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
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SurnameGiven NameGiven NameGiven NameMaiden NameDyMoYrDyMoYrBirthCode
Bechturn Friedrich Wilhelm Theodor R. Pauline L. Gale 9 Mar 1902 1 Sep? 1902 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Foster Richard 26 Jul 1910 1 Jan 1914 Sandwich, IL SJCRBap
Gale Harry Adolf Adolf August Mathilda Bruske 5 Jun 1895 1 Jul 1895 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Kipp Augusta Elisa Wilhelm Maria Elisabeth Moller 7 Oct 1889 1 Dec 1889 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Kivitts Harold Edward, Jr. Harold Edward Frances Darnell 19 Oct 1928 1 Sep 1929 Elgin, IL SJCRBap
Kleiss Clifford Johann Martin Frederick [Ferdinand] G. Marie Israel 5 Dec 1891 1 Feb 1892 Carlton, De Kalb Co. SJCRBap
Lange Lillie Ida Heinrich Auguste Herold 5 May 1890 1 Jun 1890 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Lossmann Hazel Helena Frank Carl A. Lina Henriette Petrie 8 May 1895 1 Mar 1896 West Pullman, 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 Wilhelm Heinrich Anna "Maria" Linz 26 May 1886 1 May 1887 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Petrie Alice Johanna Heinrich Adolf Johanna Datschefski 25 May 1895 1 Sep 1895 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Quandt Herman Gustav Hermann Wilhelmine Nymovski 17 Oct 1901 1 Sep? 1902 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Schwark Wilhelm Conrad Joseph Konradine Hagemann 11 Dec 1887 1 Jan 1888 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Waschell Helene Louise Carl Elise Gruhn 5 Oct 1896 1 Nov 1896 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Willard Karl 8 Oct 1811 1 Jan 1914 Sandwich, IL SJCRBap
Gale Adolf Heinrich Adolf August Mathilda Bruske 9 Dec 1900 10 Feb 1901 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Lenz Albert Adolph William ]Wilhelm] C. Johannette Gale 18 May 1890 10 Jul 1890 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Petrie Christoph Ferdinand Heinrich Adolf Lisette Gale 16 Jan 1885 10 May 1885 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Priebe Emma Emilie William [Wilhelm] Louise Roesler 21 Mar 1885 10 May 1885 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Spach Lilly Caroline Jacob Alwine Kolb 12 Jan 1889 10 Sep 1891 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Wilkening Clarence Conrad Wilhelm Anna Wilkening 1 Jun 1910 10 Jul 1910 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
Hansen Raymond[Ramon] Burdette William Helene "Lena" Kolb 12 Jan 1926 11 Feb 1926 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Petrie Raymond L. Heinrich Adolf Johanna Datschefski 23 Aug 1898 11 Sep 1898 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Schultz Clara Berta Wilhelm Karl Wilhelmina Schultz 4 Jan 1897 11 Jul 1897 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Schultz Lina Maria Wilhelm Karl Wilhelmina Schultz 2 Dec 1894 11 Jul 1897 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Walter Hulda Eva Karl August Anna Elisabeth Kramer 17 Feb 1888 11 Mar 1888 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Lossmann Adolph Heinrich Friedrich Adolph Carl A. Elwine Caroline Manske 8 Sep 1886 12 Dec 1886 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Obermeyer Carl Johann Heinrich Anna "Maria" Linz 27 Mar 1892 12 Jun 1892 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Pratt Helena Paulina Frank Johann Augusta Wilh. Nehring 23 Jul 1890 12 Oct 1890 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Spach Heinrich Emil Jacob Marie Kolb 29 Oct 1893 12 Aug 1894 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Friebele Johann? ? William Louise Friebele 12 Jan 1898 13 Nov 1898 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Ode Arthur William Charles F. Emma E. Friebele 26 Aug 1898 13 Nov 1898 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Thielmann Lena [Lina] Friedrich Julius Henriette Nix 29 Feb 1888 13 Nov 1893 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Waschell Gladys Johanna August W. Wilhelmina Datschefski 6 Oct 1903 13 Dec 1903 Tampico, IL SJCRBap
Gottler Crescentia Marie Anna L. Joseph Alma Stuebing 9 Jun 1892 14 Aug 1892 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Gottler Otto Leopold Joseph Joseph Alma Stuebing 21 Nov 1884 14 Dec 1884 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Hansen Edwin Harry William Lena Kolb 29 Jul 1923 14 Oct 1923 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Schultz Helene Emilie Eduard August Auguste Gottberg 29 Nov 1891 14 Feb 1892 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Wichmann Elsa Charlotte August Karl Wilhelmine Gruhn 29 Dec 1894 14 Apr 1895 Sandwich, IL SJCRBap
Chrisse Bertha Leonora Gustav Louise Breuscher 14 May 1891 15 Nov 1891 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Hansen Carrie Bertha William Helene "Lena" Kolb 24 Feb 1917 15 Jul 1917 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Hotopp Ernst Friedrich August W. Wilhelm C. Alma A. Bendey 21 Jan 1903 15 Feb 1903 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Lossmann Bessie Anna Frank Carl A. Lina Henriette Petrie 26 Feb 1890 15 Jun 1890 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Taetem Johanna Mathilde Simon Henriette Behrendt 30 Mar 1890 15 May 1890 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Huth Laura Albertha Albert Hattie Retzlaffwalter 15 Sep 1917 16 Jun 1918 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Pratt Maria Anna Frank Johann Augusta Wilh. Nehring 9 Jan 1892 16 Mar 1892 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Schultz Richard Rudolph Eduard August Auguste 25 Oct 1898 16 Apr 1899 Plano, IL SJCRBap
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Data last uploaded on 2013-06-26 18:31:18-0500 CDT by Elmer Dickson