Notes from Collins

December 7, 1793 The towns of Cynthiana, Falmouth, Shepherdsville, Springfield,  Winchester, and Wilmington (in Scott Co) established,
January 28, 1850   Steam Job-boat Beauty ascends the Licking River 86 miles above Falmouth and brings out freight.
March 23, 1853 Wire Suspension Bridge over Licking River, at Falmouth, completed; span 323 feet, width 16 feet, total length 432 feet, height of towers 30 feet.
March 10, 1854 Suspension bridge at Falmouth rendered impassable for several weeks [by "remarkably heavy rains for 48 hours."  "higher than since 1800."]
March 28, 1859 Silver ore discovered on Willow Creek, four miles from Falmouth, in Pendleton County.
Sept. 21, 1861 Gen. Geo. H. Thomas supersedes Lieut. Wm. Nelson in the command of Camp Dick Robinson; and the latter establishes Camp Kenton, in Mason county, 3 miles from Maysville, on or near the spot where Simon Kenton's station was erected in 1785.  Camps for Federal soldiers are established at Falmouth in Pendleton county, on Col. Metcalfe's farm in Nicholas county, and at other points.
July 16, 1862 Arrests of citizens charged with "disloyalty" increasing; 27 of "the wealthiest and most influential citizens (rebels) of Grant and Pendleton counties  captured and taken to Camp Chase.  A fine haul of 35 secesh prisoners picked up in Grant, Pendleton, Owen, and Harrison, quartered temporarily in Newport Barracks. . . .Such are the reports from the Louisville papers.
August 15, 1862  [The citizens arrested in the above item write to the Kentucky governor, noting they were law abiding citizens, had broken no laws, and had not been given a trial, and pled for release.  The nine from Pendleton County were:  Geo. L. Abernathy, Jas. Williams, Jas. H. Cleveland, Samuel Brock, S. S. Slater, Jas. A. Blackburn, Asa Tomlin, Henry Nunamaker, and J. T. Blackburn.]
September 18, 1862       Skirmish at Falmouth between 11 home guards and 28 Texas Rangers; the latter driven off, with 2 killed, 4 wounded, and 1 prisoner; they threatened to return with cannon and demolish the house which the former occupied, and burnt the railroad bridge; the home guard prudently retreated several miles towards Cincinnati, and sent for reinforcement.
June 13, 1863 A number of females arrested at Demossville,  Pendleton co., and some at other points, to be sent South.  They are regarded as dangerous to the U.S. government.
February 5, 1866   Legislature established a criminal court in the 9th District, Bracken, Campbell, Pendleton, Harrison and Kenton counties.    
April 1, 1866 Discoveries of . . . oil in Barren, Cumberland, Pendleton, Montgomery, and many other counties.
January 10, 1869 70 houses erected in Elizabethtown, Hardin Co., during the past year, and 32 in Falmouth, Pendleton Co.
January 31, 1870 Death, on South Licking, near Falmouth, Pendleton Co., aged 99, of Abraham Turner; he had removed in 1794  from Virginia to the farm on which he died, and where he had lived 76 years.
February 18, 1871 D. Howard Smith, state auditor, reports to the senate the indebtedness of several counties, cities, and towns in Ky. for the construction of railroads.  . . . In the Covington and Lexington (now Ky Central) R. R. - Bourbon co. $47,000, Fayette co. $132,000, city of Covington $470,000, Pendleton co. $70,000.
August 1, 1871 On the farm, near Morgan, Pendleton co., of John Hart are now growing some stalks of timothy 6 feet 4 1/2 inches high, clover 4 feet 8 1/2 inches high, and corn  13 feet 8 1/2 inches, with three good ears on each.



excerpted from Collins' History of Kentucky, by Lewis Collins, and enlarged and reprinted by his son Richard H. Collins in 1874.