County of Shelby   SS

          Be It Known, that on the 12th day of July A.D., 1854, personally appeared in the Shelby Circuit Court, before the Clerk thereof,  James Shaghnassy  an alien, and reports himself for Naturalization, and being duly sworn on oath declares that he is a native of Ireland aged about thirty five years, and owes allegiance to Queen Victoria of Great Britain that he emigrated thence, embarked at Liverpool and arrived at New Orleans in the United States, on the day of December A.D., 1852 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.
(Signed)       James  X  Shaghnassy
          Sworn and subscribed the 12th day of July 1854.

          In Testimony Whereof, I Jacob Vernon Clerk of the Shelby Circuit Court, hereunto set my name and the seal of said Court the above date.
( LS )     J. Vernon   Ck  S. C. C.
Transcribed by Barb Huff

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