Immaculate Conception (Centreville, Illinois) Catholic Parish Records
Compilation copyright by Gloria Dettleff
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Some French settlers of the Cahokia area moved eastward and settled near what became Centreville Station but still attended Holy Family Church. Immaculate Conception parish was formed in 1858, then in the Alton Diocese until 1887 when the Diocese of Belleville was formed. Various records of the parish were not kept at Centreville Station until 1880 when Rev. Kempen became the first resident pastor. Priests at Immaculate Conception Parish.
Father Doutreluignue raised funds for the first church, dedicated in August 1866. Red brick used for the church was fired in a kiln behind the Brouillette farm by Belgian immigrants. The original bell burst in the flood of 1892. The bell was replaced and later transferred to a new church built and dedicated in November 1955.
The rectory, a two story brick residence, was built in 1881 by Rev. Kempen. A parish school opened in 1886, staffed by Precious Blood sisters; a new school was built in 1962. In 1972 the parish merged with St. Regis (East St. Louis) which itself closed in 2006.
Land for the parish cemetery was a gift of two acres.** About 1957 an additional acre was acquired. “Although there were earlier burials in the parish cemetery, the first entry in the register was on March 1, 1880, that of Andrew Touchette, the donor of the parish property.” [Centennial 1858-1958, p. 28]
Updated 13 August 2023. **St. Clair County Recorder of Deeds, Deed Book I-5 Pages 179-180
On 13 January 1871 Rt. Rev. Peter Joseph Baltes, Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Alton of the city of Alton, Madison County, Illinois, quit claimed to Roman Catholic Church of Immaculate Conception at Centreville Station two parcels, one by the bluffs [for the cemetery], another for the parish church grounds.
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- Given names abbreviated in the church book are spelled out when the English equivalent is certain (Elizabeth for Eliz., Louis for Ludovicus). When no apparent equivalent was known or ambiguous, the Latin name or initials were transcribed.
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Gloria Dettleff, compiler, “Immaculate Conception (Centreville, Illinois) Catholic Marriages (1880 – 1931),” St. Clair County Genealogical Society (https://stclair-ilgs.org : date viewed) ; [ancestor’s name, date of burial].
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- Latin language aids
- French language aids
- Given names translated from French and Latin into English , courtesy American-French Genealogical Society.
- Burnett, Betty. A Time of Favor: The Story of the Catholic Family of Southern Illinois. St. Louis, Mo.: Patrice Press, 1987.
- Diocese of Belleville. Centennial Heritage Festival and Picnic, Sunday, September 27. Belleville, Ill.: The Diocese, 1987.
- ______. “Location of Old Parish Records.” https://www.diobelle.org/canonical-affairs/archives/list-of-closed-parishes : viewed 13 December 2021.
- Centennial 1858–1958 Immaculate Conception Parish Centerville Station, Illinois. The parish : 1958.
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