This is Ole Christoffer Olsen's declaration of intent to become a U.S. citizen, renouncing his allegiance to the King of Denmark.
Before 1891, immigration was managed primarily at the state level. The first step of naturalization for immigrants was to file a declaration of intent. In Arkansas, this was done at the county seat for many years.
Lawrence Circuit Court,
State of Arkansas
County of Lawrence
I, Ole Christopher Olsen, do solemnly swear that
it is my bone fide intention to become a citizen of the
United States of America, and to forever renounce all alle-
giance and fidelity to any foreighn[sic] prince, potentate, state
or sovereignty whatever, and particularly of Christian IX,
King of Denmark, whose subject I now am, so help me God.
Ole Christoffer Olsen
Sworn to and subscribed before me this the 26th day of
February 1885, as witness my official signature and seal,
James P. Coffin Clerk.
Document, 8.5" x 14"
Naturalization; Documents; Law; Immigrants
Lawrence County (Ark.)
Lawrence County (Ark.) naturalization records, MSNE.0016
Arkansas State Archives
Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives
Ole Christopher Olsen Naturalization, Lawrence County (Ark.) naturalization records, Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, Powhatan, Arkansas.
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