Submitted by Sara Richardson Kelly.
William McKay was handing his original intention, filed in Washington Co., Ohio--to the Ohio County, WV court.
Fisher, McKay and my George Richardson all came over from Scotland together on the ship Brok, into New York. George was in Meigs Co, Oh for time before he came to Wheeling.
Naturalization - William McKay
Personally appeared in open court, being a court of record, William McKay, late a subject of and owing allegiance to his Majesty, George the Fourth, King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and exhibited to the Court a certificate under the hand and seal of Office of George Dunlevy Clerk of the Court of Common Plea, for the County of Washington, in the State of Ohio a report and registry and also of the declaration of intention of him the said William McKay, to become a naturalized citizen of the United States agreeable to the Several Acts of congress in such case made and provided, which said certificate of report and registry and of the declaration of Intention, as in the words and figures following, to wit:
The State of Ohio
Court of Common Plea
March Term, Anno Domini, 1827
William McKay’s declaration
"To the Honorable Court of Common Plea, of the County of Washington"
"The declaration of William McKay respectfully represents to this Honorable Court, that he was born in the County of Caithness, in Scotland, in the month of June 1782 that he sailed from Glasnook on the 15th of June 1823 and landed in New York in the 28th of August in the year last aforesaid; that he shortly after located himself in the County of Washington, State of Ohio, and that he has resided in said County the most of the time since he arrived in the United States, and to renounce forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentiate, state, or sovereignty whatever and particularly to George the fourth King of Great Britain and Ireland, (illegible word here) to the laws and Constitution of the United States."
Marietta, March the 6th, 1826
"To which he made oath according to law, and the same be ordered to be recorded."
The State of Ohio,
I do hereby certify the foregoing is a true copy from the Journal Record of said court as fully as the same remains in my office in volume (illegible), page 25 th.
Geo. Dunlevy, Clerk
And it appearing moreover to the satisfaction of this Court by the oaths - John Fisher and John Gilchrist, who are known to the court to be credible persons that the said William McKay has resided with in the United States upwards of 5 years and within the Commonwealth upwards of one year and the time of his residence aforesaid he has behaved as a man of a good moral character, attached to the principle of the Constitution of the United States and well disposed to the good order and happiness of the same; and the said William McKay, having now before the court declared on his oath that he will support the Constitution of the United States and that he doth absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to every foreign prince, potentiate, state, and sovereignty whatever, and particularly to George the fourth, King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and having here upon prayed this Court to admit him to become a citizen of the United States it is accordingly ordered that the said William McKay, and he is hereby declared to be a citizen of the United States, and entitled to all rights and privileges as such.