Indenture of Eliza Ann Burham, Corinth, 1838


Through this document the Town of Corinth's Overseers of the Poor bound orphan Eliza Ann Burham to Jonathan Winn Preble when she was only seven years old. She was legally indentured to him until she turned 18.

Mr. Preble was tasked with helping her learn to read and write, and with providing food, drink, and clothing. The town of Corinth reimbursed him for some expenses but Preble would benefit from her labor throughout that time period. While the orphans like Eliza Ann needed someone to take them in, it could be a brutal existence for those bound to masters who treated them poorly.


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