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Kenton County, Kentucky, 1889

 

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Kenton County, Kentucky, 1935
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Kenton County, Kentucky, 1935
Magisterial District Map from 1940

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Kenton County was the 90th county formed in Kentucky.  The law enacting Kenton County was passed
on January 29, 1840 and the county was formed on April 30, 1840 from a part of Campbell County. Its
boundaries are unchanged since March 1, 1866. It has an area of 161.9 square miles, making it the 114th largest of Kentucky's 120 counties.

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There's a site devoted to Simon Kenton, the man for whom Kenton County
 is named, here.  Kenton was formed January 29, 1840 from Campbell County.

You can go to Google Books and find several long-ish pieces on the life on Simon Kenton, some book length,
some entire chapters in other books.  Search for “Simon Kenton” - use the quotes.  You can read the ones that say “Preview.”

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The Covington Female Seminary, 
from the booklet described below 
(between Scott, Greenup, 7th & 8th)

 

In 1922, Mrs. Eleanor Childs Meehan published her remembrances of Old Covington.  She was 80 or so
at the time she wrote them, so she's going back before the Civil War.  She gives exceptional detail on what was where, who operated what business, etc.  We think if you're interested in Covington history, you'll find it fascinating.  She published two booklets, an original , and a supplement.

 The original is here.  The supplement is here.

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The Kenton County Historical Society has all of their old Bulletins online, here, plus. they're indexed

They've also updated John Burn's 466 page A History of Covington Through 1865, all online, here.

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A List of Kenton County Historical Markers is at this site. This site has a broad collection of documents relating to Kenton  County Baptists and Kenton County Baptist Churches. L. J. Dooley's Chronology of Kenton County history is here. (pdf)

A tree grew in Nicholson which was, literally, a civil war veteran.  The Highway Department cut it down.  By mistake.  Read it here.

In 1969, Edna Talbott Whitley compiled a list of Cabinetmakers in Kentucky.  The Kenton County portion of that list is here. Mr. Robert S. Tate's Grass Roots of Kenton County, from 1953, can be read here. (pdf)
Civil War prisoners from
Kenton County, here.

Mrs. Calvin Weakley's A Drive Out Madison Pike, from 1954, can be read here (pdf)

Read all about the troop transport ship, the USS Kenton, at this site.
Harry Hartke wrote a short history of Kenton Co in 1917.  It's here. (pdf) A 1931 piece on the Williams Natural History Collection at the Baker-Hunt Foundation is here. (pdf) The Kentucky Progress magazine featured Covington in this article, (pdf) from 1929.
Kenton County On-Line is at this site. The Mainstrasse Village's site is here. Their page has a link to a page on its history.

A site dedicated to the bridges of Kenton County is here.

In 1904, Iowa's William Leathers remembers his boyhood Covington, here. The Covington Blue Sox join the Federal League.  Read about them at sites here, and here. In all fifty states, only Kentucky
has a county named Kenton.
An early, shorter history of
Covington is here. (pdf)

Margaret Strebel Hartman's Glimpses of Covington Through 1839-1840 is here (pdf)

A few short words on Covington
Radio Stations, here.

Red remembers Kenton County at this site.

Where do the Covington Riff Raff Live
in 1901?  Find out here.

A site with Kenton County
Cemetery Records is here.

Kenton County sites placed on the National Places of Historical Places are here.

A status report from the Superintendent of Schools in Kenton County from 1900 is here. The 1907 report is here.

The origins of Covington's Afro-American B.P.O. Elk's is here.

The origin of the name Peaselburg, the various attempts to change it, and why, here.

Notable Citizens of Kenton County,
in 1847, here.

The Kenton County GenWeb
site is here.

North Bend Baptist Association's history is here (pdf). Alice Read Rouses writes a synopsis of the news from a cache of Northern Kentucky newspapers from 1836-1851. Read it here (pdf). In 1906, the Courier-Journal published a list of out-of-state residents who would come home to Kenton County.
Read the details about the Covington Damage in the tornado of 1915 here. The complete pics and texts from the tornado are here. Covington couple jailed in 1868 for adultery, here. Courts were not on the side of slaves, or former slaves. An example.
Robert Dorsey's essay on Covington founder Thomas Kennedy is here. (pdf) A piece on German Pioneer Society in Covington from 1877 to 1902 is here (pdf) A list of the first autos registered in Kenton County is here.
In 1937 UK released surveys of known archaeological sites by county.  Kenton County's is here. (pdf) B. F. McGlasson wrote this piece on Kenton County in 1907.

“The whipping post is still in use in Covington.  A man named Lawrence Hunt, was palpably whipped in that place last week, for stealing caps.”  Greencastle (Ind) Banner, December 6, 1854

A perspective on where the glaciers were in Kenton County is here.

