William O’Rourke’s Naturalization Information

The image of William O’Rourke’s Petition for Naturalization, April 14, 1909, in Common Pleas Court, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, is at Ohio, County Naturalization Records, 1800-1977 at familysearch.org.

Here is a transcription:
Full name: William O’Rourke
Residence: 9007 Cannon Ave, Cleveland, Ohio
Occupation: craneman
Born: July 24, 1874, Newry, Ireland.
Immigration: Left Liverpool, England, on or about June 10, 1899, and arrived in New York, NY.
Declared his intention to become a citizen of the US on April 15, 1904 in Common Pleas Court of Cuyahoga County.
Wife: Annie O’Rourke, who was born in Cleveland and resides there.
Children: Ellen, born November 18, 1905; Mary, born March 25, 1907; William, born October 5, 1908. All born in Cleveland and residing in Cleveland.
Renounces allegiance to Edward VII, King of Great Britain and Ireland.
Can speak the English language.
Has resided in the United States since June 27, 1899, and in Ohio since June 28, 1899.
Signed: William O’Rourke, April 14, 1909.

Next is his oath of allegiance and naturalization:

It say, in summary, that he renounces allegiance to Edward VII and swears allegiance to the Constitution of the United States. Signed William O’Rourke, 7 Sept 1909. William O’Rourke admitted as citizen of the United States, 7 Sept 1909, signed Geo. L. Phillips.

Next is the index card to William’s naturalization information:

A transcription of this index card:
O’Rourke, William
9007 Cannon Ave., Cleveland, Ohio
Certificate no: 117624
Volume 4, pg 125
Common Pleas, Cuy. Co., Cleve.
Petition 875
Born: July 24, 1874
Arrival: June 27, 1899, New York
Naturalization: September 7, 1909
Witnesses: Daniel Kane, 8100 Broadway; Edward P Day, 4099 E. 78th St.


There were another set of cards to keep track of the immigrant’s current address. This one for William seems to have been started in 1912, when he was 38. I’m pretty sure the whole tracking system started in 1912.

A transcription of this card:
William O’Rourke, Ward 15, Precinct F
Present Address: 3987 E 89
Office Number: 26853. Volume: 4 Page 125. Certificate: 117624.
Native of: Gt. Britain. Naturalized: Sept 7, 1909.
In: Common Pleas Court, City of Cleveland
County of: Cuyahoga, State of Ohio
Age when Naturalized: 35.  Age when recorded: 38
4065 E 91st St. Aug 23, 1912. Ward 15, Precinct J.
8085 Finney Av. 11/4/13. Ward 15, Precinct I.

Image of index cards come from Ohio County Naturalizations at  Familysearch.org
Transcription copyright by Ed Hamilton

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