From Shipwrecked to Century Farms – Part Two
Banner photo: a model replica of the Famous Dove. Courtesy of the Hancock Historical Museum, Findlay, Ohio (www.hancockhistoricalmuseum.org)
Two Hancock County families with ties to the Famous Dove shipwreck entered the Century Farm program in 2014. Congratulations to the Hartman and Wilson families.
This year, David and Mary Hartman registered two Hancock County farms – one in Eagle Township, which came through David’s father’s family and dates back to 1876; and the other in Van Buren Township, from his mother’s line, which has ties to several of the shipwreck families.
David’s great-great-great grandfather, Jacob Fullhart, traveled to America on the Famous Dove. Jacob purchased the farm in 1860 and sold it to his daughter, Mary, and her husband, George Wilson.
George Wilson also had ties to the Famous Dove. His mother, Christine Price, traveled aboard the ship with her father, Christian Price, and her sister, Catherine.
George and Mary Wilson’s son, Adam, would take over the farm. Adam married Eva Arras, who was from another of the shipwreck families.
Several generations later, the farm passed to Lutheria Wilson Hartman, then to her son, David, in 2010. Today, he and his two sons farm approximately 500 acres in the Jenera region.
Gary and Mary Wilson trace their farm’s roots back to Gary’s great-great-great-great grandfather, Christian Price, who purchased the farm in 1835. Christian came to America aboard the Famous Dove with his daughters, Christine and Catherine, as guests of another passenger. He later sold the farm to his daughter Catherine and her husband, Charles Cramer.
Charles built the current family home in 1840. His son, John, acquired the farm, which was then sold to his nephew, John Wilson. The farm has since stayed in the Wilson name, passing to Gary and Mary in 1986.
Gary was the Hancock County Agricultural Extension Agent for 33.5 years, retiring in 2011. He serves as president of the Hancock County Farm Bureau; president of the Ohio Sheep & Wool Board; president of Hancock County 4-H Council; president-elect of American Forage & Grassland Council; and president of the National Forage Foundation. He was a host for the first Hancock County Historic Barn Tour in 2013, and helped organize the 2014 tour. He is presently a sales representative for DuPont Pioneer.