Jacob Fritz Naturalization
State of Iowa, Alamakee County.
Be it remembered, That at a Term of the Circuit Court, holden in and for said County, in Waukon therein on the 13th day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and Seventy was present the Honorable M.V. Burdick, sole presiding Judge, Robert Botham, Sheriff of said County, and J.M. Pratt, Clerk of said Court, when the following among other proceedings were had to-wit:
Jacob Fritz a native of Germany and at present residing within said State, appeared in open Court, and makes application to be admitted to become a CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES, and it appearing to the satisfaction of the Court, that he had declared on oath, before J.S.Dillinger, Prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County, P.A., a Court of Record having common law jurisdiction, and using a seal, two years at least before his admission, that it was bonafide his intention to become a Citizen of the
United States, and to renounce forever all allegiance to any foreign Prince, Potentate, State, or Sovereignty whatsoever, and particularly to King of Wurttemberg of whom he was heretofore a subject and said applicant having declared on oath, before this Court, that he will support the Constitution of the United States, and that he doth absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to every foreign Prince, Potentate, State or Sovereignty whatsoever, and particularly to King of Wurttemberg of whom he was heretofore a subject.
The Court being satisfied that said applicant has resided within the United States for the term of five years next preceding his admission, without being at any time during the said five years out of the Territory of
the United States, and within this State one year at least, and it further appearing to the satisfaction of this Court that during that time he has behaved as a man of good moral character, attached to the principles of the
Constitution of the United States, and well disposed to the good order and happiness of the same.
THEREUPON The Court admitted the said applicant to become a citizen of the United States and ordered all proceedings aforesaid to be entered of Record which was accordingly done by the Clerk of this Court.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, J. W. Pratt, Clerk of the Court aforesaid, have hereto set my hand, and affixed the seal of the said Court at office in Waukon in said County, this 13th day of April in the year of our Lord one
thousand eight hundred and seventy.
J. W. Pratt, Clerk
~contributers notes: As far as I could determine, he is the only member of my Fritz line who became a Citizen. He was one of the first brothers to immigrate to the U.S.A. He declared his intention to become a Citizen, during a stop in Pennsylvania. Ludwig 'Louis' came to U.S.A. in 1865 and settled with another brother, John Martin Fritz in Iowa. Jacob never married.
~contributed by Jacob O. Fritz
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