• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Redemptioner Formerly, one who, wishing to emigrate from Europe to America, sold his services for a stipulated time to pay the expenses of his passage.
    • Redemptioner One who redeems himself, as from debt or servitude.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n redemptioner One who redeemed himself or purchased his release from debt or obligation to the master of a ship by his services, or one whose services were sold to pay the expenses of his passage to America.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Redemptioner one who redeemed himself from debt, or the like, by service
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—redemptus, pa.p. of redimĕre, to redeem.


In literature:

Not a few of the very respectable families of the State and some of its prominent men are known to be descended from redemptioners.
"The Quaker Colonies" by Sydney G. Fisher
And if my father came out a redemptioner, and worked his way, so had old Mr. Dulany.
"Richard Carvel, Complete" by Winston Churchill
This class of persons called "redemptioners," consisted at one time of thousands.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 1 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
This class of persons called "redemptioners," consisted at one time of thousands.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
With the "convicts" and the "redemptioners" came the Irish schoolmaster, the man then most needed in America.
"The Glories of Ireland" by Edited by Joseph Dunn and P.J. Lennox
Certainly he was not a very salable redemptioner with his three little motherless children about his knees.
"Strange True Stories of Louisiana" by George Washington Cable
The majority were of the peasant and artisan class who usually came over as redemptioners.
"Our Foreigners" by Samuel P. Orth
With respect to the German redemptioners, you know I can do nothing, unless authorized by law.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
The two first classes were by no means insignificant in 1789, and the redemptioners were rapidly increasing in numbers.
"Continental Monthly , Vol. 6, No. 1, July, 1864" by Various
Cargoes of redemptioners came into American ports as late as the year 1818.
"Union and Democracy" by Allen Johnson
After a time there were laws made to protect the redemptioners.
"Stories of New Jersey" by Frank Richard Stockton
When finally they had worked out their time they had earned their freedom, and were called Redemptioners.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
That's Black Jim Lewis, that stole me away from home and sold me for a redemptioner.
"Duffels" by Edward Eggleston
Mr. Quimby bought him at the wharf out of a redemptioner ship.
"Pencil Sketches" by Eliza Leslie