The Indentured Servants of Hampton
Hampton's 325th Anniversary, 1638 - 1963
Most indentures or "Redemptioners" sold their services to the Town or to planters, merchants, and farmers within the town for a period of from usually three, five, seven, nine, or ten years -- after the completion of the indenture, they acquired their "FREEDOM with a grant of land within the community."
Hampton had its own "indentures" who indentured themselves to the Town and Selectmen in return for "Parsonage Land" which they farmed and kept for a certain length of time. This was known as a "land indenture."
A second type of indenture was the "Apprentice Indenture." A young boy would be apprenticed-out to a "skilled craftsman to learn the trade." In this contract, the craftsmen had many more obligations to his indenture and the redemptioner in return has many more obligations to his craftsmen master than in the case of the "Land Indenture."
Translation of the Indenture between the Selectmen and Let. Samuel Prescutt -- 1764.
Witnesses Jonathan Tuck Stephen Heulay Jeremiah marston Joseph Dow Josiah Moulton Samuel Prescutt junior"
In witnefs wherof the said parties have hereunto interchangeably set their hands and seals this 18th of May Anno Domini 1765 and in the fifth year of His Majestys Reign, George the Third. Sign'd Seal'd & Deliver'd in presence of us John Moulton Charles Chase"