late 1870s and early 1880s landownership (or cadastral) maps and
atlases were published for quite a few counties within the
Louisville-Lexington-Covington triangle of Northern Kentucky, among them
being a map of Harrison County, Kentucky, in 1877 and an atlas for
Bracken and Pendleton Counties, Kentucky in 1884. While the
majority of such maps and atlases do not show land boundaries, they do
pinpoint the locations of houses and homes of the landowners, usually by
a little dot or cube placed on the map with the landowner's name beside
Both the atlas
and map were published within the lifetime of George Cummins
(1810-1892) and both help to pinpoint the location of his home at Antioch,
Kentucky and the properties surrounding it in both Harrison and Pendleton
An Atlas of Bracken and Pendleton Counties, Ky. from Actual Surveys by J.M.
Lathrop and J.H. Summers, Philadelphia: D.J. Lake & Co., 1884, p.
Harrison County, Kentucky, Philadelphia: D.G. Beers & Co., 1877
Both of the
images below are only close-ups of the region around Antioch, Kentucky, both in
Pendleton and Harrison Counties. For a broader view, please consult the
original atlas or map.
1884 Landownership Map of McKenneysburg Precinct No. 2,
Pendleton County, Kentucky, showing the lands of George Cummins
If you look
closely along the lower edge of this map, about one third of the distance across
the map from the left, you will see the name "Geo. Cummins." The dot to
the left and below his name would seem to indicate a house or other building
that he owned in Pendleton County, Kentucky, while the dot below his name and
south of the Pendleton-Harrison County line, probably pinpoints the log house
that was his home at Antioch in Harrison County, Kentucky. If you can
manage to view both the bottom portion of this map along with the top half of
the image that follows in your browser, you can see how these two maps fit
together to form a complete view of the region around Antioch, Ky.
properties of George Cummins indicated by the Pendleton County map are also
indicated by the following map of Harrison County, published just seven years
earlier. The "G.C." at the top of the Harrison County map below would seem
to indicate the building which appears to be in Pendleton County and the name of
"G. Cummings" is almost "marked through" by the borderline at the top edge of
the image, but the "G. Cummings" appears to be attached to a dot just above the
number "101" alongside the road which runs past Antioch, and which runs just to
the west of George Cummins old homesite.
1877 Landownership Map of Richland Precinct,
Harrison County, Kentucky, showing the lands of George Cummins
County map also shows the lands of other Cummins families, some of them
descendants of Joseph & Lydia Cummins. Many Cummins descendants are buried
at "Benson Methodist Chapel" directly south of Antioch Mills, and the "F.
Cummings" to the east, or right, on this map probably refers to Fleming Cummins,
one of the youngest sons of Joseph & Lydia Cummins, and who is buried in Benson
Methodist Church Cemetery. Jackson Cummins, another brother, died in 1877,
but his wife survived him and did not die until 1885, and while their properties
may have been indicated by the 1877 map of Harrison County, this image does not
indicate their properties.
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