I have the naturalization papers 1860s'of my great grandfather John Hall. He was a native of England.
According to his statement he came to the United States at age 23 years. The story is he and his first wife left England and she became ill on the ship and was buried at sea. They were not traveling on any ship like we have today.
If you can read the information on the picture, the dates seem to be off. The first paragraph reads:
John Hall personally appeared in Lake Circuit Court on October 12, 1870. That is unusual as the ending dates read: October 12, 1868, unless he started the proceedings on October 12, 1868 and had to come back to court on October 12, 1870.
John declares to be a native of England. he embarked at Liverpool, England and arrived at New York, United States
on March 11, 1854. He also renounces forever all allegiance and fidelity to every foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty,whatever and particularly to Queen Victoria.
You will note that it looks like his age was 87 at the time of the papers, when actually he was only 39 years old in 1870. If he started proceeding in 1868, he would have been 37 and if he had a strong accent maybe it sounded like 87.
I am not familiar with the rules and laws of the time. The rules, laws and statues have changed many times over the years, as I will show you in the next page on naturalization papers.
I state papers but this single page is all I found for my great grandfather. In the next page I will be creating I have the Declaration of Intention, Petition, and the Oath of Allegiance
for the father of a friend.
When I run across any other naturalization papers 1860s' will add to this page.
Check our page: Naturalization Papers 1900s'