County of Shelby   SS

          Be It Known, that on the first day of July A.D., 1854, personally appeared in the Shelby Circuit Court, before the Clerk thereof,  Benjamin Atkins  an alien, and reports himself for Naturalization, and being duly sworn on oath declares that he is a native of Ireland aged about twenty five years, and owes allegiance to the Queen of Great Britain that he emigrated thence, embarked at Cork and arrived at New York in the United States, on the     day of June A.D., 1849 and that it is bona fide his intention to reside in and become A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES, and to renounce forever All Allegiance and Fidelity to every Foreign Prince, Potentate, State or Sovereignty whatever; and particularly to Victoria Queen of Great Britain and Ireland.
B. Atkins

          Sworn and subscribed the first day of July 1854.

          In Testimony Whereof, I Jacob Vernon Clerk of the Shelby Circuit Court, hereunto set my name and seal of said Court the above date.
( LS )     J. Vernon      

Transcribed by Barb Huff

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