1739Children began to be “bound out” as apprentices.Economy and Industry, Labor

Gloucester City Archives, CC89, Boxes 41-42
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Apprenticeships, also known as indentures, were agreements between a “Master” and an apprentice that required the apprentice to work for the master for a specified amount of time (boys until age 21; girls until age 18), in exchange for learning a skill or trade. In Gloucester, the Overseers of the Poor “bound out” over 370 apprentices who were unable to be cared for by their parents.

Gloucester, Massachusetts Indentured Children 1739-1852, Archives Committee, City of Gloucester, March 1996
Gloucester City Archives, CC89, Boxes 41-42
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