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
    Father'sMother'sMother'sBirth    Bapt    Place Of  
SurnameGiven NameGiven NameGiven NameMaiden NameDyMoYrDyMoYrBirthCode
Datschefski Olive Louise Arthur Ed. Ethel Foster 10 Apr 1906 1909 SJCRBap
Fritsch Friedrich Karl Friedrich Emilie Heise 22 Apr 1904 25 Sep 1904 SJCRBap
Obermeyer Karolina Heinrich Anna "Maria" Linz 2 Apr 1883 1 May 1887 Naperville, IL SJCRBap
Plomann Albert Eduard Friedrich Karoline Gruhn 12 Apr 1895 18 Aug 1895 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Plomann Wilhelmine Louise Friedrich Karoline Gruhn 12 Apr 1890 25 May 1890 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Schuening Frieda Rosa Minna Friedrich Marie ? 12 Apr 1893 20 Feb 1906 SJCRBap
Schultz Robert Wilhelm Eduard August Auguste Gottberg 10 Apr 1894 3 Jun 1894 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Siebert Anna Martha Mathilde Johannes Carl Katharine Anna Heyne 4 Apr 1886 9 May 1886 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Waschell Anna Wilhelmine Carl Elise Gruhn 6 Apr 1891 17 May 1891 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Weber Meta Lina Emilie Jacob Emilie (Bertha?) Bredow 5 Apr 1892 17 Jul 1892 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Adams John Adolf John Hattie Gale 19 Aug 1914 25 Oct 1914 Fox Twp SJCRBap
Hansen William Charles William Helene "Lena" Kolb 16 Aug 1918 24 Nov 1918 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Hennick Oskar Hermannn August Helene Brandenburger 24 Aug 1881 4 Nov 1883 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Ode Arthur William Charles F. Emma E. Friebele 26 Aug 1898 13 Nov 1898 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Ode Margarete Laura William Charles, Sr. Louise A. Friebele 5 Aug 1908 1909 SJCRBap
Ode William Charles, Jr. William Charles, Sr. Louise A. Friebele 5 Aug 1906 1909 SJCRBap
Petrie Artur Heinrich Heinrich Adolf Johanna Datschefski 13 Aug 1896 6 Sep 1896 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Petrie Raymond L. Heinrich Adolf Johanna Datschefski 23 Aug 1898 11 Sep 1898 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Podschuweit Bertha Augusta Carl Wilhelmine Salassus 14 Aug 1884 4 Sep 1884 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Priebe Adolph Gottfried William [Wilhelm] Louise Roesler 3 Aug 1888 23 Sep 1888 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Schwark Conradine Josephine Joseph Conradine Goette 12 Aug 1885 31 Aug 1885 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Siebert Rudolph Werner Johann Katharine Anna Heine 14 Aug 1894 9 Sep 1894 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Taetem Hanna Mathilda Samuel Henriette Behrendt 17 Aug 1887 16 Oct 1887 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
Wichmann Wilhelm Albert August Karl Wilhelmine Gruhn 21 Aug 1892 23 Oct 1892 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Berscinsky Anna Helena Henriette Friedrich Auguste Schelleschus 8 Dec 1888 24 Feb 1889 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Datschefski Louis Harry Arthur Ed. 31 Dec 1908 1909 Sandwich, IL SJCRBap
Datschefski Maria Martha Friedrich Auguste Roesler 28 Dec 1884 5 Apr 1885 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Gale Adolf Heinrich Adolf August Mathilda Bruske 9 Dec 1900 10 Feb 1901 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Kleiss Clifford Johann Martin Frederick [Ferdinand] G. Marie Israel 5 Dec 1891 1 Feb 1892 Carlton, De Kalb Co. SJCRBap
Obermeyer Ludwig Heinrich Anna "Maria" Linz 13 Dec 1887 29 Jan 1888 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Ode Robert Carl Ernst Marie Lossmann 10 Dec 1915 5 Mar 1916 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Schultz Lina Maria Wilhelm Karl Wilhelmina Schultz 2 Dec 1894 11 Jul 1897 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Schwark Wilhelm Conrad Joseph Konradine Hagemann 11 Dec 1887 1 Jan 1888 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Waschell Herbert Richard Carl Carl Elise Gruhn 15 Dec 1905 7 Jan 1906 SJCRBap
Wichmann Elsa Charlotte August Karl Wilhelmine Gruhn 29 Dec 1894 14 Apr 1895 Sandwich, IL SJCRBap
Bechturn Frieda Lilly Theodor R. Pauline L. Gale 15 Feb 1893 5 Mar 1893 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Bechturn Wilhelm Adolf Theodor R. Pauline L. Gale 19 Feb 1890 22 Feb 1890 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Darnell Frances Audrey Blaine "James" Hannah Priebe 15 Feb 1908 3 May 1908 SJCRBap
Gale Hedwig Lydia Adolf August Mathilde Bruske 25 Feb 1891 19 Apr 1891 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Gernichel Anna Johanna Ferdinand Johanna Schamp 11 Feb 1888 18 Mar 1888 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Hansen Carrie Bertha William Helene "Lena" Kolb 24 Feb 1917 15 Jul 1917 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Holle Minnie Bertha Wilhelm Bertha Raguse 11 Feb 1902 20 Apr 1902 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Lossmann Bessie Anna Frank Carl A. Lina Henriette Petrie 26 Feb 1890 15 Jun 1890 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Lossmann Carl Wilhelm August Adolph Carl A. Elwine Caroline Manske 4 Feb 1892 2 Mar 1892 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Petrie Frieda Emilie Heinrich Adolf Johanna Datschefski 24 Feb 1893 9 Apr 1893 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Schreul Clarence Ferdinand Heinrich Mathilda Raguse 10 Feb 1904 17 Apr 1904 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Schreul Normann Louis Louis Emma Gale 3 Feb 1898 28 Aug 1898 West Pullman, IL SJCRBap
Thielmann Lena [Lina] Friedrich Julius Henriette Nix 29 Feb 1888 13 Nov 1893 Plano, IL SJCRBap
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Data last uploaded on 2013-06-26 18:31:18-0500 CDT by Elmer Dickson