On February 9, 1786, weeks after having married Hezekiah Hargrave, on December 30, 1785, in Rutherford County, North Carolina, Susannah McMurtry gave birth to a baby girl. The baby, called Hannah in the original documents,was set out as an apprentice at birth by Hezekiah Hargrave to serve a term of 31 years. The child was passed on to a William England1786, who then passed her off to John Burney, and finally John released Hannah to his father William Burney, who moved to the Ouachita Poste in Louisiana in May of 1797. The papers documenting Hannah's existance and movement are on file at the Ouchita Parish Court House in Monroe, Louisiana. These are obviously transcribtions of the original documents, as all are written in the same hand. I am interested in communicating with any researchers who have futher knowledge of this particular situation. The documents read as follows:
H. Hargrave Indenture Wm England
This indentured witnesseth that Hezekiah Hargrave doth put Hannah the daughter of Ann Hargrave formerely McMurty as apprentice unto William England for the space of 31 years from it's birth which was the ninth day of Feby in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty Six. During all which time the said apprentice her master faithful shall serve and the said master shall provide & procure for her sufficient meat drink, apparel, lodging, washing and all other necassaries for such an apprentice during the said term; moreover the Said Master shall instruct or learn said apprentice to labour for her living where capable of learning and for the true performance and all and every the said covenants and agreements, either of interchangably set their hands and seals hereunto this 29th day of May in the Tenth year of the American Independance and in the year of our Lord 1786.
Hezekiah Hargrave William X England their seals
Witness James McMahan Robert Hargrave Sr.
Document #2 Assignment - I assign over all my right to the within Endenture to John Birney for his use.
William X England
Witness Robert Hargrave Willis Hargrave
Assigment - I assign for value received- I assign all right of the within indenture unto my father William Birney for his use.
Test William X Clinton
Document #4 Affidavit of - State of Louisiana Ann Birney - Parish of Ouachita
Before me Oliver Morgan parish judge in and for the parish aforesaid personally appeared Widow Birney late relict of William Birney Se. dec'd of said (copy cut off) --who being sworn deposeth and says that the witin named Hannah, apprentice to William England was the daughter of Ann Hargrave a white woman and that the said Hannah was free born; and further this defendant sayth not.
Signed, Ann X Birney
Sworn and subscribed to before the said parish judge this 19th day of March, 1815 Oliver I Morgan, P. Judge