Redemptioner - definition of redemptioner by The Free Dictionary
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A colonial emigrant from Europe to America who paid for the voyage by serving for a specified period as a bondservant.
(Historical Terms) history an emigrant to Colonial America who paid for his or her passage by becoming an indentured servant
re•demp•tion•er (rɪˈdɛmp ʃə nər)
an emigrant from Europe who obtained passage to America by becoming an indentured servant.
References in periodicals archive
231, 337 (1901) (reviewing KARL FREDERICK GEISER, REDEMPTIONERS AND SERVANTS IN THE COLONY AND COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA (1901)).
Some ship captains banned servants and redemptioners
altogether and the convict trade between Ireland and America ended.
Souls for Sale: Two German Redemptioners
Come to Revolutionary America: The Life Stories of John Frederick Whitehead and Johann Carl Buttner, Max Kade German-American Research Institute Series.