|Kingston was on the west side of the Cedar River opposite Cedar Rapids, as seen in this land ownership map. D. W. Ensign & Co., "Map of Linn County, Iowa," Thompson & Everts (Geneva, Il.); digital image, Library of Congress: Maps (https://www.loc.gov/item/2012587552/ : accessed 8 Dec 2015).|
Both of my parents had direct ancestors (Porter Worden/Hannah Leonard and George W Hartley/Rebecca Paul) living in Kingston City, Linn, Iowa in the 1860 Federal Census. I have no idea if they knew each other.
|Porter Worden (Ancestry's original indexer put Wooden) and family in "Rapids," yet their post office was Kingston. Am I to assume they were west of the river, maybe in the rural area immediately outside Kingston?|
|George Hartley and family appear to be in Kingston proper.|
Kingston does not come up as a place on modern maps. It's existence is referenced by a modern apartment development at the terminal end of the old Kingston area limit:
|Google Maps snapshot of the Kingston area.|
I am not sure where exactly my ancestors lived in Kingston, but the northern part of it can be seen in this 1868 birds-eye view of Cedar Rapids:
|These birds-eye maps are always fun. A Ruger, "Birds eye view of the city of Cedar Rapids and Kingston, Linn Co., Iowa 1868." Chicago Lithographing Co.; digital image, Library of Congress: Maps (http://www.loc.gov/item/73693391/ : accessed 8 Dec 2015).|
A closeup shows remarkably little in the layout of the area has changed compared to a snapshot from Google Earth today:
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