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HILDEBRAND, Stephen Rev
|Johnstown Tribune, 19 Dec 1920, Contributed by Sharon Trosan|
|Elder Stephen Hildebrand|
Elder Hildebrand, Aged Churchman has Passed Away. Was Born in this Vicinity 91 years ago and a Minister since 18. Funeral on Saturday
Elder Stephen Hildebrand, one of the oldest members of the Progressive Brethren Church in the western part of Pennsylvania, died last night at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr and Mrs. William Keiper of Rogers Avenue, Walnut Grove, aged 91 years.
Mr Hildebrand spent a lifetime in connection with the Brethren faith and performed his duties as a elder for many years, a stroke of paralysis more than 10 years ago rendering the aged man helpless. Last Wednesday his condition became such as to cause alarm and his death had been expected hourly since that time. The funeral will take place Saturday afternoon, the services to be held at 2 o'clock in the Somerset Street Brethren Church, where the eulogy will be delivered by the pastor, the Rev J. Fremont Watson. He will be assisted in the services by the Rev Benjamin Goughnour, of the South Side one of the ministers of the Brethren denomination. The Rev. Stephen Hildebrand, a son of George and Hannah (Lear) Hildebrand, was born near this city September 3, 1829, the twelfth child in the family, and the last of that number to pass away. His mother succumbed to an attack of measles when he was but seven weeks old. In 1831 his father again married, this time to Miss Anna Dimond.
The Hildebrand family is one of the oldest in the immediate vicinity, Abram Hildebrand, grandfather of Stephen, moving from Lancaster County to what is now Cambria City in 1797. George Hildebrand, father of Stephen died Dec 16, 1877, at the age of 90 years, 2 months and 4 days. Stephen Hildebrand was baptized by Bishop Solomon Benshoff in the fall of 1855 and was elected a deacon in the Dunkard Church five years later. He was ordained as elder in that faith by Elder Gabriel Meyers to preach the Gospel on July 4, 1865 and was ordained an elder, or bishop in the Brethren Church by Elders P J Brown and J B Wampler in 1883. He began his work as a minister in the church on mineely Hill and lataer preached in the Horner Church, the Pike Church and the one in Rosedale. He labored in preaching the Gospel until March 27, 1911, when he was stricken with paralysis, which disabled him for active work. Mr. Hildebrand labored for 16 years for the German Baptist Brethren until the fall of 1881, when he was disfellowshipped with others for conscientiously rejecting the decisions of the annual meeting. Mr Hildebrand was a delegate to the Ashland Convention in 1882 and also to the Dayton Convention in 1883.
On December 23, 1852, the deceased and Miss Mary Gouchnour, daughter of Samuel and Catherine (Snyder) Goughnour, of East Taylor Township were united in marriage by Elder Levi Roberts of the Dunkard Church. For many years after their marriage Elder and Mrs Hildebrand made their home in East Taylor Township, removing to Rosedale Borough after the Johnstown Flood of 1889. Within the last few years they have been making their home among their children. Mrs Hildebrand died in January 1917 as the result of a fall down a flight of stairs at the Lemon Phillippi home in Kernville. She died at the Memorial Hospital. Elder Hildebrand is survived by these sons and daughters: George W Hildebrand, 428 Robb Avenue, South Side; Annie, widow of Lemon Phillippi, 412 Thomas Avenue; Levi Hildebrand, 342 Decker Avenue, Oakhurst; Belle, wife of Dr. E J Burkhart, Fairfield Avenue, Morrellville; Lucy Ellen, wife of Edward Meredith, Twelfth Ward; John W. Hildebrand, East Taylor Township; Sadie Amanda, wife of William Keiper, Walnut Grove and Margaret, wife of Abraham Wills, Coopersdale. Mr Hildebrand is also survived by 30 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.