Indenture of Servitude for Ann Blackston

Title

Indenture of Servitude for Ann Blackston

Description

Indenture of servitude for Ann Blackston to John Rudolph and his wife Elizabeth for eight years and twenty-two days.

John Rudolph was the owner of the Belle Air property, much of what is now Villanova's campus, and Elizabeth was his second wife.

The document states that Ann was to learn the "art of housewifery," and the Rudolphs were to provide food, water, clothing, and lodging. Additionally, the Rudolphs were to "give her fourteen months schooling three months the last year of her term and when free give her two complete suits of apparel one whereof to be new and also give her father now twenty dollars in cash. Her father, William Blackston, a Philadelphia laborer, consented to the document, and it was signed with Ann Blackston's mark, William Blackston's mark, and Abraham Shoemaker's signature.

Creator

Abraham Shoemaker

Date

November 19, 1812

Language

English

Type

Certificate of Indenture

Collection

Citation

Abraham Shoemaker, “Indenture of Servitude for Ann Blackston,” The Rooted Project , accessed February 5, 2023, https://rootedproject.org/items/show/7.

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