|Harrison County Courthouse, Cadiz, Ohio|
One of the documents was a request for citizenship by James B. Norris. The document was loaded with important genealogical information. Below is an image of the page with a transcription.
State of Ohio
To the Honourable the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in and for the County of Harrison and the State of Ohio.
James B. Norris aged fifty years Born in the County of Wilshear (Wiltshire?), England & Parish of Dunhead, Removed from that to Novoscota [sic] and from thence to New York, arrived at New York within The United States of America from Novo Scota on the twentieth day of May in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred & seventeen owing allegience to George the third King of the United Kingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland and intending to settle in the State of Ohio hereby reports himself for the purpose of being admitted to the rights of Citizenship within the United States, and prays that a record may be made of the same
July Ten 1820 J B Norris
Finding this type of document certainly proves that local societies and archives are an essential resource for researchers. It is also a shame when agencies (governmental or otherwise) are unable to store documents and artifacts with historical value.