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From: Mary Ann Kaylor <>
Subject: Re: [ILMAGA] Re: Rev. R. Clark in 1868, ? church
Date: Sun, 29 May 2005 16:31:47 -0500
Few Catholics in IL at that time? 1860? I find that hard to believe as
Missionary priests were the first to "visit" in southern IL when Kaskaskia
was founded, the first capitol of Illinois..... I am talking 1700s here.
And I know for a fact that Catholics settled in Central Illinois in the mid
1850s. And priests were "circuit riders" just like the Methodists, etc.,
traveling long distances to give the sacraments to those Catholics. Just
to clarify that one point.
At 02:49 PM 5/29/2005, you wrote:
>If that doesn't pan out, there are two other resources, one for the
>Methodists and one for the Christian (Disciples of Christ) Church. The
>Methodists kept excellent records of where their ministers were when. Go
>to www.umc.org, click on archives, click on Illinois. You will find
>several "Annual Conferences." This is a geographical designition in this
>context. I'd try Great Rivers first, for the southern half of the
>state. You'll find, unless it's changed since I used it last, an email
>address. Click on that. Give them what you know and ask how long Clark
>was there. (If they don't have an email address you'll have to call or
>write a letter.) If they don't know of him, try the Illinois Conference,
>for the northern half, and repeat the process. If neither know of him,
>he's probably not a Methodist. You may have to pay a small fee for the info.
>For the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), there is a book, "History
>of the Disciples of Christ in Illinois: 1819-1914" by Nathaniel S. Haynes,
>1915. It is arranged by county so it's easy to see if he's there. I got
>it via InterLibrary Loan. I believe I've found it online at various times
>but not others. The book itself does not have an index but once I found it
>online with an index, which was nice as my ancestor showed up in several
>counties. The next time it had been reformatted without an index. You
>might try googling the author.
>If he was a Baptist, forget it. They don't keep records except sometimes
>in specific local churches. Their national archives states that their
>archival records are useless for genealogical purposes, as they never
>asked churches or ministers to send records to the national body.
>There were few Catholics in IL at that time. And I suspect Clark would be
>listed as Father or Fr. if he were a priest.
>Hope this helps,
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>Thank you for the response to my query. After I saw your reply, I checked
>the 1870 census for Morgan county, Illinois and found an entry for a
>Robert Clark and his family in Franklin, Illinois, and his occupation is
>listed as "Minister Gospel". I then checked for current listings of
>churches in Franklin and I found four: Christian, Methodist, Baptist and
>Sacred Heart Parish Hall (I presume Catholic). I am guessing that Robert
>Clark was probably a preacher with the Methodist Church. I will do some
>research with the local genealogical society or contact the church
>directly to see if I am correct. I will let you know what I find out.
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