Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Matthew Madigan Naturalization Papers

A few weeks ago, during my last week working at the National Archives in New York before heading back to school sometime soon, I took my lunch break to print out a few naturalization records.

These are Matthew Madigan's naturalization papers. (They're negatives because of the format used to make reference copies of local court naturalization records; these aren't federal records.) Scanning the actual images was supposed to mean I wouldn't have to transcribe them, but they seem very difficult to read on the screen, so I'll tell you what they say, anyway:

New York Common Pleas
In the matter of
Matthew Madigan
On his naturalization
Affidavits, &c.
Filed in open Court Oct. 13 1876

At a special term of the Court of Common Pleas for the City and County of New York, held in the Court House of the City of New York, on the 13th day of Oct. 1876.
Present: Hon. H.W. Robinson, Judge

In the Matter
of the application of the within named
applicant to be admitted a Citizen of
the United States of America.

The said applicant appearing personally in Court, producing the evidence required by the Acts of Congress, and having made such declaration and renunciation, and having taken such oaths as are by the said acts required, IT IS ORDERED by the said Court, that the said applicant be admitted to be a Citizen of the United States of America.
Enter HWR

Court of Common Pleas
For the City and County of New York
In the matter of the application of
Matthew Madigan
by occupation, Car Man
to be admitted a citizen of the United States of America.

State of New York
City and County of New York

Francis J Healy, being duly sworn, says, that he resides in No. 13 Harrison Street, in the City of New York, and that he is well acquainted with the above-named applicant, and that the said applicant has resided within the United States for the continued term of five years, at least, next preceding the present time, and within the State of New York one year, at least, immediately preceding this application ; and that, during that time, he has behaved as a man of good moral character, attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States, and well disposed to the good order and happiness of the same.
Francis J Healy
Sworn in open Court this
Oct. 13 1876

Clerk
[unintelligible]

State of New York
City and County of New York
I, Mathew Madigan, residing in No. 85
-->McQuaid (Luquaar) St. Bklyn do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States ; and that I do absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to every foreign Prince, Potentate, State or Sovereignity whatever, and particularly to the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, of whom I was before a subject. Sworn in Court this Oct. 13 1876
Matthew Madigan
Clerk
[illegible]



State of New York
In the Court of Common Pleas for the City and County of New York
I, Mathew Madigan do declare on oath, that it is bona fide my Intention to become a Citizen of the United States, and to renounce forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign Prince, Potentate, State or Sovereignity whatever, and particularly to the QUEEN OF THE UNITED KINDGOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND, of whom I am a subject.
Sworn this 20th day of May 1866
Mathew Madigan
Nathaniel Jarvis, Jr., Clerk

Clerk's Office, Court of Common Pleas
for the City and County of New York

I certify, that the foregoing it a true copy of an original Declaration of Intention remaining of record in my office.
In Attestation Whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name, and affixed the Seal of said Court, this Thirteenth day of October, 1876
N. Jarvis Jr., Clerk

2 comments:

The History Man said...

You can take the document that you have and upload it to Footnote.com.
Once you do that you can view it in their viewer. You can invert the document and change the brightness so it is legible. That is all with a free registration.Footnote Registration.

Footnote is putting up all of these records. They have all of the indexes up and they are working on the records.
Matthew Madigan Index Card

Hope this helps!

Katie O. said...

Thanks, History Man! I'll give that a try!