County of Shelby   SS

          Be it Known, that on the 19th day of December A.D., 1853, personally appeared in the Shelby Circuit Court, before the Clerk thereof,  Thomas McKniff  an alien, and reports himself for Naturalization, and being duly sworn on oath declares that he is a native of Ireland aged about 30 years, and owes allegiance to the Queen of Great Britain & Ireland that he emigrated thence, embarked at Liverpool and arrived at New Orleans in the United States, on the 19th day of December 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 & Ireland.
          Sworn and subscribed the 19th day of December 1853.

          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       CLERK          
By W. N. Hubbell Deputy      

Transcribed by Barb Huff

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