TombstoneEarly Lutheran BurialsTombstone
1839 - 1920


Springfield, IL

Copyright Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church, Springfield, IL 1985, 1998. Information contained on this web site may not be reproduced or published without the expressed consent of Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church, Archives and History Committee.

For all the saints who from their labors rest,
Who Thee by faith before the world confest,
Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest.
Alleluia!...Alleluia!

Thou wast their Rock, their Fortress, and their Might;
Thou, Lord their Captain in the well-fought fight;
Thou, in the darkness drear, their one true Light.
Alleluia!...Alleluia!
Amen.

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Historical Background

Illinois became a State in 1818, the first settler arrived in Sangamon County in 1817, and "Springfield" boasted a store and a few residents by 1821. The first Lutheran congregation in Springfield was organized in 1841, the nearest other Lutheran congregations at that time being at Hillsboro in the southwest, Quincy in the west, and Addison in the north. The first church members were English speaking, coming from the eastern states. By 1854, there were so many German Lutheran members that the congregation split into two parts: German (Trinity) and English (Grace).

Records, Sources

Church records for the years 1841-1854 have not been found. We have used Rev. Springer's own clerical records book, of which only half of the pages survive, for the period, and the "minutes" books held by Grace Lutheran Church, in which only two burials are mentioned. After 1854, the records of Trinity Lutheran Church are the source of these burial records. The extent to which the German Language was used in the records depends on the minister at the time, as does the form and content. Many pages of the old records are badly faded, deteriorated, hard to read.

Accuracy

Great care was taken to avoid errors and to produce a copy that would reflect the original record in spelling and data. The typed material was checked many times. Names that appear only once are at times especially difficult to decipher. The index will lead the researcher to the various spellings of some of the surnames.

Ministers

The following list includes the names of the Lutheran Ministers that probably officiated at most of the burials in this record:

Years

Name

1841-1847

Rev. Francis SPRINGER

1847-1851

Rev. Ephriam MILLER

1851-1852

Rev. Conrad KUHL

1852-1856

Rev. Simeon HARKEY

1856-1859

Rev. F. W. EGGERKING

1860-1862

Rev. Theodore HUSCHMANN

1863-1870

Rev. William BARTLING

1870-1874

Rev. August H. BURKHARDT

1873-1875

Rev. Theodore BENSEN

1875-1887

Rev. Frederick LOCHNER

1876-1877

Rev. August F. CRAEMER

1888-1892

Rev. George LINK

1892-1903

Rev. Martin H. LUECKE

1903-1921

Rev. Frederick BRAND

1919-1921

Rev. Peter KREY

Early Lutheran Burial Records - Springfield, IL

Early Lutheran Burial Records - Springfield, IL - 1854 to 1861

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