There is an article in Downeast Ancestry June 1987 Volume 11 Number 1 Page 14 that is titled:
Child Welfare In 1841
Indenture of Charles Henry Carpenter of Troy, Maine.
He was said to have been a poor child, the son of James W. Carpenter of Troy, Maine. James W. Carpenter is said to appear in the 1835 Troy, Maine Tax Records. James W. Carpenter continued to appear in tax records until about 1839.
He was to be trained as a blacksmith apprentice and serve William Delano for twelve years. He was to serve from March 1841 for twelve years until the age of 21.
There is more information about the contract and who it was witnessed by.
There is more information if anyone is interested.
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