFIN 'til she come to lawfull age. She being judged fourteen now.

Pg. 96A - Feb., 1785
SARAH BRASWELL appointed Guardian to all her children (viz) CYNTHIA BRASWELL, BLEAK WILLIAM BRASWELL & give bond with ELISHA CAIN  & ARH'D CAIN.

Pg. 97B - Feb., 1785
WILLIAM DOUGLASS, Esq.  appointed guardian to JOHN QUEEN, orphan of JOHN QUEEN, dec'd, having given bond with IGNATIOUS WEST & GEORGE DISMUKES.

Pg. 99B - Feb., 1785
Any further proceeding to be stopped as to binding out ELIZABETH GOWING to WILLIAM DOUGLASS & that WILLIAM DOUGLASS have notice to show cause why the order should not be discharged.

Pg. 110A - May, 1785
JOHN GOWING, orphan of WILLIAM GOWING, be bound unto JAMES SUTTEN, the said GOWIN being given up by WM. RIDDLE, to whom he was formerly bound, untill lawfull age he being judged twelve years now, to learn the trade of a planter.

Pg. 114A - May, 1785
An account of the settlement of depreciation of the money rec'd by BENJAMIN BRANTLEY, guardian to the orphans of JAMES STEWART, dec'd, returned. (Names of orphans not given)
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VOL. 3 -  1790-1794
NOTE- There are no records found, for the years 1785-1790

I have used the page numbers assigned by the Poe sisters in their books since, the numbering in the actual film is impossible to follow.

Pg. 3 - May, 1790
ALSTON WILLIS MASSEY, be bound unto GRIFFIN TUGLE untill he arrives to lawfull age, he being six years old the ninth day of February last past, to learn the trade of a Cooper.

Pg. 11 - May, 1790
LEWIS KIRK moved this court for two orphans, children to be bound to him, of the names of WILLIAM JEAN & JOHN JEAN, of the ages ot ten and fifteen years, but as said Kirk is an inhabitant of ORANGE CO., this court is willing that said Kirk may remove said orphans to Orange and to have them bound to him the County Court of Orange.

Pg. 12 - May, 1790
MARY JEAN be bound unto SOLOMON SEYMOUR till she arrive at a lawful age. She be twelve years of age now, to learn the business of a house wife.

Pg. 26 - Aug., 1790
JOHN SMART be bound unto SAMUEL STEWART, Esqr. untill he arrive to lawfull age he being twelve years old now, to learn the trade of a Weaver.

Pg. 28 - Aug., 1790
Miss POLLY STEDMAN comes into court and made choice of her Brother, NATHAN STEDMAN, her guardian who enters into bond with WINSHIP STEDMAND & SPENCER STEWART in sum of 500 pounds.

Pg. 98 - Aug., 1791
JAMES COLLINS, an orphan of WILLIAM COLLINS, be bound unto DANIEL HACKNEY, untill he arrive to lawfull age, to learn him the business of a farmer.

Pg. 101 - Aug., 1791
ABNER GREENHEARN (could be a misspelling of GREENHAM) , orphan of ABRHAM GREENHEARN, be bound unto JAMES SELLARS, Esqr. untill he arrive to lawfull age, he being 17 years of age, the 17th ?  day of September next, to learn the trade of a Blacksmith.

Pg. 104 - Aug., 1791
FIELDIN STRAUGHN, an orphan of JOHN STRAUGHAN, be bound unto JAMES STEWART, untill he arrive to lawfull age, he being about seven years of age now, to learn the trade of a (farmer?).

Pg. 119 - Nov., 1791
PHEBE KEELING be bound unto JOHN GUNTER, untill she arrives to lawfull age, she being adjudged Nine years now, to learn the business of house Wifery.

Pg. 133 - Nov., 1791
JOHN THOMPSON, Esqr. appointed guardian to ELIZABETH HILL BRINKLEY, SARAH BRINKLEY, & WILLIAM BRINKLEY, orphans of ROB'T BRINKLEY, dec'd to take care of their persons & estates and to defend a suit by way of petition brought by MARY BRINKLEY, their Mother, ~  who gives bond with ______. (nothing else  written)

Pg. 139 - Feb., 1792
RICHARD PARK, Jr. appointed guardian for JOHN ALLEN & ELIZABETH ALLEN, orphans of WILLIAM ALLEN, dec'd who gives bond with RICHARD PARK, Sr. & JEDUTHAN HARPER, in the sum of two Thousand pounds.

Pg. 140 - Feb., 1792
PETER QUALLS, be appointed guardian to MARY, WILLIAM, LUICY, JOHN & PETER BURT, orphans of RICHARD BURT, dec'd, who enters into bond with JOSEPH BRANTLY, Esqr. in the sum of 1000 pounds.

Pg. 146 - Feb., 1792
JAMES WALDEN and THOMAS WALDEN, orphans of PAT WALDEN be bound to WILLIAM HEADEN, till they arrive to lawfull age, the said JAMES being Nine years and THOMAS, seven years, to learn the trade of Waggon Makers.

Pg. Ordered that, EPHRAIM MILLINER, be bound unto UMPHRY BAKER, untill he arrives to lawfull age, he being adjudged fifteen years now, to learn the trade of a Blacksmith.

Pg. 154 - Feb., 1792
On motion of JOHN WILLIAMS, Att. for THO'S GLOVER, ordered that, the order for binding out two children, this Session, to WILLIAM HEADEN to wit, JAMES and THOMAS WALDEN be rescinded and that the said JAMES, of the age of nine and THOMAS, of the age of seven years be bound to THOMAS GLOVER.
(MY NOTE: Is the Thomas Glover, they are bound to, the same as the Thomas Glover, whose attorney is making this motion?)

