Notes for Theresa Meschede

"The following transcript was written in 1957 by Anna Stockman"

Theresa Meschede was the oldest daughter of Richard Meschede and Fredericka Pittman. She was born October 19, 1850 in Callenhardt, Westphalia, Prussia. It was at the age of 8 years old she moved with her parents and two sisters (Annie & Angelica) to America. She left her native land March 11, 1858 and landed in New Orleans, Louisiana May 28, 1858. Nine days later she and the family arrived in St. Louis, Missouri.

The family settled in St. Louis where she attended a Parochial School that was conducted by the Sisters of Sr. Joseph. She didn't remain there but about 6 years, and then went to Saline County, Missouri to live with her Grandmother Pittman. The grandmother was alone, for her sons were in the Union Army fighting the Civil War.

Theresa and her grandmother lived in a one and a half story log home on the Petit Saux, northeast of Halta Bend, Missouri. The two of them spent lonely days and nights together and endured many hardships with many frighteningly experiences. Theresa often told of seeing "Bushwhackers" past near the house at night, and how she and her grandmother hovered close together shuttering with fear.

During her stay with the grandmother she became very ill, and was confined to her bed for 9 long weeks. It was thought she had typhoid fever.

When her uncles returned from the war she went to live with her uncle and aunt, Frank and Theresa Hillebrand.

In the year 1866 her parents moved to Saline County, Missouri. She moved in whit them on the farm located on the Petit Saux plains until April 16, 1871. This is when she was married to Henry Hillebrand at the Annunciation Catholic Church northeast of Shackelford, Missouri. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Edward Hamill, and witnessed by Francis Hillebrand and Annie Meschede.

Theresa and her husband raised their children on the farm south of Shackelford, Missouri. It was until later in 1906 that they moved to a farm near Clinton, Missouri. It was at this farm her husband died on November 19 1923. She then made here home with her children until her death on January 7, 1929. Her death came at the home of her son Joseph Hillebrand, in Nelson, Missouri. The funeral was held at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Marshall, Missouri on January 9, 1929. She was buried beside her husband in the family lot in Englewood Cemetery, Clinton, Missouri.

To this union 8 children were born:

John Henry Hillebrand (deceased)
Richard Joseph Hillebrand - Shackelford, Missouri
Henry Frderic Hillebrand (deceased)
Joseph Francis Hillebrand (deceased)
William Edward Hillebrand - Shackelford, Missouri
Frederic Herbert Hillebrand - Urich, Missouri
Vincent Eugene Hillebrand (deceased)
Francis Aloysius Hillebrand (deceased)

Theresa was a good kind mother and possessed a sunny disposition which endeared her to all who knew her. She enjoyed reading and had added to her meager education by reading history, religion, magazines, and current events.

The following information was taken from cemetery records:

HILLEBRAND, Theresa MESCHEDE - b: 1850 - d: Jan 9 1929 - m: Apr 16 1871 to
Henry HILLEBRAND Sr. - ch: John H., Fred H., Richard J., Joe F., Edward W., Vincent
E., Henry Jr., Francis A. - foster daughter: Jessie May - bur: Blk:602 Lot:1250

Englewood Cemetery Part 10 - HIBBS to HYDE, Henry County, Missouri
Clinton Township

Location: T41, R26, S12 - 400 S. Vansant Rd, Clinton
Landowner: City of Clinton

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