Hilbish - Blackman Family

Benjamin HILBISH

Benjamin HILBISH

Male 1826 - 1901  (75 years)

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  • Name Benjamin HILBISH 
    Born 15 Aug 1826  Freeburg, Union (now Snyder) Co. PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 2005 
    Died 29 Oct 1901  Springfield Twp. Summit Co. OH Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Buried East Akron Cemetery, Akron, Summit Co. OH; Block A, Lot 147, space 3 Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Person ID I2005  Hilbish-Blackman Family Tree
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2019 

    Father Henry HILBISH,   b. 23 May 1790, Frederick Twp. Montgomery Co. PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Sep 1858, Freeburg, Snyder Co. PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Elizabeth KELLER,   b. 27 Dec 1793, Exeter Twp. Berks Co. PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Oct 1856, Snyder Co. PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Abt 1815 
    Reference Number 22493 
    Family ID F850  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Wilhelmina SMITH,   b. 19 Nov 1828, Mahanoy, Mahanoy (now Jackson) Twp. Northumberland Co. PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Apr 1899, Springfield Twp. Summit Co. OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married Jun 1849  Mahanoy, Northumberland Co. PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Reference Number 5721 
    Children 
     1. William M. Hilbish,   b. 19 Dec 1850, Akron, Summit Co. OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1929, Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co. PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)  [natural]
     2. Angeline Hilbish,   b. 8 Apr 1853, Akron, Summit Co. OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jan 1929, Summit Co. OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)  [natural]
     3. Sarah Elizabeth Hilbish,   b. 1 Jul 1856, Uniontown, Stark Co. OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jul 1939, Akron, Summit Co. OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)  [natural]
     4. Henry Hilbish,   b. 12 Jun 1858, Uniontown, Stark Co. OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jan 1932, Akron, Summit Co. OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)  [natural]
     5. George Allen Hilbish,   b. 12 Oct 1860, Freeburg, Snyder Co. PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jul 1939, Akron, Summit Co. OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)  [natural]
     6. Ada Grace Hilbish,   b. 18 Dec 1862, Freeburg, Snyder Co. PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1864, Freeburg, Snyder Co. PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)  [natural]
     7. John H. HILBISH,   b. 28 Dec 1864, Freeburg, Snyder Co. PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 May 1936, Akron, Summit Co. OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)  [natural]
     8. Mary Jane (Addee) Hilbish,   b. May 1866, Springfield Twp. Summit Co. OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1868, Springfield Twp. Summit Co. OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 1 years)  [natural]
     9. Frederick E. Hilbish,   b. 25 Dec 1869, Springfield Twp. Summit Co. OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1941, Akron, Summit Co. OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F25  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Anna Lacey,   b. 11 Jul 1851, Wooster, Wayne Co. OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Mar 1933, Akron, Summit Co. OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 12 Dec 1899  Summit Co. OH Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Reference Number 22487 
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F849  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
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  • Photos
    Banjamin Hilbish home in Akron, OH
    Banjamin Hilbish home in Akron, OH

    Headstones
    East Akron - Benjamin & Wilhelmina (Smith) Hilbish
    East Akron - Benjamin & Wilhelmina (Smith) Hilbish

  • Notes 
    • Source: Snyder County Will Book 1, pg 62 [1858]:
      Will of Henry Hilbish, father of Benjamin:
      Written: 9 Jan 1858
      Proved: 14 Oct 1858
      Item: I give and bequeath unto my son Benjamin to the amount of five thousand dollars including the money and the articles of value which I gave him already.

      Source: Summit Co. OH Deed Book 36, pg 559:
      11 Sept 1849 - Henry & Elizabeth Hilbish of Washington Twp. Union Co. PA sell to Benjamin Hilbish 100 acres of land for $3030.

      Source: Stark Co. OH Deed Book 69, pg 425:
      10 Mar 1856 - Benjamin Hilbish & Wilhelmina his wife convey to George W. Weary lot #25 in Uniontown, Stark Co. OH for $615.

