Brown, John: Petition, Grayson County
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To the Speakers & Members of the house of Delegates, and the Senate of Virginia. The Petition of John Brown of the County of Grayson would respectfully represent, that sometime about the year 1799 or 1800, John Brown the father of your Petitioner migrated from Yorkshire in the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Ireland and became a resident of Virginia, that in the year 1806 he purchased of a certain Daniel Carlan a citizen of Virginia a tract of land lying in Grayson County Containing 400 acres more or less, on which he continued to reside until sometime in the year 18 [blank]. Your Petitioner has not been enabled to discover that his father was ever naturalized as a Citizen of the United States, -In the year 1813 your Petitioner came to the United States with an intention to become a citizen of the said States for life; and settled himself in the City of New-York; and on the 19th day of May in the year 1817, your Petitioner appeared in the Justices Court of the City of New York the same being a Court of Record, and declared in open Court "that it was bona fide his intention to become a citizen of the United States, and to recommend forever all allegiance and fidelety [fidelity] to any foreign prince, Potentate, State or Sovereignty whatsoever, and particularly to the King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Ireland of whom he was then a subject,, which declaration was entered of Record in the said Court. Your Petitioner