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William Jones apprenticeship contract, Houlton, ca. 1835

Contributed by Cary Library

This apprenticeship contract bound William Jones over to Israel Oakes to learn husbandry and farming until Jones, a poor boy and ward of the town, was twenty-one years old.

The starting date of the agreement is not stated but it was to conclude on September 25th, 1847. Since the agreement was signed when Houlton was still part of Washington County, it must have been before 1839, the year Aroostook County was formed.

The contract stipulates the parties' rights and obligations to one another.

Signers affixed a blood seal, a drop of their blood, to finalize the agreement.

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  • Title: William Jones apprenticeship contract, Houlton, ca. 1835
  • Creator: Town of Houlton
  • Creation Date: circa 1835
  • Subject Date: circa 1835
  • Town: Houlton
  • County: Aroostook, Washington
  • State: ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 32 cm x 20 cm
  • Object Type: Text

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