      Source: Snyder Co. Estate file H-9, Henry Hilbish of Freeburg 1858:
      Benjamin purchased the following items from the estate sale of his father Henry Hilbish:
      1 iron kettle $ 2.90
      1/2 doz. chains 3.60
      1 dining table 4.00
      22 yards carpet 5.28
      1 8-day clock 2.20
      1 lot ??? .45
      1 churn 1.00
      3 tons hay 23.40
      1 cow 20.00
      1 lot potatoes 4.40

      Source: Akron & Summit County, Ohio 1825-1928 Vol III, pg 761; pub 1928
      Benjamin Hilbish, son of Henry and Susan Hilbish, [should say Elizabeth] was born in Freeburg, Pennsylvania, in the year 1828. He was bred a farmer and received his education in the Freeburg Acadamy [Union Co. - Snyder Co aft 1855]. He remained on the farm with his father, who was a wealthy, prosperous man, until he reached the age of 22. He married Miss Wilhelmina Smith, of Sunbury, Pennsylvania, and then came to Akron, Ohio. He bought 112 acres of land east of Akron when the city was in it's infancy. He later purchased 2 adjoining farms, so that at the time of his death he was the owner of 350 acres, which had greatly increased in value and which was sold for allotment purposes at an average of $1500 per acre.

      Benjamin Hilbish followed farming and stock raising to the time of his death, departing this life at the age of 76 years. He and his wife were hard working and economical people. They gave liberally to all deserving causes, especially to the church and to the poor. They lived to witness the development of Akron from a city with a population of two thousand to two hundred thousand and at all times were interested in those projects which had to do with the growth and development of the county in every way. As the years passed Mr. Hilbish prospered in his undertakings, so that he was able to leave his family in comfortable financial circumstances. He led a busy, useful and well spent life and merited and received the confidence and respect of all with whom he came in contact.

      The Hilbish Homestead was placed on the Ohio Historic Inventory [#SUM-213-13] in August 1978. At that time the home was owned by Robert Layne, located at 151 Eastholm Ave. Akron, Summit Co. OH.

      Census:
      1850 Summit Co. OH, no children; value of real estate - $5000
      1860 Snyder Co. PA, with first 4 children all born PA; value of real estate - $13,000;
      value of personal estate - $5500
      1870 Summit Co. OH with 7 children, first 4 born OH, George & John born PA, Frederick born OH.
      1880 Summit Co. OH with 5 children still at home, John born PA, Frederic born OH.
      1900 Summit Co. OH with wife Anna, age 47 and stepson Willard Klinger.

      Source: Akron Beacon and Republican, 13 Apr 1892; p1 c4:
      Benjamin Hilbish, father of William Hilbish, the insurance agent, narrowly escaped death yesterday afternoon about 5 o'clock, through being run down by a C.A. & C. switch engine in the Akron yards at the Exchange street crossing.
      Mr. Hilbish lives in Springfield township nearly a mile east of the "White Grocery." He had been to Akron yesterday and was returning home by the Exchange Street route when the accident occurred.
      Mr. Hilbish, who is about 63 years of age, drove leisurely across the railroad tracks. No warning signal, he declares, was displayed by the flagman to tell him that a train was approaching. The first alarm of danger came from pedestrians crossing the track, who called at him to hurry and pointed in the direction of a C.A.&C. engine approaching.
      Mr. Hilbish urged his horse and his carriage was clear of the track except the hind wheels which were upon the east rails when the locomotive struck them. The carriage was torn asunder and the old gentleman thrown out into the street upon his head. The frightened horse dragging the front wheels after him, ran away and was afterward caught on Carroll Street. Mr. Hilbish was able to rise to his feet and was soon himself again. A severe cut on the temple was attended to by Dr. E. Hitchcock.

      Source: Akron Beacon and Republican 31 Aug 1893; p1 c5:
      The fourth annual reunion of the Hilbish family was held at Blue Pond park yesterday, and was one of the most successful ever held. There were present over 300 of the family, members coming from all over the country to participate in the exercises. A very fine dinner was served by the ladies. ..... A committee of five was appointed to make all necessary arrangements for the next annual reunion, which will probably be held near Philadelphia, PA, the home of the first Hilbish family in this country. This family consisted of a widow and her three sons, who were driven from Germany during a time of war over 200 years ago. A committee was also appointed to raise funds to purchase the cemetery in which they and some of their descendants are buried, and to fence the same and make arrangements to keep the cemetery in good shape and repair.

      Source: Akron Daily democrat, 13 Dec 1899, pg. 8:
      Benjamin Hilbish and Mrs. Anna Klingler - Groom is an Old and Well Known farmer of Springfield
      Benjamin Hilbish, an old and respected Springfield township farmer, and Mrs. Anna Klingler of this city were married Tuesday evening at 7 o'clock at the home of William Motz, 119 N. Howard St.
      The ceremony was performed by Rev. E.R. Williard, in the presence of a number of relatives and friends. An elaborate supper was served. Many beautiful presents were received. Hon. and Mrs. Geo. W. Sieber stood up with the bride and groom. Mr. Hilbish is 70 years of age and his bride 47.

