Kendall County Pioneers 1828-1840

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It is now approximately 175 years since the first people moved into what became Kendall County. The first pioneers settled near the timber. They believed the trees would help protect them from the fierce winds that blew across the prairie. They also needed to be near a source of building material, and fuel for cooking and heating their homes.

The pioneer's best source of water was a good spring. Initially springs were plentiful and the settlers clustered around them. After the most desirable land was taken, pioneers began to drain the sloughs. When the sloughs were drained, the springs dried up and the pioneers were forced to seek other sources of drinking water. Initially wells were dug by hand, but the depth a well could be dug was limited. It was not until the late eighteen seventies or early eighteen eighties, that well drilling technology advanced to the point that deeper wells could be drilled. The ability to drill a well, even through solid rock, was a major factor in the development of the area away from the timber and streams that flowed through the groves.

When the first settlers arrived, the closest mill was near Peoria. Under normal circumstances, taking wheat or corn to the mill required several days. When weather was bad, a round trip to the mill could take two or three weeks.

Initially wheat was the only marketable commodity. Chicago was the nearest market but there were no roads between Kendall County and Chicago. The grain had to be hauled there by wagon, sloughs were numerous and difficult to pass through, and rivers and creeks had to be crossed without the benefit of bridges. A round trip to Chicago often required several days.

During the initial settlement period there was virtually no money in circulation, requiring the pioneers to trade one commodity or skill for another. If they became ill or were injured, they had to rely on their own medical skill to survive.

Those who led the way had to survive droughts, prairie fires, storms, harsh economic times, and much other depravation.

To the extent possible, the following represents a list of the names, and the genealogy of the pioneers and settlers who came to Kendall County before January 1, 1841. In some cases it was not possible to determine the pioneer's date and place of death. In other cases pioneers were tracked for a while and then lost. Information in brackets [ ] within the second "Place" column indicates the last place and time the compiler was able to find that person. For example, [Burlington, IA 1910] means the last genealogical sighting of the person referred to was Burlington, Iowa in 1910.

Some of the entries are incomplete. Addition information or corrections will be gratefully accepted.

Source CodeSource
BS Bateman, Norman & Paul Selby, editors. Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois & History of Kendall County. With special authors and contributors. Chicago: Munsell Publishing Co., (1914) Two volumes, 1078 pages.
FA Farren, Kathy, editor. A Bicentennial History of Kendall County, Illinois. Yorkville, IL: Kendall County Bicentennial Commission, (1976) 314 pages.
GF Biographical Directory of Kendall County, Illinois. Chicago: Fisher & Co., (1876) 114 pages.
HI Hicks, Edmund W., Reverend. History of Kendall County, Illinois: From the Earliest Discoveries to the Present Time. Aurora, IL: Knickerbocker & Hodder, (1877) 439 pages
JO Johnson, Oliver C. and Anna French Johnson. Atlas and History of Kendall County, Illinois. Maps and Plats, Biographies and Special Features. Elmhurst, IL: Friendly Map & Publishing Co., (1941) 112 pages.
KE Hopkins, Timothy. The Kelloggs in the Old world and the New. San Francisco, Calif.: Sunset press and photo Engraving Co. (1903) 870 pages.
KK Durant, Pliny A, et al. Commemorative Portrait & Biographical Record of Kane & Kendall Counties, Illinois. Chicago: Beers, Leggett & Co., (1888) 999 pages.
KW Genealogical & Biographical Record of Kendall & Will Counties, Illinois. Chicago: Biographical Publishing Co., (1901) 670 pages.
LP Shufelt, Mrs. John L. When Lisbon Was A Prairie. Yorkville, IL: Kendall County Record, (1917) 13 pages.
MC Rasmusen, Honor Brodie. History of the Millington Methodist Church and Community 125th Anniversary 1833-1958. Publisher not given, (l958) 48 pages.
NS Newark Sesquicentennial Committee. Newark's Sesquicentennial History: A Community Proud of Its Heritage 1835-1985. Yorkville, IL: Kendall County Record (1985) 139 pages.
OS Oswego Sesquicentennial Days Steering Committee, Roger Matile, editor. 150 Years Along the Fox: The History of Oswego Township Illinois. Oswego Sesquicentennial - 150 Years - 1833-1983. Dallas: Taylor Publishing Co., (1983) 191 pages.
PF Prairie Farmer's Reliable Directory of Farmers & Breeders Grundy & Kendall Counties, Illinois. Chicago: Prairie Farmer Publishing Co., (1917) 221 pages.
RL Lisbon Pioneer Days Book Committee. Roads To Lisbon…Past and Present, A collection of Biographical Sketches. Prepared for the 150th Anniversary of the settling of Lisbon (IL). Yorkville, IL: Kendall County Record, (1985) 112 pages.
URL External link to an internet source document
YO Lucinda Tio and Kathy Farren, A History of Yorkville, Illinois 1836-1986. Published for Yorkville's Sesquicentennial, (1986) 220 pages.


