Second Street, January 1978

Early Mason County Settler

Valentine Peers was born in Sisburn, Antrim County, Ireland in 1756 and emigrated to North America in 1773. He entered the Revolutionary Army of Virginia in 1776 and served as a brigade major under the command of General George Weedon. He served in the Battle of Brandywine, September 11, 1777, and he and his men were commended in the published orders of General George Washington and Major General Nathaniel Greene (see Saffell's Records of the Revolutionary War, pp. 339‑343). Valentine Peers was released from service November 19, 1777.He was granted 5,333 1/3 acres in compensation for commendable military service. Peers then settled in Loudoun County, Virginia but later moved his family to Mason County, Kentucky, where he was among the area's earliest settlers. Throughout his life he was a landlord, manufacturer of salt, cotton mill owner, and manager of other jobs relating to his land, properties, and legal duties. Peers died June 6th 1830. Peers was married to Eleanor Orr (d. May 28, 1817) and their children were:Mary Eleanor (m. Judge Lewis Collins), John D., Edward, Valentine J. (Sheriff in Lincoln County, Missouri, 1834-1838), Benjamin O. (graduated from Transylvania College, studied at Princeton University, and became President of Transylvania College), Henry P., Jane M. (m. Smith), and Susan E. (m. Garrard).

Maysville City Hall ca 1847


Drawing is from 1847 Edition of Collins History of Kentucky

Ephraim Outten, Silversmith ca 1815-1820


This sliver piece may have been made by Ephraim Outten in Maysville around 1815-1820. Perhaps some of his other pieces are still around the community

Remembering Arthur Pickens


Arthur Pickens on 1908 Kentucky Derby winner Stone Street Click the title to read about Arthur Pickens connection to Maysville. Credit the Ledger Independent

Maysville Business 1871


The name of the store was Blum, Hechinger & Co

Maysville Officials 1871-1872


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When and Where ???


Found on Ebay
A very nice reader sent the following info.
John Heiser can be found in the 1880 census. He lived on Second Street and his occupation is listed as "Hotel". He was born in Kentucky, but his parents are listed as being born in Bavaria. His wife Johanna was born in Bavaria. Maybe this is why they advertised their hotel as a European hotel. It would be interesting to discover whether John's parents ran a hotel or "gasthaus" in Germany.

Frosty Morning on 3rd Street ca 1899

3rd and Limestone Streets ca 1899


The church in the background was torn down 1930/1931 to make room for the construction of the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge

Market Street ca 1950


Maysville Bulldog's George Cooke led the south team in scoring, in the 1951 NOrth South game, with 14 points in a losing effort 83 to 70. Cooke would enroll at Kentucky but left after his freshman year

Roasted Alive December 7, 1899

This is the New York World article on the lynching of Richard Coleman which happened in December 1899 in Maysville. It is not one of Maysville's proudest moments but it is part of Maysville's history Click on the title to read

Reliable Shoe Store

The man in the middle is Jack Markell. Can anyone identify the women?

Reliable Shoe Store on Second Street, Maysville, Kentucky Jack Markell also owned The Outlet Store in Maysville - a shoe store that bought and sold overstocked items, previous years' merchandise and defective items at a discount. This was another truly innovative concept at the time!
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