Pg. 200 - May, 1792
PATCEY HALL & GARLAND HALL, orphans of AMOS HALL, dec'd be bound unto THOMAS GRIGORY, untill they arrive to lawfull age, they being adjudged, the girl, thirteen and the boy Eleven years now,   to learn the trade of a planter to learn the boy... ( sentence incomplete)

Pg. 197 - Aug. 1792 (film page) The Poe books do not go this far.
HUGH DICKSON be discharged from any further servitude, as an apprentice bound by this court, formerly to THOMAS STONE & that the said Thomas be released from any further obligation on his part.

Pg. 208 - Nov., 1792
FANNY LITTLE  be bound unto JAMES SELLARS, Esqr. untill she arrives to lawfull age, she being adjudged six years the 1st of last October, to learn the business of house wifery.

(MY NOTE:  There may be other indentures in these pages but, the film is almost impossible to read, so until I can get to the original books this will be the best I can do)

Pg. 213 - Nov., 1792
ALEXANDER GRIFFEN, son of ELIZABETH GRIFFEN, be bound unto ELIJAH TEAUGE (this is usually spelled TEAGUE), untill he arrive to lawfull age, he being four years of age now to learn the, to be a farmer(sic).

Pg. 224 - Feb?., 1793?  (cannot read date)
NATHANIEL POWELL be appointed guardian to BENJAMIN POWELL, who give bond with JOHN RECORD and RICHARD WILKINGS, for three hundred pounds. COMFORT BOSTICK, late widow of NATHANIEL POWELL, late? guardian, returns into court, her account?,  against BENJAMIN POWELL, her ward of 58 pounds, 10 shillings which the court admits and ordered to be awarded.

Pg. 226 - Feb?, 1793?
Ordered that SIMON, the son of ANN M. or W. DANIEL, be bound unto JAMES? COX 'till he comes to the age of twenty one, he being 6 years old next June?, to learn the trade of shoe maker.

(From  page 227 to page 282 is too dim to read in most places but the pages that were readable did not have orphans listed so, will continue with the next clear pages.

PG. 282 - Aug.,? 1793
JOSEPH HARMON be appointed guardian to BARNY & THENNY LINN, orphans of WILLIAM LINN, dec'd, who gives bond with GEORGE LUCAS, Esquire, in the sum of one Thousand five hundred pounds.

Pg. 288 - Aug.?, 1793
Ordered that THOMAS GREGORY be appointed guardian for GARLAND HALE, & PATSEY HALE, who has entered into bond with WM. GREGORY according to law.

Pg. 289 - Aug., 1793
Ordered that HENRY WEBSTER, son of TABBY WEBSTER, aged five years last August be bound to ALEXANDER WILKINS until he arrive to lawful age to learn the art of a cooper.

Pg. 299 - Nov., 1793
THOMAS CHRISTIAN, orphan of JESSE CHRISTIAN dec'd be bound to THOMAS SNIPES, for the term of four years, to learn the art of a farmer.
(This is the first instance I find,  in Chatham Co., of an indenture stating a specific numbers of years in the contract.)

Pg. 308 - Feb., 1794
Ordered that JEREMIAH HADLEY be appointed guardian to JOB RATELIFF, who enters into Bond with DANIEL UNDERWOOD, in the sum of Twenty pounds.

Pg. 309 - Feb., 1794
HENRY UNDERWOOD, be bound to STEPHEN WHITE to 'larn' the trade of a Hatter untill he attains the age of Twenty one.

Pg. 312- Feb., 1794
Ordered that, WILLIAM HEADEN'S indenture be cancelled and that the clerk deliver it up to him for two orphans bound to him this term, children of PATY WALDEN named JAMES & THOMAS.

Pg. 315 - Feb., 1794
An acc't of JOHN THOMPSON, Esqr., guard'n  or the orphans of ROBT. BRINKLEY, dec'd, examined by the court, admitted and ordered to be recorded.

Pg. 325 - Feb., 1794
NATHAN WILLIAMSON comes into court and makes choice of JOHN KELLY for his "gardan" and where upon the said John enters into Bond with LABON SMART in the sum of Two Thousand pounds.

Pg. 330 - May, 1794
YOUNG BURT be appointed "gardan" to POLLY, WILLIAM, LUCY & JACKEY BURTS, orphans of RICH'D BURT, dec'd, who Enters into Bond with JOHN BURT & JOSEPH BRANTLEY, Jr. , in the sum of fifteen hundred pounds.

Pg. 344 - May, 1794
ELISHA SYLER, orphan of TABBY SYLAR, at the age of fiteen years, be bound to JOHN SYLAR?, to learn the art and trade of a blacksmith untill he arrives to lawful age.

Pg. 348 - May, 1794
MARRY LITTLE, orphan of JOHN LITTLE,  fifteen years & three months old be bound to JOHN CAUDLE _____ (unreadable) untill she arrives to lawfull age which said Caudle is to learn her to read & write etc., who hath given bond agreeable to law.
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HERE BEGINS A NEW BOOK starting with the August Court of 1794. The pages start anew, with pg. 1.

Pg. 1 - Aug., 1794
PASCHAL MOORE a child (orphan was written first and then, marked out) of PRUDENCE HILTON, ten years of age, the 27th day of next December be bound to PATRICK ST. LAURENCE, Esquire, untill he arrives to lawfull age.

