About Us

And here’s how it all began. William  Hill and wife Anna Rhea Hill acquired 1200 acres in the early 1800’s. One of their children, John Hill, married Rebecca Martin Radar took up an approximate 400 acre section of the homestead that we now refer to as Hilacres Farm. John and Rebecca built the farm house and raised their four children (Viola, Agnes, Minta, and Leotus). Agnes Hill married Dr. Dan Kessler and had four children (Mary, Clyde, Kent and Grace.) After the Hill’s died, Mary Kessler Gawthrop (granddaughter of John and Rebecca) and Frank Gawthrop bought the house but sold it to Brade Ervin (Frank Gawthrop’s uncle on his mother’s side). During the depression, Brade was going to loose it and called Mary Kessler Gawthrop. They bought it back from Brade and moved here in 1939. Mary and Frank Gawthrop remodeled the home while raising their six children (some already had left the nest). Mary and Frank lived here until their deaths. Martha Jean Gawthrop Wilson and Joanne Gawthrop Harrison (two daughters of Mary and Frank) received heirship to the home and three acres. Frank Jr. received the farm land and raised cattle.  Martha Jean and Jerry Wilson handed down the home to John Gawthrop (Martha Jean’s brother) and Joanne Gawthrop Harrison willed her share to Deborah Gawthrop Neese. John signed over his portion and the home is still maintained by Deborah. MaryBeth Gawthrop Ball received heirship to the

Mary and Frank Gawthrop remodeled the home while raising their six children (some already had left the nest). Mary and Frank lived here until their deaths. Martha Jean Gawthrop Wilson and Joanne Gawthrop Harrison (two daughters of Mary and Frank) received heirship to the home and three acres. Frank Jr. received the farm land and raised cattle.  Martha Jean and Jerry Wilson handed down the home to John Gawthrop (Martha Jean’s brother) and Joanne Gawthrop Harrison willed her share to Deborah Gawthrop Neese. John signed over his portion and the home is still maintained by Deborah. MaryBeth Gawthrop Ball received heirship to the

Martha Jean and Jerry Wilson handed down the home to John Gawthrop (Martha Jean’s brother) and Joanne Gawthrop Harrison willed her share to Deborah Gawthrop Neese (her niece. John signed over his portion and the home is still maintained by Deborah. MaryBeth Gawthrop Ball received heirship to the farm land by Frank, Jr (her father).

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