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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