4 Replies Latest reply on Aug 4, 2016 2:17 PM by small1947

    Looking for the naturalization papers for Jennie Small

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        • Re: Looking for the naturalization papers for Jennie Small
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          Mr. Small,


          The passport application filed by Jennie Small was a form specifically for persons claiming citizenship through the naturalization of a husband or parent.  Prior to 1922, women normally would derive citizenship through a parent of spouse.  The form indicates that the husband was naturalized in the Circuit Court of Henry County, TN.  These records are normally found at the county courthouse.

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            • Re: Looking for the naturalization papers for Jennie Small
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              Thanks for the response Mr Connelly. I do have a copy of the Henry County court document declaring citizenship for John. However, this was in 1898 prior to marriage to Jennie around 1906. I tend to agree that citizenship was derived based on the marriage. But do you think they would have had to return to the Henry County court to authorize citizenship for Jennie? I believe she would need some proof of citizenship but so far I cannot locate the source. Guess it would be worth a try to contact the Henry County court and ask the question.  I am presently in contact with the NARA archive near Atlanta. 

                • Re: Looking for the naturalization papers for Jennie Small
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                  Mr. Small,

                   

                  The date of the naturalization doesn't matter.  Citizenship was automatically conferred without the filing of paperwork whether they were married at the time of his naturalization or if he naturalized prior to their marriage.  When she filed the application for the passport, his naturalization certificate and marriage license would have been enough to issue the passport. 

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