Pg. 3 - Aug., 1794
Ordered that the indenture of BENJ'N JONES bound to THOMAS PUGH at Nov. sessions, 86 (1786),  be discharged and that the said BENJAMIN JONES then of the age of seven years be bound to BENJAMIN WAY, untill he arrives to lawful age to learn the trade of a LINEN WEAVER.
MY NOTE: Benjamin should be about 16 years old, now.

Pg. 4 - Aug., 1794
AUGUSTUS TYSON an orphan adjudged six years of age be bound to SAM'L BOX untill he arrives to full age to learn the trade of a Blacksmith.

Pg. 9 - Aug., 1794
JAMES LANDRUM, and orphan of 15 years of age of THOMAS LANDRUM be bound to WILLIS ELY, until he arrives to lawful age to earn the trade of a Shoe Maker.

Pg. 26 - Nov., 1794
CHARLES SHAW be bound unto JOHN HERNDON, to learn the coopers trade, he being six years old the thirtieth day of January, next.

Pg. 36 - Nov., 1794
JUDAY RAY, daughter of BAKER RAY, 13 years of age, the 9th August last, be bound unto MICHAEL WILLSON & wife, untill she arrives to lawful age.

Pg. 38 - Nov., 1794
LEVIE (?) CROW, orphan of JOSIAH CROW comes into court & chooses RICHARD HATLEY, his guardian where upon said RICHARD HATLEY, enters into bond with WILLIAM KIRKSEY, THOMAS BELL & WILLIAM EDWARDS, in the sum of Two hundred pounds.

Pg. 39 - Nov., 1794
THOMAS POE, a child of NULTY? TACKET, be bound to Mr. JAMES BAKER, untill he arrives to lawful age, he being about fourteen years of age, now.
MY NOTE: THOMAS POE must be a stepson of Tacket.

Pg. 41 - Nov., 1794
JOHN RAY, orphan of WM. RAY, comes into court and makes his choice of THOMAS BRINKLEY, his guardian.

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Court Session of Feb., 1795

Pg. 48 -Feb., 1795
ELIJAH HUNTER, son of ELIJAH HUNTER, Jr., comes into court and makes choice of ELIJAH HUNTER, his guardian, who given bond with JOHN HUNTER, in the sum of Two Hundred pounds.
(Obviously, here is a son making choice of his father as guardian, for whatever legal reasons)

Pg. 52 - Feb., 1795
JOB RATCLIFF, orphan of THOMAS RATCLIFF, be bound to EDWARD STEWART, untill he arrives to full age, he being about 18 years old to learn the trade of Wheel Wright.
(This must be the same JOB who was bound to Edom Ratcliff, earlier according to his father's will?)

Pg. 52 - Feb., 1795)
ELISHA HUNTER Jr., son of ELISHA HUNTER, be bound unto JOHN HUNTER, untill he arrives to lawful age, he being about 13 years now, to learn the business of a planter.

Pg. 52 - Feb., 1795
REUBEN CROW, son of MANSFIELD CROW, be bound unto SIMON McMASTER, to learn the trade of Wheel Wright, he being 16 years of age the 4th day of May next, untill he arrives to lawfull age.

Pg. 60 - Feb., 1795
PHILIP MERONEY, be appointed guardian of PHEBE MOTT, he having given Bond with JACOB McDANIEL and STEPHEN STRAGHAN, securities in the sum of Five hundred pounds.

Pg. 66 - Feb., 1795
Ordered that the order of this court, binding ELISHA HUNTER, Jr. son of ELISHA HUNTER to JOHN HUNTER be rescinded and that the mother, his natural guardian, take him into her care.
(NOW, see the next record)

Pg. 70 - May, 1795
The court orders that, ELIJAH HUNTER, guardian of ELIJAH HUNTER, produce to the Justices of this County Court at their next court, to be held on the 2nd Monday of August next the said ELIJAH HUNTER, the ward and that the said ELIJAH HUNTER, the guardian, do then appear and shew cause why the order appointing him guardian should not be mended?, ( the word is definitely NOT voided, maybe they mean 'amended'?), upon the application of STEPHEN BROOKS and MARY, his wife.
MY NOTE: The only explanation, I can think of is that there are brothers Elijah and Elisha.) They are both minors but, Elisha is thirteen years old and maybe Elijah is younger, OR else, twins. The saga continues, see below, pg. 115)

Pg 70 - May, 1795
ELISHA SYLAR comes into court and makes choice of JOHN SILAR, his guardian, who enters into Bond with THOMAS RAGLAND in the sum of One hundred pounds.

Pg. 71 - May, 1795
ELIZABETH HERSER, child of ANN HERSEY, about seven ears of age, be bound unto JOSEPH HOBSON & wife untill she arrives to full age.

Pg. 72 - My, 1795
Ordered that JOHN JOS. ALSTON, be appointed guardian or next friend (to) JOHN JOSEPH ALSTON , orphan of WM. ALSTON, dec'd, to prosecute his suit.

Pg. 78 - May, 1795
JOHN THOMPSON, Esqr. appointed guardian of the four Infant Heirs at Law of the late JOHN WILLCOX, to defend them on the petition filed against them by REBECCA WILLCOX, widow, of the said dec'd. ordered also that the said JOHN THOMPSON be appointed guardian for JANE and REBECCA WILLCOX, infant daughters of the said JOHN WILLCOX, in order to defend them on the petition filed against them and others by REBECCA WILLCOX, the widow of the said dec'd.

