Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History & Culture Enduring Connections: Exploring Delmarva's Black History

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About Apprenticeships from the Worcester County Register of Wills (Indentures), 1864-1867

Probate & Other Court Records • 471 Records • Uploaded January 10, 2022

The apprenticeship applications submitted to the Register of Wills documents the attempts of former slaveowners to maintain possession of the children of their recently freed slaves immediately after 1864 Maryland Constitution outlawed slavery in the state. Data show the trade the children were to learn, who they would serve, and the ages they would reach at the end of their service. Also noted are items the individuals were to receive once their apprenticeship was completed. These records come from Liber EH No. 2 for Worcester County, Maryland. They include apprenticeship applications from December 1864 to October 1895 (bulk from 1864-1866).

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Fields Included

The list below shows the data fields included in this source. If a field is marked as Indexed, it is searchable.

  • County Indexed
  • Document Page
  • Original Page
  • Apprentice Name Indexed
  • Age
  • Birth Date
  • Date of Apprenticeship
  • Bound To Indexed
  • Age to Serve Until
  • Learned Trade Indexed
  • Items Received at End of Apprenticeship Indexed
  • Transcriber Note Indexed
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