Location: Jackson County IL

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.

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Biography of Shirley D. Gregson

Shirley D. Gregson, president of the Gregson Furniture Company of St. Louis, was born at Ava, Illinois, January 9, 1878. His father, James M. Gregson, was also born in Illinois and in 1888 removed to St. Louis where his remaining days were passed, his attention being devoted to various lines of business. His death occurred October 28, 1917. The mother bore the maiden name of Lou Barker and was twice married, being Mrs. Lou Brickey, a widow, at the time that she became the wife of James M. Gregson. She was born in Kaskaskia, Illinois, and married Mr. Gregson at Red Bud, Randolph county, Illinois, in 1874. She is living at the age of seventy-three years. By her former marriage she had a son, H. L. Brickey, and by her second marriage her only child is Shirley D. Gregson of this review. Under the parental roof Shirley D. Gregson remained through the period of his boyhood during which time he was acquiring a public school education. In 1895 he started in the business world by handling household fixtures, etc., as a member of the firm of Gregson & Company and in 1913 this business was incorporated under the name of the Gregson Furniture Company, with S. D. Gregson as the president, Monroe Price vice president and J. A. Roof as secretary. The company today handles a large line of...

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Biography of David Stainrook Booth, M.D.

Dr. David Stainrook Booth, medical practitioner, educator and author of St. Louis, was born April 6, 1863, on his father’s plantation near Enterprise, McDonald county, Missouri. He is a son of Dr. David Stainrook Booth, Sr., and a grandson of Dr. John Jefferson Booth, of Philadelphia. That the family of Booth is of great antiquity is evidenced by the following from a history of the family: “At the time of the conquest, in 1066, we find the de-la-Booths accompanying William the Conqueror to England. Evidences also, there are, that go to show that when William the Conqueror was distributing the confiscated English lands among his followers of rank, among others who were recipients were the de-la-Booths, to whom was given lands to have and to hold by the same right and title as that possessed by the king and queen. The right to title and possession through conquest by the sword.’ He also conferred upon the de-la-Booths his coat-of-arms ‘to have and to hold, so long as the name of Booth shall exist, because ye are of my blood.’ . The best genealogical evidence obtainable points direct to the family of Adam de Booth, residing at ‘Booths,’ Lancashire, England, A. D. 1200, as the immediate family from whom all Booths of America are descended. In the line of descendants of this Adam de Booth there have been many eminent...

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Biography of Henry I. Purdy

HENRY I. PURDY. In the year 1842 some eight or ten families emigrated from Vermont and settled in Jackson County, Illinois, forming what was and is known today as Vergennes Colony. Isham Purdy’s family, consisting of father, mother and seven children, formed a part of this colony-three boys and four girls. Henry I., the subject of this sketch, being the oldest son. Edwin P. married and has made his home in Carbondale, Illinois, and has been extensively engaged in the lumber business for the last twenty years. Charles W. Purdy, the third son, married and settled in the old neighborhood and has resided on his pleasant and fine farm ever since the war. He enlisted at the beginning of the war and marched by the side of his eldest brother, Henry, and his sixteen-year old son, John W., making music with his fife and the father and son with their drums through many a weary and dangerous day. He was discharged as disabled in 1863, and was sent home to his family, where he resides today. The girls of the family all married prosperous farmers of the neighborhood and still reside in the vicinity of their father’s old home. After buying land and making a small payment thereon the Purdy family, like all new settlers, found themselves very poor and with many obstacles to discourage them in their undertaking....

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Biography of Charles E. Purdy

Among the reputable men of Billings, Missouri, who, in their conduct of business matters and the duties belonging to the various relations of life, have acquired a worthy name, is Charles E. Purdy, the efficient, intelligent and energetic mayor of that place. Although young in years he is old in experience, and is one of the leading.spirits of the city, guarding its interests and furthering all worthy enterprises. Mr. Purdy came originally from Jackson County, Illinois, born April 5, 1860. A son of Henry I. and Polly A. (Varnum) Purdy, natives of Vermont. His grandfather, Isham Purdy, was born in Vergennes, Vt., in the year 1800, and died in Illinois when eighty-three years of age. His wife, Roxcea (Wiley) Purdy, who was also a native of the Green Mountain State, died in the same house. They were the parents of seven children: Henry I. (subject’s father), Edwin P., Chas. W., and four daughters. Grandfather Purdy followed the occupation of a farmer, and in 1850 came to Illinois, where he entered land. The Purdy family is of Puritan stock, the ancestors settling in New England at an early date, and were prominent in the early history of the colonists. Henry I. Purdy came with his father to Illinois in the forties, and there a small colony was formed from the people from their native town in Vermont. Henry I. married...