Pg. 83 - May, 1795
Ordered that JOHN WATTS, an orphan of THOMAS WATTS, be bound unto HENRY TUCKNESS (?)
untill he arrives to lawful age, to learn the trade of a Hatter, he being sixteen years of age, now.

Pg. 85 - May, 1795
JANE PASMORE, child of BATHSHEBA PASMORE, seven years of age now, be bound unto SAMUEL STEWART, Esquire & wife, untill she arrives to lawful age to learn the business of housewifery.

Pg., 103 - Aug., 1795
ELIZABETH SYLAR, orphan of JOHN SYLAR, dec'd aged about fifteen years comes into court and makes choice of JOHN SYLAR as her guardian, whereupon the said SYLAR enters into Bond with JOSEPH LAMBERT & ROBERT STINSON, in the sum of one hundred pounds.

Pg. 115 - Aug., 1795
ELIJAH HUNTER, orphan of ELISHA HUNTER, dec'd comes into court and makes choice of STEPHEN BROOKS, his guardian, whereupon the said STEPHEN enters into Bond with SAM'L BROOKS and WM. MOODY, in the sum of Three hundred pounds.
(EliJah is now 14 years of age and can choose his own guardian.)

Pg. 123 Nov., 1795
Ordered that AMOS AVEN (AVENT?), orphan of THOMAS AVEN came into court and choose JOSEPH JOHNSTON, guardian who enters into bond with WILLIAM LASSETTER and JOSEPH CRUMP. securities in the sum of 1000 pounds.

Pg., 123 Nov. 1795
MARY BURT, orphan of RICHARD BURT, comes into Court and chooses ELISHA DILLIARD,  guardian, wo enters into bond in the sum of 500 pounds with JOSEPH BRANTLEY, PHILIP MERONEY, securities

Pg. 140 -Feb., 1796
ELIZABETH SMITH, orphan of ABNER SMITH, be bound to STEPHEN WHITE being six years old until she arrives to lawful age.

Pg. 142 - Feb., 1796
MURDOCK McKINZIE, be appointed guardian of JOHN WILLCOX, THOMAS WILLCOX, JAMES WILLCOX & GEORGE WILCOX, heirs at law of JOHN WILLCOX, dec'd, for the purpose of conveying the lands mentioned in a certain Bill of complaint, filed in the Court of Equity for Fayetteville District, wherein Carman & Faulkener are complainants and the Adm'rs of JOHN WILLCOX, defendants to the said complainants in fee simple for and on behalf the said infants pursuant to an order made in the said cause at Oct. term last.

Pg. 144 - Feb., 1796
The acco't current of JOHN THOMPSON, Esqr., guardian of the orphans of ROBERT BRINKLEY dec'd, for the years '94 & '95 returned into court and ordered to be recorded.
 

Pg. 158 - Feb., 1796
FRANCIS CLARK, and GEORGE LUCAS, be appointed GUARDIANS to the orphans of WM. CLARK, dec'd, to wit, POLLEY CLARK, FANNEY, ANN CLARK, & HENRY CLARK, who enters into Bond with JOHN RAMSEY in the sum of   ( no sum given)

Pg. 165 -May, 1796
BENJAMIN UNDERWOOD, son of BENJAMIN UNDERWOOD, about six years of age, be bound to JOHN DAVIS untill he arrives to lawfull age, to learn to read Write & the business of a farmer
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Pg. 166 - May, 1796
RACHEL UNDERWOOD, be bound to SOLOMON DIXON, till she arrives to lawful age, she being about fifteen MONTHS, old now to learn to read  write and the business of House Wifery.

Pg. 174 - May, 1796
JOHN MOON, orphan of JOHN MOON, dec'd be bound to JOSHUA EDWARDS, till he arrives to lawfull age, he being Eight years old last Jan'y, to learn the Coopers Trade.

Pg. 186 - May, 1796
JOSEPH SAUNDERS & JAMES SAUNDERS & JESSE SAUNDERS, the court appoint JAMES BROWNLOE, guardian.

Pg. 187 - May, 1796
The Court appoints JAMES BROWNLOE, guardian to JOSEPH SAUNDERS, JAMES SAUNDERS & JESSE SAUNDERS, orphans of WILLIAM SAUNDERS, dec'd, to defend their suit in a petition for dower.

Pg. 199 - Aug., 1796
JAMES WARD, orphan of  THOMAS  WARD, be bound to JACOB PUGH, untill November. 1799, to learn the Earthen Potters trade.

Pg. 217 - Nov., 1796
Ordered that the guardians of NANCY WATTS, orphan of BENJAMIN WATTS,  divid(e) the estate of said NANCY and her sister REBECCA, equally between them & report to next court.

Pg. 219 - Nov., 1796
BRITTAIN GROSS, an infant of the age of eleven years or thereabouts, is bound as an apprentice to BENJAMIN GUNTER, untill he arrive at full age.

Pg. 220 - Nov., 1796
SAMUEL COX , to whom AUGUSTINE TYSER was bound is permitted by the court, to give up the indenture of the said AUGUSTINE, who is rebound to GABRIEL TYSER, to learn the trade of a Taylor.

Pg. 231 - Nov., 1796
CHANEY DOWDY, &  THOMAS DOWDY , the girl about sixteen years old and the boy about fourteen years old be bound to THOMAS DOWDY, Sen'r. untill the(y) arrive at lawfull age.