Covington takes its name from Leonard Wailes Covington, an American General of the War of 1812.  His Wikipedia page is here.  Trivia: Covington's ancestors,  from the Alsace area of Germany, spelled the name Korfingthan or Kurfingthan.

The Kentuckiana Digital Library has a number of Kenton County images.  Quality is erratic, but it's worth a look, here.

Here's a short description of Covington from 1817.

Bristow Road is named after a family named Bristow, about whom you can read more at this site.

In 1892, the first 12th Street bridge over the Licking Collapses, killing 40 men.  The Enquirer's story is here.

An Outrage reported to the Freedman's Bureau in 1866, here.

Original owner of Covington trades it for a keg of whiskey?  A quarter of a buffalo?  Yup.  Details,  here.

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You can find lots of additional Covington and Kenton  County images at the Cincinnati Public Library's site.  Here.

staR Kenton County Library's Faces and Places site has 90,000+ Northern Kentucky images. Here. staR

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In 1914, here's what the L&N's Industrial Freight and Shipper's Guide had to say about: 

Kenton Springlake Latonia

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In 1967, Northern Kentucky historian Chester Geaslen wrote the Kentucky Historical Society on the various Civil War fortifications in Kenton County.  He  also drew a nice map of where they were.  See both here (pdf)

You can get information on Kenton County ancestors by subscribing to the mailing list created for that purpose.  You'll get periodic information, and can submit your own questions, all via email.  Sign up at this site for Kenton County.  At this site is a list of all available lists on Kentucky.

“Mrs. Emma R. Coe announced a lecture on 'Woman's Rights' in this city on Monday evening last.  The subject was not attractive, only four or five persons being present at the appointed time.  It is a fair inference that the women of Covington enjoy all the 'rights' they care about, and have nothing more to ask for.”  From the Covington Journal, April 19, 1856. “There is strong talk of incorporating [Peaselburg] and changing its name to Wolfsville in honor of Mr. John Wolf, ex-member of the Legislature.  The only objection to the name is that strangers moving in would think the village was so named on account of the "wolves" (bad boys) who make it a practice of inroading upon vineyards and orchards stealing fruit and destroying shrubbery.”  The Ticket,  June 29, 1876
“Taken up by M. H. Brand, as a runaway slave, on the 22nd ult., in the city of Covington, Kenton County, Ky., a negro man calling himself Charles Warfield, about 30 years old, but looks older, about six feet high; no particular marks; has no free papers, but he says he is free, and was born in Pennsylvania, and in Fayette County.  Said negro was lodged in jail on the said 22nd ult., and the owner or owners, if any, are hereby notified to come forward, prove property, and pay charges, and take him away.”  from the Frankfort Commonwealth, October 21, 1852 Outgoing President of the Industrial Club of Covington, Richard Stewart, recommended a number of things that Covington should do for the future, including such things as:  Two or more free bridges to Newport; Better Pikes into the city; More shade trees on residential streets; An extension of street car lines to Erlanger and Independence;  and Annexation of all cities from Bromley to Dayton, allowing for a city with a population of 150,000 instead of 55,000, and “put Northern Kentucky on the map forever.” from the Kentucky Times Star, May 8, 1914

We recommend the map of all the old Kenton County Trolley lines at this site.

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The Pioneers Association was organized in 1834.  We know of at least two papers read before their
meetings, one by William Mackoy, talking about the early days of Covington, when everything
west of Madison and south of Sixth was “a forest of large timber.”

The other is by Mr. H. H. Martin, who arrived in Covington in 1818.

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Covington celebrated it's centennial in September, 1914. There was a song written for the
occasion, the Ode to Covington.  Here's page one and here's page two of the sheet music.

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Ads from Covington newspapers from slave owners seeking escaped slave are here.

“Cincinnati, August 27. - Two fugitive slaves, belonging to Robert W. Ingraham, who escaped from Kentucky in March last, have been arrested here, remanded to their master, and taken to Covington. They were arrested quietly.” The National Era, September 2, 1858 Negro man narrowly avoids being lynched in Covington, here.
“ A couple of valuable slaves escaped, day before yesterday from G.W. Ball, Esq., of Covington.” Cin. Commercial., Sat . reprinted in Frederick Douglass’s Paper, November 3, 1854

“UNDERGROUND - MORE ARRIVALS - Monday morning, shortly after daylight, sixteen "chattels" - three men and five women, and eight children - passed down the avenue and over the ferry, becoming subjects of the British Crown, and renouncing their claim to protection under the "glorious stars and stripes." Republicanism, as far as they are concerned, they pronounce a decided failure - the greatest humbug of the times. These all came from Covington, Kentucky.” Detroit Tribune,  reprinted in the Provincial Freeman, December 16, 1854

