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Jean Baptiste "John" Baasen
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Birth: Jan. 29, 1833, Luxembourg
Death: Feb. 1, 1902
Alabama, USA

Jean Baptiste Baasen was born in Luxembourg to Jean Francois Baasen and Maria Sybella Gretsch, emigrated to the U.S. June 5, 1849 with his older brother Francois Marie Joseph Baasen (Francis) who was Minnesota's first Secretary of State.
Jean/Johan and Maria also emigrated to the U.S. and settled in Milwaukee, where they had 2 daughters Maria Theresa Francisca and Brigetta Josephina Maria. Other sons Nicholas (b. 1846) and Michael (b. 1844) also emigrated to the U.S, as well as another daughter Elizabeth. Nicholas and Francis fought for the Union Army in the Civil War.

According to various sources, Rev. John had built St. Michael's Catholic Church in Tuscumbia. He was also the first domestic prelate in the Diocese of Mobile, AL.

Source of following partial article:
"In 1882, Father John Baasen was named Pastor of St. Michael's. Born in Prussia, this zealous missionary had traveled throughout Alabama and West Florida by horseback and train, prior to assuming his new post. But no sooner had he arrived, then St. Michael Church was again destroyed by fire during a raging Yellow Fever epidemic. Fr. Baasen had also contacted the disease while attending sick parishioners and, according to accounts of the time, was carried out of the burning rectory on a cot.
St. Michael Church 1886
Father Baasen had the foresight to purchase property on the corner of Palafox and Chase Streets for a new church. The price was $3,500, with the seller donating the $500. The location was in an area where much construction was going on, including a new courthouse on the opposite corner. The Methodist Church was at the other end of the block on the corner of Palafox and Garden, and the Lutheran Church was just another block away on the corner of Baylen and Garden Streets. In spite of this, some members of the congregation objected to the new location being "so far from town"!
After the fire, Father Baasen recovered from Yellow Fever. While his congregation met in temporary quarters, construction began in 1883 on the new (and current) St. Michael Church. It was formally dedicated on June 6, 1886 by Bishop Jeremiah O'Sullivan of Mobile...." 
Family links: 
  Jean Francois Baasen (1795 - 1874)
  Maria Sybella Gretsch Baasen (1811 - 1878)
  Francis Baasen (1830 - 1901)*
  Jean Baptiste Baasen (1833 - 1902)
  Maria Francoise Elizabeth Baasen (1838 - 1922)*
  Eva Theresa Baasen (1839 - 1880)*
  John Gangolf Baasen (1843 - 1900)*
  Michael A. J. Baasen (1844 - 1917)*
  Nicholas Baasen (1846 - 1927)*
  Maria Theresa Francisca Baasen Minges (1852 - 1873)*
  Brigetta Josephine Maria Baasen (1854 - 1898)*
*Calculated relationship
Saint Bernard Abbey Cemetery
Cullman County
Alabama, USA
Maintained by: Matthew Prom
Originally Created by: Methuria
Record added: Feb 01, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 104493657
Jean Baptiste John Baasen
Added by: Lynda Davis Brown
Jean Baptiste John Baasen
Added by: Lynda Davis Brown
Jean Baptiste John Baasen
Added by: Lynda Davis Brown
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