Craven County Apprentice Bonds, 1769-1910

Thanks to the diligent work of the Craven County Public Library, you can access a list of county apprentice bonds on their website that span 1769-1910.  Apprentice bonds were for children who ” …were orphaned, needed employment, or wanted to learn a trade” [1]

The list on the library website is divided into several files, each covering a specific time period. What kind of information might you find in a bond record? In this set, you can find names of free persons of color for the earlier bonds (e.g. prior to 1820).  Perhaps the most useful aspect of the bonds are the names & relationships that may be included, especially among some of the African-American youth included. Seeing the names can help give a better indication of who was living in the community and can be powerful when combined with more traditional information sources.

example apprentice bond

To access the full list, please visit the Craven County Public Library website.  Of interesting note, the Coastal Carolina Indian Center has extracted just the bonds from these files for Free Persons of Color from 1796-1820.

[1] “North Carolina Occupations.” FamilySearch Wiki., 7 Jan. 2011. Web. 16 May 2012. <>.

Newbern Social News (May 1, 1910)

Article is dated April 30

  • A. WADSWORTH and E.A. JACK of Newbern, and W.S. CHADWICK, of Beaufort, are in Mobile, enjoying the Confederate reunion this week.
  • Mrs. O.H. GUION has returned home after spending a few days with friends in Washington, NC
  • Mr. and Mrs. Bruce CRAVEN, of Kinston, have returned home after spending a few days with Mr. and Mrs. H.B. CRAVEN. 
  • Miss Nell JORDAN has gone to Raleigh, where she will live, her family having moved there some weeks ago.
  • Miss Huldah BOWDEN is spending some time in Asheville with friends. 
  • Mrs. DOWELL and Miss DUNCAN, of Raleigh, gave a music recital in the opera house last night, under the auspices of the women of the Presbyterian Church
  • Miss Maud MUNGER entertained a number of her friends a few nights ago in honor of Miss MAYO, of Washington; Miss ROGERS, of Raleigh; Miss WOODRUFF, of New York, and Miss Elmer FIFE, of Thomasville, NC.  The evening was delightfully spent in bridge whist, and afterwards a three-course buffet luncheon was served the guests. 

Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch, 1 May 1910.