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St. John the Baptist Marriages
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
Howard (Duck Creek), Brown County, Wisconsin
Marriages: 1864 - 1874
The first St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Duck Creek was built in 1849. It was first attended by the priests serving at St. John the Evangelist in Green Bay. About 1853, the parish received its first resident pastor, Father Turcotte. At that time, up until the founding of St. Peter's Church in Oconto, the priest from Duck Creek served an area that included all the area north to the state line of Michigan, as well as Menominee, Michigan. Unfortunately the records for St. John the Baptist from their start until mid-1881 went missing before 1895. Why they went missing is unknown.
This is a huge loss for all of the genealogically minded descendents of the settlers of that area. These included many French-Canadians, Metis, and Belgian pioneers.
In December of 1874, some of the marriages from St. Johns were registered with the Brown County Register of Deeds. The particular group of records which follow, date from January 1864 to 1874. Certainly more marriages than those listed below were performed at St. John's between 1849 and 1881, but these are all that were recorded in this one particular, continuous run. It is also quite possible (likely even) that there are more runs of births (taken from the baptismal register) and deaths (taken from the funeral register) to be found in the many volumes of original vital record certificates housed at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay Area Research Center.
It should be remembered that the spellings of the names were as they were written in the sacramental register and copied from that source years later.
The below marriages were performed at St. John's Catholic Church between 1864 and 1874 and recorded in the civil marriage records of the Brown County Register of Deeds. They are now stored at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay Archives & Area Research Center.
If you would like a copy of any of these marriage records, please contact the Archives and Area Research Center, David Cofrin Library, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311-7001 or go to their website