While I was researching a home in Hyde Park for a client, I saw on a map from 1869 some names that looked familiar.
|Click for a larger view. 1869 Titus Map - Source|
As you might be able to tell, I had to take two maps and splice them together to get a better view of the area before it was called Hyde Park. In 1869, it was part of two townships, Columbia to the north and Spencer to the south. Observatory Road, then called City Road, was the dividing line.
Starting with the blue box on the left, you can see the name Grandin and the road of the same name to the right. Grandin Road is named for Phillip Grandin:
Philip Grandin was an early resident of Cincinnati. He
arrived in the city in the first years of the 1800s. He owned several hundred
acres of land near modern-day Grandin Road in Cincinnati. The road was named in
Grandin's honor. He was a real estate speculator and sold much of his land for
a great deal more than he had originally paid for it. He also partnered with
John Piatt in a bank as well as a steamboat business. By the 1870s, Grandin's
former land had become one of the finest and wealthiest neighborhoods in
Cincinnati. - Source
Moving directly to the right, the purple box had the name, J. Edwards. Jonathan Edwards was a Spencer Township pioneer from the early 1800's and the namesake for Edwards Road.
|Stettinius Home - Oatfield; Hamilton County Auditor 1999-2003|
Above J. Edwards in the green box is J.L. Stettinius. John Longworth Stettinius was the son of John and Mary (Longworth) Stettinius and the grandson of the wealthy Cincinnatian, Nicholas Longworth. The Stettinius home, called Oatfield, still stands at 3264 Stettinius Avenue. John L. Stettinius' grandson, John Longworth Stettinuis II, was a lawyer and one of the founders of the firm, Taft, Stettinius & Hollister.
It is seldom that men who have opportunities in the
business world, turn from these and take up a labor that has its root in a life
of humanity and a desire for continuous helpfulness toward others. Such,
however, was the record of John Longworth Stettinius, who not only brought to
his position as president of The Children's Home of Cincinnati, splendid
executive ability and a spirit of enterprise, but a love for the unfortunate
little ones of the world that made of his work a success. Mr. Stettinius was a member
of one of the prominent old families of Cincinnati, being a grandson of
Nicholas Longworth and a son of John and Mary (Longworth) Stettinius, of
Washington, D. C. He was born at the home of his grandfather, Nicholas
Longworth, on Pike street, in Cincinnati, August 15, 1832. His youthful days
were passed in this city, where he attended the Brooks school, while later he
became a student in the Miami University at Oxford, Ohio. He served as a member
of the commission to rebuild the courthouse, but never sought to figure
prominently in public affairs. His activity centered in those interests which
seek to ameliorate the hard conditions of life for the unfortunate. He was an
Episcopalian and served for many years as vestryman and senior warden of the
Church of the Advent in Walnut Hills. Mr. Stettinius was in hearty sympathy
with the benevolent spirit of Masonry and on the 10th of June, 1870, was made a
Master Mason in Kilwinning Lodge, No. 356, F. & A. M., of Cincinnati. On
the 3d of April, 1871, he became a Royal Arch Mason in Cincinnati Chapter. No.
r, and in December, 1870, and January, 1871, he took the degrees of the
Scottish Rite, including the thirty-second in Ohio Consistory. On the 13th of
November. 1873, he became an honorary member of Supreme Council, A. A. S. R.,
thirtythird degree, and on the 22d of September, 1881, was made an active
member. Social pleasures had their part in his life. He belonged to the Union
Club of New York city and to the Queen City, Country and Cincinnati Golf Clubs.
On the 15th of June, 1854, in Cincinnati, he wedded
Eloise B. Olmsted, a daughter of Henry Olmsted, and they became parents of two
children: Mary Longworth, who became the wife of James Handasyd Perkins; and
Henry, who married Mary Burnet Foster. - Source
In the white box on the north side of present day Observatory Avenue, is R. Shaw, for whom Shaw Avenue is named. Robert Shaw was a doctor who immigrated from near Belfast, Ireland. He died in 1884 and is buried in Spring Grove Cemetery.
The orange and yellow boxes are related, as the came from the original parcel owned by Henry Morten, namesake of Morten Avenue. In the orange is John Morten and Thomas H. Morten, sons of Henry. In the yellow is C.B. Cryer, for Charlotte B. Morten Cryer, daughter of John and is how Cryer Avenue received its name.
Henry Morten and Mary, his wife, came to America from
Amersham, which is twenty-six miles from London, England, together with their
sons, Henry, John, Joseph, and Richard. They had another son, Thomas, who was
the eldest of the family. Coming west from Baltimore in wagons through an
almost unbroken wilderness, they located in Cincinnati in the spring of 1809,
but preferring farm life settled in Mt. Lookout in the fall of the same year.
The son, Henry, married Catherine Armstrong, second daughter of John and
Tabitha Armstrong, and settled in Mt. Lookout; they had eleven children: Henry
(who was for many years a resident of Covington; he was in the tobacco business
before his death, which occurred in 1890; he removed to Mt. Lookout); James,
William, Edward, Aaron, Richard, Tabitha and Catherine, all living at the
present time. John was married in Baltimore to a distant relative, Nancy
Morten, and came to Mt. Lookout to reside; eight children were born to them, of
whom four are now living: Mary, Mrs. Sam Leeds, of Mt. Lookout; Mrs. Cryer
; Andy, and John. John died
in 1879 at the age of ninety-one, his wife surviving him but two months. - Source
Charlotte Morten was born in 1827 and married Thomas Cryer, who served in the Civil War. Thomas died before 1870, leaving Charlotte to raise their four children. She lived in her home at 2891 Observatory Avenue until her death, sometime after 1910. Her home is no longer standing.
Lastly, in the red box, is a name well-known to those in Hyde Park, John Kilgour, namesake of the street and the school.
The Kilgour name is familiar to most Cincinnatians as the
name on the fountain in Hyde Park Square. There were two John Kilgours - senior
and junior. John, Sr. came to America in 1811 and made a fortune in groceries
but is best remembered for his philanthropic efforts in saving The Little Miami
Railroad, which was failing. Junior, pictured (below), rose from a clerk in the depot
of The Little Miami Railroad to President of the Cincinnati Street Railway
Company, a company he created by consolidating the city's many streetcar
companies. He was also a founding father of the Bell Telephone Co., which began
in Cincinnati. - Source
The land was bought in 1818 by James Hey, a wealthy English merchant, who built a three story mansion on his estate named Beau Lieu Hill Farm. John Kilgour, Sr. purchased it in 1863 and renamed it The Pines, for the large pine trees on the estate. More detail of the history of The Pines can be found in the article, Hyde Park linked to The Pines,
where you can also find many more pictures
of the home, which was demolished in 1966.
|The Pines, built 1832, demolished 1966 - Source|
That is how at least seven streets in Hyde Park got their names, from the settlers that made Hyde Park their homes in the early days of Cincinnati.
Is there history located for Mt. lookout 1880?ReplyDelete
I live on Griest Avenue, and our home was built in 1880