A Guide to the Lynchburg (Va.) Apprenticeship Indentures, 1808-1884 Lynchburg (Va.) Apprenticeship Indentures, 1808-1884 0007748890

A Guide to the Lynchburg (Va.) Apprenticeship Indentures, 1808-1884

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Lynchburg (Va.) Apprenticeship Indentures 1808-1884
Physical Characteristics
.35 cu.ft.
Lynchburg (Va.) Circuit Court.
Library of Virginia

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

Lynchburg (Va.) Apprenticeship Indentures, 1808-1884. Local government records collection, Lynchburg Court Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Va. 23219.

Acquisition Information

These items came to the Library of Virginia in a transfer of court records from the city of Lynchburg.

Historical Information

Lynchburg in Campbell County, was named for John Lynch, the owner of the original town site. It was established in 1786, was incorporated as a town in 1805, and became a city in 1852.

In 1780 the Virginia General Assembly replaced the Anglican vestries and churchwardens of the colonial period with elected bodies called Overseers of the Poor. The Overseers provided food, clothing, shelter, and medical treatment for the persons who were too poor to support themselves or too ill to provide for their basic needs. They also bound out children whose parents could not support them or who failed to educate or instruct them, as well as orphans to become apprentices. The boys learned a trade and the girls learned domestic skills.

Scope and Content

Lynchburg (Va.) Apprenticeship Indentures, 1808-1884, are bonds and contracts of apprenticeship given by the Overseers of the Poor, showing the names of master and apprentice, the trade to be taught, details of the contract, the amount of the bond and the names of sureties. Many of the apprentices bound out prior to 1866 were free African Americans.

Related Material

Additional Lynchburg Records can be found on microfilm at the Library of Virginia. Consult "A Guide to Virginia County and City Records on Microfilm."

Index Terms

    Corporate Names:

  • Lynchburg (Va.) Circuit Court.
  • Subjects:

  • African Americans--History.
  • Apprentices--Virginia--Lynchburg.
  • Free African Americans--Virginia--Lynchburg.
  • Geographical Names:

  • Lynchburg (Va.)--History.
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Indentures--Virginia--Lynchburg.
  • Local government records--Virginia--Lynchburg.