UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
No 156 one hundred and fifty six –
I, Joseph Wilson – Collector for the District of Marble-
-head do hereby certify, that William Doliber Graves
An American Seaman, aged sixteen — years, or there- abouts, of the height of five feet six inches, and of a Dark – complexion, has this day produced to me proof, in the manner directed in the Act entitled “An Act for the Re- Life and Protection of American Seamen,” and pursuant to the Said Act, I do hereby certify, that the said William Doliber Graves — is a citizen of the United States of America.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my
Hand, and seal of office this Fourteenth
Day of September — in the year of our
Lord one thousand eight hundred and three.
Joseph Wilson, Collector
“Graves Citizenship Papers” (March 28, 1806). National Archives, Waltham, MA.