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Biography of J. A. Weatherly

J. A. WEATHERLY. In this day and age of bustle and hurry very few people stop to consider what we can and how to select it, but the skillful housewife is very careful in her purchase of groceries, for she knows that on their purity and wholesomeness depends in a large measure the health and happiness of her family. J.A. Weatherly, dealer in fine groceries at Harrison, Arkansas, enjoys a reputation for courteous dealing and promptness in his line of business which any grocer might be proud to have and his goods have become noted for their excellence and purity. He was born in Maury County, Tennessee, January 27, 1844, the third of nine children born to Samuel M. and Eliza J. (Duncan ) Weatherly, the former of whom was a Virginian, but an early pioneer of Tennessee, from which State he moved to Illinois about 1853 and settled in Union County, afterward locating at Murphysborough, Jackson County, where he was called from life about 1880. He was a mechanic by trade, a man of unblemished reputation and was a strong Republican in his political views. During the great Civil War he served as lieutenant in the One Hundred and Ninth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, but was wounded at Vicksburg and was compelled to retire from the service. His wife was a native Tennessean and died shortly after her husband,...

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Biography of Ed C. Varner

Ed C. Varner. A substantial Kansas farmer who is making a good living and proving himself a factor in the citizenship of Butler County, Ed C. Varner had in the course of two years become one of the well known oil men of the entire country. Fortune sometimes plays strange froaks and showers its benefits upon those apparently untieserving. However, as a rule the rewards of fortune are wisely bestowed. Ed C. Varner did much to merit all the prosperity that had come to him in the rich oil districts of Augusta. It was largely his foresight and wisdom that brought about the thorough development of this field. He and his brother Frank insisted from the first that deep tests should be made in this district. The operators at first were inclined to make tests for gas only, but Ed and Frank Varner insisted firmly for borings that would leave no doubt as to the existence of oil or gas. They inserted clauses in their leases which provided for such deep tests, and the result was that some of the richest oil strata in the mid-continent field were uncovered in Butler County. Mr. Ed Varner owned 285 acres in the oil belt. The first gas well was brought in on his place on April 28, 1914. Within a year five producing wells were on his land. The first oil...

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Biography Of Alden C. Hillman, A. M.

Alden C. Hillman, A. M. One of the venerable educators of Kansas was Alden C. Hillman, of Salina, whose death occurred on the 24th of January, 1917. Mr. Hillman was the first man selected for a position in the faculty of the Kansas Wesleyan University. He began his work as an educator before the war, was very prominent in the State of Illinois in school work for many years, and for more than thirty years was a resident of Kansas. He was born May 23, 1832, at Charleston, New York, a son of Ezra and Permelia (Horton) Hillman. Both parents were born in the same state, and were married there in 1828. His father was born in 1806 and died in 1859, spending his life as a farmer in New York and being very active in religious and temperance work. The mother was born in 1810 and died in 1860. She was also a devout woman and closely identified with the Methodist Episcopal Church. These worthy people were the parents of six children, three sons and three daughters: Jane, now deceased; Alden C.; Daniel Watson, deceased; Mary Elizabeth, wife of George P. Schouten, a retired farmer at Sedgwick, Kansas; Marvin J., deceased; Sarah Amanda, wife of H. Sherman, of Lockport, New York. Alden C. Hillman grew up on his father’s farm in New York. At the age of sixteen...

