|Birth: ||Jan. 23, 1806|
|Death: ||May 8, 1891|
Grand-Daughter of Betsy Ross
Taken from The Fort Madison Weekly Democrat, May 13, 1891, Page 10:
A Noted Double Link Unwelded – "Aunt Sophia" Hildebrandt - "One of the Aunties" Passes Away.
Lying in Death's arm, resting sweetly, peacefully, calmly; free from the ills of earth, free from its sorrow, with eyes closed to its joys "Aunt Sophia" Hildebrandt now lies.
The Grim Reaper stooped and cut from earth the rich stalk of "bearded grain" at the hour of 1:30 Friday morning. Unattended by pain, surrounded by loving sisters, a niece, nephew, and friends, she passed tranquilly from this world into the brighter one beyond. What a sweet story is her life! A life from its commencement filled with love and kindness, possessed of a mind of extraordinary strength, a constitution, until recently, of unusual vigor; an enduring amount of vitality, a love for her fellow creatures, a tender helpfulness ready and willingly tendered at the proper time, a Christian spirit and disposition, a knowledge of the arts as well as of the more substantial things of earth, and much else that has truly made her life a story of strong moral tone and one which will leave "Foot prints in the sands of time," long to be seen and remembered by those who have known her.
Sophia B. Wilson was the daughter of Jacob and Clarisa Sidney Wilson, residents of Baltimore, Maryland, the city where, on January 23, 1806, she, with Elizabeth, entered the world, which they have so gladdened by their lives. Here she resided until she reached her seventh year, when the family re-moved to Philadelphia, and Sophia, hand in hand with her sister twin, became factors of great good in the city of Penn. Charitable work was her delight and many a needy one has received new life through her kind ministrations. Over fifty-six years ago she was confirmed into the Church Episcopal. For years she was an active worker in St. Paul's parish. Since her coming to Fort Madison in August of 1857, she has been devoted communicant and worker at Hope Episcopal Church. There was no fondness of pomp or show – no gaudy exterior desired by this Christian woman. She was a simple worshiper at a simple shrine that of her God and Savior. She looked beyond things earthly for grandeur – to heaven, where now her soul is viewing "The house not made by hands."
Mrs. Hildebrandt has been a widow for thirty-six years. She leaves no children. She leaves her devoted twin sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Campion, whose care for her during her two years illness has been markedly earnest. The two, so near alike in form and feature as to often be mistaken by their own relatives and many friends, have been permitted by Providence to treat life's pathway together until now when one is called away. Excepting a two years' stay in Maryland made by Elizabeth this wonderful couple have never been apart from one another for a greater period than six months, and those absences very infrequent. They have been a couple whose renown has not been alone local, their names having been used by the press quite generally in references to aged people of note. Their grandmother, a flag-maker and upholsterer in Philadelphia , helped Washington to design and made the first flag of our country that ever presented its folds to a free American breeze.
Besides Mrs. Campion, another sister, Mrs. Rachel Albright, remains. "The Aunties" have made their home with Mrs. Albright and family since their coming to this city.
The funeral was quietly held from the residence, 718 Third Street, Saturday afternoon at 4:00 o'clock, with the services by the Rev. C.S. Witherspoon, of Hope Episcopal Church.
Clarissa Sidney Claypoole Wilson (1785 - 1864)
Clarissa Sidney Wilson Hanna (____ - 1853)*
Sophia B Wilson Hildebrandt (1806 - 1891)
Elizabeth Griscome Wilson Campion (1806 - 1900)*
Aquilla Bolton Wilson (1808 - 1856)*
Rachel Jones Wilson Albright (1812 - 1905)*
Fort Madison City Cemetery
Created by: SE Iowa Historian
Record added: Jan 05, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 32658430