Notes for Joseph Benedict Meschede

Occupation: Farmer
Cause of death: Apoplexy (It's an old-fashioned medical term, which can be used to mean 'neurological impairment' or 'hemorrhage'.)
Burial: June 30, 1931, Mount St. Mary's Cemetery, Shackelford, Saline County, Missouri.


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

Joseph Benedict Meschede was born in Saline County, Missouri February 2, 1868, the son of Richard Meschede and Fredericka Pittman Meschede. He attended the school in the community where he lived and grew to manhood. He lived with his parents who leaned on him heavily in their declining years. He and his older brother Richard looked after the farm for their father who lost his eyesight and was totally blind for three years before his death in 1902. After the death of his parents he bought the Meschede farm and continued to live there until his death in 1931.

He was married to Ann Dora Ballard August 8, 1901 at the Rectory of the Immaculate Conception Church at Shackelford, Missouri.

Three children were born to this union:

Richard Edward Meschede (deceased)
Frederick Woodson Meschede (deceased)
Clara Beatrice Meschede - Marshall, Missouri

Joseph Benedict Meschede died June 27, 1931. His funeral was held at the Immaculate Conception Church at Shackelford, Missouri June 29, 1931. He was buried at Mt. St. Mary's Cemetery northwest of Shackelford, Missouri.


Cemetery Records of Saline County, Missouri Volume III:

The visitor aroused himself from his reverie, walked passed the old grave of Father Hamill and the new grave of Joseph B. Meschede covered with sun wilted flowers and made his way to the entrance. There he turned to look back over the scene of solemnity, this city of the dead whose first inhabitant was an itinerant tailor.

Cemetery: St. Mary's
Description: The first cemetery of Marshall Mo., was located west of Marshall on what was known as the Old Blue Book Highway, now Highway 20. Highway 65 was cut through this cemetery and the stones were piled in corners and most of them have since disappeared and what was the old Marshall Cemetery is now being farmed. Virginia Montague Ruff copied the following records from the courthouse of people who were living in this area and may possibly have been buried in this cemetery.
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