Birth and Baptism Records, St. John's Lutheran Church, Plano, Illinois

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Two distinct groups founded the Lutheran Churches of Kendall County. Norwegian and German Lutherans both played important roles in the development of the Lutheran faith in Kendall County. Early German immigrants were served by pastors from Aurora who periodically traveled "the circuit." Pastors who traveled the circuit kept records of births and baptisms, confirmations, marriages and deaths. This record was called the Kirchen Buch der Evangelisch Lutherischen Germeinder zu Lang Grove und Oswego, Illinois, which translates into, Church vital record book (or parish register) of the Evangelical German Lutheran Church at Long Grove and Oswego, Illinois. Marvellously, from a genealogical standpoint, that record has survived in tact to this date. The earliest entry recorded was dated October 1853. The last entry was made in September 1873.

While the church was referred to as the church of Long Grove and Oswego, ministers served many other areas as well. Kirchen Buch entries indicate that, in addition to the parishioners from Long Grove and Oswego, parishioners from Northville (La Salle County), Somonauk (De Kalb County), Sandwich (De Kalb County), Aurora (Kane County), Bristol, Yorkville and Plano were served by the circuit riding Lutheran pastors.

The earliest Plano entry in the Kirchen Buch was the baptism of Joseph Bode, July 3, 1863. A scattering of Plano entries occurred over the next decade or so. By November 1877, the German Lutherans of Plano banded together to organize their own church, St. Johannes Gemeinde zu Plano, Illinois, which translates into Saint John's Church (parish) at Plano, Illinois. Entries in St. John's parish register were made as early as November 1877 and as late as February 1953. There are, however, major gaps of time in the record leaving one with the feeling that the church was not in continuous operation during this period. After about 1919 entries became more and more infrequent. As far as I have been able to determine, Saint John's Lutheran Church of Plano, Illinois, no longer exists. I have no information as to what form, if any, it might have taken.

A small notation in the Bates and Shelby Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Kendall County, (1914) Volume II, page 827, stated "The Plano Lutherans sometimes hold service in a small building of that city." I do not know if St. John's ever had its own edifice but the forgoing would indicate they did not.

It should be noted that another Lutheran Church was founded in Plano. The First Lutheran Church of Plano was formally organized in October 1883 to serve the Norwegian Lutherans of Plano. However, worship services began about five years before their formal organization. Source: A Bicentennial History of Kendall County, Illinois, edited by Kathy Farren, page 182. The First Lutheran Church of Plano remains in existence today.

The original copy of Saint John's Lutheran Church of Plano, Illinois, records are stored in the Eden Archives in Saint Louis, Missouri. The following was transcribed from a microfilm copy of the original records filmed by the Latter Day Saints church. I know nothing about the Eden Archives but assume it is a repository for Lutheran church records. All of the early records were written in what is referred to as "old German" script. This comprised the majority of the records. Thus, what follows is a translation of the records. Given space limitations and differences in the amount of information provided by the various scribes, it was necessary to decide what should be and what could not be included. It is recommended that researchers use this compilation as a guide or index. If a record is found that the researcher is interested in, the original record should be consulted for any additional information that may be included.

In many cases, but by no means in all, some marvellous additional information may be found. For example, some death records included information on the decedent's place of birth, parent's names, spouse's name, when the decedent came to America, survivor's names, place of burial, as well as the information provided. Some marriage records included information on the bride or groom's date and place of birth, their parent's names, names of witness, and whether or not they had obtained a license from the county.

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SurnameGiven NameGiven NameGiven NameMaiden NameDyMoYrDyMoYrBirthCode
Petrie Alice Johanna Heinrich Adolf Johanna Datschefski 25 May 1895 1 Sep 1895 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Petrie Artur Heinrich Heinrich Adolf Johanna Datschefski 13 Aug 1896 6 Sep 1896 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Petrie Christoph Ferdinand Heinrich Adolf Lisette Gale 16 Jan 1885 10 May 1885 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Petrie Frieda Emilie Heinrich Adolf Johanna Datschefski 24 Feb 1893 9 Apr 1893 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Petrie Friedrich Karl Heinrich Adolf Johanna Datschefski 29 Nov 1891 28 Feb 1892 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Petrie Raymond L. Heinrich Adolf Johanna Datschefski 23 Aug 1898 11 Sep 1898 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Plomann Albert Eduard Friedrich Karoline Gruhn 12 Apr 1895 18 Aug 1895 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Plomann Friedrich Karl Friedrich Karoline Gruhn 26 May 1888 8 Jul 1888 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Plomann Helene Auguste Friedrich Karoline Gruhn 11 Jan 1892 28 Feb 1892 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Plomann Wilhelmine Louise Friedrich Karoline Gruhn 12 Apr 1890 25 May 1890 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Plum Anna Jennie Augusta Johann Hulda Kastner 7 Sep 1890 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Podschuweit Anna Maria Carl August Alwine Gottberg 31 Jan 1888 26 Feb 1888 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Podschuweit Bertha Augusta Carl Wilhelmine Salassus 14 Aug 1884 4 Sep 1884 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Pratt Frank William Frank Johann Augusta Wilh. Nehring 7 Jun 1889 30 Jun 1889 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Pratt Helena Paulina Frank Johann Augusta Wilh. Nehring 23 Jul 1890 12 Oct 1890 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Pratt Maria Anna Frank Johann Augusta Wilh. Nehring 9 Jan 1892 16 Mar 1892 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Priebe Adolph Gottfried William [Wilhelm] Louise Roesler 3 Aug 1888 23 Sep 1888 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Priebe Emma Emilie William [Wilhelm] Louise Roesler 21 Mar 1885 10 May 1885 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Priebe Heinrich Hermann William [Wilhelm] Louise Roesler 24 Jul 1891 27 Sep 1891 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Priebe Johanna Louise William [Wilhelm] Louise Roesler 27 Jan 1887 20 Feb 1887 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Priebe Wilhelm Friedrich August William [Wilhelm] Louise Roesler 5 Sep 1889 17 Nov 1889 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Priebe Wilhelmine Auguste William [Wilhelm] Louise Roesler 5 Mar 1893 19 Mar 1893 Plano, IL SJCRBap
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