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Illinois, Diocese of Belleville, Catholic Parish Records, 1695-1956

A help guide for accessing the images of parish registers recording the events of baptism, first communion, confirmation (to 1907), marriage (to 1930) or death (to 1956) in the Diocese of Belleville (Illinois), Roman Catholic Church. The index to some volumes may reference pages within a given volume beyond current publication dates. As such, these images are not currently available. In addition to traditional parish registers, this collection includes a small number of census, church history, family and financial records. To assist the researcher I have broken down the available registers by county and name of parish, including the years covered by those parish records.

Biography of Francis H. Taton, Rev.

Rev. Francis H. Taton, pastor of the Catholic Church of St. Michael’s at Axtell. Marshall County, is a native of the old Hoosier State, but had been a resident of Kansas ever since the early days of his ordination to the priesthood, a period of nearly thirty years, during which period he had performed a wonderful work in the mission fields of this state, a labor that had endeared him to the hearts of many in various portions of the state. Father Taton had been in charge of St. Michael’s parish at Axtell since the summer of 1903 and had a record for faithfulness and efficiency of service rarely equaled in a western diocese. In an interview published following the celebration of the silver jubilee of his ordination to the priesthod in 1914, Father Taton said: “During my chargs at Easton, Kansas, I took sick the 16th day of Jannary, 1890, while at in Leavenworth, and was confined to St. John’s hospital there for six weeks. Otherwise I never missed a Sunday whilst in charge at Easton. Whilst in charge at Paola I was absent one Sunday. Since my appointment in Axtell I took a vacation for six weeks in 1910. during which I visited the Pacific coast from Los Angeles to Seattle, Washington. Outside of this I was absent from duty in Axtell on three Sundays. This is the extent of my being absent from duty in twenty-five years.” A sympathetic fellow priest. the Rev. T. H. Kinsella, a companion of Father Taton’s seminary days, writing on that jubilee occasion and complimenting his old friend upon becoming a jubilerian. said: “The celebration...

Biography of John J. Jones

John J. Jones. Actively connected with a profession that has an important bearing upon the progress and stable prosperity of any section or community, and one which has ever been considered as conserving the public welfare by furthering the ends of justice and maintaining individual rights, the reputation of John J. Jones, of Chanute, as a lawyer has been won through honest, earnest labor, and his standing at the bar is a merited tribute to his ability. For a quarter of a century he has been engaged in practice at Chanute, and during this time has been connected with much of the important litigation that has been brought before the courts of city, county and state. Mr. Jones was born at Pinckneyville, Perry County, Illinois, August 22, 1869, and is a son of Dr. John R. and Frances Gertrude (Gillis) Jones. The Jones family is of Welsh origin and the branch to which John J. Jones belongs was founded in America preceding the Revolutionary war. It early settled in Kentucky, from which state Mr. Jones’ grandfather migrated to Illinois as a pioneer in 1818 and located on a farm in Perry County, where he passed the remainder of his life in agricultural activities. Dr. John R. Jones was born October 6, 1836, at Pinckneyville, Illinois, and was given good educational advantages. In his youth he decided upon the medical profession as his life work, and after some preliminary training entered the Missouri Medical College, from which institution he was duly graduated with his degree. He was married in Illinois, and in 1876 came to Chanute, Kansas, as one of...

Biography of Alonzo O. Blair, M. D.

Alonzo O. Blair, M. D. By nearly forty years of practice in Southeastern Kansas Doctor Blair has become widely known as a successful physician and surgeon, and for more than a quarter of a century has been identified professionally and also in a business way with the City of Pittsburg. By ancestry he is of Scotch-Irish stock. His great-great-grandfather came in colonial times from England and settled in South Carolina. Doctor Blair’s grandfather was a native of South Carolina, but was opposed to the institution of slavery and moved from that state to Tennessee and thence to Illinois. He was one of the conductors on the famous underground railroad in the years before the war, a route by which many fugitive slaves escaped to freedom in Canada. He was an early farmer at Sparta, Illinois, where he died. Illinois is the native state of Doctor Blair. He was born in Perry County September 19, 1852. His father William R. Blair was born in Tennessee in 1824, grew up in that state, and at the age of thirty-four removed to Perry County, Illinois. He followed farming all his life, and died at Perry in March, 1916. He was a man of considerable influence in his home locality, was an active republican, filled the office of justice of the peace, and was a member and elder in the Reformed Presbyterian Church. He married Martha McQuiston, who was born in North Carolina in 1842 and died at Perry, Illinois, in 1856. William R. Blair was a very successful farmer in Illinois and left a large estate, part of which is still owned...

