Indentured Apprenticeships


1714 – 1892



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Ambrose Seamarke Indenture 30th January 1714


Parents Matthew Seamark and Elizabeth


The apprenticeship indenture is by the Overseers of Old on behalf of Ambrose Seamarke (an orphan, whose parents were Matthew Seamark and Elizabeth) to William Carvill of Desborough, butcher, 30 January 1714/5.



Richard Semark  Indenture 1ST March 1809 


Born Circa 1796 [member of Northampton Set 97]

Parents Richard Seamark and Ann Brunster

Wife Elizabeth Irons


The document is in excellent condition, mainly typed, interesting in that it was first written for a William Semark as William is crossed out at every occurrence. The name William is substituted with Richard.


Richard of Elkington, Northants was apprenticed to John Page from 1st March 1809, until the age of 21.


Richard was classified as a Poor Child of Elkington and the “ Apprenticeship in the art of a Cordwainer” was undertaken in the nearby Hamlet of Yelvertoft


The Indenture was signed by William Elleins, Jacob Burman[overseers of Elkington] and John Page


The Indenture was broken by mutual agreement after four years.


Cordwainer = Shoemaker. Worker with Cordovan Leather (Horsehair)



Outline Detail from 1820 Northants Poor Law Records


[Typed as per book]


Ann Seamark   father Richard

Elizabeth Seamark  father Richard

Elizabeth Seamark  husband Richard

Elizabeth Seamark - Yelvertoft husband Richard

Martha Seamark of Libourne see Father Richard

Richard Seamark - Elkington see Libourne

Richard Seamark - Yelvertoft see Libourne

Richard Seamark - Libourne


Shoemaker born Elkington Northants, his fathers Settlement. When about 14 in 1809 apprenticed to John Page of Yelvertoft, Shoemaker. Mutual agreement to break indentures after 4 years. At 20 married Elizabeth Irons at Yelvertoft. Children Elizabeth 4 years, Martha 2 years, Ann 9 months.



Alfred Seamark 20th Indenture April 1872


Born Circa 1858 [Stagsden Member]

Parents Matthew Seamark and Sophia Burroway


From the Apprentice notebook this one is the son of Matthew.


Alfred was an apprentice to Alfred Faulkner, Shoemaker from Husborne Crawley, date of apprenticeship 20-4-1872 for 5 years. The apprenticeship cost £5 and £4 Clothing.


From the 1881 Census Alfred of Stagsden age 22 was a Boarder of the Flute Family, occupation shoemaker.


Henry Seamark Indenture 1874


Born Circa 1862 Apprenticed from Bedford, the statement regarding Parents questions if Henry [Harry] is son of John and Pricilla.


Apprentice to George French , Shoemaker, Aldwincle Northants, parents dead, started 1874 for 5 years.


James William Seamark Indenture 3rd November 1877


Born Circa 1865 [Stagsden Member]

Parents John Seamark and Pricilla Arkitt


Apprentice Tailor to J Willison as a Tailor 3/11/1877 5 years


Josiah Seamark Indenture  7th June 1884


Born Circa 1869 [Stagsden Member]

Parents John Seamark and Pricilla Arkitt


Josiah 14 of Stagsden Apprenticed to Abel Walker , Tailor Keysoe, 5 years started



From the 1881 Census Abel Walker lived with wife at Brook End, Keysoe, Bedford


1901 Josiah in Bedford


John Seamark Indenture 12th November 1892


Born Circa 1879 [Stagsden Member]

Parents John Seamark and Pricilla Arkitt


Apprenticed to John Mantel of Onley as a Hairdesser started 12/11/1892


1901 Flour Millers Carter






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