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SurnameGiven NameMoDyYrPlace of BirthMoDyYrPlace of DeathTwpYearCode
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SurnameGiven NameMoDyYrPlace of BirthMoDyYrPlace of DeathTwpYearCode
Cagwin Harriet Mariah (Milks)(Mrs. Orvil/Orrid D.) Feb ng 1823 New York aft 1900 [Joliet, IL 1900] SE 1834 HI
Calahan Dennis abt 1788 Ireland nds OS 1835
Calahan Margaret (Mrs. Dennis) abt 1810 Ireland nds OS 1835
Calahan Matthew (s. Dennis & Margaret) abt 1835 Illinois nds OS 1835
Callicotte Almira Jane (Inscho)(Mrs. John B.) Sep 26 1837 Kendall Co., IL Oct 16 1927 Council Bluffs, IA KE 1837
Campbell Cyrus abt 1815 Ohio nds KE 1835 HI
Campbell George (s. John & Harriet J.) abt 1832 Ohio aft 1880 [Adams Co., IL 1880] KE 1839 HI
Campbell Hannah (d. John & Harriet J.) abt 1837 Ohio nf 1880 [Hillsdale, KS] KE 1839 HI
Campbell Hannah Sr. (John's mother?) abt 1783 Rhode Island nds KE 1839 HI
Campbell Harriet J. (Mrs. John) Sep 15 1808 Sep 27 1866 Kendall Co., IL KE 1839 HI
Campbell John (brother of William W.) abt 1801 Mar 10 1847 Kendall Co., IL KE 1839 HI
Campbell Maria (d. John & Harriet J.) abt 1831 Ohio nds KE 1839 HI
Campbell Melissa L. (d. John & Harriet J.) Jan 8 1839 New Haven, OH May 19 1923 Aurora, IL KE 1839 HI
Campbell Phoebe Ann (d. John & Harriet J.) abt 1823 Ohio nds KE 1839 HI
Campbell Walton (Walter?)(s. John & Harriet J.) abt 1834 Ohio nf 1880 [Aurora, IL 1870] KE 1839 HI
Campbell William W. (settled south side of Long Grove) abt 1805 b. 1810-1820 Feb 21 1845 Kendall Co., IL KE 1835 HI
Carnes Anna E. (d. Robert W. & Mary Ann (Clark)) abt 1828 Camden, SC aft 1880 [Big Grove Twp, IL 1880] FO 1834 HI
Carnes Catherine Lee (d. Robert W. & Mary Ann (Clark)) Feb 20 1834 Camden, SC Apr 27 1891 Millbrook, IL FO 1834 HI
Carnes James (s. Robert W. & Mary Ann (Clark)) abt 1840 Fox Twp, IL Dec 20 1929 Sawtell, CA FO 1840 HI
Carnes Mary Ann (Clark)(Mrs. Robert W.) Mar 8 1808 Camden, SC Mar 24 1888 Emsley, Dakota FO 1834 HI
Carnes Mary Jane (d. Robert W. & Mary Ann (Clark)) abt 1830 Camden, SC Oct 18 1907 Conway, AR FO 1834 HI
Carnes Robert W. (bought Harris claim from Robert Ford) Feb 5 1804 Camden, SC Feb 24 1869 Newark, IL FO 1834 HI
Carnes William J. (s. Robert W. & Mary Ann (Clark)) Oct 30 1826 Camden, SC Oct 14 1910 Chicago, IL FO 1834 HI
Carpenter Amanda (d. David Wolf & Sarah P. (Davis)) Jan 16 1836 Oswego, IL Oct 19 1922 Oswego, IL OS 1836 HI
Carpenter David Wolf (s. Joseph)(from Ohio with Elijah & John Pearce) Sep 25 1813 Virginia Jan 22 1890 Oswego, IL OS 1833 HI
Carpenter Mary (Aldrich) abt 1835 New York aft 1870 [Clarence, Cedar Co., IA 1870] FO 1837 HI
