Amanuensis Monday: Wilhelm Jonas Naturalization Record

165

United States of America

State of Illinois,

Cook County

Pleas, before the honorable EW Burke one of the Judges of the Circuit Court of Cook County, at a term thereof begun and held at Chicago, in said county and state, on the third Monday (being the 15th day) of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred 4and the Independence of the United States the one hundred 19th.

Present, Honorable EW Burke one of the Judges of the Circuit Court of Cook County.

Jacob J. Kern States Attorney,

James H. Gilbert Sheriff.

Attest Frank J Gaulter clerk,

On the 23d day of October A.D. 1894, being one of the days aforesaid, came Wilhelm Jonas an alien, into court, and applied to be admitted as a naturalized citizen of the United States, and it having appeared to the satisfaction of the Court that the said applicant has resided within the limits and under the jurisdiction of the United States, for and during the full term of five years last past, and one year and upward immediately proceeding date hereof, in the State of Illinois, and that during said term of five years he has sustained a good moral character, and appeared to be attached to to the principle contained in the Constitution of the United States, as well disposed to the good order, well being, and happiness of the same, and two years and upwards have elapsed since the said applicant filed the declaration of his intention to become a citizen of the United States, according to the provisions of the several Acts of Congress heretofore passed on that subject; and he having now here, in open Court, taken and subscribed the oath required by those laws to support the Constitution of the United States, and to renounce and abjure all allegiances and fidelity to every foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty whatever, and more particularly all allegiance which he may in anywise owe to Emperor of Germany whereof he was heretofore a subject.

It is Therefore Ordered and Adjudge, by the Court, that the said Wilhelm Jonas be, and he is hereby admitted to all and singular the rights, privileges and immunities of a naturalized citizen of the United States, and that the same be certified by the Clerk of this Court, under the seal of said Court accordingly.

My Afternoon at The Archives

Today, I took some time out of my busy day to actually do bit of researching for my Jonas line. One of my goals is to NBC able to prove/disprove is Wilhem Jonas (my great-great grandfather) is related to Johann Jonas (who lived in the same general area and who’s children share the names of Wilhelm’s).

A few months back, I found the index record for both of their naturalization records on ancestry.com. At that time, I printed each index out knowing I would go to find their actual paperwork at IRAD. This morning, I decided today was that day. After I found the print outs of the index, I grabbed a quick lunch and set out on my mission.

Once I got to IRAD and requested my film, I sat and searched through the first roll of film. I was so upset because the index told me exactly what page I should find the record on and it was no there. I rewound the film, set it to the side and moved on tithe next roll. This roll was supposed to hold the record for Johann Wilhelm’s, I went to the page it listed and did not find him. I scrolled through every book that was on this roll and found zilch! I was disappointed, to say the least.

I went back to the desk and spoke with the lady that was kind enough to assist me. We again looked at my ancestry index print out and decided we would try another volume. The index showed it should be volume 76 and I had already been through 73-76 and found nothing. So, looking at the printout, I suggested we try 78. The 8 could easily have been mistaken for a 6.

While the lady looked for that roll of film, I went back to my first roll to see if Wilhelm’ would make an appearance. When I first started rolling through the film, I did not understand that there were multiple books on a film. I quickly went to the second book and then rolled forward to get to the correct page number, and there he was, Wilhelm’s Jonas! I was so excited. I printed off the paperwork and got ready for the next roll.

