Hildebrand Family

T Hildebrand and F Hildebrand were listed as landowners of Sherbrooke in the 1902 Cataract Dam resumptions. To be honest, the Hildebrand Family was initially a little perplexing, but then on discovering that Thomas Hildebrand was a very active NSW Police Officer from about 1840 to 1862, so many articles from Trove flooded in.

There are many articles in Trove on Thomas Hildebrand, mostly from his career with the NSW Police, and also on  other members of the Hildebrand family than Thomas Hildebrand.

Although it is not certain at this point in time, it is possible that Thomas Hildebrand and son Frederic(k) had acquired land in Sherbrooke in the early 1860’s, after Thomas’ retirement from the NSW Police in mid 1862, and prior to 1874. However there does not seem to be much information on them actually occupying land in the Sherbrooke village. Although if they had been in occupation in Sherbrooke, it would possibly have been in the early 1860’s. Further,  Oaklands, Appin, where they lived in the 1870’s, and was not far away from Sherbrooke, even for those times. Presumably Thomas was farming at Oaklands Appin by 1874 ?

As for the earlier history of Thomas Hildebrand ?

Thomas’ eldest child Frederick, was born in Sydney in 1841, and there were three more children, Clara, Charlotte and Scevus.Checking old records, shows a Thomas Hildebrand in  1841 capturing a gaol escapee at the Racecourse – then a Sergeant and appointed Chief Constable to Stonequarry in 1841 – Chief Constable of Stonequarry in 1842, dealing with cattle thieves in 1842 , Constable in Picton in 1847 – his early days in Wollongong around 1853, – and still in the Police Force until the early 1860’s – from Camden to Bulli to Wollongong (1856) to Kiama during that time frame.

In 1855 – 56 Thomas Hildebrand was on the electoral roll, with his address given as Market St Wollongong – he was also responsible for preserving order in the East Camden election of 1856. In 1858, he successfully apprehended several robbers who had escaped via the Appin Mail Coach.

In 1860 Thomas Hildebrand was appointed Officer of Customs for Wollongong.

There was a Hildebrand Testamonial Fund in 1862 and he was awarded a government police pension of 123 pounds pa. Presumably some time between 1862 and 1874, Thomas had re-located to Oaklands, Appin.

Thomas wife, Eliza/Elizabeth Hildebrand nee Kennedy, born in Ireland in 1810 Ireland, and died in 1891 Parramatta from burns, according to her inquest.

In 1892 the NSW Police Records have the death of Thomas Hildebrand, a Police Pensioner.

Hildebrand’s were in the Camden area until at least 1901, according to the Australian Census of 1901.


Information on the Hildebrand family tree reflects a German – Irish Heritage

Johannes John Heinrich Hildebrand (b. 1739 Westphalia Saxony – d. 1813 County Mayo Ireland) and Anna Catherine  Elsobina Sievers (b. Westphalia Saxony – d. County Mayo Ireland),They married in Saxony in 1859 where their first child, Anna Regina Margaret Hildebrand was born in 1860. However by the time of their son William’s birth in 1772, they were living in Ireland.

