County of Shelby:SS.

          Be it Known, that on the 19th day of October A.D., 1852, personally appeared in the Shelby Circuit Court, before the Clerk thereof,  John Welch  an alien, and reports himself for Naturalization, and being duly sworn on oath declares that he is a native of Ireland, aged about 27 years, and owes allegiance to the Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland that he emigrated thence, embarked at Cork and arrived at Boston in the United States on the 17th** day of June A.D., 1844 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 of Sovereignty whatever; and particularly to Victoria Queen of Great Britain and Ireland.

          Sworn and subscribed the 19th day of October 1852.

          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

Transcribed by Linda Bath
**Date of Arrival may be 17th or 19th

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