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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Gottler Crescentia Marie Anna L. Joseph Alma Stuebing 9 Jun 1892 14 Aug 1892 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Gottler Ernst Wilhelm Benedikt Joseph Alma Stuebing 30 Mar 1887 11 May 1887 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Gottler Helena Friederike Joseph Alma Stuebing 30 Mar 1887 11 May 1887 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Gottler Otto Leopold Joseph Joseph Alma Stuebing 21 Nov 1884 14 Dec 1884 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Hotopp Ernst Friedrich August W. Wilhelm C. Alma A. Bendey 21 Jan 1903 15 Feb 1903 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Podschuweit Anna Maria Carl August Alwine Gottberg 31 Jan 1888 26 Feb 1888 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Spach Anna Jacob Alwine Kolb 27 May 1884 27 Jul 1884 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Spach Lilly Caroline Jacob Alwine Kolb 12 Jan 1889 10 Sep 1891 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Spach Alfred Michael Amanda Zimmermann 26 Nov 1885 27 Jun 1886 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Spach Carl Friedrich Michael Amanda Zimmermann 14 Oct 1883 3 Feb 1884 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Spach Elisabeth Michael Amanda Zimmermann 16 May 1888 24 Feb 1889 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Spach Maria Louise Michael Amanda Zimmermann 10 Jul 1891 7 Aug 1892 Millbrook, IL SJCRBap
Bartsch Johann Margaretha Heinrich Anna Bartsch 11 Oct 1887 6 Nov 1887 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Wilkening Clarence Conrad Wilhelm Anna Wilkening 1 Jun 1910 10 Jul 1910 SJCRBap
Obermeyer Carl Johann Heinrich Anna "Maria" Linz 27 Mar 1892 12 Jun 1892 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Obermeyer Heinrich Heinrich Anna "Maria" Linz 31 Sep 1885 1 May 1887 Naperville, IL SJCRBap
Obermeyer Karolina Heinrich Anna "Maria" Linz 2 Apr 1883 1 May 1887 Naperville, IL SJCRBap
Obermeyer Ludwig Heinrich Anna "Maria" Linz 13 Dec 1887 29 Jan 1888 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Obermeyer Wilhelm Heinrich Anna "Maria" Linz 26 May 1886 1 May 1887 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Walter Albert Ludwig Karl August Anna Elisabeth Kramer 21 Nov 1889 22 Dec 1889 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Walter Hulda Eva Karl August Anna Elisabeth Kramer 17 Feb 1888 11 Mar 1888 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
Berscinsky Anna Helena Henriette Friedrich Auguste Schelleschus 8 Dec 1888 24 Feb 1889 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Datschefski Maria Martha Friedrich Auguste Roesler 28 Dec 1884 5 Apr 1885 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Lange Harry August Henry Auguste Herold 21 May 1896 9 Aug 1896 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Lange Lillie Ida Heinrich Auguste Herold 5 May 1890 1 Jun 1890 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Lange Mildred Edna Heinrich Auguste Herold 25 Nov 1892 22 Jan 1893 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Lange Wilhelmine Johanna Heinrich Auguste Herold 31 Jul 1898 23 Oct 1898 West Pullman, IL SJCRBap
Schultz Helene Emilie Eduard August Auguste Gottberg 29 Nov 1891 14 Feb 1892 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Schultz Hermann Friedrich Eduard August Auguste Gottberg 25 Sep 1888 28 Oct 1888 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Schultz Johanna Auguste Eduard August Auguste Gottberg 24 Jun 1886 22 Aug 1886 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Schultz Richard Rudolph Eduard August Auguste 25 Oct 1898 16 Apr 1899 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Schultz Robert Reinhold Eduard August Auguste Gottberg 25 Oct 1898 16 Apr 1899 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Schultz Robert Wilhelm Eduard August Auguste Gottberg 10 Apr 1894 3 Jun 1894 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Holle Minnie Bertha Wilhelm Bertha Raguse 11 Feb 1902 20 Apr 1902 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
Muller Oskar Louis Julius Charlotte Anderson 22 May 1896 28 Jun 1896 Aurora, IL SJCRBap
Schwark Conradine Josephine Joseph Conradine Goette 12 Aug 1885 31 Aug 1885 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Harn Boyd Joseph Dorothea J. Harn 28 Mar 1889 22 Oct 1890 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Solomon Clara Johanna Peter Elisabeth Karsten 16 Jan 1890 2 Feb 1890 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Solomon Hermann Emil Peter Elisabeth Karsten 6 Mar 1888 18 Mar 1888 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Solomon Julius Albert Peter Elisabeth Karsten 25 Mar 1893 16 Apr 1893 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Solomon Margarethe Auguste Peter Elisabeth Karsten 23 Mar 1892 24 Apr 1892 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Walter Eugen Elisabeth Schuning 11 Jul 1903 20 Feb 1906 SJCRBap
Waschell Anna Wilhelmine Carl Elise Gruhn 6 Apr 1891 17 May 1891 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Waschell Bertha Elisa Carl Elise Gruhn 28 Aug 1903 2 Oct 1903 Tampico, IL SJCRBap
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