Riley, Michael: Naturalization Record, Portsmouth City
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At the Court of Hustings for the city of Portsmouth held on the 4 day of June 1865, Michael Riley a native of Ireland this day applied to the Court to be admitted to become a citizen of the United States. Whereupon it appeared to the satisfaction of the Court that the said Michael Riley had put in or before the Court held for Wallingford in the State of Connecticut that being a Court of record more than two years before this date and had thereby declared on oath his intention to become a citizen of the United States and that he had obtained from said Court for Wellington aforesaid a properly authenticated copy thereof but which certified copy he had lost but wherein he had reported that he was born in the County of Leitram [Leitrim] Ireland in the year 1828 on the 24 Decr being now in the 37 year of his age; that he was a subject of Victoria the Queen of the Untied Kingdom of Great Brittain and Ireland owing allegiance that monarch and none other, that he migrated from Ireland to the United States in the year 1855 and that he then intended to become a citizen of the United States and the said Michael Riley in this Court having declared on oath that it is his intention to settle in the city of Portsmouth in the State of Virginia one of the United States and that it is bona fide his intention to become a citizen of the United States and to renounce forever all allegiance and fidelity to every sovereign, prince, potentate state or sovereignty whatever and particularly to Victoria Queen of the said United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. And it being in proof to the satisfaction of this Court the testimony of Jno W Tucker one of the justices of this Court who was examined as a witness on oath that since the arrival of the said Michael Riley he has resided within the United States five years at least and within this state one year at least and 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 deposed to the good order and happiness of the same he the said Michael Riley declared on oath in open court that he will support