Carpenter Noah (s. David Wolf & Sarah P. (Davis)) Dec 16 1837 Oswego, IL Apr 16 1933 Le Mars, Plymouth Co., IA OS 1838 HI
Carpenter Rensselaer abt 1804 Connecticut Feb 19 1888 Wilson, NY BG 1836 HI
Carpenter Sarah P. (Davis)(1st Mrs. David Wolf) abt 1813 Ireland Feb 16 1844 Oswego, IL OS 1833
Carr Amasa Whitney (s. Chauncey S., Sr. & Elizabeth (Keene)) Aug 22 1825 Camillus, NY aft 1899 Jordan, NY KE 1838
Carr Caroline (Aldrich)(Mrs. Lindsey H.) Oct 25 1820 Broadalbin, NY Oct 16 1880 Sandwich, IL KE 1837
Carr Caroline A. (d. George & Sarah M.)(2-10-?) abt 1839 Oswego, IL Feb 16 1842 Oswego, IL OS 1839
Carr Chauncey S., Sr. (s. James & Hulda (Collins)) Apr 16 1793 Saratoga Co., NY Oct 17 1873 Riverside, IA KE 1838
Carr Chauncey, Jr. (s. Chauncey S., Sr. & Elizabeth (Keene)) Mar 20 1817 Pompey, NY Feb 25 1904 Riverside, IA KE 1838 HI
Carr Elizabeth "Betsey" (Keene)(Mrs. Chauncey S., Sr.) Jun 15 1795 Saratoga Co.,? NY Jun 5 1879 Riverside, IA KE 1838
Carr Esther Ortentia (d. Chauncey S., Sr. & Elizabeth (Keene)) May 29 1827 Henderson, NY Apr 25 1867 Napa, CA KE 1838
Carr George abt 1809 New York aft 1880 [Le Claire, Scott Co., IA 1880] OS 1838
Carr Giles Collins (s. Chauncey S., Sr. & Elizabeth (Keene)) Aug 12 1818 Pompey, NY Apr 19 1883 Riverside, IA KE 1838
Carr Hannah (Haymond)(Mrs. Rudolphius D.) Jan 16 1824 Feb 13 1847 Big Grove Twp, IL KE 1834
Carr Hannah Ann (Moore)(2nd Mrs. Chauncey, Jr.) Mar 19 1820 Apr 9 1847 Kendall Twp, IL KE 1837
Carr Hiram Bannister (s. Chauncey S., Sr. & Elizabeth (Keene)) May 28 1823 Camillus, NY nf 1900 [Columbus Jct., Louisa Co., IA 1880] KE 1838
Carr Hobart DeWitt (s. Chauncey S., Sr. & Elizabeth (Keene)) Apr 2 1834 Camillus, NY Nov 20 1916 Riverside, IA KE 1838
Carr James Edward (s. Chauncey S., Sr. & Elizabeth (Keene)) Dec 25 1819 Camillus, NY 1907 KE 1838
Carr John Irvin (s. Chauncey S., Sr. & Elizabeth (Keene)) Mar 9 1836 Camillus, NY Jun 11 1912 Chicago, IL KE 1838
Carr Lavina J. (Morgan)(Mrs. Hiram Bannister) Apr 28 1829 Massachusetts aft 1880 [Columbus Jct., Louisa Co., IA 1880] KE 1839
Carr Marion Pamelia (d. Chauncey S., Sr. & Elizabeth (Keene)) Sep 12 1821 Camillus, NY Jul 18 1887 San Francisco, CA KE 1838
Carr Mary Elizabeth (d. Chauncey S., Sr. & Elizabeth (Keene)) Aug 4 1837 Watervale, NY Dec 15 1912 [Washington Co., IA 1910] KE 1838
Carr Minerva Ann (d. Chauncey S., Sr. & Elizabeth (Keene)) Oct 26 1829 Woodville, NY nf 1900 [Turlock, CA 1880] KE 1838
Carr Samuel Milton (s. George & Sarah M.) Sep ng 1836 New York Nov 27 1923 Oakland, CA (bur. Chico, CA) OS 1838
Carr Sarah M. (Mrs. George) abt 1815 New Jersey aft 1880 [Le Claire, Scott Co., IA 1880] OS 1838
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