      Source: Akron Beacon Journal 23 June 1900; p6 c3:
      The case in police court against Stephen Luxenburger, charged with assaulting Benjamin Hilbish with intent to kill, is more serious than was at first supposed.
      Mr. Hilbish is 82 years of age (should be 73) and the attending physician does not know whether his wounds will prove fatal or not. His advanced age is very much against his recovery and he may die from the effects of the blow struck with a heavy hammer. For this reason the case has been continued until Wednesday.
      Luxenburger has made a written confession is which he states that he struck Mr. Hilbish because his employer, Charles Blocker, told him to do it. Luxenburger is but 18 years of age, and it is plain that he is not bright. He does not seem to take any interest in his case, and does not realize the extent of his self-confessed crime. When arraigned Saturday, he was asked if he knew what an assault consists of, and answered that he did not. On account of his being evidently half-witted, Mayor Young entered a plea of not guilty.
      The trouble which resulted in the assault arose over a pail. Charles Blocker, who employs Luxenburger, rents a farm from Benjamin Hilbish, in Springfield township, and they all lived together. Wednesday morning, Hilbish told Luxenburger to quit using a pail in washing the horses. The pail in question belonged to Hilbish and was one he used to water stock. According to Luxenburger's story, a quarrel ensued in which Luxenburger threatened to whip Hilbish. Just then Blocker appeared and Luxenburger accuses him of tellim him to hit the aged man, and he would pay the damages. Luxenburger then picked up a heavy hammer and struck Hilbish with it, breaking three ribs. Hilbish then started for the house and Luxenburger says he threw several stones at him, but none of them hit him.
      Luxenburger's parents are dead, but he has relatives in Cleveland and Toledo. He started to work for Blocker in December.

      Summit County Beacon 15 Aug 1901 p6 c4:
      The annual reunion of the Hilbish family, relatives and friends well be held at Lakeside park Thursday August 15. The program will be as follows.
      Music, prayer, address of welcome by William Hilbish, response by Charles D. Moyer, historian's address by Rev. John A. Mertz, address by Hon. George W. Sieber, music, impromptu remarks, doxology and benediction.
      John Hilbish is president and Anna Moyer corresponding secretary.

      Summit County Beacon 31 Oct 1901; p3 c1:
      HILBISH--In Springfield township, October 29, 1901, of paralysis, Benjamin Hilbish, 76 years old. Funeral services will beheld Thursday at 2 o'clock at the residence. Interment in East Akron Cemetery.

      Note: Benjamin Hilbish died without a will, John H. Hilbish & E. Harvey Schrop were appointed administrators of the estate.

      Source: Akron Beacon Journal 21 Dec 1905 p8 c4:
      A petition for a partition of the estate of the late Benjamin Hilbish was filed in the common pleas court Wednesday. The petition is filed by Henry Hilbish against William Hilbish, et al., all of whom are heirs of the estate. The estate in litigation comprises 100 acres of land and the petitioner prays the court to partition the estate. If this cannot be done without manifest injury, the petitioner prays that the estate be ordered sold and the proceeds distributed.

      Check Summit Co. Administration docket book 12, pg 195, case number 8595. This docket is on microfilm at the Summit County Court House in Akron, the original papers have been destroyed. It is very difficult, almost impossible to read. Microfilm at the Akron Public Library is better quality.

      Source: Summit County OH deeds:
      Benjamin Hilbish died without a will in 1901. At the time of his death, he owned over 300 acres of land in Springfield Township. Each of the heirs purchased a small piece of the farm from their siblings.
      1849 - purchased 100.00 acres, Springfiled Twp. from his father Henry Hilbish of Snyder Co. PA
      sold 47.96 acres in 1894 to Harvey & Angeline Schropp for $6000
      sold .30 acres in 1901 to Canton Akron Ry. Co. for $1000
      1856 - purchased 95 acres, Springfield Twp. from Washington Keiser
      sold in 1860 to Abraham Teisen for $6500
      1864 - purchased 110.84 acres, Springfield Twp. from John R. Buchtel
      1865 - purchased 124.11 acres, Springfield Twp. from John F. Schnee
      1867 - purchased 136.98 acres, Tallmadge from Aaron Wolf for $10,000
      sold in 1867 to Andrew F. Kendrick for $15,000
      1871 - purchased 16 acres, Green Twp. from Samuel Shafer
      1874 - purchased 2.99 acres, Springfield Twp. at auction
      sold in 1875 to Benjamin Hart for $170
      1875 - purchased 7.01 acres, Springfield Twp. from Samuel Motz
      sold 5.00 acres in 1881 to Adam Fulmer for $1550
      sold 1.92 acres in 1901 to Anna Hilbish for $600
      1882 - purchased 10 acres, Green Twp. from Jacob Royer
      sold in 1900 to Emanuel Heckman for $1000
      1889 - purchased 122.50 acres, Springfield Twp. from Jacob Shutt, by Heirs
      1889 - purchased 124.11 acres, Springfield Twp. from Cyrus Yerrick
      1898 - purchased .86 acres, Springfield Twp. from Sheriff of Summit Co.
      sold in 1900 to Harry M. Manges for $450

