Death 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 NameMoDyYrBornMoDyYrDeathCodeDyMoYr
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SurnameGiven NameMoDyYrBornMoDyYrDeathCodeDyMoYr
Baie Auguste (Gade)(Mrs. Andreas) Apr 4 1813 Nov 21 1893 Plano, IL SJCR 24 Nov 1893
Barge Ernst Andreas May 21 1812 Oct 26 1890 Plano, IL* SJCR 28 Oct 1890
Bechturn Wilhelm Adolph Feb 19 1890 Feb 23 1890 Plano, IL SJCR 24 Feb 1890
Bissell Albert Virgil Apr 14 1875 Feb 19 1953 Plano, IL SJCR 21 Feb 1953
Blahetka ?? son of Anton & Emma Thielmann Sep 15 1893 Mar 11 1894 SJCR 13 Mar 1894
Blecher Daniel Dec 4 1838 May 12 1902 Plano, IL SJCR 15 May 1902
Blecher Elisabeth (Bleeker on cem. records) Aug 31 1846 Nov 7 1920 Plano, IL SJCR 10 Nov 1920
Blum Johann Oct 19 1848 Feb 22 1892 SJCR 24 Feb 1892
Blum Wilhelm Johann Sep 23 1891 Feb 28 1892 SJCR 29 Feb 1892
Booker Christine (Auer) May 4 1839 Mar 29 1902 Plano, IL SJCR 31 Mar 1901
Burghart Johann Christoph Oct 21 1853 Feb 6 1891 Plano, IL SJCR 8 Feb 1891
Chrisse Katherine (Mrs. August K.) Sep 5 1845 May 26 1889 Plano, IL SJCR 28 May 1889
Chrisse Lina Aug 18 1880 Jun 1 1889 Plano, IL SJCR 2 Jun 1889
Cleveland Louise Karoline (Burkhart)(Mrs. Frank) Jan 26 1863 Feb 23 1929 Plano, IL SJCR 26 Feb 1929
Datschefski Auguste (Roesler) Mar 23 1849 Jul 6 1915 Plano, IL SJCR 9 Jul 1915
Datschefski Gottfried Friedrich "Fred" Jan 22 1843 Ger. Apr 7 1919 Plano, IL SJCR 9 Apr 1919
Datschefski Maria Martha Dec 28 1884 Apr 19 1887 Plano, IL SJCR 19 Apr 1887
Datschefski Wilhelm Oct 5 1841 Apr 18 1923 SJCR 21 Apr 1923
Dettra Albert Crawford Jan 20 1869 Feb 4 1920 SJCR 10 Feb 1920
Falkenhagen Charlotte Louise May 25 1838 Jan 3 1917 Plano, IL SJCR 7 Jan 1917
Freischlad Bertha Kolb (Raguse) Apr 17 1872 Jan 11 1926 Plano, IL SJCR 14 Jan 1926
Gale Heinrich Apr 1 1834 Sep 4 1900 Plano, IL SJCR 6 Sep 1900
Gale Karoline (Mrs.) Jan 11 1908 Plano, IL SJCR 13 Jan 1908
Godde Louise (Mrs.) Oct 18 1869 Sep 15 1944 Plano, IL SJCR 18 Sep 1944
Goettler Helena Friederike Cresentia Mar 30 1887 Aug 4 1887 Plano, IL SJCR 4 Aug 1887
Gottberg Bertha Erna Jan 27 1911 Nov 15 1919 Plano, IL SJCR 18 Nov 1919
Gottberg Friederike (Romlock)(Mrs. Friedrich) Dec 20 1846 Jul 14 1927 Plano, IL SJCR 17 Jul 1927
Gottberg Friedrich "Fritz" Oct 7 1848 Mar 19 1922 SJCR 22 Mar 1922
Gruhn Carl Mar 13 1868 Apr 29 1916 Plano, IL SJCR 2 May 1916
Gruhn Elise (Waschell) Jan 14 1866 Jul 18 1943 Plano, IL SJCR 22 Jul 1943
Gruhn Erdmann Apr 27 1833 Dec 12 1904 Plano, IL SJCR
Gruhn Johanna 1880 Feb 25 1887 Plano, IL SJCR 6 Mar 1887
Gruhn Otto Jul 30 1875 Mar 15 1920 Plano, IL SJCR 18 Mar 1920
Gruhn Pauline Jan 1 1871 Nov 18 1885 SJCR 20 Nov 1885
Gruhn Wilhelmine (Roesler) Mar 1 1836 Apr 17 1918 SJCR 20 Apr 1918
Habenstein Carl Ernst Jun 12 1887 Nov 22 1887 Plano, IL SJCR 24 Nov 1887
Haberstein ?? son of C. & Justine Moller Dec 24 1892 Jan 12 1893 Plano, IL SJCR 15 Jan 1893
Hadlock Le Roy Nov 1 1887 Apr 10 1945 Plano, IL SJCR 12 Apr 1945
Hadlock Mary (Gebhardt) Jun 2 1856 Dec 26 1937 Plano, IL SJCR 29 Dec 1937
Hadlock Wilhelmine "Minnie" (Mrs.) Aug 25 1884 Nov 2 1951 Plano, IL SJCR 5 Nov 1951
Hein Carl Aug 9 1887 Dec 23 1887 Plano, IL SJCR 25 Dec 1887
Hennick Helene (Mrs. August) Mar 20 1838 Aug 25 1908 SJCR 28 Aug 1908
Heyne Anna Marta Jan 4 1826 Jan 17 1895 Plano, IL SJCR 20 Jan 1895
Hine Lillian Jan 14 1895 Jul 14 1901 Plano, IL SJCR 15 Jul 1901
Huth Sophie (Gutschke)(Mrs. Albert) May 26 1854 May 21 1923 Plano, IL SJCR 23 May 1923
Huth Theresa [Thursa] Caroline (Mihm)(Mrs. Gustav Julius) Jun 19 1851 Oct 12 1921 Aurora, IL SJCR 15 Oct 1921
Jochen Franz Dec 2 1886 Jan 22 1887 Plano, IL SJCR 23 Jan 1887
Kastner Julia Friederike Jul 30 1830 Nov 20 1917 SJCR 22 Nov 1917
Kirsch Carl Sep 17 1863 Nov 22 1918 Plano, IL SJCR 20 Nov 1918
Lang Friedrich Jan 1 1883 Mar 13 1887 Plano, IL SJCR 14 Mar 1887
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