From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, page 622
William Henry Hildebrand is a well-to-do farmer of Polk township and a descendant of one of the early pioneer families. His grandfather, Henry Hildebrand, was born in Germany, and his first home in the United States was in Virginia, but soon concluded a newer country afforded better advantages, and he loaded his household goods upon wargons (sic) and removed to Indiana; it required two months to make the journey. Arriving in Huntington county, he entered land in Polk township (this was as early in 1837) (sic). The land he entered embraced about six hundred acres, covered with a dense forest. He at once selected a building site and erected a log cabin, the family living in wagons until the cabin was ready for occupancy, when they took up their abode therein. And a proud family it was when sheltered under their own roof, and they were willing to endure all privations incident to a pioneer life. As yet there were no schools, no churches, no neighbors; the only human beings seen by the family being now and then an Indian. Wild game was plentiful and the family was easily supplied with meat and hard work whetted their appetites so that all food tasted good and dyspepsia was unknown. There were three sons and two daughters in the family, two of whom are living, viz: Susan, who married Joseph Coulter, now resides in Polk township; Peggy, the wife of Joseph Wagner, resides in Huntington.
Noah Hildebrand was born in Virginia and was about three years old when the family settled in Huntington. Here he grew to manhood, helped clear and improve the home farm, and in time was united in marriage with Mary Pilcher, and this couple reared a family of two sons and five daughters: Lucinda married William H. Bailey and lives in Huntington; William H., the subject of this notice; Jennie, who married Warner Galispie, resides in Wabash county; Sarah is the wife of Edward Satterthwait, of Miami county; Nettie married Noah Hair and lives in Wells county; Drusella is unmarried; and John E. is a farmer in Dallas township.
William H. Hildebrand was born in Polk township, January 25, 1862. Here he attended school and aided in clearing, draining and otherwise improving his father's farm. As he grew to manhood he became the owner of a team and some farm implements. September 15, 1883, he was married to Elizabeth, daughter of William and Sarah Ham, pioneers of Wayne township, where Elizabeth was born, July 16, 1866, she being one of a family of six children. Mr. and Mrs. Hildebrand are the parents of four children, only two of whom are living, viz: Vivian, born November 10, 1885; and Orpha, born July 30, 1896.
In politics Mr. Hildebrand is a Republican, and has held local office. In religion he and wife are Methodists, being active and worthy members of the church.