George Fearons

George Richard and Jennie Phoebe Fearons


From Pieces of the Past Volume3, pages 236-238 by Jim Reis and reprinted here with his permission and from the family files at the Campbell County Historical Society

George Fearon was born about 1821, a native of Ireland, who came to Newport in 1838.  He was a man of many talents and although he came to town as a tailor, he studied law and later became a community mover and shaker as a lawyer and politician.  His political career included elections as a Newport councilman and then mayor in 1853.  He also served as a deputy Campbell County clerk and a justice of the peace.  He was elected later to terms as a state representative and state senator in the 1860s. Tradition has it that he set out to make Newport, his adopted town, a greater city than Cincinnati and applied himself to the task.

Fearons built his Newport home on 5.5 acres he purchased from James Taylor.  The location was not part of Newport at the time, and the house sat on a hilltop south of the city.  The original address was 420 Monmouth Street. For many years the 20-room, two-story Georgian style home with its six large windows across the front was referred to simply as "the mansion of the hilltop."

The house built for Taylor's granddaughter, Mount St. Martin's was down the hill from Fearons' home. 

Children of George Richard Fearons and Jennie Phoebe Hadsall

1. George Francis Fearons b-8 Nov 1850 in Newport; d-6 June 1930 in New York City
2. C E Fearons b-1854 in Newport
3. Henry S Fearons b-25 Dec 1856 in Newport
4. Maria Katherina Fearons b-25 Dec 1856 in Newpor
5. Oscar Augustine Fearons b-31 July 1860 in Newport

Like his father George went into law, studying from 1872-73 in his father's Newport law office and also in the Covington office of John G Carlisle.  Carlisle became a congressman and U.S. treasury secretary.  Young Fearona later became a general attorney for Western Union Telegraph Co. in New York City; he oversaw the nationwide legal dealings of Western Union for many years. At the time of his death, June 6, 1930, of a heart attack in New York City, he was a trustee and treasurer of St Patrick's Cathedral.

Children of George Frances "Hadsall" Fearons and Marion Lena Phillip

1. M J Fearon b-1879 in Newport
2. George Hadsall Fearon b-1900 in Washington DC; d-1974

The elder Fearons and his wife eventually moved.  An item in the Newport Kentucky State Journal June 12, 1886, mentions Fearons visiting Newport from Kansas, but accounts say he was lived in Kansas City, Mo. when he died April 5, 1899.  He died in a police station where he was taken after being injured by a Kansas City railway elevator car.

The Fearons sold their home in 1886 which was co-owned by Horace A and Katie Keefer of Kansas City, Mo., to the Campbell County Protestant Orphans Home.

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