  • Anna Regina Margaret Hildebrand (1760 Germany – 1761 )
  • John Heinrich Hildebrand (1765 – 1765)
  • Heinrich Hildebrand (1766 – 1836)
  • Charlotte Hildebrand (1768 – 1865)
  • Thomas Hildebrand (1770 – 1792)
  • William Hildebrand (1772 Ireland – 1839 Ireland ) married Sarah Louden (1775 Westport County Mayo Ireland – d. 1829 Westport County Mayo Ireland
    • Anna Catherine Hildebrand (1796 – 1796)
    • George Hildebrand (1798 – 1863) – was agent to the Marquis Of Sligo Westport County Mayo Ireland
    • Philip Hildebrand (1800 – 1832)
    • John Henry Hildebrand (1802 -1871)
    • William Hildebrand (1803 – 1832)
    • Henry Hildebrand (1805 – 1886) married Jane Frances Shea
      • Cevers Perry Hildebrand (1863 Galway Ireland – 1940 Greenwich Sydney) married Ellen McDermott in 1887 in Woollahra. In 1906 Cevers Perry Hildebrand was appointed a Government Shipping Inspector – at Balmain according to the Australian Census of 1901 – 4 males – 5 females
        • Henry Perry Hildebrand (1888- 1958)
        • Grace Hildebrand – Balmain North (1889 – 1968)
        • Maria Frances Hildebrand (1890 – 1918)
        • Adrian William Hildebrand – Newcastle (1892 – 1953)
        • Ellen Millicent Hildebrand (1894 – 1969)
        • Kathleen Hildebrand (1896 – 1933)
        • Cevers Gregory George  Hildebrand (1897 – 1963) – served in WW1
        • Vesian George Hildebrand (1903 – 1968)
        • Marguerite Jean Hildebrand (1905 – 1965)
    • Sarah Hildebrand (1809 – 1886)
    • Thomas Hildebrand (1805 or 1810 Westport County Mayo Ireland – 1891 Campbelltown – died inestate) – in Sydney married in 1840 to Eliza/Elizabeth Kennedy (1810 Ireland – 1891 Parramatta from burns).
      • Frederic(k) Hildebrand (1841 Sydney – 1920 Leeville Casino NSW), Dairy Farmer in the Fairy Meadow area of the Illawarra until 1865. Later he was up the north coast by the 1870’s where he married in 1875 in Casino to  Eliza Emma Sheppard (1856 – 1955). All of their children were born on the NSW North Coast. Five of his six sons served in WW1, the sixth was turned down for recruitment and stayed on the family farm. One son Thomas was killed in WW1.
        • Eliza Sheppard Hildebrand (1876 – 1961 ) Samuel Collis in 1908
        • Samuel Hildebrand (1877 – 1956) – served in WW1
        • Mary Ann Hildebrand (1879 -1927) married Samuel Lee in 1908
        • Thomas William Hildebrand (1881 – ) – killed in WW1
        • Sarah Hildebrand (1883 – 1921)
        • Rosetta Hildebrand (1885 – 1886)
        • Edith M Hildebrand (1887 – 1938)
        • Frederick Severus Hildebrand (1889 – 1957)
          • Orma Jean Hildebrand – married Don Warner – both were brutally murdered, followed by a sensational court case where William Henry Abbott was prosecuted in 1951
        • George Walter Hildebrand (1891 – 1949) – served in WW1
        • Randolph Hildebrand (1893 – 1972) – served in WW1
        • Leslie Thomas Hildebrand (1895 – 1954) – served in WW1
        • Irene Hildebrand (1897 – 1990)
      • Clara Hildebrand (1845 – )
      • Charlotte  Mary Hildebrand (1847 – ) married Patrick Stanton in Campbelltown in 1874 – her family home was described as Oaklands of Appin. Charlotte was described as niece of George Hilebrand Esq. JP  agent to the Marquis Of Sligo Westport County Mayo Ireland
      • Scevus Hildebrand of Oaks Camden, Picton Stonequarry, (1849 Picton NSW – 1928) married Louisa Frances Barnes in 1872 and Caroline Putt in 1908 and
        • Claude Rowley Hildebrand ( – 1950) – served in WW1
        • Henry Hildebrand (1870 -)
        • William Henry Hildebrand (1872 – 1949) – at Barber Creek Camden according to the Australian Census of 1901- Goldfield- 1 male only
        • Thomas Hildebrand (1874 – 1891 ??) – at Barber Creek Camden according to the Australian Census of 1901 – Goldfield- 2 males – 1 female
        • Severs K Hildebrand (1876 – 1889) was accidentally shot dead by his brother Henry Hildebrand
        • Clara Nina Hildebrand (1878 – ) married Gerald Hemsley
          • Queenie Hemsley (1897 – )
          • George T Hemsley (1898 – )
          • Edith V Hemsley (1900 – )
          • Athol Hemsley (1903)
    • Charlotte Mabel Hildebrand (1812 – 1869)
    • Elizabeth Hildebrand (1814 – 1889)
  • Catherina Hildebrand (1774 – 1774)
  • John Hildebrand (1776- 1801)
  • Maria Ann Hildebrand (1779 – )
  • Elizabeth Hildebrand (1781 – 1861)
  • Frances Hildebrand (1784 – 1784)
  • George Hildebrand (1786 – 1877)

 

 

 

 

 

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