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
East Almira Jane (Inscho)(Mrs. Thomas H.) Sep 26 1837 Kendall Co., IL Oct 16 1927 Council Bluffs, IA KE 1837
East Olive (Neff)(Mrs. Joseph) abt 1815 nf 1900 [La Salle Co., IL 1880] BG 1835
Eastman Jane (Gale)(Mrs. Dr. Daniel) Dec 25 1826 Oneida Co., NY Feb 19 1883 Plano, IL LR 1840
Eddy Belinda E. (d. William H. & Eunice M.) abt 1832 New York nf 1900 [Rogers, IL 1880] BR 1835
Eddy Eunice M. (Mrs. William H.) abt 1803 New Hampshire aft 1880 [Rogers, IL 1880] BR 1835 HI
Eddy Henry W. (s. William H. & Eunice M.) abt 1836 New York aft 1850 [Somonauk Twp, IL 1850] BR 1836 HI
Eddy Sarah A. (d. William H. & Eunice M.) abt 1827 New York aft 1850 [Somonauk Twp, IL 1850] BR 1835 HI
Eddy William H., Rev. May 11 1802 New York Jul 14 1868 Sandwich, IL BR 1835 HI
Edgerton Edward (s. ? & Nancy W.) Jan 16 1800 Connecticut Apr 19 1858 Freeport, IL BG 1838 HI
Edgerton Fanny (Cone)(Mrs. Edward)(d. Gordon & Lovina) Feb 7 1800 New York Aug 31 1861 Newark, IL BG 1838 HI
Edgerton Guilford Dudley (s. Edward & Fanny (Cone)) Nov 7 1821 Oswego Co., NY Nov 30 1888 Newark, IL BG 1838 HI
Edgerton Julia Ann (d. Edward & Fanny (Cone)) abt 1838 Oswego Co., NY Apr 1 1873 LaPlata, MO BG 1838 HI
Edgerton Martin C. (s. Edward & Fanny (Cone)) Aug 29 1827 Oswego Co., NY Aug 4 1847 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1838 HI
Edgerton Mary Ann (d. Edward & Fanny (Cone)) abt 1836 Oswego Co., NY aft 1880 [Benton, MO 1880] BG 1838 HI
Edgerton Nancy W. (Edward's mother?) Nov 15 1772 Connecticut Apr 26 1852 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1838 HI
Edgerton William (s. Edward & Fanny (Cone)) abt 1830 New York aft 1850 [Big Grove Twp, IL 1850] BG 1838 HI
Edmonds George W. (settled near Daniel Platt's) Feb 18 1816 New York Nov 18 1892 Blencoe, Monona Co., IA LI 1834 HI
Edmonds Martha (Ricketson)(Mrs. George W.)(d. Abednego) abt 1819 New York nf 1900 [Jefferson, Greene Co., IA 1880] OS 1835 HI
Edwards John C. Jan 22 1814 Norfolk, England Sep 15 1889 Bristol Twp, IL BR 1836 OS
Edwards Susan (Miller)(Mrs. Thomas)(d. John & ?)) Jan 6 1815 Methwold, Eng. Oct 9 1886 Oswego, IL OS 1839 OS
Eglington John C. Jan 22 1814 Norfolk, England Sep 15 1889 Bristol Twp, IL BR 1836 HI
Eglington Rebecca (Pearson)(Mrs. John C.) abt 1822 Norfolk, England Feb 26 1900 Bristol Twp, IL BR 1835 HI
Ela Richard Emerson (s. Benjamin & Abigail (Emerson)) May 5 1812 Lebanon, NH Nov 22 1888 Rochester, MN BG 1836
Eldred Henrietta (Marsh)(Mrs. Holden) Feb 15 1839 Bristol Twp, IL Aug 23 1870 Bristol, IL BR 1839
Eldredge Barnabus E. (s. Elihu)(bought Mr. McJimpsey's claim) Apr 11 1802 Duaneburg, NY Oct 30 1856 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1835 OS
Eldredge Belinda (d. Barnabus E. & Margaret (Engle)) Mar 27 1833 Sharon, NY Sep 19 1898 Costilla Co., CO LR 1835
