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
Failing C. Maria (d. Joseph, Sr. & Charlotte (Bartlett)) abt 1836 Ohio Feb 25 1864 Oswego, IL OS 1840
Failing Celeste E. (d. Joseph, Sr. & Charlotte (Bartlett)) abt 1835 New York aft 1850 [Oswego Twp, IL 1850] OS 1840
Failing Charlotte (Bartlett)(Mrs. Joseph, Sr.) Mar 20 1815 New York Oct 15 1886 Oswego, IL OS 1840 OS
Failing John P. (s. Peter John & Phoebe (Starke)) abt 1820 New York May ng 1893 Aurora, IL OS 1840
Failing Joseph, Sr. Apr 21 1814 New York Jan 18 1900 Oswego, IL OS 1840 OS
Failing Mary S. (Mrs. John P.) nds abt 1875 Oswego, IL OS 1840
Failing Phoebe (d. Peter John & Phoebe (Starke)) Jul 30 1813 Little Falls, NY Jul 3 1895 Oswego, IL OS 1840
Failing Phoebe (Starke)(Mrs. Peter John) Dec 13 1789 Nov 23 1857 Oswego, IL OS 1840 OS
Failing Phoebe Ann (d. Joseph, Sr. & Charlotte (Bartlett)) Feb 14 1838 Montgomery Co., NY Jun 15 1908 Oswego, IL OS 1840
Failing William H. (s. Joseph, Sr. & Charlotte (Bartlett)) abt 1839 Little Falls, NY Dec 6 1867 Oswego, IL OS 1840 OS
Fargusson Ann "Elizabeth" abt 1836 Ohio aft 1850 [Little Rock Twp, IL 1850] LR 1837 HI
Fargusson Elihu (s. William & Sarah (Throckmorton)) abt 1833 Ohio nds California? LR 1837 HI
Fargusson Elton or Eleton (s. William & Sarah (Throckmorton)) abt 1838 Little Rock Twp, IL Nov 24 1864 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1838 HI
Fargusson John T. (s. William & Sarah (Throckmorton)) abt 1830 Ohio bef 1850 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1837 HI
Fargusson Loretta (Kimball)(Mrs. Warren) abt 1836 Illinois aft 1850 [Bristol Twp, IL 1850] OS 1836 OS
Fargusson Sarah (Throckmorton)(Mrs. William) Jun 22 1806 Jan 2 1865 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1837 HI
Fargusson Thomas (s. William & Sarah (Throckmorton)) abt 1828 Ohio nf 1900 [Clark Co., KS 1888] LR 1837 HI
Fargusson William Perry (s. Aaron & Keziah (Price)) Jan 15 1804 Fleming Co., KY Jan 14 1884 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1837 HI
Farley Belinda E. (Eddy)(Mrs. Isaac P.) abt 1832 New York nf 1900 [Rogers, IL 1880] BR 1835
Farley Elizabeth R. (Mrs. Jabez) abt 1780 Massachusetts Aug 4 1864 Kendall Twp, IL LR 1835 HI
Farley Jabez? (opened first store at Penfield) nds nds LR 1835 HI
Farrington Eunice Ellen (Barker)(Mrs. Charles W.) Jan 30 1838 Big Grove Twp, IL Jan 1 1907 Sutter, CA BG 1838
Farwell Mariah "Maria" L. (Townsend)(Mrs. Charles) nds New York Dec ng 1883 Chicago, IL OS 1835
Favor Benjamin Kimball Dec 29 1839 Little Rock Twp, IL Mar 15 1906 Hinckley, IL LR 1839
Favor Emily Ruth Jun 12 1832 Dec 14 1899 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1839
Favor Ephraim W. Feb 19 1804 Aug 11 1844 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1839
Favor Frederick "Fred" W. Feb 10 1835 Hill, NH Sep 15 1882 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1839
Favor Kimball, Dr. May 15 1816 New Chester, NH nf 1900 [San Francisco, CA 1880] LR 1839
Favor Marion Pamelia (Carr)(Mrs. Kimball, Dr.) Sep 12 1821 Camillus, NY Jul 18 1887 San Francisco, CA KE 1838
Favor Roxalina (d. Benjamin)(Webster)(Mrs. Ephraim W.) Sep 7 1808 Boscawen, NH Jan 17 1872 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1839
Favor Sarah Adaline (d. Ephraim W. & Roxalina (Webster)) May 21 1838 Little Rock Twp, IL Apr 23 1922 Chicago, IL LR 1838
Favor Sarah Jane (Scofield)(Mrs. Frederick W.) Jul 15 1838 Painted Post, NY Feb 24 1904 Plano, IL BR 1838
Fenton Marcus A. (s. Jacob & Lois (Hurd)) Apr 13 1808 Burlington, CT Feb 16 1885 Yorkville, IL BR 1838 HI
Fenton Mary G. (Johnson)(Mrs. Marcus A.) abt 1812 Burlington, CT Dec 9 1846 Yorkville, IL BR 1838 YC
Ferguson Caroline E. (Weed) abt 1827 Illinois Jun 19 1889 Woodland, CA BG 1829 HI
Ferguson David (Early settler in BG Twp.) nds nds BG 1838 HI
Ferguson James (b-in-l Robert Beresford?) abt 1802 Ireland Mar 3 1854 La Salle Co., IL BG 1826
Ferriss Abigail J. (d. Josiah A. & Electra (Kinney)) Mar 28 1837 Oswego Twp, IL Feb 7 1855 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1837 HI
Ferriss Albert (s. William H. & Eliza) abt 1833 Kendall Twp, IL aft 1850 [Kendall Twp, IL 1850] KE 1833
Ferriss Anselm B. (s. Jonathan "Reed" & Lydia (Ricketson)) abt 1821 Peru Twp, Clinton Co., NY abt 1850 [Kendall Twp, IL 1850] KE 1833
Ferriss Charity (d. Josiah A. & Electra (Kinney)) abt 1838 Oswego Twp, IL nds OS 1838
Ferriss Charles (s. Josiah A. & Electra (Kinney)) abt 1826 Peru Twp, Clinton Co., NY nds OS 1836
Ferriss Charles Soule (s. Jonathan "Reed" & Lydia (Ricketson)) Dec 10 1831 Peru Twp, Clinton Co., NY Feb 17 1886 Kendall Twp, IL KE 1833 HI
Ferriss David (s. J. Reed & Lydia) Apr 10 1817 Peru Twp, Clinton Co., NY Dec 1 1851 California KE 1833
Ferriss Electra (Kinney)(1st Mrs. Josiah A.) Apr 5 1802 Mar 17 1848 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1836 HI
Ferriss George W. (s. Daniel Robinson & Martha (Ricketson)) Aug 7 1822 So. Hero, VT May 30 1893 Bristol, IL KE 1833
Ferriss Henry Clay (s. Jonathan "Reed" & Lydia (Ricketson)) Aug 7 1828 Peru Twp, Clinton Co., NY Jan 25 1848 Illinois KE 1833
Ferriss Huldah (d. Jonathan "Reed" & Lydia (Ricketson))(mar. Almon P. Ashley) Aug 26 1826 Plattsburg, NY Jun 13 1897 Yorkville, IL KE 1833 OS
Ferriss James Ricketson (s. Jonathan "Reed" & Lydia (Ricketson)) Jul 6 1837 Kendall Twp, IL nds KE 1837
Ferriss Jonathan "Reed" (s. Zebulon & Phebe (Hazard)) Sep 18 1795 South Hero, VT Dec 1 1859 Kendall Twp, IL KE 1833
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