Pg. 246 - Nov., 1796
JESSE MARTIN be bound to PHILLIP MERONEY, Esquire, untill he arrives to lawful age, he being now thirteen years of age.

Pg.. 246 - Nov., 1796
JOHN RAMSEY, guardian of FRANCIS DRAKE, returns into court on oath acco't of his guardianship which was examined by the court and ordered to be recorded.
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Court Session of
Feb. 1797
New pagination begins with pg. 125

Pg. 126 - Feb., 1797
Ordere'd that   EDWARD STEWART ( Carpenter) to whome one JAMES GRIST, an infant has been bound apprentice,  do on notice appear at this County Court at this present term and shew cause why such apprentice should not be Removed or Discharged from long Serving the said Edward, he the said Edward as we are inform'd haveing not put him to School to learn to read & write nor furnished him with necessary cloathing nor taught him or attempts to teach him the trade of a Carpenter as the said Edward ought to have done.

Pg. 136 - Feb., 1797
Ordered by the court that THOMAS POE, a boy of sixteen years who was formerly bound to JAMES BAKER as by the consent of the said James and the said boy discharged from his indentures to said JAMES BAKER and rebound to THOMAS McCARROLL, esquire untill he is of the age of twenty one years.

Pg., 136 - Feb., 1797
WILLIAM GUTHREE is appointed guardian to CELIA GRIFFITH and WILLIAM GRIFFITH who enters into bond, with GEORGE LUCAS, esqr. in the sum of five hundred pounds, each.

Pg. 136 -  Feb., 1797
Order'd that ELISHA DILLARD be allow'd twenty pounds out of the Estate of RICH'D BURT, dec'd, for maintainance of an orphan child by the name of JOHN BURT, son of the said RICH'D , dec'd, one year.

Court Session of May, 1797
Pg., 139
JOHN CROW is appointed guardian of GEORGE BREWER, having given Bond in the sum of four hundred pounds with JOHN FERINGTON, security..

Pg. 139 May, 1797
TARLETON MADDOX is appointed guardian of BLAKE BRAZIL, an infant under the age of 21 years, having given Bond in the sum of fifteen hundred pounds with JOHN PETTY and MOS HURLEY, securities.
 

Pg. 144 - May, 1797
WILLIAM NEAL is appointed by the Court, guardian to YOUNGER NEAL,  THRASHLY (?) NEAL, STEPHEN NEAL, orphans of YOUNGER NEAL, Dec'd, who enters into separate bonds with RICHARD STRAUGHAN, ISIAH STRAYHAN, in the sum of 10 pounds, each.

Pg. 145 - May, 1797
AMEY LYLE and DAVID LYLE, two infants, AMY  about the age of Ten years and DAVID about six years, are bound untill they arrive at full age, to JOSEPH MORGAN.

Pg. 154 - Aug., 1797
Ordered, JOHN THOMPSON, Esquire, guardian for ROBERT BRINKLEY's orphans be exemp'd from the payment of three poles over charged in the list of taxable for the years 1796 & that the sheriff be allowed the same.

Pg. 161 - Nov., 1797
Ordered that JAMES KIRBY do appear on Thursday, in this Court & shew cause why WILIE BOLING, his apprentice should not be removed from him on the apprentices complaint against his sd. Master for not properly clothing him nor teaching him the trade of shoe maker which he was bound to teach him.

Pg. 164 - Nov., 1797
Ordered that JESSE MARTIN  be bound to HARBERT COLLIER till he arrive at lawfull age adjudged to be about 10 years old, to learn the trade of BRICK LAYER.

Pg. 165 - Nov., 1797
Ordered that ROBERT ALLEN be bound unto WILLIAM CURL tilll he arrive at lawful age, he being now Seventeen, to learn the trade of a Cooper.

Pg. 165  - Nov., 1797
WILLIAM SHORT comes into Court and makes choice of WILLIAM OLIER (OLIVER?) his guardian who enters into Bond with JOHN RICHISON, in the sum of fifty pounds.

Pg. 166 - Nov., 1797
Ordered that EPHRIAM LEDBETTER, a child of WINEFORD LEDBETTER, be bound unto JAMES COPELAND Sr., untill he arrives to lawfull age, he being abut Seven years of age now. to learn the trade or occupations of a farmer.
(I see here that he is said to be only 7 years of age, whereas in the bastardy citation he is said to be Nine years of age. This certainly gives his master two more years of servitude, doesn't it? How convenient that they didn't have an exact date of birth, hmmm.?)

Pg., 167 - Nov., 1797
JOHN CLARK comes into Court & makes choice of SAMUEL HOPKINS for his guardian & enters into Bond in the sum of six hundred pounds & gives WILLIAM CLARK, for security.

Pg. 168 - Nov., 1797
BRANTLEY JONES comes into Court & makes choice of WILLIAM BRANTLEY, for his guardian & enters into Bond in the sum of five hundred pounds & give JOSEPH BRANTLEY, Sr.,  for security.

Pg. 169 - Nov., 1797
WILIE BOLING being brought before the Court and after the Court hearing the several evidences  admitted? with respect to his mistreatment by JAMES KIRBY. Order therefore that the said WILIE BOLING, be releas'd from any further servitude to the sd JAMES and that he be bound to MARK BYNUM to serve till he is of lawfull age, he being now Eighteen years old to learn the occupation of a Farmer.

Pg. 170 - Nov., 1797
THOMAS TAYLER, comes into Court and made choice of ELEAZER ANDRUS, as his guardian who enters into Bond in the sum of fifty pounds, who give JOSEPH MORGAN, for security.

