Thomas Callahan apprenticeship indenture with William Webber, 1793 June 6

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Thomas Callahan apprenticeship indenture with William Webber, 1793 June 6



Apprenticeship indenture of Thomas Callahan with William Webber of Campbell County, Va. dated 1793. Callahan apprentices himself to Webber for a term of 8 years and 10 months to learn the trade of blacksmithing.


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This Indenture Witnesseth..
That Thomas Callahan Of the County of Campbell & State Of
Virgena, Hath Put himself And By these presents Doth put
Himself Agreable To An Order Of Court An Apprentice Unto
William weber Citizen and Blacksmith Of said County & State
Afforesaid To Learn his Art Trade Or Mistry And after the
The Manner Of An Apprentice To Serve him from the Day Of the
Date Hereof for and During the Term of Eight years and Ten
Months Next Ensuing; During all which Time He the said
Apprentice his Master shall faithfullly Serve, his Secrets Keep his
Lawfull Commands Obey. he Shall do no Damage To his sd. Master
Nor See it To be Done by Others, Without Letting Or Giveing
Notice To his sd. Master. He shall not Waste his Said Masters Goods Nor
Lend them Unlawfully To Others, he Shall not Commit fornication,
Nor Contract Matrimoney Within the sd. Term. At Cards Dice Or
Any Unlawfull Game he Shall not play, Whereby his sd. Master may
Be Damiged With his Own Goods Or the Goods of Others During the
The sd. Term Without License Of his sd. Master. He shall Neither buy
Nor Sell, he Shall not Absent himself Day Nor Night from his sd.
Masters Service without his Leave, Nor haunt Ale houses Taverns Or
Play houses; But In All Things behave himself As a faithfull
Aprentice Ought to Do during the sd. term. And the d. Master shall
Use the Utmost of his Endeavours, To teach Or Cause To be taught
And Instructed the sd. Apprentice In the Trade and Mistry Of a
Blacksmith And procure and provide for him the sd. Apprentice
Sifficient Meat Drink Washing Lodgeing and Apperral Together
With Giving him Learning Such As Reading Writeing and
Arithmetick As far As the Rule of Three Together With
Freedom Dues To the Amount Of Three Pound Ten Shilling
And for the True performance Of All And Every the sd. Covenants
And Agreements Either Of the sd. parties Bind themselves Unto
The Other by these presents

In Witness Whereof We have Interchangeably
Set Our Hands and Seals this Sixth Day of June In the
Year Of Our Lord, 1793, And In the Seventeenth Year Of
Our Independance

Thos Clark       Seal
Christopher Irvine       Seal



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“Thomas Callahan apprenticeship indenture with William Webber, 1793 June 6,” Special Collections, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, accessed February 9, 2023,

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