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 William Johann  Friedrich Lichte

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William Johann Friedrich Lichte

  • Birth 13 Aug 1820 Germany
  • Death 3 May 1872 Big Spring, Montgomery County, Missouri, USA
  • Burial Big Spring, Montgomery County, Missouri, USA
  • Memorial ID 28375544

Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Lichte was born 13 August 1820 in the hamlet of Niederbeck, in the holding No. 13, parish of Gohfeld, Province of Westfalen, Prussia. He was the son of Heinrich Samuel and Friedericke Caroline Wilhelmine (Sieker) Lichte. Wilhelm married Anne Marie Christine Halbert, genannt Wittelmeyer, on November 22, 1845. Sometime before 1854, he immigrated to America initially settling in Warren County, MO. His wife and children arrived 18 NOV 1854, District of New Orleans-Port of New-Orleans, aboard ship S/S Anna Delius. They then traveled up the Mississippi to St. Louis and joined Wilhelm in Warren County, MO. The Lichte family moved to Montgomery County circa 1858. Wilhelm Lichte died in Big Spring in 1872. Family tradition reports that he died from an injury suffered after fall from a horse.

Family documents from Hans Lichte of Germany and information from Michael Landwehr indicate that the Lichte surname was not passed down to Wilhelm from his paternal grandfather, but the surname of Lichte came from his grandmother's side of the family, Anne Marie Catharine Lichte. His grandfather was Samuel Heinrich Heldt, a colonist or farmer. It was customary for the husband of a woman who inherited land to take the woman's surname rather than the wife taking the husband's name. Apparently Wilhelm's grandmother was a landowner by inheritance when she married his grandfather, Samuel Heldt.

Theodore E. Porter's INDEX OF HISTORY OF ST. CHARLES, MONTGOMERY, AND WARREN COUNTIES, MISSOURI, 1885, reports that Wilhelm and Anna Christine Lichte, along with Henry Baur, were charter members of Bethany M. E. Church at Big Spring. The church was organized in 1870, but Wilhelm died in 1872 and Anna Christine in 1876; they did not live to see the construction of a frame house of worship in 1879 at the cost of $700. By 1885 there were 60 communicants. This church is in all probability the present-day Methodist Church of Big Spring.

Wilhelm Lichte's uncle, Johan Christoph Heinrich "Christopher" Lichte (1797-1874), and family immigrated circa 1844 and settled in Warren County, MO. Christopher Lichte and his wife were buried in the family cemetery of their daughter, Mrs. Friedrich "Fritz" Müller, Sr., Miller Cemetery, Lost Creek, Warren County, MO:

For Lichte history, please review A LICHTE FAMILY OF MISSOURI by Jane Lichte Denny, 2003: locations: LDS Salt Lake City, UT; St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis, MO; MO historical societies of Franklin, Gasconade, Lafayette, Montgomery, Warren; Library of Congress: LC Control Number: 2004556886 Call no. CS71.L6


May 3, 1872.
51 Years, 10 Months

Gravesite Details Friede ihrer Asche und Ehre ihrem Andenken! (Peace to their ashes and honor to their memories!)
  • Created by: Jane Denny
  • Added: 19 Jul 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 28375544
  • Jane Denny
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William Johann Friedrich Lichte (13 Aug 1820–3 May 1872), Find A Grave Memorial no. 28375544, citing Niedergerke Cemetery, Big Spring, Montgomery County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Jane Denny (contributor 46932556) .