Hildebrand, Jakob Peter (1795-1867)
Jakob Peter Hildebrand: minister and elder; born 3 September 1795 on Insel Chortitza, Chortitza Mennonite Settlement, South Russia, the son of Peter Hildebrand and Helena (Hoeppner) Hildebrand. Jakob married Katharina Friesen (16 March 1806, Kronsweide, Chortitza, South Russia - 23 August 1860, Insel Chortitza, Chortitza, South Russia) on 16 August 1823 on Insel Chortitza, Chortitza, South Russia. Together they had 11 children, of which nine lived to adulthood. Jakob died on 5 October 1867 on Insel Chortitza, where he was buried.
Jakob was ordained as a minister of the Kronsweide Mennonite Church in 1825 and as elder in 1826, replacing Heinrich Janzen, who had died in 1824. During his long term of service (1825-1867) during the difficult pioneering years of the settlement, he devoted himself to the development of the congregation. He was a lay preacher, making his living by farming.
GRANDMA (The Genealogical Registry and Database of Mennonite Ancestry) Database, 6.02 ed. Fresno, CA:, 2010: #266187.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, pp. 740-741. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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