Monday, November 14, 2011

Amanuensis Monday - Andrew Yawman's Naturalization (1842)

On his TransylvanianDutch blog, John Newmark defines an amanuensis as “a person employed to write out what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.” For more information about this daily blogging prompt, see John’s post Amanuensis – Why?.

I have amassed quite a collection of scans of handwritten documents related to my ancestors—primarily marriage records, deeds, and wills. As I have been transcribing these documents, it occurred to me that most of these documents were not actually written by my ancestors, but rather dictated to someone else, and then transcribed by a clerk into official records.


Last week I presented the sworn statement made by my maternal 2nd great-grandfather Andrew Yawman with respect to his desire to become a citizen of the United States. This week I have transcribed the naturalization form filed in the Mayor’s Court of the City of Rochester by which he was declared a citizen. The text that was filled in on the document is italicized and underlined; the pre-printed part of the form is in regular font. His previous deposition is referred to in this document as being “annexed.”

MAYOR'S COURT
OF THE CITY OF ROCHESTER.
Of the Term of November in the year 1842 1042[stamped]

COUNTY OF MONROE
And City of Rochester, ss.
Be it Remembered, that on the 2nd day of November in the year
1842 in this present Term, Andrew Yawman of
the city of Rochester in said County, personally appeared in open Court, and produced the following annexed
report and affidavit, heretofore duly filed in this Court, pursuant to the laws of the United States:

            To the Judges of the Mayor's Court of the City of Rochester:

The Subscriber, [blank] of the [blank] of [blank] in
the county of Monroe, humbly reports that he was born in [blank]
[blank] in the Kingdom of [blank] a subject of the
King of [blank] on or about the [blank]
[blank] day of [blank] that he has ever since his said arrival, resided in the United States,
and particularly that he has resided at his present place of residence for the last [blank] that it is his
bona fide intention to continue to reside in the United States, and to become a citizen thereof as soon as the laws in relation to
naturalization will permit, and to renounce all allegiance to every foreign power, prince, state and sovereignty whatever, and
particularly to the King of [blank]

City of Rochester, ss.
being duly sworn, says, that the facts set forth in the foregoing report are true.
Sworn to in open Court, this [blank] day
of [blank] 184[blank], before me.
                                                                        Clerk of the Court.

City of Rochester, ss. [illegible] Wm. Chappell and Wm Allgood
being duly sworn, say that they are citizens of the United States-that they are well acquainted with the above named
Andrew Yawman that he has resided in the United States for more that five years last
past-is of good moral Character, as they verily believe, and attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States.
Sworn to in open Court, this 2d day}                                   Wm Chappell
of November 1842 before me.         }                                   Wm Allgood
                                    E. Jae[?]         Clerk of the Court.

Whereupon such proceedings were had that the said Court were satisfied that the said
Andrew Yawman had resided in the United States
for more than five years last past-and he having in open Court taken the oath that he will support the
Constitution of the United States, and that he has absolutely and entirely renounced all allegiance and
fidelity to every foreign prince, potentate, power, state and sovereignty whatever, and particularly to the
King of The French and the Court being satisfied that the
said Andrew Yawman hath in all respects conformed
to the laws of the United States in relation to the naturalization of aliens:  Therefore it is considered
by the said Court, that the said Andrew Yawman be, and he is hereby,
admitted to become, and declared to be, a citizen of the United States.

[The following four lines appear to the left of the above paragraph.]

Judgment signed this
2 day of November
1842
  L. Mathews

City of Rochester, ss. [?]
I Andrew Yawman do solemnly swear, that I will support the Constitution of
the United States, and that I hereby renounce all allegiance and fidelity to every foreign prince, potentate, power, state and
sovereignty whatever, and particularly to the King of The French So help me God.
Sworn to in open Court, this 2nd day           }
of November 1842 before me.                      }
                                    E. Jae              Clerk.                         Andrew Yawman

SourceMonroe, New York, Naturalization Petitions, c. 1823-1906,
File 5, Petition Number 1042, Andrew Yawman; FHL microfilm 980,257.



© 2011 Denise Spurlock

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