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John Sturmer becomes a Naturalized Citizen

October 23, 2012
John Sturmer

John Sturmer was born in Filzen, Germany on March 25, 1820 and immigrated to the United States in 1847 with two of his brothers and two sisters. (I wrote earlier about one of his brothers, Peter, who went to California during the gold rush and was killed for his gold as he was returning home.) John stayed in New York state for two years before moving to Galena, IL. There he married Barbara Barton, another recent immigrant. Soon after, they moved to Grant County, Wisconsin where they lived the rest of their lives.

Today we remember the anniversary of his naturalization as a U.S. citizen on October 23, 1856 in Lancaster, Grant County, Wisconsin.

A copy of John Sturmer’s naturalization certificate.

It reads:

“John Sturmer, a native of Prussia aged 35 years, a free white person makes report of himself for Naturalization and declares an oath that it is bona fide his intention to become a citizen of the United States of America, and to renounce forever all Allegiance and Fidelity to every Foreign Prince, Potentate, State, or Sovereignty whatsoever, and more particularly such allegiance as he may owe to the King of Prussia of whom he is at present a subject.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and affixed the seal of the said Circuit Court, at Lancaster in said County, this 23rd day of October, A.D. 1856.

[signed] John G. Clark, Clerk

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