Baptisms
Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church
Refugio
1855
Source:  Microfilmed Records, Corpus Christi Public Library
I have transcribed these baptismal records from poor microfilm.  The copies were very dark on the outer edges and difficult to read.  I have copied the records just as they were written, including punctuation, spelling and capitalization. The numbering began with #1 in 1854 and continued from year to year, thus, 1855 begins with #4.  If you know of any corrections that need to be made, please contact me.

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"The church records of Our Lady of Refuge Church begin with the year 1854.  Before that time this church was attended by priests from Galveston, and all prior baptisms, marriages, and deaths are recorded there. The records kept by the Franciscan Monks are at Matamoras, Mexico, and Our Lady of Refuge Church will soon come into possession of photostatic copies of these very valuable documents." 
[Source: Refugio Timely Remarks Centennial Edition, 1934, page 35.] 
[Note:  It is not known if these photostatic copies are presently kept at the Refugio church.]
 
1855
No. 4 Severo Castillo
On the 24 of January 1855 I baptised Severo born first of February 1854 son of John Castillo and Facinda his wife.  Sponsores Raphael Aldrete and Antonia Aldrete.
Chas. Padey
No. 5 Lazaro Chavez
On the same day, I baptised Lazaro born on the 19 of December 1854 son of Feliz Chavez and Dolores his wife.  Sponsores Ismael Aldrete and Andrea Aldrete.
Chas. Padey
No. 6  Lazaro Trevino
On the same day I baptised Lazaro born August 1854 son of M. Trevino and Emmanuela his wife.  Sponsores  Jose Castillo and and Facinda Castillo.
Chas. Padey
No. 7 Librada Cantu
On the same day I baptised Librada born _____ 1854 Daughter of L Cantu and Carmal his wife.  Sponsores Ismael Aldrete and Antonia Aldrete.
Chas. Padey
No. 8 Thomas Welder
On the 24 of January 1855 at Black Point I baptised Thomas born the 18 of May 1854, son of Thomas Welder and Louisa his wife.  Sponsores Miguel Aldrete and Candelaria Aldrete. 
[Note: Candelaria was a daughter of Martin de Leon.]

Chas. Padey
No. 9 Emmanuela Chavez
On the same day I baptised Emmanuela born 24 of November 1854 Daughter of Pablo Chavez and Anselma his wife.  Spons. Trinidad Aldrete and Josepha Chavez.
Chas. Padey
No. 10 John Woods
On the 25th of January 1855, I baptised John born July 10th 1854 son of J. Woods and Nancy his wife.  Spons. W. Clark and Agata Woods.
Chas. Padey
No. 11  J. James Welder
On the 24th of June 1855 I baptised J. James born July the 9th 1854, Son of John Welder and Dolorita his wife.  Spons. W. Lambert and Mary Power.
Chas. Padey
No. 12  Henry Melford Norton
On the 20 of May 1855 I baptised Henry Melford born January the 18th 1855 Son of Chas. Norton and Fanny his wife.  Sponsores Ellen Brown. Henry Norton, jr.
Chas. Padey
No. 13  Louisa (slave)
On the 18th of June 1855 I baptised Louisa (slave) born ...1854 Daughter of Narcise (slave servant of T.. O'Connor)  The GodFather was Denis O'Connor.
Querat
No. 14  Mary Sullivan
On the 15th of July 1855 I baptised Mary born on the 18th of February 1855 Daughter of J.  Sullivan and Mary his wife.  Spons. W. St. John and Cath. Folk.
Chas. Padey
No. 15 James Gillispie Quinn
On the 4th of August 1855 I baptised James Gillispie born the 12 of May 1855 son of P. Quinn and Nancy his wife.  Spons. Cop...illegible So...illegible and Paula Leal.
Chas. Padey
No. 16  Domingo Peres
On the same day I baptised Domingo born September 6 1854 of Domingo Perez and Maria his wife.  Spons. Manuele Roche and Jesusa Lane.
Chas. Padey
No. 17  Ellena Roche
On the same day I baptised Ellena born August the 4th 1854 of Manuele Roche and Romana his wife.  Spons. P. Quinn and Maria Lane.
Chas. Padey
No. 18 Pedro Leal
On the same day I baptised Pedro born October the ___ 1854 of Palycapo (??) Leal and Raula his wife.  Spons. P. Quinn and Maria Conception.
Chas. Padey
No. 19 Francisca 
On the 17th of August 1855 I baptised Francisca born August 1855 Daughter of Philippe.  GodFather and Godmother were James Fagan and Fanny Fagan.
Querat
No. 20  Jane Charlotte Ryon
On the 3rd of 8ber [August] 1855 I baptised Johanna Charlotte born May...1855 Daughter of J. Ryon and Matilda his wife.  The GodMother was Jane Ryon.
Querat
No. 21 Johanna Lihay [Leahy]
On the 18th of August 1855 I baptised Johanna born on the 16th of August of W. Lihay [Leahy] and his wife.  Sponsores Michael Whelan and Mary Whelan.
Chas. Padey 
This concludes 1855.

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