Duncan, Joseph: Naturalization Record, Norfolk County
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Virginia: Norfolk County, To-wit: At a County Court Held for Norfolk County, on the 23rd day of March, 1855 Joseph Duncan a native of Ireland this day applied to the court to become a citizen of the United States; whereupon the said Joseph Duncan exhibited a Certificate of the Clerk of the County Court of Norfolk County showing that he arrived in the United States more than five years previous to the date hereof, and that more than two years ago he had declared on oath, in the said Court, his intention to become a citizen of the United States, which Certificate is in these words: STATE OF VIRGINIA At a Court held for Norfolk County the seventeenth day of November, 1851 Joseph Duncan an alien,who has lately arrived in the United States, and is desirous of being naturalized a citizen thereof, this day appeared in Court, and in pursuance of the Act of Congress made a report of himself, which report is in the following words, to wit: I, Joseph Duncan, in order to become a citizen of the United States, make the following report of myself to the County Court of Norfolk County in the State of Virginia. I report that I was born in the County of Galway in Ireland in the year 1827 -being now in the 24th year of my age: that I am a subject of the Queen of Great Britain owing allegiance to that monarch, and none other: that I migrated from Great Britain to the United States in the year 1848, and that I intend to settle myself in the Town of Portsmouth, in the State of Virginia, one of the United States. Given under my hand the seventeenth day of November, 1851. Joseph Duncan his X mark. And the said Joseph Duncan declare on oath that it is bona fide his intention to become a citizen of the United States, and to renounce forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign Prince, Potentate, State or Sovereignty whatever, and particularly to the Queen of Great Britain.
And it being proved to the satisfaction of the Court by the testimony of James Gray a citizen of the said United States who was examined as a witness on oath, and it being proved of the said Joseph Duncan as aforesaid, he has resided within the United States one year at least - and during that time 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, he the said Joseph Duncan declared on oath in open Court, that he will support the Constitution of the United States, and that he doth absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to every foreign Prince, Potentate, State or Sovereignty whatever, and particularly to the Queen of Great Britain and thereupon the said Joseph Duncan is admitted a citizen of the said United States.