I recently found the following in a newspaper article from about 1819:
Six Cents Reward. Ranaway from the subscriber on the 6th inst. an Apprentice Boy to the Sail Making business, named John Christopher Columbus Thomas Jefferson James Madison Bonaparte League -about 15 years of age.Had on when he went away, a blue cloth roundabout jacket and trousers; a yellow waistcoat, and a tarpaulin hat--The above reward will be given if brought home.I forewarn all persons from harboring or carrying off said boy, at the utmost peril of the law.
John Kennedy feb.7thd4t
The boy referenced in this advertisement is my great great grandfather Christopher Columbus League who was indentured to a sail maker named John Kennedy in 1815 at the age of 11 years.The indenture papers read as follows:
Christopher C. League an orphan boy of the age of Eleven years the twenty ninth day of August next is bound to John Kennedy to be taught the art of a Sail makers to be taught to read, write and do arithmetic as far as the rule of three and at the separation of his time to have customary free dues.
Following is Christopher's stats and his family's stats: (all events occurred in Baltimore, MD unless otherwise noted.)
Christopher Columbus b: Aug 29, 1804 d: 1866 wife: Catherine b: 1810 in Germany d: 1878 Daughters: (1)Elizabeth b: 1829 (married Thomas E. Bolster Aug 31, 1847)(had 1 child: George T. Bolster b: abt 1849)
(2)Ann b: 1833
(3)Mahala Ann b: 1835 (married Thomas J. Marshall, Mar 27, 1859)
(4)Mary Louise b: 1837 (married James H. Logan, Sep 21, 1859)
(5)Alice V. b: 1842
(6)Catherine b: 1846
Sons: (1)John Jacob b:1831 (married Anna A. Rose, Oct 17, 1853)Children:(Elba b: abt 1856, Charles b: abt 1858, Christianna (servant) b:abt 1846)
(2)Thomas Howard b: March 1848 (My great grandfather) d:Jun 29, 1923 married: Clara Lemmon b: June 8, 1857 d: Jan 29, 1925 Daughters: (1)Alice b:Feb 1881 (2)Grace b: Feb 1884 (3)Myrtle b: Dec 1886 Sons: (1)Thomas b: Feb 1876 (2)Howard b: Apr 1878 (3)Raymond Albert b: Jun 30, 1888 (my grandfather) d: abt 1950
If anyone has any information about these people please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.I have lots of information about the Leagues in Baltimore, MD.