Would like help identifying these three Bush orphans:
Caswell Co., NC 7/1788 Judith Bush age 1 1/2 bound to John Gately 10/1789 William Bush age 5 last Christmas and Elizabeth Bush age 10 months bound to John Gately
The John Gately had married Jemima Mercer just 1 1/2 years earlier on 1/30/1787 in Caswell County. By 1793 he was listed on the Person County, NC tax list.
Why would a newly married couple take on 3 VERY young siblings from the Bush family?? These children were certainly to young to learn atrade from Gately. Why were they bound to him??? Were the orphans related in some way to Gately or his wife???
Were these Bush orphans related in any way to the known Bush linesliving in Caswell County at the time?Joseph Bush or his cousin, David Bruce, the son of Robert Bruce and Martha Bush??
John Gately died in 1805 when his father in law shot him. His widow Jemima went to Caldwell Co., KY. There her daughter Lucretia married a William Thetford.
What happened to the Bush orphans when Gately died?? Judith would have been about 18 years old; William Bush would have been about 21 and Elizabeth about 16. Did they go to Caldwell County with Jemima Gately??