I recently visited FamilySearch, the world’s largest genealogy organization provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Over the last while, they have been working on digitizing and indexing the microfilmed records held at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Of course, it will take quite a while to complete this project — they have MILLIONS of records — but there are some useful records already available.
I was delighted to find that digitized images of records from the Catholic Diocese of Belleville, Illinois, are available online. They aren’t searchable yet, but they are easy to browse through. I found baptism, marriage and burial records for some of my great-great-great grandparents and their family.
Some of those records had some interesting clues to expanding my family search. For example, I already knew that my great-great-great grandparents, Christian Stern and Anna Maria Jan (or John), were married in Belleville, Illinois, on 15 Jul 1847, and I found the original record on FamilySearch in the records of the Cathedral of St. Peter. One of the witnesses is Charles Jan — likely a relative. Charles is also listed at their first daughter’s godfather.
So, I decided to search the 1850 census for Charles Jan in the Belleville area. I found a Charles John, born about 1800 in Germany, living in Centreville (now Millstadt), Illinois — the same town that my great-great-great grandparents lived in. Given Charles’ age, he could possibly be my great-great-great-great grandfather, though I don’ t have any other evidence of that yet.
Next steps: find more information about Charles John and see if there are connections to Anna Maria John.
Posted in Millstadt, Mormons, St. Clair County, stern
Tagged Belleville, census records, church records, FamilySearch, Illinois, Jan, John, Millstadt, Stern
From The Ogden Standard-Examiner, Monday evening, January 24, 1949:
Leon Lucien Clausse obituary
Leon L. Clausse
Leon L. Clausse, 51, of 433 Second, died Sunday at five p. m. at the family home of a heart attack.
Mr. Clausse was born in Ogden, April 27, 1897, a son of Joseph E. and Pauline Mary Stern Clausse.
He had recently been employed at Ogden arsenal as superintendent of supplies. At one time he was a deputy sheriff, Weber county.
On June 30, 1920 he married Marie Childs.
He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic church and affiliated with the American Legion. His civic activities included the promoting of polio fund campaigns.
Surviving are his widow, Ogden, and the following sons and daughters: John L., Roscoe E. and Orlon V. Clausse and Mrs. marian Chase, Ogden; a grandchild and the following brother and sisters: Joseph J. Clausse, Mrs. Edith Doyle and Mrs. Stella West, Ogden.
Funeral plans are being made by the mortuary, 3408 Washington.
Source: “The Ogden Standard-Examiner”, 24 Jan 1949, p. 12; digital image online at Ancestry.com <www.ancestry.com>.
(Leon L. Clausse is my great-grandfather’s younger brother.)
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Tagged Ancestry.com, Chase, Childs, Clausse, Doyle, newspapers, obituaries, Ogden, Stern, Utah, West
From The Ogden Standard-Examiner, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 1967:
Estella Clausse West obituary
Estella C. West
Mrs. Estella C. West, 77, of 2098 Harrison, died Monday at St. Benedict’s Hospital.
Mrs. West was born Dec. 1, 1890, in Galveston, Tex., a daughter of Joseph and Pauline Stern Clausse.
She lived in St. Louis, Mo., as a child and came to Ogden in 1897.
On March 26, 1913, she was married to James Alva West in Ogden. Mr. West died March 12, 1946, in Ogden.
She was a member of BPO Does, Ladies of Woodcraft and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
Surviving are the following sons and daughters: John A. West, Joseph E. West, William H. West, Paul B. West, Mrs. Samuel (Pauline) Attison, all of Ogden; Mrs. Ernest (Betty) Yanni, Murray; 16 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren.
Requiem Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
Holy Rosary will be recited Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Lindquist and Sons Colonial Chapel where friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m.
Burial will be in the Ogden City Cemetery.
Source: “The Ogden Standard-Examiner”, 26 Dec 1967, p. 5B; digital image online at Ancestry.com <www.ancestry.com>.
(Estella Clausse West is my great-grandfather’s younger sister.)
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Tagged Ancestry.com, Attison, Clausse, Galveston, Missouri, newspapers, obituaries, Ogden, St. Louis, Stern, Texas, Utah, West, Yanni
From The Ogden Standard-Examiner, Monday, August 16, 1965:
Joseph J. Clausse
Joseph James Clausse obituary
Joseph James Clausse, 79, of 1603 Childs, died Sunday night in a local rest home.
Mr. Clausse was born May 19, 1886, in Ogden, a son of Joseph E. and Pauline Stern Clausse. On Nov. 21, 1910, he was married to Maude Weigel in Salt Lake City.
He was an iron worker in construction. He was a member of the international Association of Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Iron Workers, Local 27. He had lived in Idaho six years.
Surviving are his widow, six sons and one daughter, J. Lewis Clausse, Harold A. Clausse, both of Sacramento, Calif.; Gerald E. Clausse, Ogden; Kenneth L. Clausse, Orem; Joseph J. Clausse Jr., North Ogden; Mrs. John J. (Barbara) Silber, Silver Springs [sic], Md.; 23 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Estella West, Ogden.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Myers Mortuary with former Bishop Delbert Thompson officiating. Friends may call at the mortuary Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday prior to services. Burial in Ogden City Cemetery.
