Lancaster County, South Carolina
Original Source: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1985, Compiled by B. H. Holcomb.The original naturalization records contain much more information and the researcher is advised to consult the original documents to obtain the complete data available. This index of the 1985 publication was compiled by D. Whitesell for South Carolina Genealogy Trails.
The following entries are from the Miscellaneous Index at the Lancaster County Courthouse, commencing in 1839. The original petitions and papers have not yet been found, and may be extant. No dates appear in the index. Only those entries for Petitions for Naturalization have been included (the index also includes Prison Bounds & Insolvent Debtors).
...South Carolina passed a statute concerning
naturalizations on March 26, 1784, and another on February 27, 1788.
Congress passed a law on March 26, 1790, stating that "any alien being a
free white person who shall have resided in the United States for two
years may be admitted a citizen, on application to any common law court of
record in any one of the states wherein he shall have resided for the term
of one year at least." Also, a law was passed April 14, 1802, stating that
"any alien may be admitted to become a citizen . . . [if] he declares his
intention in any court three years at least before his admission. . .
resides in the United States at least five years, and at least one year in
the state or territory.
Lancaster District Common Pleas Journals - WPA, SC Archives #A489
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