Brown, John: Petition, Grayson County
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being an illiterate manufacturer, and unacquainted with the laws of the land, believed that the making of the said declaration naturalized him, and entitled him to all the privileges of a Citizen, and he has not untill very lately discovered his mistake, and so soon as he did discover it he availed himself of the earliest opportunity of completing his naturalization which is now done.
Your Petitioners' father died while your Petitioner was a resident of New York, and previous to his death he made and published his last will and testament, in which he devised the said 400 acres of land to your Petitioner and your Petitioner immediately took possession of the land and has retained it ever since.
Your Petitioner also made an entry of 500 acres of land which he has since discovered includes a considerable part of the 400 acres devised to him by his father, for which your Petitioner obtained a grant on the first day of October 1821.
Your Petitioner is advised that as his father was probably an alien at the time he purchased the said 400 acres of land, and as your Petitioner had not completed his naturalization at the time of his fathers death, or at the time he obtained the Grant for the 500 acres, that the said tracts of land may have become forfeited to the Commonwealth: He therefore, prays that a law may be passed releasing to him any right, which may have accrued to the Commonwealth, in the said lands. And as in duty he will ever pray &c. November 1825, John Brown