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Eli Ritchey Indenture

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1425

This indenture binds a 13-year-old orphan named Eli Ritchey to William Slaughter as an apprentice until he reaches the age of 21. During his apprenticeship, Ritchey is to study the art of wheel making in addition to learning to read, write, and count. Ritchey is expected to "obey his masters lawful commands .... [and] in all things ... behave himself as a good and faithfull servant," while Slaughter must "constantly find and provide for [his] apprentice, sufficient diet, washing, lodging and apparel fiting for an apprentice, both in sickness and in health." The document is signed by Jesse Payne, William Slaughter, and James Sevier.

Dates

  • 1805 May 10

Conditions Governing Access

Manuscript collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 24 hours is needed to retrieve these items for research use. Readers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact Special Collections.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Abstract

This indenture binds a 13-year-old orphan named Eli Ritchey to William Slaughter as an apprentice until he reaches the age of 21. During his apprenticeship, Ritchey is to study the art of wheel making in addition to learning to read, write, and count. Ritchey is expected to "obey his masters lawful commands .... [and] in all things ... behave himself as a good and faithfull servant," while Slaughter must "constantly find and provide for [his] apprentice, sufficient diet, washing, lodging and apparel fiting for an apprentice, both in sickness and in health." The document is signed by Jesse Payne, William Slaughter, and James Sevier.

Biographical/Historical Note

No biographical information is available beyond the fact that Eli Ritchey was born on November 15, 1791.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

Special Collections purchased this indenture in April of 1987.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480