|Birth: ||Jun. 24, 1852|
|Death: ||Dec. 10, 1928|
From Reformed Church Messenger dated February 21, 1929: " Adam Bieber DeLong December 10, 1928, the subject of this sketch, died at his home in Lewistown, Pa. His departure calls for more than ordinary note because of his relation to the organization of Trinity Church there, because of the fact that the Rev. Prof. Irwin Hoch DeLong, of the Department of Old Testament Studies in the Theological Seminary at Lancaster, Pa., is his first-born child, and because of the ancestral lines that are traceable through him, on both the father's and the mother's sides, to early Colonial families. His name appears in the seventh place among those attached to the petition laid before the West Susquehanna Classis which led to the formal organization of Trinity Church on Nov. 20, 1901. On Feb. 23, 1902, he was chosen and ordained to the office of elder. Although in recent years he has not served in any official capacity in the congregation, yet on the day immediately preceding his sudden death, he had accepted appointment for the 25th time in unbroken succession to act as chairman of the Church School Committee on Christmas Decorations for the house of worship. Father DeLong's life began in Longswamp Township, Berks County, Pa., June 24, 1852. In 1872 he was united in marriage to Caroline Hoch, a daughter of Jeremiah and Rebecca Diener Hoch. From this union five children were born, all of whom survive: the Rev. Prof. Irwin Hoch DeLong; Sarah, wife of Eugene S. Willis, of Pittsburg; Emma, wife of Erie F. Goss, of Lewistown, R.F.D.; John H., a ward-keeper in the Pennsylvania Industrial Reformatory, Huntingdon; and Prof. Howard H., recently Director of the California Branch Normal School at Somerset. After the death in the year 1880 of his first wife, Mr. DeLong removed to Central Pennsylvania, residing at different times in different localities in Snyder and Mifflin Counties. Here he married Amelia Jane Helfrich, a direct descendant of the Reverend Johann Heinrich Helfrich, from 1772 to 1810 pastor of the DeLong Church at what is now Bowers, Maxatawny Township, Berks County. To that Church, Pyeter Delangh, the great-great-grandfather of Adam Bieber DeLong, and his wife, Eva Elizabeth Weber, in the year 1759, deeded two acres of their farm, as a gift in perpetuity.
Two children came of the DeLong-Helfrich parentage, one [Homer Josiah], who died at the age of 12 years, the other, Raymond Lester, Doctor of Osteopathy, practicing in Wichita, Kansas. The second Mrs. DeLong preceded Mr. DeLong in death by two years, to the very hour.
In the year 1927, for a third time, Mr. DeLong assumed marriage vows, the spouse being the widow of John Martin Hansen, of Butte, Montana, born a Promm, baptized Phillippina Christina Maria, and a native of Kadolzburg, Germany, near Nuernberg, Germany, who survives her late husband.
The Pyeter Delangh already mentioned is the earliest known ancestor in the paternal line of Adam Bieber DeLong, the last named having the destinction of being the first in the line of his paternal descent to write the name with the spelling that now generally prevails. The first named came from the Hudson Valley, New York, to Pennsylvania, some time between 1730 and 1738. There were DeLongs in the HudsonValley at least as early as 1657, all of them traceable in their originto either Holland or Germany. Pyeter Delangh's wife, Eva Elizabeth Weber, was a daughter of Jacob Weber, who was a prominent member of the now famous Kocherthal Colony of German Lutherans, sent by Queen Anne in 1708 from London to New York.
While resident in Berks County, the late Adam Bieber DeLong followed the occupation of his farmer forebears, himself launching out also in the work of carpenter and painter. During the Lewistown period of his life, he was engaged chiefly in the work of a paper-hanger. His outstanding interests centered in his home,in his daily toil, in his Church, and in Free Masonry.
His funeral assembly was the first to be called together in the beautiful worship room of Trinity Church, dedicated last May. Burial was made in Mount Rock Cemetery, alongside of the remains of the second Mrs. DeLong."
Aaron DeLong (1823 - 1872)
Sarah Bieber DeLong (1821 - 1873)
Amelia J DeLong (1849 - 1926)
Caroline Hoch DeLong (1851 - 1880)
Mount Rock Cemetery
Created by: David Reifinger
Record added: Aug 31, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 75741809
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