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1833-60 the Roman Catholic Church in Northeastern, Illinois, 1833-60, her Priests and their Baptisms, Marriages, and Funerals.

Prior to 1833 French Priests from Montreal traveled down the Great Lakes to Chicago and thence to the Mississippee River, as far south as St. Joe, Missouri providing services to the Catholics scattered in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnisota and Missouri, none of which then existed.

With the loss of Montreal under French General Montcalm to British General Wolfe at the battle of the Plains of Abraham on June 24th, 1759 the French Missionary Priests began a slow retreat back to Canada taking their records with them.

In the year 1833, May 5th specifically the first Catholic Priest, Rev. John Mary Iraenaeus St. Cyr, a young Frenchman and priest of only one month, arrived in Chicago as the first Catholic Pastor. His congregation being those few Catholics in Chicago's 300 total population, he immediately began recording the Baptisms, marriages, and deaths of his Irish, English, French and German Parishoners. Those records exist to this day and give a clear picture of the early settlers of Chicago.

His first Baptism, on May 22, 1833 was that of George Beaubien; parents: Mark Beaubien and Monique Nadierne; sponsors: Mark Beaubien and Marianne Arriage.

In May of 1836 Chicago saw its second Catholic Priest, Father Bernard Schaeffer, arrive. Fr. Schaeffer had previously ministered in Strassburg, Alsace, a European University City under the jurisdiction of France and also Germany, depending on the power of the day. Strassburg is West of the Rhine and north, northwest of Switzerland. At that time German Citizens of the area would identify themselves as Prussian.

1833-60 the Roman Catholic Church in Northeastern Illinois

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Linked toFortmann [a Kleine] Clemens (I) August Ludwig; Fortmann [a Kleine] Clemens (I) August Ludwig; Fortmann [Gross] Franz Joseph Henry (?) Rev.; GrossFortmann Franz Joseph [ Heinrich ? ]; Lauermann Maria Catherina, a.k.a. Mary (wife of Clemens)

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