When I was looking at court records at the Family History Library I discovered that John Andrews Spracklin (SR) naturalized in October of 1853.
When I visited the Knox County Records Center Annex in Mount Vernon where they keep the records, I decided to check out the clerk journals and see if there was anything else associated with his naturalization.
Naturalization is usually done in two parts, the declaration (1st part) and then the naturalization (2nd part). I had found the 2nd part at the Family History Library but the Records Center had the 1st part.
John Spracklin a native of England age 60 years this 4th day of November A.D. 1856 appeared before the undersigned at the office of the Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas within Knox County Ohio and makes oath and to absolutely denounce and abjure forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign potentate, State or sovereignty whatever and particularly Queen Victoria the present reigning Queen of the United Kingdom and Great Britain and Ireland of whom he is now a subject. Witness by official signature this 4th day of November A.D. 1856. Signed by A.C. Elliott Clerk of K C P.
Source: Court Minutes, Court of Common Pleas, Knox Co., Ohio, 1855-58, pg. 256, Declaration of Intention of J.A. Spracklin, 4 November 1856.
I have no idea why John, at the age of 60, would decide to become naturalized, unless the laws had changed? A topic I have no expertise in. All his children had been born here in the United States, maybe he did it for them?
Probate Court Knox County Ohio. October 10th A.D. 1859
John Spracklin Naturalized:
On this day John Spracklin an alien and native of England a free white person appeared and proved to the satisfaction of the Court that on the 4th day of November A.D. 1856 made before the Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of Knox County, Ohio the requisite Declaration of his intention to become a citizen of the United States and by the oaths of John Tarr and ______Weathcot that he has resided within the United States for more than five years last past and in the State of Ohio for more than one year last past and that during all that time has behaved as a man of good moral character attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States and disposed to the good order and happiness of the same. Wherefrom the said John Spracklin here in open Court made solemn oath that he will support the Constitution of the United States and that he doth absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure forever all allegiance and fidelity to every Foreign Prince Potentate State or Sovereignty whatever and particularly to Victoria the present reigning Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. It is therefore ordered that a Certificate of Naturalization issue to the said John Spracklin which is accordingly done. J.S. Davis Probate Judge.
Source: John Spracklin Naturalized, October 10, 1859 Probate Court , Knox County, Ohio, Vol. B, 1852-1863, page 310, FHL#2130104 Journals Volume A-B.
So Lydia’s Englishmen did become a U.S. Citizen.