While reading thru Granville County, North Carolina court records, I found this record and thought it worth noting. This record set contains many different types of court records dealing with indentures, enslaved, land, tax, and probate, etc. as it is a running list of items that were taken care of in the court during that time period.
"Ordered that Reuben Pettiford son of Easter Pettiford be bound to Stephen Melton to learn the art & mystery(sic) of a Black Smith he being about seven years of age until he arrives to the age of
twenty one years." November Court 1796 Tuesday
Source: NC Court Minutes 1746-1868
Film # 306206 contains 1746-1789 and 1796-1799
North Carolina. County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions (Granville County) :
Raleigh, North Carolina: North Carolina Dept. of Archives and History, 1961, 1962 and 1973
Digital image of Microfilm hosted at FamilySearch Image 201 of 424 (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSLK-X9XV-4?i=200&cat=157946)