      Source: Akron City Directory 1879-1880
      Hilbish, Benjamin, proprietor Buckeye House, 407 S. Broadway, opp. Court House. (See card, page 71)
      card on page 71: Buckeye House
      (Opposite Court House)
      Benjamin Hilbish - Proprietor
      25 Cents per Meal $4.00 per Week
      Would be glad to have all my friend call and see me.
      Benjamin Hilbish

      Purchased by heirs after Benjamin Hilbish's death: Deed Bk/Page
      1902 - 35.84 acres to Henry Hilbish for $3250 243/347
      1902 - 9.59 acres to Angeline Schrop for $956.65 243/519
      1902 - 64.51 acres to William Hilbish for $6451 243/598
      1902 - 10.00 acres to Elizabeth Bender for $1200 302/110
      1902 - 20.62 acres to George A. Hilbish for $2580 302/131
      1902 - 20.62 acres to Fred Hilbish for $3096 302/202
      1909 - 97.34 acres to Lee D. & Elizabeth Bender for $3650 367/443

      On 12 Dec 1916 William Hilbish & Dorothy E. Hilbish, husband and wife conveyed lot #2-270 & 274 in the Eastholm Allotment to the Wagoner-Emmons Realty Company, who subsequently sold the lots to residential customers. Therefore it is assumed that William's 64.51 acre tract contained the Hilbish farm house since it's current address is 151 Eastholm Ave. and consists of lots 77, 78, 79 of the Eastholm Allotment.

      On 17 Aug 1916 [Summit Co. Deed Book 553 pg 461] Harvey & Angelina Schrop and L.D. & Elizabeth Bender, 2 daughters of Benjamin Hilbish sold "for the consideration of One Dollar other valuable considerations and two mortgages for the total sum of $24102.00 given by the grantee [The Mead Company] " the following described premises:
      "Situated in the Township of Springfield, County of Summit and State of Ohio, and known as being a part of Tract Number Five (5) of said Township, and more particularly described as follows:
      Beginning at an iron pin in the center of the Akron and Canton highway now known as East Market Street Extension, said point being also the northeast corner of land owned by John H. Hilbish; thence south 3 degrees West 1508.25 feet to a concrete monument; thence south 83 degrees 13 ft. east 832.82 ft. to a concrete monument; thence north 2 degrees 55 ft. east 1225.77 feet to the center line of the Akron and Canton Highway now known as East Market Extension; thence north 64 degrees 54 ft. west 896.10 feet along the center line of said Akron and Canton highway now known as East Market Extension to the place of beginning.

      Marriage Notes for BENJAMIN HILBISH and WILHELMINA SMITH:
      Benjamin Hilbish appears on the 1850 OH census with wife Wilhelmina; no children.

  • Sources 
    1. [S503] U.S. Census 1900, Springfield Twp. Summit Co. OH, pg 213A.
      age 72, born Aug 1827 PA

    2. [S499] U.S. Census 1850, Springfield Twp. Summit Co. OH, pg 63.
      age 23

    3. [S500] U.S. Census 1860, Washington Twp. Snyder Co. PA; pg 621.
      age 34

    4. [S501] U.S. Census 1870, Springfield Twp; Summit Co; OH, pg 61.
      age 44

    5. [S502] U.S. Census 1880, Springfield Twp. Summit Co. OH, pg 390.
      age 55

    6. [S65] Cemetery records, East Akron Cemetery, Summit Co. OH.
      Block A, Lot 147, space 3


    7. [S65] Cemetery records, East Akron Cemetery, Summit Co. OH.
      Block A, Lot 147, space 3

    8. [S469] Summit Co. OH Beacon, 31 Oct 1901, p3 c1.

    9. [S10] Akron Beacon Journal, 26 April 1899, p8 c1.
      Obituary states marriage in June 1848, but Wilhelmina Schmit is still on the list of communicants at St. Peter's Red Cross in spring 1849; therefore marriage date in the obit is assumed to be off by 1 year


    10. [S473] Summit Co. OH Marriages, Vol. 11, pg 264.