Monday, May 09, 2011

Amanuensis Monday: Petition for Naturalization - Joseph Wright

Yup, I'm jumping on the Amanuensis Monday bandwagon...

Amanuensis Monday is a daily blogging theme from GeneaBloggers, originating at John Newmark's Transylvania Dutch, the theme encourages the transcription of family letters, journals, and other historical artifacts.

Joseph Wright is one of my paternal great-grandparents, father of my Memere Robillard, Louise Esther Wright.


[U.S. District Court, Boston Mass; Vol. 123, Page 163]

United States of America
Massachusetts District, SS. _____________
To the Honorable the Judge of the District Court of the United States, within and
       for the District of Massachusetts.

RESPECTFULLY represents          Joseph Wright   26  High St    Neponset  
of  Boston                               in said District,  by occupation a      Nailmaker  
an alien,  and a free white person,  that he was born in          the Isle of Mann   

                                                                                                on or about 
the       19th       day of          November        in the year of our Lord eighteen
hundred        fifty three     and is now about            thirty          years of age;
that he arrived at Boston        


                                          in the United States of America, on or about the
               Twelfth           day of            March          in the year of our Lord
eighteen hundred and          seventy         being then a minor under the age of
eighteen years;  that is then was and still is, his bona fide intention to reside in and
become a citizen of the United States of America, and to renounce all allegiance and
fidelity to every foreign Prince, Potentate and Sovereignty whatsoever --- more
especially to Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland,

whose subject he has heretofore been.
     And the said petitioner further represents, that he made a primary declaration
of his intention to become a citizen of said United States, before the Honorable
                                         Court,                                                    or the Clerk
thereof, on the                                  day of                                       A.D. 18    

     And the said petitioner further represents, that he has ever since continued to
reside within the jurisdiction of said United States, that he has never borne any
hereditary title, or been of any of the orders of nobility; that he is ready to renounce
and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to every foreign Prince, Potentate, State or
Sovereignty whatsoever, and particularly to Victoria, Queen as aforesaid,

 whose subject he has heretofore been ; that he is attached to the principles of the
Constitution of the United States of America, and well disposed towards the good
order and happiness of the same.
   And the said petitioner further represents that he enlisted in the Volunteer forces
of the Armies of the United States, and that he was honorably discharged therefrom
on the                                            day of                                           A. D. 18

     Wherefore your petitioner prays, that he may be admitted to become a citizen
of the said United States of America, according to the forms of the statute in such
case made and provided.

/s/ Joseph Wright                                     /s/ Joseph Wright
Oct 20th 1883 . Sworn to by said Petitioner, before said Court.

Attest :                                            (illegible signature)          Clerk.


[U.S. District Court, Boston Mass; Vol. 123, Page 163A]

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Massachusetts District, to wit:    City of Boston,                      188   .
We          James P. Kelley  Neponset  Ave  Neponset ,
            Michael Meleedy  Taylor St  Neponset

both citizens of said United States, severally depose and say that we have known the foregoing Petitioner, for five years, last past, during which time he has resided in said
Boston
and that he has resided  within the State of Massachusetts one year at least; and has
conducted himself and behaved as a man of good moral character, attached to the
principles of the Constitution of the United States , and well disposed towards the
good order and happiness of the same.
                                                                                /s/   James P. Kelley
                                                                                /s/   Michael Meleedy

          188   .  Sworn to by the above named Witnesses, before the said Court.

ATTEST:                                                                                        Clerk.

OATH TAKEN BY PETITIONER
I                       Joseph Wright                 do solemnly swear that I do absolutely
and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to every foreign Prince, 
Potentate, State, or Sovereignty whatsoever---particularly to Victoria, Queen of the
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, 

whose subject I have heretofore been; and that I will support the Constitution of the
United States of America---so help me God.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
District of Massachusetts, to wit:
At a Special District Court of the United States holden at said Boston on the
      twentieth        day of                       October                        in the year
of our Lord 1883, the said                Joseph Wright                     having
produced the evidence required by law, took the aforesaid oat and was admitted to
become a citizen of the United States of America; and the Court ordered that
record thereof be made accordingly

                    ATTEST:
                                                                                                             Clerk.

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