Heinrich Friederich L. Starkebaum
1838 — 1923
Heinrich Friederich L. Starkebaum was born on 1 July 1838 at Sonneborn, Principality of Lippe (Fürstentum Lippe ; often called Lippe Detmold ), the sixth child of Heinrich Hermann Starkebaum and Elisabeth Ridder.
Identified on the passenger list as "Henr. Sarkebaum," he travelled in the company of his younger brother, Hans Hermann August, on the Hansa from Bremen to the City of New York, arriving on 30 October 1867.
He and Johanna Henrietta Luise Riechers appear to have married in Warren County, Missouri on 19 January 1870. Some researchers report the wedding took place at the Lippstadt Gemeinde (Lippstadt Deutsche Evangelische Kirche ), a few miles south of Warrenton. Four children were born to them in Warren County; one son died while in infancy.
In the minutes of a 14 February 1879 meeting of Evangelische Salems Kirche (Salem Evangelical Church; known since 1957 as Salem United Church of Christ ) at Higginsville, Lafayette County, Missouri, Heinrich and Henrietta Starkebaum are listed as one of two new families joining the church. They became the parents of six more children while residing in Lafayette County.
According to her obituary, Heinrich's wife, Henriette (as she was called), died of a heart attack on Sunday, January 8, 1893, two days after giving birth to twin sons. It stated that she was 42½ years old and was survived by her husband and 9 children, 4 boys and 5 girls. She was buried on 11 January in Salem Evangelical Church cemetery at Higginsville. One of the twin sons, Benjamin L. Starkebaum, died in June of that same year.
Heinrich died on Sunday, 21 January 1923. According to his obituary, "Henry Fred Starkebaum" ...came to Higginsville and located on the farm on which he died, four miles southwest of town "while at the table eating supper, at 5 o'clock, from paralysis of the brain, at the age of 84 years, 6 months and 20 days."
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, 23 January at 12:30 p.m. at the residence and at 1:00 p.m. at the Evangelical church in Higginsville, conducted by Rev. G. H. Freund. Burial, under the offices of Hoefer & Meinershagen, of Higginsville, Missouri, was in Salem Evangelical Church cemetery at Higginsville.