                    165 United States of America State of Illinois, Cook County Pleas, before the honorable EW Burke one of the Judges of the Circuit Court of Cook County, at a term thereof begun and held at Chicago, in said county and state, on the third Monday (being the 15th day) of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred 4and the Independence of the United States the one hundred 19th. Present, Honorable EW Burke one of the Judges of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Jacob J. Kern States Attorney, James H. Gilbert Sheriff. Attest Frank J Gaulter clerk, On the 23d day of October A.D. 1894, being one of the days aforesaid, came Wilhelm Jonas an alien, into court, and applied to be admitted as a naturalized citizen of the United States, and it having appeared to the satisfaction of the Court that the said applicant has resided within the limits and under the jurisdiction of the United States, for and during the full term of five years last past, and one year and upward immediately proceeding date hereof, in the State of Illinois, and that during said term of five years he has sustained a good moral character, and appeared to be attached to to the principle contained in the Constitution of the United States, as well disposed to the good order, well being, and happiness of the same, and two years and upwards have elapsed since the said applicant filed the declaration of his intention to become a citizen of the United States, according to the provisions of the several Acts of Congress heretofore passed on that subject; and he having now here, in open Court, taken and subscribed the oath required by those laws to support the Constitution of the United States, and to renounce and abjure all allegiances and fidelity to every foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty whatever, and more particularly all allegiance which he may in anywise owe to Emperor of Germany whereof he was heretofore a subject. It is Therefore Ordered and Adjudge, by the Court, that the said Wilhelm Jonas be, and he is hereby admitted to all and singular the rights, privileges and immunities of a naturalized citizen of the United States, and that the same be certified by the Clerk of this Court, under the seal of said Court accordingly.

 

Searching roll number 3, I was able to easily locate Johann Jonas. I printed his information and moved forward. I wanted to find the intent and petition paperwork as well.

In order to find the intent and petition paperwork, I needed to look at a tool that is a handwritten, alphabetized book that has been filmed. Not an easy task! After about 15 minutes, I had to give up because I needed to get to school to pick up my daughter. So, I asked the nice lady if they can pull the rest of the paperwork for me and mail it to me. She said that she would handle it for me.

I love the way that IRAD handles things for upon. They will search for me, free of charge, and print everything out. When they mail it to me, there will be a bill for printing fees. $1 for the first page and .20 for each additional page. Not too shabby if you ask me. The only real problem I the amount of time it will take. Which is usually 4 – 6 weeks.

But, to get this paperwork, I will wait patiently. I have many other records waiting for me to transcribe them. I need to get to work, soon!

What Have I Been Up To

Since I have not been blogging here lately, I thought I would take some time to explain what I have been up to in the past few weeks. Hoping that all of my readers will understand why I have been very quiet here and on my Finding Our Ancestors Facebook page.

To start off with, I have started a new project with my closest genealogy friends; Stephanie Fishman (also my genea buddy) and Jen Holik. In the past month, we have been spending most of our free time over at The In-Depth Genealogist. Which started a digi mag for all genealogists. It now is a digi-mag with its own website, facebook page and twitter account. This idea came to us one day and has been growing very fast. We are ever thankful to all of our friends, family and genealogy community for helping us grow so quickly. We have many great things planned for IDG and hope that you will follow us on this journey.

I am also three and a half months into the 18 month ProGen15 course. Last month, we had to create a research plan for our research. I chose to do mine on my German, Jonas line. I have spent so much time this past year researching this family, it only seemed fitting to create a research plan on the family. As an FYI, I had many small research plans on this family already created, I have many questions that I am trying to answer and to do this, I knew I needed to narrow the information down and focus. But, to put something together that my peers would be critiquing scared the crap out of me. I guess it is like a big case of stage freight. Would they think I had no clue what I was doing? Would they think I did not belong amongst them? These are the crazy questions that went through my head as I put this assignment off. But, on the very last day, I pulled myself together (thanks to the insistance of my genea buddy, Stephanie) and got to work. What I came up with was crazy, since I waited so long to do this! I spent three hours, pulling information from each source and creating a research plan, in the form of a timeline. By doing this, I was able to see that I had some conflicting information and would need to search for more primary sources to find the truth to the conflicting information. Mind you, none of the conflicting information had to do with what I was searching for. My research plan is to help me find the parents of Wilhelm / William Jonas. With this timeline, I added dates of that were given in each source and what it told me about Wilhelm / William. Then, I went back and sourced everything I could. The sourcing is what took most of my time on this assignment, which I am glad I did. Otherwise, I probably would have overlooked the conflicting information and where that information came from. Click the following link to view my research plan, Research Plan – Terri O’Connell. By the way, I worried about nothing. I got great feedback from my peers!

I also just finished reading Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak. All I can say is if you have not read it. Please, put it on your to do list. It was definitely worth it!

