My Great Grandfather on my Fathers Mothers side............
This is odd to me, but maybe it is not. My Great Grandfather Edward C Branfield was under eighteen when he arrived in the United States with his parents. I did not expect to find that he had filed for Citizenship on his own even though his father already filed papers with a final date of 25 September 1875 around 8 years earlier than his sons final date.
I don't really understand why the son felt he needed to file for citizenship as an individual when his father had already filed. Don't the children receive automatic citizenship when the father has been naturalized?
Still have not located where they entered the United States. I have looked but I will keep looking. I am assuming that they came in through Ellis Island, can't see why they would have come in to another port but who knows. 1869 was a long time ago and conditions, reference points, why come were different for everyone. Yes, Why did they come?
These documents also show he was from Wales and I have England. His father's declaration also shows he is from Wales but other documents show him from England.
Oh Goodie!! Another mystery to unravel!!!
IN PROBATE COURT #290
In and for the County of Trumbull, and State of Ohio
DECLARATION OF ALIENS WHO ARRIVED IN THE UNITED STATES UNDER EIGHTEEN
I, Edward C Branfield, being duly sworn do depose and say that I am a native of Wales, that I was 27 years of age on the 6th day of July last past; that I first arrived in the United States in the month of November A.D. 1869 that at the time I so arrived I had not attained the eighteenth year of my age; and that for three years last past it has been my bona fide intention to become A Citizen of the United States, and to renounce, forever, all allegiance and fidelity to every Foreign Prince, Potentate, State or Sovereignty whatsoever, and particularly all allegiance and fidelity to Victoria Queen of Great Britain whose subject I am.
(signed) E. C. Branfield
sworn to and Subscribed before me, this 17th day of February AD 1888
signed John R La........(?sp)/ Deputy Clerk
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA #291
Be it Remembered, that on the 17th day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty eight came Edward C Branfield and alien, native of Wales a free white person and proved, tot he satisfaction of the Court, that he has made the requisite declaration of his intention to be NATURALIZED, and become A Citizen of the United States; that he was 27 years of age on the 6th day of July last past, that he first arrived in the United States in the month of November A.D. 1869; that at the time he so arrived he had not attained the eighteenth year of his age; and also at the same time came Thomas Swain[?sp] and being duly sworn, did depose and say that the said Edward C Branfield has resided for five (5) years last during all 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.
And Whereupon, the said Edward C Branfield made solemn oath 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, Potnetate State of Sovcereighty whosoever, and particulartly all allegiance and fidelity to Victoria Queen of Great Britain.whose subject he was.
Whereupon, it is ordered by the Court that a Certificate of Citizenship be issued to him., on payment of costs of the application.
David R. Griffith, Probate Judge