County of Shelby:   SS.           Be It Known, that on the 12th day of September A.D., 1854, personally appeared in the Shelby Circuit Court, before the Clerk thereof,  Benjamin W. Douglas  an alien, and reports himself for Naturalization, and being duly sworn on oath declares that he is a native of England aged about forty five years, and owes allegiance to the Kingdom of Great Britain that he emigrated thence, embarked at Liverpool England and arrived at New Orleans in the United States, on the 23d day of March A.D., 1846 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.
( Signed )   B. W. Douglas
          Sworn and subscribed the 12th day of September 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.
J. Vernon, Clerk

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