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The State of Texas
County of San Augustine
I, William Henry Richards, born in 1866 in the state of Alabama, aged 52 years and 6 months, and by occupation a Farmer, do hereby acknowledge to have voluntarily enlisted this 8th day of July 1918, as a private in the Ranger Force of this State, for the period of two years unless sooner discharged by proper authority [line crossed out and "without pay" handwritten] 
And I do solemnly swear that will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent on me as an officer of the Ranger Force according to the best of my skill and ability, agreeably to the Constitution and laws of the United States and of this State, and I do further solemnly swear that since the adoption of the Constitution of this State, I being a citizen of this State, have not fought a duel with deadly weapons, nor have I acted as second in carrying a challenge, or aided, advised or assisted any person thus offending.  And I further-more swear that I have not, directly nor indirectly, paid, offered or promised to pay, contributed nor promised to contribute, any money or valuable thing, or promised any public office or employment, to secure my appointment.  So help me God.
W.H. Richards (signature)

Subscribed and sworn to before me, this 8th day of July A.D. 1918
Notary Public San Augustine Co., TX
 
I certify that W.H. Richards, the above named man, has been carefully examined by me previous to his enlistment, and to the best of my knowledge and belief he is physically able, competent to and will faithfully perform the duties incumbent on him in accordance with law.  This man is 52 years, 6 months of age.  Height 5 feet 11 inches.  Complexion: Burnette; Eyes: Brown, Hair: Dark, Born at Clayton, County of Barber, State of Alabama
Occupation Farmer.  Married, Previous Service: None
Residence: 5 miles north of San Augustine, Texas

[Transcribed from original affidavit by Kim Torp]

 



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