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Subject: Re: [MDWASHIN] Naturalization 1760 Process
Date: Wed, 7 Jun 2006 11:42:46 EDT
In a message dated 6/7/2006 11:23:42 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
Immigrants mainly only became Naturalized citizens (of Great Britain) so
that they could own land, vote, and hold public office. Many immigrants at
this time were never Naturalized.
What role did the "Oath of Allegiance" play in naturalizations? (This would
be during the War for American Independence.) I somehow had the idea that
many, if not most, of our immigrant ancestors became citizens upon taking the
oath. However, many of my ancestors were already landowners at this point.