Source: “The Ogden Standard-Examiner”, 16 Aug 1965, page 7B; digital image online at Ancestry.com <http://www.ancestry.com>.
(Joseph J. Clausse is my great-grandfather. His one daughter, Barbara Clausse Silber, is my grandmother.)
Posted in clausse, Obituaries, stern, weigel
Tagged Ancestry.com, Clausse, newspapers, obituaries, Ogden, Silber, Stern, Utah, Weigel, West
From The Ogden Standard-Examiner, Thursday evening, November 15, 1956, page 13B:
Edith Mary Clausse Doyle obituary
Mrs. Edith Mary Clausse Doyle, 73, of 3225 Ogden Ave., widow of William Doyle, died this morning at the home of her son, D. James Doyle, in Farr West.
Mrs. Doyle was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
She was born April 22, 1883, in Hannibal, Mo., a daughter of Joseph Edward and Pauline M. Stern Clausse.
On Oct. 12, 1904, she was married to Mr. Doyle in Ogden. He died Feb. 24, 1954.
Surviving are three sons, D. James Doyle, Farr West; Francis A. Doyle, Las Vegas; Conan A. Doyle, Ogden; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, one brother and sister, Joseph J. Doyle and Mrs. Stella West, both of Ogden.
Requiem mass will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Holy rosary will be recited Monday at 8 p.m. at Lindquist and Sons Colonial Funeral Chapel, 3408 Washington Blvd.
Friends may call at the mortuary Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday prior to services. Interment will be in Ogden City Cemetery.
Source: “The Ogden Standard-Examiner”, 15 Nov 1956, p. 13B; digital image online at Ancestry.com <www.ancestry.com>.
One type that I noticed–the mention of her surviving brother as Joseph J. Doyle should actually be Joseph J. Clausse, my great-grandfather.
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Tagged Ancestry.com, Clausse, Doyle, Hannibal, Missouri, newspapers, obituaries, Ogden, Stern, Utah, West
From The Ogden Standard-Examiner, Wednesday evening, November 28, 1945:
Barbara Stern obituary
Miss Barbara Stern, 85, died at nine forty-five Tuesday evening at the home of her niece, Mrs. J. Alva West, 2098 Harrison, following a heart attack.
She was born March 16, 1860, at Millstadt, Ill., to Christian and Marie Annie Jones Stern. Miss Stern was for many years a nurse and continued in this career until her health failed at about 80 years of age.
She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic church, the Altar society and League of the Sacred Heart. She had been a resident of Ogden since 1890.
Surviving are the following nieces and nephew: Mrs. William Doyle, Mrs. Joseph J. Clausse, Mrs. J. Alva West, Lee L. Clausse, all of Ogden.
Funeral services will be conducted Satruday at ten a. m. at St. Joseph’s church, by the Rt. Rev. Msgr. W. J. Giroux. Arrangements are in charge of the mortuary at 466 Twenty-fourth. Interment will be in Ogden city cemetery.
Source: “The Ogden Standard-Examiner”, 28 Nov 1945, p. 14; digital image online at Ancestry.com <www.ancestry.com>.
(Barbara Stern is my great-great-grandmother’s sister.)
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Tagged Ancestry.com, Clausse, Doyle, Illinois, Millstadt, newspapers, obituaries, Ogden, Stern, Utah, West
From the Ogden Standard-Examiner, Thursday evening, November 8, 1923:
Pauline Mary Stern Clausse obituary
Mrs. Pauline Clausse Dies
Mrs. Pauline Mary Stern Clausse, wife of Joseph E. Clausse, died Wednesday evening at the residence, 3232 Washington avenue, of general debility. she was born in Millstadt, Ill., November 3, 1857, the daughter of Christian and Mary Jones Stern. She came to Ogden in 1855 and had resided here continuously since that date. Mrs. Clausse was a devout member of St. Joseph’s Catholic church. She is survived by her husband and the following sons and daughters: Mrs. William Doyle, Joseph J. Clausee [sic], Mrs. Alva West, Leon L. Clausse, 15 grandchildren, all of Ogden, and the following sister: Miss Barbara Stern, Ogden; Mary Stern, Mrs. Annie Backer, Mrs. Regina Daken [sic}, all of St. Louis, Mo.
Funeral arrangements are in charge of Larkin & Sons, undertakes, and the time and place will be later announced.
Source: “The Ogden Standard-Examiner”, 8 Nov 1923, p. 12; digital image online at Ancestry.com <www.ancestry.com>.
The funeral announcement followed in the next day’s paper:
Pauline Mary Stern Clausse funeral announcement
Funeral services for Mrs. Pauline Mary Clausse will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock at St. Joseph’s Catholic church. Monsignor P. M. Cushnahan will preside. The body may be viewed Saturday afternoon and evening and Sunday until 1 o’clock at the home 3232 Washington avenue. Interment will be in the City cemetery.
Source: “The Ogden Standard-Examiner”, 9 Nov 1923, p. 10; digital image online at Ancestry.com <www.ancestry.com>.
(Pauline Mary Stern Clausse is my great-great-grandmother.)
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Tagged Ancestry.com, Backer, Clausse, Deken, Doyle, Funeral Announcements, Illinois, Jann, Jones, Millstadt, Missouri, newspapers, obituaries, Ogden, St. Louis, Stern, Utah, West