Also, I have been watching all of the great genealogy tv shows currently airing, Who Do You Think You Are? which airs Friday’s at 7pm CST on NBC and Finding Your Roots which airs on Sunday at 7pm on PBS. I absolutely love genealogy on tv. I have just put a request in to hold African American Lives so that I can watch Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s older shows that I missed when they first aired. Hope to go and pick it up today.

Watching any of these shows, I watch for some sort of glimpse into the past of my ancestors, be it the same period of time, same place or, if I am lucky enough a common ancestor (so far nothing on my direct line, but maybe a hit on the hubby’s). Please support genealogy on tv, we need to keep the ratings up so that it gets renewed for another season. WDYTYA? will be digging deep into the southern roots of Paula Deen next week. Personally, I cannot wait! Paula reminds me so much of my Grandma Richmond (last face it, its the southern drawl). I will definitely be in front of the tv for this episode.

WDYTYA? And Family Connections

On 4 May 2012 Who Do You Think You Are? invited us in to share the genealogy of Rashida Jones. To be honest, I did not know much about her or her family. As I googled away to see what I could find out, I was surprised to see that she was daughter of Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton. After doing a bit more digging, I read that Quincy had already been looking into his genealogy and was featured in one of Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s shows on PBS.

What really excited me was the connection Quincy Jones has to George Washington because the General appears in my darling hubby’s tree as well. I was so excited to see what the connection really is and how they all fit together.

I should have known that they would focus on Rashida’s maternal line. Specifically, Peggy Lipton’s mothers line. Nothing on Quincy’s family because it had been researched already. The information that was given to Rashida was very in-depth, bringing her family right into the middle of WWII.

As always, the show was put together to bring out every emotion they can. From the family they are investigating to the person watching the show. I am sure that many tears had been shed.

For me, I need to go and search for Dr. Gate’s other productions to find the one with Quincy Jones. Once I am able to watch that, I will be blogging about it.

Have you had a connection made through watching Who Do You Think You Are? Please share with us what family finds you have made watching these shows on television.

Sundays Obituary: John O’Connell

Fair Haven Era

October 1931

Funeral services for Mr. John O’Connell who died last Friday evening at his home on Pine St., after a five week illness were held at St. Mary’s church Monday morning.at 8 o’clock. Rev. PJ Long and JJ Dwyer officiated at the mass of requie. Mr. O’Connell was born in Canada.and has resided in town for the past six years on Pine St. Besides his wife is is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Coulman of Schenectady NY, Mrs. Daha and Mrs William Pratt of Hudson Falls NY, three sons, Dennis of Canada, Dan and John O’Connell of Hudson Falls NY, one half sister, Mrs. J. Gilrain of Fair Haven.

The internment was in St. Marys Cemetery on Washington St. and the pall bearers were Fred Moore, James Hickey, George Eaton, James Laramie, John Dutelle and Frank McDermott.

Tombstone Tuesday: Harriet

Harriet Langdon Tombstone, St Paul's Cemetery, Hudson Falls, Washington Co., New York. Photographed by Terri O'Connell © 2012

Harriet’s obituary can be read here. It is sad that her first name is the only name on her stone. Luckily, she is buried with her siblings so that you can figure out which family she belongs to. Unfortunately, there is no mention of her husband.

Motivation Monday: Week of April 16

After the 1st week, I think I am moving forward with the goals I set for the month. My updates are in blue.

Research: Find the following people in the 1940 Census, Marie Jonas, Rose McAvoy, Joseph Lachney and family, and John James Hilton and family.

Continue researching the family of Daniel P. O’Connell, brother of my great grandfather.

Writing: The goal is to beat 11 posts for the month, (this is post 3). I also am working on a  book project, I have a rough draft of chapters and would like to work on the first chapter for this month. Only basic information will be given on this project until it starts coming together and I know it is something that I will complete.

With the writing of this post, I am at 10 posts for the month and have made a good effort to have the information scheduled for future dates. 

For my book project, I have inserted the introduction and started one of the chapters.

Some other things I have done that are not included in my goal is I completing my article for The In-Depth Genealogist (are you subscribed? If not you can subscribe here so you do not miss the next issue). This has become a large part of my writing goal in the last few days. We have made many changes to the newsletter and have so much more happening in the near future. 