Biography of M. S. McNabney

M. S. McNabney, secretary-treasurer and manager of the Kansas Wholesale Grocery Company of Coffeyville, has had a very progressive career as a Kansas business man. He has lived in this state for thirty years or more. When a young man his ambition was to become a lawyer. There were others to think of besides himself, and in providing for them he had to give up such career and he thus found himself on a homestead claim in Western Kansas. From one step to another he made his way in the business world, and about ten years ago founded the wholesale grocery house which is now known to retail merchants all over Southeastern Kansas and is one of the important institutions of Coffeyville. He was born at Coulterville, Perry County, Illinois, January 10, 1862, a son of James and Elizabeth A. (McNabney) McNabney. His parents bore the same surnames but were not related, and both were of Scotch descent, the name being originally spelled McNab. Both parents were born in the northern part of Ireland near Belfast. James McNabney was born in 1809, came to America in 1857, and died in Perry County, Illinois, in 1881. In Ireland he pursued the trade of cabinet maker, but was a farmer and stock raiser in Perry County, Illinois. After becoming an American citizen he voted the republican ticket, and was a very active member and supporter of the United Presbyterian Church. His wife survived him a number of years and died in Western Kansas in 1893. Their children were: Robert, who became a farmer and died in Lyon County, Kansas, at Americus...

Biographical Sketch of George W. Ford

George W. Ford, proprietor of the Santa Ana Nursery, is one of the first settlers of the valley, arriving here in 1876, with only $10. The previous year he had been working by the day in Santa Cruz County. Two years later he purchased five acres of land within the city limits, for $400, and to this he has since added twenty-five acres more, most of which he has cut up into city lots and sold at good prices. In his nursery may be seen all kinds of deciduous and semi-tropical fruits and ornamental trees and shrubs. He has recently erected a fine residence on Ross Street, in the northwestern part of the city, which for convenience, comfort, beauty of location and architectural finish would be an ornament to any city. Mr. Ford was born in Perry County, Illinois, in 1848. His father, John Ford, was a native of Kentucky, and one of the first settlers of Illinois, moving there when it was a Territory. By industry, economy and enterprise, Mr. Ford had worked himself up in the world, and has shown himself worthy of the confidence and esteem of those with whom he has done business. He is recognized as one of Santa Ana’s most industrious and enterprising citizens, and is ready to help along any undertaking which has for its object any public...

Biography of Joseph Brayshaw, M. D.

Joseph Brayshaw, M. D. The success of the capable and competent surgeon has attended the career of Dr. Joseph Brayshaw, who for the past fifteen years has been successfully engaged in practice at Homer. Doctor Brayshaw was born in Perry County, Illinois, January 15, 1868, son of Helvetius Pyle and Elizabeth (Brayshaw) Brayshaw. His father, who was of mingled English and Greek descent, was born in Perry County, Illinois, while the mother was a native of England. The father was a farmer and spent the last twenty years of his life in Missouri, where he died January 1, 1895. Besides farming he was a skilled landscape gardener and a nurseryman. The widowed mother is still living at the old home in Missouri. Her six children are: James Edward, in Missouri; Sarah Ellen, wife of J. S. Langston, in Missouri; Anna D., widow of H. F. Welsh, in Missouri; Doctor Brayshaw; Lucinda, at home; and Charles William, who was killed by a stroke of lightning in 1916. Doctor Brayshaw spent the latter part of his youth in Missouri and besides the common schools attended the Baptist College at Pierce City, Missouri. He graduated in 1888, at the age of twenty, and following this for three years he worked on the home farm. His ambition from an early age was to become a physician, and largely through his own earnings he paid his way through the University of Michigan, where he spent four years and where he took his medical degree. In 1896 Doctor Brayshaw located at Berlin, Illinois, and was in practice there until he removed to Homer in January,...

Biography of John Fleming

Hearts that were brave and true and hands that were strong wrought out the development of our beloved county, making here the abodes of civilization from the wilds of nature and the haunts of the savages, and among this worthy number, must be mentioned the subject of this sketch, who, although he was not among the first to break sod here, still so identified himself with the county’s interests and with the worthy men who labored with him that he was really one of the builders of Wallowa county, and it is befitting that we grant him this memorial in the volume that traces the history of this section and portrays the lives of the leading men in it. John Fleming was born in Perry County, Illinois, in July, 1857, being the son of Thomas and Eliza Fleming, who were numbered among the agricultural population of the Prairie State. His early training in educational lines was received in his native state, as also the princi0les of uprightness and integrity were instilled into his character by the faithfulness of the parents. When he had reached the years of his majority he commenced a tour of inspection and exploration that took him to different states and finally he settled in Kansas, in 1881, purchasing a quarter section of railroad land. Five years after this date, he sold this land and came to Oregon, taking a claim first in the Crow creek district, which he sold later, and then came to Wallowa County in 1890. Here he took a homestead where the widow resides at the present time, two and one-half miles...

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