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Admin/Biog History Thomas and Catherine Herring [later changed to Haron] were from Wurttemberg, Germany. Thomas was born circa 1803 and Catherine circa 1806. They were married circa 1843 and had immigrated to the United States prior to 1848. Their two oldest children: Orline and John were born in Wurttenberg and youngest daughters, Caroline and Anna, were born in New York state. In 1854, Thomas applied for United States citizenship, which he received in 1859. They had settled on a farm in Alden Township, Erie County, New York. By 1861 they had moved west and had settled near Oshkosh, WI. Prior to 1870, they were farming 60 acres in section 17, of the Town of Vinland. Daughter Orline married William H. Jenkyns on December 25, 1865, a neighboring farmer and Civil War veteran. Their son John Haron was married to Ulyssa Wordon on February 22, 1872. John and Ulyssa had one daughter, Ora May Haron, born circa 1874. Ulyssa died circa 1879 and left John a widower with a daughter, his sister Anna and mother Catherine to care for. John died prior to November 1891. Ora May Haron was managing the farm by 1900 and taking care of her Aunt Anna M. Haron. She married Charles E. Robinson, a farmer and widower with five children, on June 3, 1909. The couple combined their farms and were living in Vinland Township on 180 acres in 1910. They moved to Oshkosh prior to 1912. Charles and Ora May had one daughter, Amber born circa 1917, who married Clifford Mongan, the donor of the collection.
Classification Archives
Collection Haron Family
Dates of Accumulation 1859-1891
Abstract Citizenship Certificate made out to Thomas Herring (later changed to Haron):

Superior Court of Buffalo
October Special Motion Term, 1859

PRESENT, Hon. G.W. Clinton Justice

Personally appeared in open Court, Thomas Herring and made application to be admitted a Citizen of the United States of America; and it appearing to the satisfaction of this Court, the said Thomas Herring did on the 24 day of November 1854, before the Erie County Court, declare on oath, that it was his bona fide intention to become a citizen of the United States of America, and to renounce forever all allegiance to any foreign Prince, Potentate, State or Sovereignty whatsoever and particularly to the King of Wurtemburg to whom he owed then allegiance; and this Court being satisfied by the oaths of Michael Lang & Michael Traudel well known by this Court to be Citizens of the United States, that the said applicant has resided within the limits and under the jurisdiction of the United States, for five years, and within the State where this Court is held, for one year or more, next preceding the present time. And it further appearing to the satisfaction of this Court, that during that time the said applicant has behaved as a man of good moral character, and attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States of America, and well disposed to the good order and happiness of the same; which said proof being satisfactory evidence to this Court of the said fact, they permit the said applicant to take and subscribe the following oath, viz.:

I, Thomas Herring do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States of America, and that I do, absolutely and entirely, renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign Prince, Potentate, State or Sovereignty whatsoever, particularly to the King of Wurtemburg to whom I now owe allegiance.

Sworn in open Court Oct. 13 1859 D. Tillinghast Clerk

Thomas Herring

Whereupon it is ordered by the said Court, that the said applicant be admitted to all the rights and privileges of a Citizen of the United States of America.
D. Tillinghast Clerk


I, Dyre Tillinghast, Clerk of the Superior Court of Buffalo certify that the above is a true copy of the original proceedings, as recorded in the records of the said Court;
and further that I have compared the same with said record, and that it is a true transcript of the whole thereof.

In Testimony whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name, and affixed the Seal of the said Court, at the City of Buffalo, this 13, day of October A. D., 1859

D. Tillinghast Clerk
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID RG77.1
Object Name Certificate, Citizenship
People Haron, Thomas
Subjects Immigrants
Title Citizenship Certificate
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