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.

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SurnameGiven NameMoDyYrPlace of BirthMoDyYrPlace of DeathTwpYearCode
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SurnameGiven NameMoDyYrPlace of BirthMoDyYrPlace of DeathTwpYearCode
Dabele Susan Dorothy (m-in-l John Short, Sr.) abt 1767 Westchester Co., NY Sep 27 1841 Bristol Twp, IL BR 1836
Dale Achsah (Tomblin)(Mrs. William N.) abt 1833 New York Mar 20 1876 Centralia, IL LR 1835 OS
Darnell Aaron (s. John, Sr. & Leah (Jones)) Dec 21 1838 Little Rock Twp, IL Jan 6 1923 Sandwich, IL LR 1838 HI
Darnell Abram (s. Benjamin, Sr. & Fanny) Nov 12 1806 North Carolina Apr 15 1892 Little Rock Twp, IL FO 1834 HI
Darnell Alfred (s. John, Sr. & Leah (Jones)) Jul 10 1840 Little Rock Twp, IL Apr 1 1904 Grand Junction, CO LR 1840 HI
Darnell Benjamin A., Rev. (s. Abram & Susannah (Owen)) Jun 12 1833 Marshall Co., IL Dec 4 1919 Plano, IL FO 1836 HI
Darnell Benjamin, Jr. (s. Benjamin, Sr. & Fanny (Viars)) Aug 5 1820 North Carolina Mar 23 1877 Sandwich, IL FO 1834 HI
Darnell Benjamin, Sr. (s. John, Sr. & Leah (Jones)) May 6 1780 Wilkes Co., NC Jun 16 1861 Fox Twp, IL FO 1834 HI
Darnell Charlotte (Owens)(Mrs. James) Nov 25 1817 North Carolina Dec 20 1891 Louisville, KS FO 1835 HI
Darnell Daniel Jones (s. John, Sr. & Leah (Jones)) Nov 7 1835 Marshall Co., IL Jul 4 1903 Plano, IL LR 1836 HI
Darnell Eli (s. John, Sr. & Leah (Jones)) Aug 11 1830 Wilkes Co., NC Jan 16 1896 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1836 HI
Darnell Eliza Ann (Springer)(Mrs. Enoch B.) Nov 14 1825 Cape May Co., NJ Mar 22 1906 Randalia, Fayette Co., IA KE 1838 HI
Darnell Elizabeth (d. Abram & Susannah (Owen)) Feb 4 1836 Fox Twp, IL Jun 10 1910 Hinckley, IL FO 1836 HI
Darnell Enoch (s. John, Sr. & Leah (Jones)) May 28 1828 Wilkes Co., NC? Oct 12 1878 Sycamore, IL LR 1836 HI
Darnell Enoch B. (s. Benjamin, Sr. & Fanny (Viars)) Feb 4 1818 Wilkes Co., NC Jul 15 1890 Sandwich, IL FO 1833 HI
Darnell Enos (s. Abram & Susannah (Owen)) Dec 9 1837 Fox Twp, IL Jul 14 1916 Hinckley, IL FO 1837 HI
Darnell Fanny (Viars)(Mrs. Benjamin, Sr.) Feb 29 1780 Wilkes Co., NC Mar 29 1847 Fox Twp, IL FO 1834 HI
Darnell James (s. Benjamin, Sr. & Fanny (Viars)) Jan 20 1812 Buncombe Co., NC Jul 3 1880 Pottawatomie Co., KS LR 1834 HI
Darnell James (s. John, Sr. & Leah (Jones)) Sep 7 1835 Fox Twp, IL Sep 4 1912 Plano, IL FO 1836 HI
Darnell John, Jr. (s. John, Sr. & Leah (Jones))(unmarried) Dec 18 1831 Evans, IL Jan 22 1903 Plano, IL FO 1836 HI
Darnell John, Sr. (s. Benjamin, Sr. & Fanny (Viars)) Nov 8 1805 Wilkes Co., NC Jan 16 1852 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1836 HI
Darnell Larkin (s. Benjamin, Sr. & Fanny (Viars)) Dec 22 1813 Wilkes Co., NC Apr 4 1840 Little Rock Twp, IL FO 1834 HI
