Children were often bound out to learn a trade and, in exchange, the children were housed, fed and clothed. Males were bound out until they were 21 years old and females until they were 16 or 18 years old. The following document is found in Livingston County Indenture of Apprenticeship Book 1834-1877, no pagination.
This Indenture made this 5th day of November 1855, Witnesseth that James W. Cade as Clerk of the Livingston County Court for sd. county on this day hath bound as an apprentice to Joel H. Davis of the county of Livingston County Joseph Bridges an infant orphan of Larkin Bridges deceased and the sd. Joseph Bridges is with the sd. Davis to live and dwell until the 1st day of August 1860 when he will have arrived at the age of twenty one years and during all that time he will Serve sd. Davis faithfully honestly and with fidelity and demean himself with propriety to his sd. master who in consideration of the above indenture to teach sd. apprentice the trade and mystery of a farmer that he will provide for sd. apprentice proper medical attention that he shall be well fed and clothed and treated with humanity and that he shall be taught to read and write and common Arithmetic including the rule of three and that he will give sd. apprentice a good new suit of clothes at the termination of his apprentice ship In testimony whereof the sd. James W. Cade and Joel H. Davis have hereunto set their hands the day and date above written. [signed] James W. Cade C.L.C.C., Joel H. Davis.
State of Kentucky Livingston County Sct - I James W. Cade Clerk of the Court for the County and State aforesaid do certify that the foregoing indenture of apprentice ship was this day produced in open Court and acknowledged by James W. Cade and Joel H. Davis parties thereto to be their act and Deed for the purposes therein contained and the same was ordered to be recorded Whereupon I have truly recorded that same and this certificate in my office this 5th day of November 1855. [signed] James W. Cade C.L.C.C.
Published 18 April 2013, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/