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Military Petitions for Naturalization
Posted by: Kim Aldinger Date: January 22, 2001 at 09:40:21
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Just thought I'd pass this along:
During the Civil War, the U.S. awarded citizenship to Immigrates who served during the war. Instead of declaring their intentions and waiting the required five years for citizenship, Immigrates who provided their Honorable Discharge papers were granted immediate citizenship.
Among the names filed in the Philadelphia (County) District Court (1862-1874) was a James Getty. This isn't James Daniel Getty however, but another James Getty. The information from the court records is as follows:

Name: James Getty
Date of Discharge: 08/10/1863
Date of Naturalization: 11/05/1864
Petition No.: 45
Country: Great Britian & Ireland
Military Service: 5th U.S. Cavalry


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