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
Gage Mary Paulina (Ives)(Mrs. Albert Hudson) Sep 14 1836 Kendall Twp, IL Jan 7 1919 [Colfax, IL 1880] KE 1836
Gale Amy (Cornell)(Mrs. John L.) Mar 19 1796 Long Island, NY Mar 10 1883 Plano, IL LR 1840
Gale Catherine "Kate" (d. John L. & Amy (Cornell)) Oct ng 1838 New York Dec 9 1916 Itasca, IL LR 1840
Gale Cornelia (d. John L. & Amy (Cornell)) abt 1830 New York abt 1858 Plano, IL LR 1840
Gale George C. (s. John L. & Amy (Cornell)) May 6 1819 New York, NY Sep 3 1895 Plano, IL LR 1840
Gale Jane (d. John L. & Amy (Cornell)) Dec 25 1826 Oneida Co., NY Feb 19 1883 Plano, IL LR 1840
Gale John L. nds 1847 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1840
Gale Rebecca S. (d. John L. & Amy (Cornell)) Jun ng 1837 New York Oct 8 1914 Chicago, IL LR 1840
Gale Sarah Elizabeth (Bullard)(Mrs. George C.) Jan 26 1827 Camden, SC Feb 27 1897 Plano, IL FO 1834 HI
Gale Susan B. (d. John L. & Amy (Cornell)) abt 1832 New York nf 1900 [Mendocino, CA 1880] LR 1840
Gallier Matilda H. (Heustis)(Mrs. William S.) Aug 21 1831 Westchester Co., NY Jan 27 1907 Bandon, OR KE 1836
Gallop John W. (s. Thomas & Esther (Westcott)) Jan 5 1803 Voluntown, CT Nov 5 1883 Kendall Twp, IL LR 1836 HI
Gantz Dr. (botanical physician from Virginia) nds nds FO 1836 HI
Gardner Cole (single man, came with John Gardner) nds nds FO 1837 HI
Gardner John (came with William & George Paddock) abt 1805 b. 1810-1820 Feb 1 1845 Kendall Co., IL FO 1837 HI
Gardner Joshua C. (single man)(came with Rev. J. Brainard) nds nds FO 1837 BS
Gates Ralph (Early settler in NaAuSay Twp.) nds Maryland? nds NA 1837 HI
Gates Robert D., Sr. Mar 17 1817 Port Tobacco, MD Jul 10 1882 Kendall Twp, IL KE 1837 HI
Gates Wareham (a.k.a. Bogus Gates)(ran inn in LR village) abt 1797 abt 1877 Andover, OH LR 1840 HI
Giesler Elizabeth (Mrs. Jacob)(b. 1790-1800) abt 1795 nds BG 1839 HI
Giesler Jacob (carried the mail from Lisbon to Newark) abt 1785 b. 1780-1790 Dec 1 1841 Kendall Co., IL BG 1839 HI
Gifford Benjamin J. (s. Freeman H. & Cornelia (Fielder)) Apr 5 1840 Little Rock Twp, IL Mar 30 1913 Rensselaer, IN LR 1840 HI
Gifford Charlotte Mary (Jones)(Mrs. William R.) Feb 14 1835 Chautauqua Co., NY Dec 23 1914 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1838 OS
Gifford Cornelia (Fielder)(1st Mrs. Freeman H.) Aug 9 1809 Monmouth Co., NJ Feb 14 1847 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1838
Gifford Eliza Ann (d. Freeman H. & Cornelia (Fielder)) Sep 21 1835 Monmouth Co., NJ Feb 7 1917 Paxton, IL LR 1838
Gifford Freeman H. (possibly s. William) Nov 5 1805 Monmouth Co., NJ May 5 1868 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1838
Gifford Harriet Atwood (Kendall)(Mrs. Edson) Dec 1 1834 Big Grove Twp, IL Nov 16 1921 Elwood, IL BG 1834 HI
Gifford Lucy L. (Burroughs)(2nd Mrs. Freeman H.) Oct 27 1817 Shalersville, OH Jul 10 1895 Chicago, IL LR 1837
Gilbert Caroline (Mrs. Rev. Luman C.) abt 1813 Connecticut aft 1850 [Will Co., IL 1850] BR 1840 YC
Gilbert Luman C., Rev. (church records) abt 1805 New York aft 1850 [Will Co., IL 1850] BR 1840 YC
Gillam Ann "Jeannette" (d. James W. & R. A.) nds Sep 17 1843 Bristol Sta., IL BR 1837 OS
Gillam Aurilla (d. David P. & Betsey) nds Bristol Sta., IL Aug 22 1840 Bristol Sta., IL BR 1840
Gillam Betsey (Mrs. David P.) abt 1807 New York Aug 25 1874 Bristol Sta., IL BR 1837
Gillam David P. abt 1805 Apr 7 1896 Bristol Sta., IL BR 1837 OS
Gillam Eliza H. (d. James W. & Ellen M.) abt 1832 New York aft 1850 [Bristol Twp, IL 1850] BR 1834
Gillam Ellen M. [possibly Ellen A.] (Mrs. James W.) abt 1804 New York Feb ng 1892 Minneapolis, MN BR 1834 YC
Gillam Henry S. (s. James W. & Ellen M.) abt 1831 New York Jul 11 1847 Bristol Sta., IL BR 1834
Gillam James W. abt 1802 New York bef 1892 Minneapolis, MN BR 1834 OS
Gillam Josephine (d. James W. & Ellen M.) abt 1840 Illinois aft 1850 [Bristol Twp, IL 1850] BR 1840
Gillam Robert T. (s. James W. & Ellen M.) abt 1837 Illinois aft 1850 [Bristol Twp, IL 1850] BR 1937
Gillam Sarah Ann (d. David P. & Betsey) abt 1833 New York Aug 23 1889 Bristol Sta., IL BR 1834
Gillman John H. [Gilman] Jun 1 1816 Coburg, Canada Apr 30 1893 Plano,IL LR 1837 OS
Gillman Margaret M. (Jobes)(Mrs. John H.) [Gilman] Sep 3 1822 Oswego Co., NY Sep 4 1899 Plano, IL LR 1839 OS
Gilmore Mary Eliza (Heacox)(Mrs. William) Mar 14 1822 Annsville, Oneida Co., NY Oct 12 1884 Newton Co., IN LI 1840 HI
Glasspool William (First teacher in first school house Kendall Co.) nds nds LR 1839
Gleason Abel Bradley (s. Abel & Mary (Sherman)) abt 1825 Middlebury Twp, NY Mar 22 1908 Corona, CA FO 1840 CE
Gleason Abel, Sr. (s. Moses & Mercy (Bradbury)) Jun 4 1795 Rome, NY Jan 3 1874 Camanche, Clinton Co., IA FO 1840 CE
Gleason Abigail (Brown)(Mrs. David) abt 1791 Vermont nf 1880 [Grundy Co., IL 1870] FO 1837
Gleason Abigail (Hough)(1st Mrs. Elisha) abt 1827 abt 1874 Washta, Cherokee Co., IA NA 1835 HI
Gleason Addison (s. David & Abigail (Brown)) Jun 4 1827 Genesee Co., NY Feb 13 1894 Hollister, CA FO 1837
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