MG-420. JOHN W. HARPER COLLECTION, 1716-1888.
A native of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, John W. Harper was an avid genealogist who collected taufschein, surveys, deeds, patents, and other documents pertaining to his ancestors and for Centre County, Pennsylvania as a whole. Item #44 of the collection is a March 2, 1795 servitude indenture whereby "Negress Dinah" apprenticed herself to Nicholas Young of Philadelphia County for the term of eight years, seven months and ten days. In return for her service, Dinah was to be taught the "Mystery of Housewifery" and given five quarters of schooling. Upon the conclusion of her servitude, she was to receive changes of clothing.