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
Walter Albert Ludwig Karl August Anna Elisabeth Kramer 21 Nov 1889 22 Dec 1889 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Walter Eugen Elisabeth Schuning 11 Jul 1903 20 Feb 1906 SJCRBap
Walter Hulda Eva Karl August Anna Elisabeth Kramer 17 Feb 1888 11 Mar 1888 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Waschell Anna Wilhelmine Carl Elise Gruhn 6 Apr 1891 17 May 1891 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Waschell Arthur August August W. Wilhelmina Datschefski 5 Aug 1905 3 Sep 1905 SJCRBap
Waschell Bertha Elisa Carl Elise Gruhn 28 Aug 1903 2 Oct 1903 Tampico, IL SJCRBap
Waschell Carl Wilhelm August W. Wilhelmina Datschefski 10 Nov 1910 18 Jun 1911 SJCRBap
Waschell Clara Auguste Carl Louise Gruhn 21 May 1894 17 Jun 1894 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Waschell Edith Maria Carl Elise Gruhn 25 Mar 1908 3 May 1908 SJCRBap
Waschell Gladys Johanna August W. Wilhelmina Datschefski 6 Oct 1903 13 Dec 1903 Tampico, IL SJCRBap
Waschell Helene Louise Carl Elise Gruhn 5 Oct 1896 1 Nov 1896 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Waschell Herbert Richard Carl Carl Elise Gruhn 15 Dec 1905 7 Jan 1906 SJCRBap
Waschell Lillian Alice August W. Wilhelmina Datschefski 13 Jun 1900 9 Sep 1900 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Weber Eduard Heinrich Theodor Jacob Bertha Bredow 5 May 1889 20 Jul 1889 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Weber Franke Jacob Jacob Bertha Bredow 15 Jun 1887 16 Oct 1887 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Weber Lydia Lina Jacob Bertha Bredow 6 Jan 1885 9 May 1886 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Weber Meta Lina Emilie Jacob Emilie (Bertha?) Bredow 5 Apr 1892 17 Jul 1892 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Wichmann Elsa Charlotte August Karl Wilhelmine Gruhn 29 Dec 1894 14 Apr 1895 Sandwich, IL SJCRBap
Wichmann Wilhelm Albert August Karl Wilhelmine Gruhn 21 Aug 1892 23 Oct 1892 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Wichmann Wilhelmina Johanna August Karl Wilhelmine Gruhn 17 Mar 1898 26 Jun 1898 Sandwich, IL SJCRBap
Wilkening Clarence Conrad Wilhelm Anna Wilkening 1 Jun 1910 10 Jul 1910 SJCRBap
Willard Karl 8 Oct 1811 1 Jan 1914 Sandwich, IL SJCRBap
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