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Re: Indenture

Hi: Below is a transcript of my great-grandmother (Rowan)'s indenture when she was one year old in 1850. In the 1850 and 1860 census, I found Rowan living in the Blackwelder household but my GGgrandmother, Clara Revels, who was also in the Blackwelder home in 1850, was living in another household in the same county in 1860.

This is an item from Cabarrus County Court, October 1850, Third Monday, p.230:

"Rowan, an infant free negro and child of Clara Revels was bound to Nelson Blackwelder to live as an apprentice until she arrives at the age of 18 years, the said Nelson Blackwelder covenanting to instruct her in the art and mystery of domestic affairs and to do all such other things as may be necessary in discharging of his duties towards her."

Having read the novel "Our Nig" years ago, I felt really sad when I actually saw this transcript.

Alice

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