Darnell Leah (Jones)(Mrs. John, Sr.) Feb 9 1805 Laurel Springs, NC Aug 4 1887 Plano, IL LR 1836 HI
Darnell Lucinda (d. James & Charlotte (Owens)) Mar 24 1839 Fox Twp, IL Jun 23 1863 Fox Twp, IL FO 1839 HI
Darnell Polly (d. John, Sr. & Leah (Jones)) Aug 6 1826 Wilkes Co., NC? Jul 25 1845 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1836 HI
Darnell Susannah (Owen)(Mrs. Abram) Oct 21 1811 Wilkes Co., NC Dec 28 1885 Fox Twp, IL FO 1834 HI
Darnell Thomas (s. Abram & Susannah (Owen)) Nov 23 1839 Fox Twp, IL Jul 1 1863 Vicksburg, MS FO 1839 HI
Davidson Susan Candace (Springer)(Mrs. James Monroe) Jan 10 1835 Illinois Nov 23 1919 Carthage, IL KE 1838 HI
Davis Amelia "Millie" (Hollenback)(Mrs. Jerome) Dec 1 1831 Fox Twp, IL Apr 4 1906 Macon, IL FO 1831 OS
Davis Catherine (Mrs. Samuel) abt 1811 New York aft 1860 [Washington, IL 1860] OS 1840
Davis Chester W. (s. John N. & ?) Jun 14 1822 New York abt 1897 [Bristol, IL 1880] SE 1835
Davis David E. (land entry) abt 1820 Wales May 29 1879 Millington, IL SE 1835 LE
Davis Eliza Jane (Wormley)(Mrs. Dr. Mordecai) abt 1837 Oswego Twp, IL May ng 1897 Minnesota OS 1837 HI
Davis Emma (Smith)(Mrs. Samuel M.) abt 1837 New York aft 1850 [NaAuSay Twp, IL 1850] SE 1840
Davis Jane (mother of John N.?) abt 1781 Wales aft 1850 [Serena Twp, IL 1850] SE 1835 HI
Davis John N. abt 1797 New York Jan 6 1855 Seward Twp, IL SE 1835 HI
Davis Laura (d. John N. & ?) abt 1825 New York nf 1870 La Salle Co., IL SE 1835 HI
Davis Rhoda (d. John N. & ?) abt 1818 New York Jan 22 1851 Seward Twp, IL SE 1835 HI
Davis Rufus (s. Samuel & Catherine) abt 1835 New York aft 1850 [Oswego Twp, IL 1850] OS 1840 HI
Davis Samuel abt 1808 New York aft 1860 [Washington, IL 1860] OS 1840 HI
Davis William Noble "Major" abt 1805 New York, NY Jun 20 1878 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1835 HI
Dean Susan Mary (Cook)(Mrs. Edward) abt 1840 Fox Twp, IL Jun 29 1873 Virginia City, NV FO 1840 HI
Devereaux Mr. (Silversmith in Newark.) nds nds BG 1836 HI
Devereaux Mrs. (Husband was silversmith in Newark.) nds nds BG 1836 HI
Devoe Aaron H. (s. Samuel, Jr. & Ann "Eliza" (Townsend))(21-7-?) abt 1826 Nov 24 1847 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1833
Devoe Adrian Feb 16 1840 Oswego Twp, IL Feb 20 1844 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1840
Devoe Ann "Eliza" (Townsend)(Mrs. Samuel, Jr.) abt 1808 New York May ng 1897 Winona, MN OS 1833 OS
Devoe John C. Apr 30 1836 Oswego Twp, IL Jun 7 1837 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1836
Devoe Maria M. (d. Samuel, Jr. & Ann "Eliza" (Townsend)) Nov ng 1829 New York aft 1900 [Winona, MN 1900] OS 1833
Devoe Martha J. Jun 19 1834 Oswego Twp, IL Jan 19 1844 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1833
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Data last uploaded on 2013-06-22 18:28:37-0500 CDT by Elmer Dickson