Notes for Fredericka "Frederika" Meschede

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

Fredericka Meschede is the daughter of Richard Meschede and Fredericka Pittman. She was born April 30, 1860 in St. Louis, Missouri. At the age of six she attended a Parochial School in St. Louis for a few weeks until the family moved to Saline County, Missouri. There they lived on the Petit Saux plains, later moving to a farm on the Missouri river bottoms, east of Laynesville, Missouri. This is where she grew to womanhood.

Overall, Fredericka had a very meager education. She attended the Sleete school on the Petit Saux plains, and later attended a parochial school at Glasgow, Missouri.

Fredericka never married, she lived with her parents and helped with household duties. She assisted her mother in caring for her father who was blind for 3 years before his death. After the death of her father she went to live with her brother Richard and kept house for him. Her mother joined her in the home where she lived until her death.

Fredericka was a truly good woman, and a devout catholic. Along with being kind and thoughtful of others, she reared her nephew Clerence Stockman whose mother died when he was born. He was like a son to her, and she loved him dearly.

Fredericka died June 17, 1923. Her funeral service was held June 19, 1923, at the Immaculate Conception Church at Shackelford, Missouri. She was buried at Mount Saint Mary's Cemetery, (Northwest of Shackleford, Township 50, Range 22, North Eastern part of Section 10.) Saline County, Missouri.

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