Pg. 174 - Feb., 1798
Ordered that ABRAHAM NOBLIK and orphan be bound to SIMEON McMASTERS, till he arrive to lawfull age, to learn the trade of Waggon Maker.
(Abraham is likely, the son of WILLIAM NOBLITT/NOBLIK whose estate was administered by ROBERT NOBLIK in this same month)

Pg. 176 - Feb., 1798
An acc't of monies retn'd by JOHN CROW, guardian of GEORGE BREWER from the Exec'trs of OLIVER BREWER was returned & ordered to be recorded.

Pg. 179 - Feb., 1798
ELISHA DILLARD is allowed sixteen pounds for the board and clothing of JOHN BURT, orphan of RICHARD BURT, for the year 1797, to be paid out of the Estate of said JOHN BURT.
(This isn't an indenture but, it IS an orphan record, as is, the next.)

Pg. 179 - Feb., 1798
An account current of WILLIAM GUTHREE, guardian of MARY GRIFFETH, CELIA GRIFFETH and WILLIAM GRIFFETH, orphans of ROGER GRIFFETH, dec'd, returned and ordered to be recorded.

Pg. 180 - Feb., 1798
JOHN THOMPSON, Esqr. is appointed guardian of JEREMIAH THOMPSON, DORCAS THOMPSON, REBECCA THOMPSON, RUTH THOMPSON, GEORGE THOMPSON, ELIZABETH THOMPSON, & CHARLES THOMPSON, the heirs of BALAAM THOMPSON Esqr. , dec'd, to defend a certain suit brought against them by HANNAH THOMPSON, widow & relict of said BALAAM THOMPSON, for her dower in the lands of her said dec'd husband.
(John represented the minor children as well as the other children who were of majority but, not named, in the law suit.) The court ordered a jury to survey the lands and lay out her widows dower and distribute the shares.

Pg. 182 - Feb., 1798
MILES SCARBROUGH exhibited his accts' against SALLY BRINKLEY & WILLIAM BRINKLEY, orphans of ROBERT BRINKLEY, dec'd for boarding and clothing them and a (Nyslon or Nyacon)??? ( it might be Nurse, but it certainly doesn't look like it,) for the years 1796 and 1797, amounting to 42 pounds, which the court allows & orders to be paid  of their estate.

Pg. 183 - May, 1798
LAZARUS HINSON is appointed guardian of THOMAS GREAVES and JOHN GREAVES, orphans of THOMAS GREAVES, dec'd and has given bond in the sum of two hundred & fifty pounds for each with JOSHUA ADCOCK & ROBERT PURVIS, securities.

Pg. 183 - May, 1798
WILSON WILLIS is appointed guardian of NANCY WILLIS, ELISHA WILLIS & ELIJAH WILLIS and has given bond in the sum of two hundred pounds for each of them with THOMAS BELL and JOSHUA EASLAND, securities.

Pg. 184 - May, 1798
Ordered that PASKIL MOORS, who was bound an apprentice, at August sessions, 1794, to PATRICK ST. LAURENCE, Esquire, be discharged from his indentures..
(Doesn't say if it is because he is 21 or what reason)

Pg. 186 - May, 1798
JOSEPH LEA is appointed guardian to MARK PATTERSON, LUKE, GILBERT, MOSES, SOLOMON, ANNE & CHARLES PATTERSON, he giving bond with Lea? ? in the sum of 50 pounds, each, bond giving.

Pg., 188 - May, 1798
Ordered that MARINA SHORT be summoned to appear at next court, and shew cause why her son THEOPHILUS SHORT an orphan my not be bound, also summons ABEL OLIVE, ALLEN UTLEY & GEORGE RICHARDSON  as witness to shew cause, that he shall be bound.

Pg., 189 - May, 1798
JOSEPH PITTS is appointed guardian to BARNA  LIN, who enters into Bond in the sum of six hundred pounds with JOHN PITTS and EDW'D WALTON, security.

Pg. 194 - Aug., 1798
Ordered, that JAPTHA SHAW, son of SARAH SHAW be Bound unto JOHN HEARNDON, till lawfull age, he being Eight years old the 3rd November, 1798.

Pg. 196 - Aug., 1798
Ordered that JOHN FARRAR be appointed guardian to ELIZABETH MINTER, MARY MINTER, RICH'D MINTER and SARAH MINTER, orphans of WILLIAM MINTER, dec'd, on his given Bond with two sufficient security, himself in on thousand pounds and his security in five hundred pounds each THOMAS RAGLAND & JOHN RAMSEY, approved of bond given.

Pg. 201 - Aug., 1798
It being suggested to the court ELIZABETH ST. LAURENCE , wife of PATRICK ST. LAURENCE, late of Chatham County,  Inn Keeper, that the said PATRICK ST. LAURENCE, is no longer an inhabitant of this county but has departed from the United States and now resides in "foren" parts it's ordered by the court
that PATSEY HODGES, an orphan female child heretofore bound apprentice by the court to the said PATRICK be discharged from her said apprenticeship and that all bonds & covenants entered into by the said Patrick with this court respecting the said apprenticeship be of no effect to charge him the said Patrick for any act or commission thereto relating from this day.

Pg. 206 - Nov., 1798
Ordered that ZACHARIAH HORNADAY be bound unto HUGH WOODY, till he arrive to lawfull age, he being now five years old, to learn the trade of waggon maker, as also to read and write and cypher.

