Cromley-Conner Family Celebrates 200-Year History in Pickaway County
William Cromley and his wife Sarah were living in Ashville, Pickaway County, when farmland in Walnut Township came up for sale. He rode his horse to the land grant office in Chillicothe to purchase the land in 1803.
Catherine Cromley-Conner is the fifth generation to own and operate the farm. Her great grandfather, Thaddeus Edward Cromley, was an Ohio state senator and served on the Ohio Board of Agriculture. Catherine’s father, Leroy Hewitt Cromley, raised Aberdeen Angus cattle and served as vice president of the American National Cattlemen’s Association.
Catherine spent 40 years in Indiana, serving as Director of the Indiana State Fair, and serving on the State Board of Agriculture, State FFA and 4H Boards, and several local agriculture organizations. She returned to her family home in Ohio to help take care of her ailing mother, and now lives in the restored family home, which dates back to about 1840, with her husband, Thomas.