Hartford Orphan Asylum

It never fails to amaze me what materials still show up for sale. This week we purchased an indenture, dated June 7, 1854, for a child from the Hartford Orphan Asylum. George Bartow was “surrendered in writing by the father” to the Asylum and then bound out to Lucian Bidwell of Canton to learn the art, mystery, trade and occupation of farming until he turned twenty-one, in 1864. At the end of the indenture, George was to receive $100. That works out to $10.00 a year.