Thursday, April 17, 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday - Affidavit of Birth


                 Great Grandmother Mary Ann (JAMES) BRANFIELD 

                                                         AFFIDAVIT OF BIRTH

County of Allegheny
State of  Penna

Before me, a Notary Public in and for said County, personally appeared Mary Ann Branfield, who being first duly sworn according to law, deposes and says that she married Edward C Branfield, who is now deceased, at Sharon, Pennsylvania, December 26, 1881.

Affidavit further says that her son, John E Branfield, was born of that marriage, October 23, 1883, at Coalburg, Trumbull County, Ohio, and

              That he now resides at #166 North Mentor Avenue, Pasadena, California.

Affidavit further says that she was born, October 8, 1865 at Meistag, Gla-Morganshire, Wales, entering the United States, September 1870, with her parents.

Affidavit further states that her father, Jonathan James, was naturalized at Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio in 1884, thus naturalizing her, and that she has retained that citizenship.

Affidavit further says that her late husband, Edward C Branfield, was born July 6, 1860, at Rhyme, Monmouthshire, England, entering the United States with his parents in 1869, and that said Edward C Branfield became a citizen of the United States by naturalization about 1890 in Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio, and that he retained his citizenship.

Affidavit further says that her son, John E Branfield, was born a citizen of the United States of America and has retained his citizenship.

(signed)  Mary ann Branfield

Sworn to before me and
Subscribed in my presence
This 11th day of April 1944

(signed) Jessie Rupert, Notary Public
Jessie Rupert, N. P.
My Commission Expires
March 7, 1947

mailed 3 copies 4-11-1944

I love that I have an original signature for Mary Ann James Branfield

My main question is why did Mary Ann need to create this document? 
The document only included one son, herself, her deceased husband & father. She had a total of 8 children -4 boys & 4 girls-  but only her first son (& first child) is mentioned in this affidavit. Feels like a lot of it was to prove citizenship but maybe birth too

Wonder if it had to do with John being in California.... did he need to prove his birth &/or citizenship for a job? The census & death certificate & obituary say he was a plumber. He was involved in some type of work related accident and he died 3 July 1944- almost 3 months after affidavit date. So maybe nothing to do with that.  

1944 was during World War II. Did the war have anything to do with creating this document? I believe that the European campaign was settled early in 1944 so might be something with the Pacific campaign. I have not found anything to indicate he was in the service/veteran. 

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