It is the common rosy-hued view of the modern historian—in his posthumous collaboration with slave masters past—to depict the two sold souls below as “employees,” having escaped the horrors of poverty and slavery via the good will of their adoptive benefactor, Edward Roe. However, the word servant was the preferred word for human property as established in the King James Bible. Whatever the slipper semantics, John Thorn was property, living the life we moderns associate with slavery, and his nameless fellow captive did not even rank a name. It might prove instructive that the standard 7-year term for an English servant transported, imported, dutied, indented or taken by the scandalous “headright” system to the Plantations of Maryland and Virginia was not adopted until after the experiment of Jamestown demonstrated that less than 5% of servants survived 7 years. Indeed, of the 67 white servants that the 35 English Puritans brought to Plymouth, less than half survived the first winter. By the time young John Thorn had completed his term of hard labor on a diet of corn and water he would have been all but worn out, even if he were not beaten daily, which was the norm for children and servants of the time. If he made it to the end of his term of service, the prospect of being released with nothing but the clothes on his back, no tradesman’s tools and no money, and only a freedom paper [which, if lost, would put him at the mercy of any who wished to enslave him] would have been daunting.
As for the unnamed servant, he was nothing more than an animal to be used until he became useless.
1 boy servant named John Thorn at 5 years to serve - 2000 pounds tobacco 
1 East India servant boy - 2500 pounds tobacco 
-Maryland Prerogative Court (Inventories)
1. This inventory of a presumably deceased Captain Roe was taken during the height of Bacon’s Rebellion in neighboring Virginia, to which Maryland dispatched a battalion strength force.
2. Note that the dismissive term beloved of modern Americans “indentured” is not noted in this legal document. Indeed, most child servants were not indentured, but kidnapped and many that were indentured were in effect being sold by a widowed parent or orphaned older sibling.
3. Note that the East Indian servant boy did not even have a name and was worth 25% more in tobacco, than John Thorn, who would have been 13 years, probably sold at 10 years. This possibly reflects the fact that child laborers in Maryland and Virginia in the 17th Century rarely lived past age 21 and the boy could be expected to serve effectively until that age. Maryland was so poor during this period that most business was conducted in tobacco, making the acquisition of African slaves difficult, as such merchants who dealt in that race wanted coin for their freight.