The blue house at 542 Greenup Street.

Over the summer the staff of the Local History and Genealogy Department will be posting a blog to go along with the stops for our virtual walking tour A Rainbow of Kenton County Houses. The blogs will highlight local history and genealogy resources available at the Kenton County Public Library, in-depth looks at the history of the property or its inhabitants, and/or research strategies.

This week for our walking tour, we will look at the history of a blue home at 542 Greenup Street. This home has been part of the Covington landscape for more than 120 years. Army officers, entrepreneurs, brokers, and world travelers have made this house their home.

Erected around 1898, the first family to reside in the dwelling was the Lott family, which consisted of George Gearhart Lott, his wife Nannie (Southgate) Lott, and their son, George Southgate Lott. One of the resources that was utilized to research this home was Ancestry Library Edition, which is accessible at home with your KCPL library card through 12/31/21. More specifically, census records and Covington City Directory entries available through Ancestry Library Edition are helpful for researching historic properties.

During their time in Covington at 542 Greenup, the Lott’s were active in the community. Major George Lott was a member of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, a patriotic order that was organized for Union officers of the Civil War. This organization worked to honor the memory of those who fought and died in the Civil War as well as to promote the ideals of President Abraham Lincoln.

Aside from the Loyal Legion, Major Lott was also a member of the Masonic fraternity and the Trinity Episcopal Church in Covington. George and Nannie Lott are listed as members in a record book for the church spanning from 1898-1904 and their address is listed as 542 Greenup, as pictured above, from our GeNKY database. This database contains over 500,000 records including many church records as well as cemetery, military, hospital, school records, and much more.

To discover more about the families who have resided in the home at 542 Greenup and their lives and adventures, please be sure to tune into our virtual tour, A Rainbow of Kenton County Houses on Facebook on July 28, 2021 at 2:00 PM.

This blog was written by Kate McKenzie of the Local History and Genealogy Department. If you have any questions, please send us an email at or give us a call at (859) 962.4070.

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Join us next week as we explore a purple house at 527 Russell St.

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