Samuel Wilson

Samuel Wilson

Birth
Acworth, Sullivan County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 19 Jan 1857 (aged 69)
College Hill, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Burial Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Plot Section 55, Lot 22, Grave 4
Memorial ID 18143628 · View Source
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Abolitionist, Educator. He was born in New Hampshire and emigrated to Hamilton County, Ohio with his family seeking better education for his children. He was married to Sally Nesmith Wilson and they were both Presbyterian educators as well as abolitionists. The Wilsons first lived in Reading before settling in College Hill. The move resulted because of harsh criticism from neighbors uncomfortable with their abolitionist view. They built a home of the Greek Revival Style in 1849 at 1502 Astor Place near Hamilton Pike and the colleges in College Hill. The house immediately became a station on the Underground Railroad. Three of the Wilson children, Mary Jane, Harriet, and Joseph Gardner Wilson are well documented in their abolitionist efforts. The Wilson children aided many fugitive slaves, sometimes using thier home as a temporary hiding place. Joseph, a local college professor, was known to collect apparel from the families of his students which was used to disguise runaway fugitive slaves. When the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was passed the Wilsons' station became difficult to maintain as their involvement had become well known and the College Hill route to freedom in the north all but ceased by 1852. Decades after the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 several elderly African-Americans returned to the home and asked to see the cellar where they had once hidden. The home was still inhabited by the Wilsons and their housekeeper, Christine Gramm, who was instantly recognized by those who had returned to visit. In 1892 his daughter, Harriet, documented the neighborhood's Underground Railroad activities in extensive letter form and described the family's role in helping the escaped slaves. He died in College Hill from pneumonia when he was 69 years old. (The house on Astor Place still exists at the time of this article)


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  • Created by: K Guy
  • Added: 3 Mar 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial 18143628
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Samuel Wilson (6 May 1787–19 Jan 1857), Find a Grave Memorial no. 18143628, citing Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by K Guy (contributor 46886706) .