Category Archives: Affidavits

Lawrence Leong – Witness for Edward Leong

Lawrence Leong Affidavit
“Lawrence Leong, Witness Affidavit,” 10 June 1940, Edward Leong (Leong Kwong Yin) Case File; Chinese Exclusion Act case files, RG 85, National Archives-Seattle, Box 814, Case 7030/13183.

Lawrence Leong’s affidavit tells us that he was born in Berkely [sic], California on 29 August 1906 and Edward Leong is his brother. Edward was born in San Francisco on 6 December 1908. Their father, Leong Geet, died in January 1933 and their mother, Sam [Sum] Shee, died on 11 July 1937. Both died in San Francisco.

Certified copies of the birth certificate for Edward Leong and the death certificate for his mother, Leong Sum Shee, are included in the file.

Herman Lowe – 1938 Affidavit

Herman Lowe 1938 Affidavit
Herman Lowe Affidavit, 12 November 1936, Portland, Oregon, Gay Sic Wy case file; Chinese Exclusion Act case files, RG 85, National Archives-Seattle, Box 719, Case 7030/9718.

Gay Sic Wy, born 10 November 1894, San Francisco, CA, was working as a U. S. Postal Clerk in Oakland, CA in 1936 when he applied for a native’s return certificate, Form 430. His birth had never been officially recorded.

He presented an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army which showed that he was born in San Francisco.
Affidavits on his behalf were presented with photos by his uncle, Herman Lowe; Herman’s wife, Mamie H. Lowe; and his mother, Lo How. Herman Lowe was an official interpreter for U.S. Immigrant Services.

Gay Sic Wy’s application was approved.