Nine slaves caught, returned to Covington, a “den of villainy,” here.
Covington deals with an abolitionist, here.
Twenty-one slaves escape from Covington, here.
Slave catchers meet up with escaped Covington slave Kit, but it doesn't go well for them, here.
“A runaway negro, recently "picked upland valued at $1,000, is about to be sold in the Covington, Ky., jail to the highest bidder.” Douglass’ Monthly, February, 1859 “The Grand Jury of Kenton county, Ky., on the 21 inst., indicted four colored men for settling in Kentucky from another State, contrary to the organic laws of this State.”from the [Louisville] Daily Courier, January 26, 1868
Forty-seven Covington slaves make it to Canada, here. Escaped slaves walk from Kenton County to Canada, here.
Thirteen Covington slaves make it to Canada, here. Six Covington slaves make it to Canada, here.
“Another Escape of Slaves.   Six slaves belonging to Mr. Levi Dougherty, who lives on Fourth street, between Madison and Russell, Covington, Ky., together with two belonging to Mr. Gade, residing in the same neighbourhood, made their escape from bondage on Sunday night. They crossed the river about eleven o'clock, and ere this are far on their way towards Canada. Their aggregate value to their owners was about eight thousand dollars.”  Provincial Freeman, February 9, 1856 “UNDERGROUND - MORE ARRIVALS - Monday morning, shortly after daylight, sixteen "chattels" - three men and five women, and eight children - passed down the avenue and over the ferry, becoming subjects of the British Crown, and renouncing their claim to protection under the "glorious stars and stripes." Republicanism, as far as they are concerned, they pronounce a decided failure - the greatest humbug of the times. These all came from Covington, Kentucky.” -Detroit Tribune,  reprinted in the Provincial Freeman, December 16, 1854
Lawyers of Kenton County, 1872, here. Covington slaves escape to Canada, here.
Free man kidnapped, taken to Covington to be sold as slave, here. 1853 slave case in Covington, here.
“A couple of valuable slaves escaped, day before yesterday from G.W. Ball, Esq., of Covington.” Cin. Com., Sat . reprinted in Frederick Douglass’s Paper, November 3, 1854 “A runaway negro, recently "picked upland valued at $1,000, is about to be sold in the Covington, Ky., jail to the highest bidder.”  Douglass’ Monthly, February, 1859
“The Cincinnati Gazette of Tuesday says: "Two negro women, one mulatto girl, one negro man, and two black boys, slaved belonging to Esq. Beall, of Covington, escaped from their servitude on Thursday night last, crossing the suspension bridge to Newport, thence Ohio. They have not yet been captured.” Frederick Douglass’s Paper, August 11, 1854 Cincinnati, August 27. - Two fugitive slaves, belonging to Robert W. Ingraham, who escaped from Kentucky in March last, have been arrested here, remanded to their master, and taken to Covington. They were arrested quietly.” The National Era, September 2, 1858
“Another Escape of Slaves. Six slaves belonging to Mr. Levi Dougherty, who lives on Fourth street, between Madison and Russell, Covington, Ky., together with two belonging to Mr. Gade, residing in the same neighbourhood, made their escape from bondage on Sunday night. They crossed the river about eleven o'clock, and ere this are far on their way towards Canada. Their aggregate value to their owners was about eight thousand dollars.” Provincial Freeman, February 9, 1856 “In Kenton County, Amanda Bishop, a daughter of Henry Bishop, a colored Sergeant in the United States Army, was taken while at work and beaten with a club until she was  senseless, because she worked for a Union citizen, and refused to work for the rebel who beat her.”National Anti-Slavery Standard, October 12, 1867

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These are the links to the official city sites of:

Covington Fort Mitchell Independence Edgewood Bromley Park Hills
Crestview Fort Wright Ludlow Erlanger Lakeside Park Villa Hills

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In 1876, the R. L. Polk Company published The Kentucky State Gazetteer and Business Directory, which listed information about virtually every town in Kentucky.  The listings from Kenton County are these:
Banklick

Covington (pdf)

Kenton

Scott

Independence

S. Covington Ludlow Ryland Visalia Morning View

 

In 1883-84, the R. L. Polk Company updated their Gazetteer, with these Kenton County entries:  
Banklick Erlanger Grants Bend Independence Kenton
Key West Ludlow Milldale Morning View Visalia

 

An earlier Gazetteer published in Louisville, was George W. Hawes' Kentucky
State Gazetteer and Business Directory, for 1859 and 1860. 
It's pre-Civil
War, and only has detail on, other than Covington, these two towns:

Covington (pdf) Independence Visalia

 

Membership Lists from Kenton County Masonic Lodges in 1911: (pdf's)

Covington, 109 Covington, 159 Covington, 345
Erlanger Fiskburg Independence
Latonia Ludlow, 759 Ludlow, 478

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This list of Kenton County deaths from WWII is from the National Archives. There's a key to what the
 various abbreviations mean here.  The lists are here:

Adams through Lynn           Mara through Wulfeck            The World War I list is here.

