Category Archives: apprentices

York blacksmith offers sizable award for return of apprentice

It is obvious that I find old newspapers fascinating. The items serve as snapshots of the time, giving a picture of what was then happening in the same spaces we occupy today. In addition, the incidents described and unfamiliar terms … Continue reading

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Finding Nicholas James

Nicholas James was a York County teenager during the closing years of the Revolutionary War. He was evidently learning his trade as a butcher, and part of his job was distributing provisions for the guards and British prisoners of war … Continue reading

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Blacksmith Apprentice Runaway in York County, PA

Runaway ads were fairly common in eighteenth and nineteenth century newspapers. Sometimes the runaways were slaves, but not so often above the Mason-Dixon line, where there were fewer slaves. In Pennsylvania it was frequently a servant or an apprentice who … Continue reading

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