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From: Amy Johnson Crow <>
Subject: Re: [APG] The Clerk of which Ohio county court?
Date: Sun, 24 Nov 2002 18:16:45 -0500
If the Section 7 you are referring to is from the 1831 law, it is the
township clerk where the "master or mistress resides."
(From _Abstracts and Extracts of the Legislative Acts and Resolutions of
the State of Ohio, Volumes 20 to 29: 1821-1831_ by Mary L. Bowman (Ohio
Genealogical Society, 1996):
"From An Act concerning Apprentices and Servants:
Section 6: The indenture is to be recorded within three months from the
execution by the township clerk where the master or mistress resides. Upon
failure to record, the apprentice is discharged from service.
Section 7: Duty of the clerk in recording indentures. Fees of recording.
Penalty for neglect of duty by the clerk or recorder."
In your particular case, presuming the law did not change between 1831 and
the time your ancestor was indentured, it should have been recorded by the
township clerk in whatever township Ludwig Braun was residing.
The problem with these is that township records are very hard to locate.
Many township clerks viewed the records as their personal property and when
they left office, the records went with them. Even the records that did
manage to be transferred from one clerk to the next are difficult to find.
Your best bet is to look throughout Brown County (courthouse, archives,
historical society, library, etc.) and at the regional archives for Brown
County, which I believe is at the University of Cincinnati.
You should also look in the Brown County Recorder's Office as well as the
Clermont County Recorder's Office. I have seen indentures recorded in deed
books in other counties in Ohio. They're not what I would call "numerous,"
but it is worth a try. I would look under Jacob's name as well as
Ludwig/Louis Braun/Brown in both the grantor and grantee indices.
At 10:22 AM 11/24/2002, Buffys97 wrote:
>I am searching for a record of indenture (between 1854-1860) for my
>great-grandmother, whose father, Jacob, lived in Clermont County OH,
>but who was indentured to the Ludwig/Louis Braun/Brown Braun family in
>Brown County OH. To find her, I have been "studying" (I use the term
>loosely...(-:) Ohio law as it was in the mid-1800s.
>The Revised Statutes of Ohio by Curwen, which provides insight about
>the law as it stood in 1854 with regard to "orphaned" or unwanted
>children and also another later lawbook gives insight to this law
>which was passed in 1831: The caps are mine.
>Section 7. Duty of CLERK (clerk of which court???) in recording
>indenture; fees; copy evidence; penalty for neglext of duty by clerk
>That it shall be the duty of the clerk or recorder, to RECORD all
>INDENTURES or COVENANTS of service, in a BOOK to be by him provided
>for that purpose; and he shall indorse the date of the
>receipt, and the time of recording, and shall furnish certified
>copies, when required for which service he shall be entitled to
>receive ten cents for each hundred words, to be paid by the master or
Amy Johnson Crow, CG
Program Chair, OGS 2003 Conference
"Ohio: 200 Years of Heritage"
24-26 April 2003 at the Columbus Hilton