I also published an article for Examiner.com, which is about Travel. You can read my Examiner articles here

Organization: Get the last of my magazines files in order and start on my folders for the families.

Education: Continue with Progen 15 and participate in a few webinars. I cannot watch them on my computer, but I downloaded an app for my Iphone where I will be able to attend that way. I signed up for the ISGS webinar next week and will see how that works.

I finished reading my ProGen 15 homework on Tuesday, 10 Apr. 

Sunday’s Obituary: Harriet Langdon

The Post Star, Tuesday, April 28, 1931

Mrs. Harriet O’Connell Langdon. 50, wife of Fred Langdon, died yesterday at her home on the Boulevard. Beside her husband she is survived by her father of Fair Haven, VT,; three sisters, Mrs. Fred Daha of Gloversville, Mrs. Thomas Coleman of Schenectady, Mrs. William Pratt of Watertown; three brothers, John O’Connell of Hudson Falls, Daniel O’Connell of Fort Edward and Dennis O’Connell of Therold, Canada. The deceased was a devout member of St. Mary’s church.

The In-Depth Genealogist

Did you get a chance to read Corn and Cotton’s post this afternoon? It is about her News From the Field, newsletter. It has a new name, The In-Depth Genealogist! I am not going to reiterate all she had to say, except that you need to sign up for the newsletter and see the changes as The In-Depth Genealogist grows.

Looks like there are changes to the newsletter and new writers this month.

I hope everyone has signed up to receive the newsletter. If not, you can sign up for The In-Depth Genealogist at http://bit.ly/InDepthGen. You do not want to miss all that is to come! Also, follow them on twitter @indepgen and facebook is http://www.facebook.com/theindepthgenealogist. Make sure to like the page and share with your friends.

Was Your Family Counted Twice

Over the weekend, I was searching page by page, ED by ED through the 1940 Census. Specifically, Raleigh County, WV. That is where my maternal family is from and I still need to find my grandparents. Since, I was not having any luck locating either grandparent with their families. I decided I should look for my grandfather’s grandparents, or my great-great grandparents. My logic was that my grandfathers family should be someplace close by. My great-great grandfather had a large parcel of land tha the split amongst his children. So I knew that there would be many Richmond families in the same vicinity.

What I found, made me question what I knew about the family and it made me call me mother to see what she knew as well. According to what I found, my Richmond family, John and Nettie lived with all their children, even the married ones. Yet, there is no mention of spouses of grandchildren. At first glance, I only notice my great-grandfather was there without his family. So, I placed a call to my mom and asked her if she ever heard her father talk about living someplace without his father. Mom was pretty sure he had never told her that. While she was telling me this. I started really looking at this record and saw many of the Hunter’s (my great-grandfather) siblings were marked as married and living at home. Very odd.

Roy Richmond Family and John E Richmond Family, 1940 US Federal Census, Town, Raleigh Co, West Virginia.

John Richmond Family (balance), 1940 US Federal Census, Town, Raleigh Co, West Virginia.

I understand that times were hard, so it is not inconceivable that some children might have had to move home in order to be able to afford to live. Heck, how many young adults have done that in our economic conditions.

But, what really made me start looking at what this record was telling me, is when I noticed that Roy was living there as well. I went to my database to verify who his spouse was, (this is a large family and I had never really spent a lot of time researching or even face to face with relatives on this line). Roy’s wife was Lily (last name currently unknown). Interesting, just above John E and Nettie Richmond are Roy and Lily Richmond and they are the same age. With this coincidence, I decided I needed to check one more family. Hunter and Roy had a sister, Mae, she married French Meadows and I know that I had already downloaded their page of the 1940 Census. I pulled it up and then went back to the page with John and Nettie to see if Mae was listed in their home as well. Guess what, she was. It seems that Nettie, supplied the enumerator with information on all her children.

French Meadows Family, 1940 US Federal Census, Town, Raleigh Co., West Virginia.

With this information, I know that I still need to search for Hunter Richmond with his wife Edith and their family. It also gives me a list of children for John and Nettie, now I can double-check and see if I am missing anyone from my research.

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