Amanuensis Monday: Harold Murrell Sr.'s Naturalization Certificate

Before I get too far into into this post, I have to say thank you to my mother, for saving this document! It was mixed in with a bunch of my father's papers and could have very easily been thrown out by mistake. This is my grandfather Harold Murrell Sr.'s Naturalization Certificate. I am so proud of this man. He was born in Barbados and arrived in the U.S. on September 29th, 1927.  When he arrived, he didn't have much more than the clothes on his back and from there he went on to create a full life. He married my grandmother Ethel Smith Murrell in 1932 and raised two children Janice and my father, Harold Jr., in the Bronx, and then later, Hollis, NY. He worked for mass transit in NYC for 30 years which made it possible for him to purchase his own home and take care of various extended family members. He was one of the good ones. 

Amanuensis Monday: Harold Murrell Sr.'s Naturalization Certificate --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

Amanuensis Monday: Harold Murrell Sr.'s Naturalization Certificate --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

To Be Given To
The Person Naturalized                                                                         No. 5321893
Certificate of Naturalization 

Petition No. 446203

Personal description of holder as of date of naturalization. Age 39 years; sex male; color black;
complexion light brown; color of eyes black; color of hair black; height 5 feet 7 inches;
weight 145 pounds; visible distinctive marks none
Marital status married; former nationality British
     I certify that the description above given is true and that the photograph affixed here is a likeness of me,

Sign here X                                                                                 
                         (Complete and true signature of the holder)

United States Of America} SS:
Southern District Of New York}

Be it known, that at a term of the District Court of The United States
held pursuant to law at New York City
on June 16th 1943 the Court having found that Harold Murrell
then residing at 970 Tinton Avenue, Bronx, New York, NY
intends to reside permanently in the United States when so required by the Naturalization Laws of the United States had in all other respects complied with the applicable provisions of such naturalization laws, and was entitled to be admitted to citizenship there upon ordered that such person be and (s)he was admitted as a citizen of the United States of America.
     In testimony whereof the seal of the court is hereunto affixed this 16th day of June in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and 43, and of our Independence the one hundred and 67th

                                                                              George JH Follmer
                                                                         Clerk of the U.S. District Court.
                                                                       By                                        Deputy Clerk.
     It is a violation of U.S. Code (and 
punishable as such) to copy, print, photograph, 
or otherwise illegally use this certificate.

Amanuensis Monday – this daily prompt, developed by John Newmark at Transylvanian Dutch, encourages bloggers to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. (An amanuensis is someone employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.) You can learn more about different genealogy prompts over at Geneabloggerstribe.
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