Matthias and Christopher Daleiden’s Naturalization Papers 1856.

Matthias Daleiden’s “Declaration of Intent” to File Naturalization Papers”. (Source; DuPage County Clerk’s Office, Naturalization Files. Matthias Daleiden. 1856).

The above document from the DuPage County Clerks office show Matthias Daleiden’s signature on a Declaration of Intent to file Naturalization Papers. The date of filing was on 13 October 1856. Shows him announcing his renunciation  of affiliation with the Prussian King. Matthias was the father of Christopher and Michael Daleiden. He was the patriarchal head of the Daleiden family.

Naturalization was a two-step process. First, a declaration of intention to become a citizen would be filed in any court of record. This step is labeled “Declaration” and is sometimes referred to as “first papers.”

After a waiting period of a set number of years, which varied depending upon the statutes in effect at the time, the potential citizen would file a petition, forswear allegiance to the United States. This second step often called “final papers” likewise could be filed in any court of record. There were residency requirements [in Illinois it was a five year period of residency with one year residing in the United States], which varied, but the two steps did not have to be, and often were not, performed in the same court.

There were exceptions to the first step. Men who had entered the country as minors were able to peition directly upon reaching teh age of 21. At various times the declaration was waived for soldiers and for alien wives of citizens.

A Declaration of Intent could be invalidated. Thus a candidate may have filed more than one declaration. Not all applicants who filed first paper necessarily followed through with the final papers in the same court, or at all. It is entirely possible to find two or more declarations of intent for the same individual, yet no petition.

Likewise a petition could be invalidated and mutiple petitions may be recorded using one or more declarations.

No doubt a certificate was issued to the new citizen from the earliest days. It was not until 1900, however, that DuPage (County in Illinois) Circuit Court recorded teh issuance of these Certificates of Citizenship by number and retained a copy. Issuing a certificate was the culmination of the petition phase. In early days it was issued on the day the applicant peitioned the court; later there was a delay of a few weeks. More recent naturalizations typically had a six-month span between petition and certificate dates. Factors could delay the certificate even longer, particularly during wartime.

(Source of the above paragraphs were excerpted from: Index to the Naturalization Records of DuPage County, Illinois. DuPage Co. (IL) Genealogical Society. Wheaton, Illinois. 2006. This book is able in several DuPage County Illinois Public and College Libraries. It indexed by name of Naturalization records filed from 1872 to 1906).

Certificate of Naturalization dated 22 November 1880 signed by Christopher Daleiden. Christopher was this blogger’s Great Great Grandfather.
Petition of Final Papers for Narturalization dated 1 November 1884 for Christopher Daleiden. Note the name of Judge Elbert Gary. Judge Gary would later become the Mayor of the City of Wheaton and the President of the United States Steel Corporation. The City of Gary Indiana is name after Elbert Gary.
1 November 1884 is the final papers signed by Judge Elbert Gary for Christopher Daleiden’s Naturalization paperwork. Conrad Kampp and Martin Armbrust were signed witnesses and supporters of Christopher’s paperwork. Martin Armbrust’s daugher Mary Anne would later marry Joseph Schlick. Joseph in turn would have a son Casper Schlick who is this blogger’s Great Great Grandfather.

About Schlick Daleiden Families - DuPage and Kane Counties of Illinois

Kevin Davis is a retired Public Library Director. He is a Board member of the Winfield (IL) Historical Society. Davis has over 35 years experience working in public libraries. He is deeply interested in local Chicagoland, Dupage, and Kane County History. Davis earned a BA in History and an MA in Library Science from Dominican University. He is a volunteer researcher for the St. James Farm Forest Preserve part of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County in Illinois. His work includes extensive writing and research on the McCormick family line who were former owners of St. James Farm. He is an avid family historian / genealogist and has done extensive research on the Schlicks and Daleidens of DuPage and Kane County Illinois.
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