Eldredge Delosss (s. Barnabus E. & Margaret (Engle)) Jul 3 1839 Little Rock Twp, IL Nov 1 1908 Watertown, SD LR 1840
Eldredge Emmet (s. Barnabus E. & Margaret (Engle)) Oct 27 1837 Little Rock Twp, IL Sep 3 1838 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1837
Eldredge Gilbert (s. Barnabus E. & Margaret (Engle)) Jul 16 1831 Sharon, NY Jul 10 1859 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1835
Eldredge Harriet Emily (Henning)(Mrs. Charles H.) Apr 20 1840 Little Rock Twp, IL Feb 24 1900 Lincoln, NE LR 1840
Eldredge Jeanette (d. Barnabus E. & Margaret (Engle)) Aug 22 1829 Sharon, NY Nov 26 1895 Aurora, IL LR 1835
Eldredge Lewis (s. Barnabus E. & Margaret (Engle)) Jul 9 1835 Little Rock Twp, IL Jul 18 1859 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1837
Eldredge Margaret (Engle)(Mrs. Barnabus E.) Oct 25 1805 Sharon, NY Jan 21 1881 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1835
Eldredge Mary (married John J. Griswold) Jun 17 1800 New York Nov 2 1856 [Little Rock Twp, IL 1850] LR 1835
Eldredge Mary Jane (Henning)(Mrs. John C.) abt 1837 Little Rock Twp, IL abt 1899 [Madison, NE 1880] LR 1837
Eldredge Norman (s. Barnabus E. & Margaret (Engle)) Dec 29 1827 Sharon, NY Jul 2 1903 Chicago, IL LR 1835
Elerding Christian (Henry's brother) Nov 19 1816 Prussia Sep 6 1887 [Serena Twp, IL 1870] FO 1833
Elerding Eliza (Sly)(Mrs. Christian) abt 1830 Ohio nf 1880 [Serena Twp, IL 1870] LR 1838
Elerding Henry (Christian's brother) Sep 9 1805 Prussia Oct 2 1900 [Grand Rapids, MI 1889] FO 1833 OS
Elerding Mary Ann (Hollenback)(Mrs. Henry) Jan 7 1820 Ohio May 9 1882 Morris, IL FO 1831 OS
Elerding Melissa (d. Henry & Mary Ann (Hollenback)) Nov 11 1838 Big Grove Twp, IL Nov 18 1860 Morris, IL FO 1838
Ellis Nancy A. (Pearce)(Mrs. William P.)(d. Elijah & Mary) Aug 23 1813 Champaign Co., OH Aug 3 1885 Montgomery, IL LR 1836 HI
Em Elizabeth (Parker)(Mrs. Richard) abt 1828 Ohio aft 1850 [NaAuSay Twp, IL 1850] SE 1840
Emmons Francis "Asbury", Sr. (s. Francis & Hannah (West)) Aug 28 1810 Long Branch, NJ Oct 31 1886 Aurora, IL BR 1837 HI
Emmons Francis Asbury, Jr., Dr. (s. F. Asbury, Sr. & Lydia Ann (Morris)) Aug 14 1839 Bristol Twp, IL Aug 31 1913 Chicago, IL BR 1839 HI
Emmons Henrietta (d. F. Asbury, Sr. & Lydia Ann (Morris)) Jul 26 1835 Long Branch, NJ Apr 29 1903 Aurora, IL BR 1837 HI
Emmons Lawrence Earle "Lar" (s. F. Asbury, Sr. & Lydia Ann (Morris)) Oct 1 1836 New York, NY Mar 5 1919 Quincy, IL BR 1837 HI
Emmons Lydia Ann (Morris)(Mrs. Francis Asbury, Sr.) Oct 31 1810 Monmouth Co., NJ Jan 24 1887 Aurora, IL BR 1837 HI
Emmons Wesley (s. Francis, Sr. & Hannah (West)) abt 1820 Long Branch, NJ May 16 1904 Detroit, MI BR 1837 HI
Ernst Charity A. (Inscho)(Mrs. George)(Ernest?) abt 1833 Ohio Apr 25 1903 Friendship, WI KE 1834 HI
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