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  1. The minutes of the Vestry of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Cheraw reflect the plight of the poor at the end of the American Revolution. In the minutes, the church’s Overseers of the Poor make provisions for twelve poor children, binding them out to apprenticeship to members of the community. The children, as young as five, are bound into service until they are twenty-one years old or married, at which time the minutes indicate that they should receive a suit of home spun cloths and a horse and bridal or, for the girls, a calf or a cow. This church body, created by the 1695 Act for the Poore, allowed church parishes to tax residents in the parish, in order to provide for the poor, and to bind the children of the poor into service.

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