While digging through the old newspapers online at Northern New York Historical Newspapers, I found this item from the June 26, 1852 issue of the Essex County Republican, published in Keeseville by Jonathan Tarbell, publisher and proprietor:
THIS is to certify that I have given my son, Louis Ladd Jr., his time, and from this date I shall neither claim his earnings, nor pay any debts of his contracting.
Dated Essex June 14, 1852
Here's a link from a contemporary empty nester article from The Telegraph newspaper titled "Empty nest and couldn't be happier."
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