Pg. 210 - Nov., 1798
MARY BROWN VS. ISAAC BROOKS - Ordered that 'fi.fa.'  issued against the defendant, to shew cause why he does not pay the allowance made by the court for supporting Bastard child.
(MY NOTE: Black's Law Dict. says a Fi.Fa. means "cause (it) to be done". A Judicial writ directing the sheriff to satisfy a judgment from the debtor's property.

Pg. 211 - Nov., 1798
Ordered that JEMIMAH PHILIPS be bound unto, ADAM SILAR, till she arrive to the age of sixteen years, she being now Eight years old and learn her to read.

Pg. 211 - Nov., 1798
JOHN FARRAR, who was appointed guardian for the orphans of WM. MINTER, dec'd, at last court comes into court, and relinquishes his right as such, therefore bound by the court that his bond be cancelled.

Pg. 215 - Nov., 1798
Ordered that YOUNG BURT, be appointed guardian in the room of ELISHA DIL--------, (I believe this is ELISHA DILLARD)  for POLLEY BURT and that he give bond and sufficient security in the sum of five hundred pounds.

Pg. 215 - Nov., 1798
Ordered that AMON TABOR, an orphan of five years old be bound to PHILIP MERONEY, till he arrive at lawfull age, to learn the trade of Rough Carpenter.

Pg. 215 - Nov., 1798
Order'd that CALVIN TABOR, an orphan of Eleven years old be bound unto PHILIP MERONEY till he arrive to lawfull age, to learn the trade of Carpenter.

Pg., 218 - Feb., 1799
ELIJAH HUNTER Jr. came into court & chose ELIJAH HUNTER Sr., his guardian where upon the court orders the same & that the former guardianship be revoked.

Pg. 218, Feb., 1799
Ordered that FEILDING SIMPSON, an orphan be bound unto WM. AVANT till arrives at lawfull age, he learning him to read & write.

Pg. 219 - Feb., 1799
Ordered that WILLIAM HINSON, a child of ELIJAH HINSON be bound to ANDREW WHITE till he arrive to lawfull age, the said ANDREW is to learn him to Read & Write and also to instruct him in the art of farming, the said WILLIAM HINSON being about Nine years of age, now.

pG. 221 - Feb., 1799
An acc't current for the year 1799 of TARLTON MADDOX, guardian for WM. BRASWELL, returned in court & ordered to be recorded.

Pg. 227 - May, 1799
CATHERINE KELLY & DANIEL KELLY, bound to JOHN McIVER, untill they arrive to lawfull age, the girl about seven, & the Boy about five years of age, to be learnt the trade of a planter.

Pg. 228 - May, 1799
Order'd that JOSEPH LITTLE, a minor orphan, judged nine years old, be bound unto JOSEPH HALE, untill he arrive to lawfull age.

Pg. 230 - May, 1799
Ordered that MARY ANN LAWRENCE, minor orphan of JOHN LAURENCE, judged to be seven years old be bound unto JACOB FLOWERS? Jr.  (his last name unclear) with two years schooling & also Housewifery.

Pg. 231 - May, 1799
Ordered that JOHN RAMSEY & WILLIAM O'KELLY be appointed to settle with JOSEPH HARMAN, guardian to BARNA LINN & report to next court.

Pg. 232 - May, 1799
Order'd that EDWARD WALTEN be appointed guardian to SARAH COLLIER, JONATHAN COLLIER, & JANE COLLIER, orphans of ALSA COLLIER, of North Hampton (Co.) in this state with THOMAS BELL, WM. LASSETER & ALEX'D BURNET, securitys in the sum of one thousand pounds.

Pg. 234 - Aug., 1799
Order'd that DAVID SILER?, an orphan boy be bound to SAMUEL McDANIEL till he arrive to lawful age to learn the trade of a planter.

Pg. 235 - Aug., 1799
Order'd that HANNAH THOMPSON, wife of BALAAM THOMPSON, dec'd be appointed guardian to four minor orphans by the name of GEORGE, ELIZABETH, CHARLES & BOLEN/BALEY ?, McSWINE. THOMPSON who enters in to a bond with LEVY JOHNSTON & EDM'D WELCH in the sum of four hundred pounds.

Pg. 235 - Aug., 1799
Order'd that JOSEPH BROWN be appointed guardian to a minor orphan by the name of JOHN PILKINGTON, who enters into bond with THOMAS BROWN security in the sum of  ----? pounds.

Pg. 237 - Aug., 1799
Ordered that JOHN CRUTCHFIELD , a child of SARAH CRUTCHFIELD be bound to SOLOMON DIXSON, until he arrive to lawfull age, the said John adjudged two years of age now.

Pg. 240 - Aug., 1799
An acc't current of JOSEPH HARMAN, guardian of BARNA. LIN, settled by JOHN RAMSEY & WILLIAM O'KELLY, return'd into court examined & ordered to be recorded.

Pg. 242 - Nov., 1799
Order'd that JOHN BURNS, Sr. be appointed guardian to JOHN LEWIS TOMERLINSON & WILLIAM TOMERLINSON infants of JOHN TOMERLINSON, dec'd, who enters into bond in the sum of one hundred pounds each with WILLIAM BURNS, security.

Pg. 242 - Nov., 1799
Ordered that WILLIAM TOPPING ( this name could also be Tapping  - Lapping?) and orphan bound unto JOHN DORSETT till he arrive to lawful age he being now Sixteen years of age. To learn the trade of Planter & learn him to read & write. . no Indenture file up.??

