PIONEERS AND IMMIGRANTS
Certificate of Citizenship for John Read

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Admin/Biog History John Read (frequently also spelled 'Reed') was born in England in 1829. He married Elizabeth Elliott, daughter of John and Mary Elliott cica 1850. They emigrated to the United States through the port of New York in June 1851. In December 1851 they were living in Cincinnatti, Ohio where their son John E. Read was born. Daughters Mary E. and Emma E. were born in Indiana in 1852 and 1853. John Read applied for US citizenship in Winnebago County, Wisconsin on November 8, 1853. His in-laws, the Elliots, had been living in Omro, Wisconsin since at least 1851. A daughter, Anna M. Read, was born in Wisconsin in 1858. John was not living in 1860 when the US Census was taken. His widow Elizabeth lived with their children in her parents home in Omro until their deaths in 1872. She moved with Emma and Mary to Oshkosh before 1880. She died in Oshkosh on March 23, 1911.
Classification Archives
Collection Small Collections, People
Dates of Accumulation November 8, 1853
Abstract Certificate of Citizenship given to John Read in Winnebago County, Wisconsin. An inscription on the back reads, "John Read, husband of Elizabeth Elliott Read, presented to Oshkosh Museum by daughter Emma E. Read." The document states in part that:

"...he was born in England on or about 1829 that he emigrated to the United States, and landed at the port of New York on or about the month of June in the year 1851, that it is bona fide his intention to become a citizen of the United States and to renounce forever, all allegience and fidelity to any foreign Prince, Potentate, State or Sovereignty whatever, particularly to Victoria Queen of Great britain & Ireland whereof he is a subject.
(signed) John Read
Subscribed and sworn to the 8th day of November A. D. 1853."
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID SC618.12.1
Object Name Certificate, Citizenship
People Read, John
Subjects Immigrants
Emigration & immigration
Citizenship
Pioneers
Westward movement
Omro, WI
Title Certificate of Citizenship for John Read
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