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Status of Infants born to those indentured?

Status of Infants born to those indentured?

Posted: 30 Aug 2012 12:03AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 30 Aug 2012 12:04AM GMT
Surnames: Larkins, Thompson
My 7g grndmtr, born about 1750 in near Hagerstown Maryland, testifies she was "bound" as an infant to a Thompson household; and remained with that family until she married; she regarded the household as her (only) family.

She was white, European or caucasian - at least I think so. Could this mean perhaps she was born to an indentured person? Does anyone have any information on this circumstance; methods to try to identify her beginnings? Were such children censused in any way?

The need to prove her beginnings came up a Court of Common Pleas in the 1840's; two Thompson's of that household were deposed corroborating the same thing; she was bound as an infant to their father. Testimony implies she "chose" to stay with that family.

Her testimony vascilated on what her name might have originally been; she may have simply made up a maiden last name.

Any suggestions appreciated, thanks.

Re: Status of Infants born to those indentured?

Posted: 15 Aug 2013 1:02AM GMT
Classification: Query
She could have been born to an indentured servant; that is quite possible. Also, her mother could have been a free person, but unmarried. It's also highly possible that a legal mention of your mother's binding exist in the county where this occurred. Each court book will have an index of names in the beginning, so look for this indenturing when she was born. It would take research at the courthouse itself, but I'd imagine would be very profitable.

Re: Status of Infants born to those indentured?

Posted: 27 Sep 2013 4:27PM GMT
Classification: Query
If so those records probably won't be digital, so a long slog through probate records is in order. Some states have old court (listed under probate, court, adoption, guardian, will, etc.) listed by state, some by county, and some are individual towns and cities. Find out how Maryland lists it, by the address known, and there's your starting place. I'm on a kind of similar court records search in MA & RI. Good Luck!
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