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A-H Surnames – 1818 Jackson County, Illinois Census

  Name: Head of Household Page: Page of Census Listing Range of Ages: 1st Number – Free white males 21 yr. and upwards 2nd Number – All other white inhabitants 3rd Number – Free persons of colour 4th Number – Servants or slaves   Name Page # Range of Ages Aaron, John 107 01-03-00-00 Adams, John 109 01-00-00-01 Akins, John 10 01-02-00-01 Andrews, Joseph 109 06-00-00-00 Ankeney, John 10 01-05-00-01 Arnold, Thomas 105 01-02-00-00 Atherton, ??? 107 01-01-00-00 Atherton, Samuel 105 01-05-00-00 Baker, William 105 01-06-00-00 Beldeback, Daniel 108 01-04-00-00 Boon, William 103 03-12-00-01 Bowers, Charles 109 01-00-00-00 Bowles, John 105 02-05-00-00 Brewer, William 107 01-06-00-00 Brotherton, Abraham 105 01-03-00-00 Brown, John 10 01-04-00-00 Brown, Richard, Sr. 106 01-01-00-00 Brown, Robert 109 01-00-00-01 Brucks, ??? 108 01-02-00-00 Burns, Thomas 104 01-09-00-03 Burnside, Samuel 109 01-00-00-00 Butcher, George 103 02-05-00-00 Butcher, Jacob 103 01-07-00-00 Byars, John 103 02-09-00-00 Cains, Cristifer 109 01-00-00-00 Campbell, John, Sr. 105 01-09-00-00 Chapman, Mr. 109 01-00-00-00 Clark, Alexander 105 01-09-00-01 Cline, George 107 02-01-00-00 Cochran, George 107 02-09-00-00 Cocthrin, Waters 10 01-05-00-00 Conner, Benjamin F. 103 01-04-00-00 Couchenour, Abraham 105 01-04-00-00 Crain, Squire 107 01-01-00-00 Crain, Thomas 107 01-06-00-00 Creath, George 10 01-11-00-00 Crisp, Reeden 105 01-07-00-00 Crow, Bengeman 109 01-00-00-00 Cummins, Richard 109 01-02-00-00 Davis, Aaron 107 01-06-00-00 Davis, Clement 106 01-04-00-05 Davis, Eliphaz 106 01-05-00-00 Davis, Hezekiah, Jr. 106 01-03-00-00 Davis, Hezekiah 103...

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I – Z Surnames – 1818 Jackson County, Illinois Census

  Name: Head of Household Page: Page of Census Listing Range of Ages: 1st Number – Free white males 21 yr. and upwards 2nd Number – All other white inhabitants 3rd Number – Free persons of colour 4th Number – Servants or slaves   Ingram, John 107 01-06-00-00 Ingrum, George 108 01-05-00-00 Ingrum, William 108 01-07-00-00 Jaacob, J. H. 109 01-00-00-00 Jackson, Jaral 104 01-07-00-06 Jarret, Isaac 107 01-10-00-00 Jenkens, Thomas 106 01-06-00-00 Johnston, Robert 105 01-04-00-00 Johnston, William 105 01-03-00-00 Jones, George 109 03-00-00-00 Kimmel, Peter 105 03-01-00-00 Kinsella, William 109 01-00-00-00 Laile, George 105 01-04-00-00 Laile, Henry 105 01-03-00-00 Laile, John 105 01-03-00-00 Lastley, John 103 01-00-00-00 Leeder, Henry 106 01-00-00-00 Lewis, Hugh 107 01-01-00-00 Lewis, Thomas 106 01-10-00-00 Little, Joseph 109 02-00-00-00 Lucas, John 107 01-03-00-00 Lusadder, Jacob 103 01-09-00-00 Manson, Sincler 10 01-06-00-01 Martial, John 104 01-09-00-00 Massey, Shadrach 107 01-04-00-00 Mc Kinney, Charles 10 01-05-00-00 Mc Mellen, Louis 108 01-05-00-00 Mc Mellen, William 108 01-04-00-00 Mc Millen, Hugh 106 02-05-00-00 Mc Queen, Thomas 109 02-07-00-00 Mc Roberts, William 107 01-06-00-00 Mc Roberts, William 108 01-05-00-00 Mc Williams, David 10 01-10-00-00 Mcgowen, Mary 106 00-04-00-00 Miller, David 105 01-08-00-00 Milligan, David 105 01-03-00-00 Moffets, James 109 08-05-00-00 Moore, Mr. 109 02-00-00-00 Morrow, John 107 02-04-00-00 Morrow, John 108 01-00-00-00 Morrow, Thomas 107 01-03-00-00 Mountgommery, Mr. 109 02-00-00-01 Muckelvane, Robert 106 01-04-00-00 Noble, Henry, Jr. 107...

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