Question about denial of US petition for naturalization #general


Janette <janettes@...>
 

I received in today's mail >from NARA, 3 pages dealing with an
application (there is no actual declaration of intent of application for
naturalization such as I have seen in other files) >from 1904. It is for
a man who arrived in the US in 1892 and who had lived in Brooklyn NY
(Kings County) for the entire time. I was hoping that the information I
received would tell me why he was denied naturalization. Is anyone
familiar with cases of denial on naturalization petitions?

The man's name was Sam MELIN (his birth name likely sounded like
MILYONTZIK) and he was originally >from that innocuously termed "Russia"
and born about 1875. His wife was Sarah nee BRODSKY and they lived on
Marcy Ave in Brooklyn. Sam was a butcher. Julius LAVENTHALL also of
Marcy Ave was his witness.

Any insight into this would be most welcome.

Janette Silverman
Phoenix, AZ


Leslie Weinberg <lbw50@...>
 

On my grandfather's naturalization papers, it shows an earlier date
at which time he was turned down for naturalization due to a "prior"
conviction". I have tried to find out what that was all about, to no avail.

Janette wrote:
I received in today's mail >from NARA, 3 pages dealing with an
application (there is no actual declaration of intent of application
for naturalization such as I have seen in other files) >from 1904.
snip..

Leslie Weinberg
lbw50@...


Lin Mor
 

<Janette wrote:
I received in today's mail >from NARA, 3 pages dealing with an
application (there is no actual declaration of intent of application
for naturalization such as I have seen in other files) >from 1904.
snip..>

You did not specify what you did receeive. Maybe your ancestor never
got far enough along in the process to file an intent, I am unsure,
timewise, when these forms were first required, someone else will know.

Too add to the possibilities of why he was denied, perhaps the INS could
not find evidence that he entered the country legally (Certificate of
Arrival). My maternal grandmother applied for citizenship/legal alien
card in the early 1950's. To make a long story short, after 30+ pages
of forms with different dates, she passed away in 1954 without resolving
this issue. No one at the INS was able to find her name on a manifest
for a ship arriving to Ellis Island >from Hamburg in December 1906 or
1907. I do not know how hard they actually looked. Grandma could not
remember the year nor remember the name of the ship.

Thanks to Eileen POLAKOFF (Avotaynu Summer 2010 page 61) and Janice
SELLERS, I now have the information and a copy of the manifest. Most of
the problem had to do with the unclear handwriting as well as people
unfamiliar with Jewish names who were adding data to the Ellis Island
online passenger lists. Ditto for those generating the online Hamburg
Lists.

Good luck in your search.

Linda Morzillo
Saratoga Springs, NY


Anna Reuter <anna94306@...>
 

Dear Genners:

Janette Silverman asked for reasons that her Relative had been denied
when he applied for Citizenship in her post of 21 Jan 2011.

Marion Smith/historian for USCIS gave these reasons:
* Lack of residence--not here the required 5 years
* Unable to speak English adequately
* Lack of moral character
Reference: http://www.avotaynu.com/nu/V07N17.htm

I will add one more reason after 1917/1918.
My Uncle was denied Citizenship circa 1918-1920.
He applied and was granted Citizenship in 1929.
His refusal to be drafted was cited in his 1929 Petition.

Regards,

Anna Reuter
Palo Alto, California


Janette <janettes@...>
 

Thank you to the many responses with suggestions and comments about what
this material might indicate. Especial thanks to Sherri >from Princeton
who found a later Naturalization file number indicating that Sam Melin
must have reapplied subsequent to his denial and wasnaturalized in 1915.

Janette Silverman
Phoenix, AZ