Pg. 245 - Nov., 1799
An account of JOHN HARMAN, guardian of THENNY LINN & WILLIAM LINN, dues. Amt. to thirty seven pounds and ordered to be recorded. ( The only LINN's named before now was BARNA. (Barnabus)
When did these two show up.??

Pg. 251 - Feb., 1800
An account of JOHN CROW guardian to  George ? BREWER , minor orphan of OLIVER BREWER, dec'd returned in court on oath.

Pg. 252 - Feb., 1800
Order'd that ELIJAH HUNTER,  be appointed guardian to ELISHA HUNTER a minor orphan, who enters into bond on the sum of five hundred pounds, ISAAC BROOKS, security.

Pg. 253 - Feb., 1800
WILLIAM GUTHRIE, guardian to MARY GRIFFITHS, CELIA GRIFFITHS, & WILLIAM GRIFFITHS, orphans of ROGER GRIFFITHS, dec'd, returned into court on oath an account of hs guardianship, ---till 1800

Pg. 253 - Feb., 1800
Order'd that SAMUEL MARTIN, orphan of CLEMENT MARTIN, dec'd be bound unto JAMES BENNET till he arrive to lawful age, he being now ten years old, to learn the trade of House Carpenter & to read & write.

Pg. 253 - Feb., 1800
Ordered that WILLIAM BEAVER, orphan of MICHAEL BEAVER, dec'd be bound unto JED---AH BIRCHARD till he arrive to lawfull age he being now Eighteen years of age., & to learn the trade of a House Carpenter.

Pg. 254 - Feb., 1800
Ordered that AGNES BATES? a daughter of MARY BATES? be bound unto _______ (UNREADABLE)
until she reach lawful age, she being now six years old.

Pg. 257 - Feb., 1800
Ordered that THOMAS BLAND, an orphan of JAMES BLAND dec'd be bound unto SIMON BRIGHT till he arrive to lawfull age he being now Eleven years old & to learn the trade of Blacksmith.

Pg. 258 - May, 1800
Ordered that JAMES GRIFFIN,  a child of MAREYS GRIFFEN, be bound to UPSHIRE ROBINSON till he arrive to lawful age he being adjudged four years, now. to learn the art or business of  Farming.

Pg. 258 - May, 1800
Ordered that SAMUEL FREEMAN, an orphan of SAMUEL FREEMAN , be bound to BENJAMIN MARSH, till he arrive to lawfull age, he being adjudged ten years, the first of last month to learn the art of farming or any other usefull art he can.

Pg. 261 - May, 1800
Ordered that  WILLIAM BAKER, an orphan near of the age of twelve year old be bound to JOHN STERY/STORY?, till he arrive to the age of Twenty.

Pg. 261 - May, 1800
PARRISH  SELF, appointed guardian to RUTH THOMPSON, who enters into bond with ELIAZER ANDERSON, security, in the sum of one hundred fifty pounds.

Pg. 261 - May, 1800
JEREMIAH THOMPSON appointed guardian to REBECCA THOMPSON, who enters into bond with PARRISH SELF, security in the sum of one hundred fifty ? pounds.

Pg. 261 - May, 1800
Ordered that BETSEY & WILLIAM  two children of colour, be bound unto BENJAMIN EMBERSON till they arrive to lawfull age, they girl being nine years old & the boy six years old. Indentures to be made out. iss. (issued?)

Pg. 264 - May, 1800
An account of TARLTON MADDOX, guardian to BLAKE BRASWELL returned into court on Oath and on Motion, ordered to be recorded.

Pg. 264 - May 1800
An account of SAMUEL PARKS, as guardian to ELIZABETH ALLEN, returned into court on Oath & on Motion, ordered to be recorded.

Pg. 269 - May, 1800
Ordered that an orphan boy named JOHN SMITH, son of RALPH SMITH, aged about seventeen years be bound to "work smith" ( is this the name of the master?) till he arrive to lawfull age to learn the trade of a saddler.

Pg. 269 - May, 1800
MARY WALDIN, a girl of colour be bound unto MARY WELCH till she arrive to lawfull age, she being now of thirteen years old.

Pg. 269 - May, 1800
Ordered that ANDREW DAVIS, son of JAMES DAVIS, now of the age of nine years be bound to THOMAS SNIPES, Esqr. till he arrive to lawfull age the said Snipes to give him a suit of cloths Horse saddle & bridle at the expiration of his time & twelve months schooling...

Pg. 270 - Aug., 1800
Order'd that BENJAMIN MARSHALL be appointed guardian to an orphan boy by the name of SAMUEL FREEMAN, who enters into bond in the sum of fifty pounds, with GEORGE HOBSON, security.

Pg. 271 - Aug. 1800
Order'd that RUTH FREEMAN, an orphan girl now of the age of thirteen years age bound unto GEORGE HOBSON, till she arrive to lawfull age to learn to read and write & housewifery.
Ordered that GEORGE HOBSON be appointed guardian to RUTH FREEMAN, a minor orphan now of the age of thirteen years who enters into bond in the sum of five  hundred pounds with BENJAMIN MARCHALE, SECURETY.

Pg. 271 - Aug., 1800
Order'd that JOHN SWANNER, an orphan boy now of the twelve years, be bound unto JOHN HURLEY, to learn the trade of Farmer & Wheelwright, till he arrive to lawful age.
 

THIS ENDS THE MICROFILM # c.022.30001, Chatham Co., Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions 1774-1800.
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