Latonia's John Morgan received the Distinguished Service Cross in WWI.  Read about him here.

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There's good news and bad news.  The good news is that the only book in print about Simon Kenton is written by the most eminent of Kentuckian historians, Dr. Thomas D. Clark.  The bad news is that it's written for “young adults.”  So it's not the most in depth look at Kenton's life, and it's on the short side, but you can rely on it's accuracy. Recommended.

  On the other hand, there is this 666 page historical novel you can read. Eckert insists it's all facts; historians have called his hand on that one, but even in doing so admit to the book's general adherence to fact. And for historical fiction, it's a page turner. Recommended.

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Can you name the forty-nine (49!) town names in Kenton
 County that have had US post offices? That list is here.

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In 1896 the Courier-Journal had previously noted a number of counties in Kentucky where the tollgates on roads were meeting serious resistance, and sometimes violence.  A letter writer suggests a different issue they were having in parts of Kenton.  Read it here. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture's assessment of agriculture in Kenton County, in 1898-1899 can be found here. (pdf)

In 1911, Covington determined that there were too many duplicate street names, so made a proposal to change many of them, mostly in Latonia.  Details here.

In 1930, Kentucky Progress Magazine ran a feature letting each of Kentucky's counties list their accomplishments for 1929.  What Kenton County came up with is here. (pdf)
The 1873 Cholera outbreak in Kenton County, here.  

Kenton County Bar Association throws big dinner in 1906; They eat well, drink heavily, tip poorly, and lose money.  Details are here.

A list of attorneys in Covington, from 1875, from Trow's Legal Directory of Lawyers in the United States, is here.

“That the Underground Railroad is in a lively state of activity is evidenced by the fact that seventy-five fugitives have passed thru this city on their way to Liberty.  They are from Kentucky, Virginia, Georgia, and the chivalric state of South Carolina. The last company of nine that passed through were from near Covington, Ky. The patriarch, their master, was about to have them sold to pay his debts, preparatory to removing to Chicago, but the spirit of emigration seized up on the “chattels” and they anticipated their master by leaving on an advance train.” from the Louisville Daily Courier, December 16, 1856, reprinting an item from the Cleveland Ledger.

The site of the Licking River Historical Association, here.

A collection of photos from the Cincinnati, Newport & Covington Railway (trolley cars) is at this site.

The banks of Kenton County, 1910, here.

C. 1928, the Kentucky Opportunities Department published a fact sheet about Kenton County for potential businesses that might be interested.  You can read it here(pdf)

Covington Rebel sympathizers warned in 1862.

William Behringer, of Behringer-Crawford fame, created a journal to hold all of his postcards and pictures. The Covington Library had all 103 pages of it online, since taken down.  A copy is here (pdf)  Good stuff!

Detailed Presidential voting statistics from Kenton County are here.

On August 4, 1852, the Cincinnati Daily Gazette published the State of Kentucky's Hog Assessment, the number of hogs over 6 months old per county. The number in Kenton County was 7,614.

In 1919, there was a farm census, counting livestock, crops and farms.  Kenton County's is here.

 

Ferry Map

A map of the various Northern Kentucky Ohio River Ferries
from the Facebook page of the Behringer-Crawford Museum

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“Mr. Absalom Ellis, of Kenton county, Kentucky, a few days since, killed an owl which measured
four feet between the tips of the wings, and has been pronounced the largest bird of the species ever
seen in that region of the country” from the Louisville Daily Courier, August 30, 1852

“A few weeks ago an alligator, three feet long, was snared on the Covington shore of the Ohio River, and placed in a cage. 
Since the capture several of the same species of animal have been seen between the empty coal barges, near the mouth
of Willow Run.” The Boone County Recorder, citing the Cincinnati Gazette, August 22, 1878

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Experience Covington Experience Covington Experience Covington Experience Covington
Take the Experience Covington Tours. More at their web site.
A project from the Kenton County Library

The map above is especially helpful if you never learned your Helentown from your Peaselburg.

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kenton co map This hand-drawn map is by Edith Claire
George, who drew it to go with her history of
Covington and Kenton County.  Read it here(pdf)

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Northern Kenton, 1930, with some interesting road proposals

 

 

 

 

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Covington, 1835

Kenton County, c. 1931

Covington, 1938. 
Note there's a key to
selected attractions.

 

 

 

 

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Ludlow / West
Covington, 1884
Covington, 1884 (the dashed
line is a "Horse Railway Line")
Topographic Map of
Northern Kenton
County, 1912

 

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Fort Mitchell / Crescent
Springs, 1937
Erlanger / Elsmere, 1937 Covington, 1860

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Additional Links that apply to all of Northern Kentucky Views, and may or may not
be related to Kenton County, are on the main Links & Miscellany page, here.

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