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
Hadden Electa Charlotte (Swift)(Mrs. James W.) Feb 14 1821 Cherry Valley, NY Oct 1 1905 Elgin, IL LR 1840 HI
Hadden Elijah Nelson (s. Morris & Sarah (Nelson)) Jun 4 1812 Westchester Co., NY Oct 6 1857 Sugar Grove, IL LR 1837
Hadden George M. (s. Morris & Sarah (Nelson)) Feb 23 1817 Jefferson Valley, NY Feb 5 1877 Aurora, IL LR 1837 HI
Hadden James Way (s. Morris & Sarah (Nelson)) Oct 11 1819 Jefferson Valley, NY Oct 26 1892 Hasting, NE LR 1837 HI
Hadden Lewis Nelson (s. Elijah N. & Lucy L. (Burroughs)) Dec 31 1839 Little Rock Twp, IL May 15 1917 Marshalltown, Marshall Co.,IA LR 1839
Hadden Lucy L. (Burroughs)(1st Mrs. Elijah Nelson) Oct 27 1817 Shalersville, OH Jul 10 1895 Chicago, IL LR 1837 HI
Hadden Maria Ann (d. Morris & Sarah (Nelson)) May 1 1810 Westchester Co., NY Apr 23 1883 Sandwich, IL LR 1837
Hadden Matilda (d. Morris & Sarah (Nelson)) abt 1823 New York Feb 23 1897 Ottawa, IL LR 1837 HI
Hadden Morris Jan ng 1781 Phillipstown, NY Jun 7 1859 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1837 HI
Hadden Sarah (Nelson)(Mrs. Morris) Feb 18 1785 Phillipstown, NY Jun 29 1854 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1837 HI
Hadley Harvey, Rev. nds nds KE 1840
Hall Jannette (Hubbell)(Mrs. Heman C.) abt 1838 Little Rock Twp, IL aft 1860 [Little Rock Twp, IL 1860] LR 1838 HI
Hall Mary "Sophronia" (Childs)(Mrs. Linus F.) abt 1832 Lee, MA Apr 14 1898 Chicago, IL BR 1839
Hall Seny (Moore)(Mrs. Edmund) Aug 17 1836 Little Rock Twp, IL Nov 15 1908 Inglewood, OK LR 1836 HI
Hallock Abigail H. (Smith)(Mrs. Isaac P., Sr.) abt 1800 New York aft 1880 [Oakfield, Audubon Co., IA 1880] KE 1833
Hallock Isaac Peter, Jr. (s. Isaac P., Sr. & Abigail H. (Smith)) Mar 21 1840 Kendall Twp, IL aft 1910 [Audubon Co., IA 1910] KE 1840
Hallock Isaac Peter, Sr. (s. Israel "Peter" & Mary (Keese)) Jan 6 1802 Peru, NY Aug 3 1889 Exira, IA KE 1833 OS
Hallock John "Addison" "J. A.", Rev. (s. Isaac P., Sr. & Abigail H. (Smith)) abt 1835 Kendall Twp, IL aft 1910 [Salida, CO 1910] KE 1835
Hallock Julia Ann (d. Isaac P., Sr. & Abigail H. (Smith)) Jan ng 1828 New York aft 1910 [Chicago, IL 1910] KE 1833
Hallock Katherine R. (Humiston)(1st Mrs. Joseph Flint) Oct 1 1833 Oswego Co., NY Apr 8 1889 Yorkville, IL BG 1833
Hallock Mary "Elizabeth" (d. Isaac P., Sr. & Abigail H. (Smith)) abt 1826 New York nf 1900 [Oakfield, Audubon Co., IA 1880] KE 1833
Hallock Richard S. (s. Isaac P., Sr. & Abigail H. (Smith)) abt 1829 New York nf 1870 [Kendall Twp, IL 1850] KE 1833
Hallock Sarah M. (d. Isaac P., Sr. & Abigail H. (Smith)) abt 1831 New York nf 1900 [Greeley, Delaware Co., IA 1880] KE 1836
Hanna Mary Jane (Clark)(Mrs. Stewart) May 15 1825 Huron Co., OH Mar 14 1895 Portland, OR FO 1835 HI
Hardy Alice (Mrs. William) abt 1814 New Jersey aft 1870 [Washington Co., IA 1870] FO 1840 CE
Hardy Elizabeth (d. Gilbert L.?)) abt 1832 New York aft 1850 [Fox Twp, IL 1850] FO 1840 CE
Hardy George Henry (s. William & Alice) abt 1835 New Jersey nf 1880 [Kane Co., IL 1870] FO 1840 CE
Hardy Gilbert L. (brother of John?) abt 1785 New York aft 1850 [Fox Twp, IL 1850] FO 1840 CE
Hardy Jane (Mrs. John) abt 1785 New Jersey aft 1850 [Fox Twp, IL 1850] FO 1840 CE
Hardy John (brother of Gilbert?) abt 1780 New Jersey aft 1850 [Fox Twp, IL 1850] FO 1840 CE
Hardy Mary Elizabeth (Carr)(Mrs. Samuel "Cornelius") Aug 4 1837 Watervale, NY Dec 15 1912 [Washington Co., IA 1910] KE 1838
Hardy Samuel "Cornelius" (s. William & Alice) abt 1833 New Jersey aft 1895 [Riverside, IA 1895] FO 1840 CE
Hardy William (s. John & Jane) abt 1809 Monmouth Co., NJ Apr 8 1875 Washington Co., IA FO 1840 CE
Harrington Elvira A. (Ward)(Mrs. George) Dec 24 1835 Bloomington, IL May 12 1898 Hinckley, IL KE 1836
Harrington Lucy (Mott)(Mrs. Darwin A.) Mar 13 1831 St. Albans, VT Apr 8 1878 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1837
Harrington Mary Jane (Barker)(Mrs. Cyrenus) Jun 4 1820 Oneida Co., NY Apr 17 1884 Lisbon, IL BG 1838
Harris Adelaide Mary (Ives)(Mrs. Norton, Sr.) May 3 1832 Whiting, VT Feb 12 1900 Pavilion, IL KE 1837 HI
Harris Blexton, Dr. (s. William & Rebecca (Combs)) Sep 11 1824 Newark, OH Dec 25 1907 Aurora, IL KE 1833 HI
Harris Emily Ann (d. William & Rebecca (Combs)) Nov 16 1815 Ohio* Nov 6 1836 Kendall Twp, IL KE 1833 HI
Harris George Washington (s. William & Rebecca (Combs)) Feb 22 1836 Kendall Twp, IL Dec 10 1913 Yorkville, IL KE 1836 HI
Harris Hiram (s. William & Rebecca (Combs)) Nov 6 1819 Ohio* May 2 1845 Kendall Twp, IL KE 1833 HI
Harris Joseph Naper (s. William & Rebecca (Combs)) Apr 9 1833 Naperville, IL Jan 21 1912 Kendall Twp, IL KE 1833 HI
Harris Mary Margaret (d. William & Rebecca (Combs)) Aug 10 1831 Long Grove, IL Nov 26 1912 California KE 1833 HI
Harris Nancy (d. William & Rebecca (Combs)) abt 1817 Ohio* 1840-3 Kendall Twp, IL KE 1833 HI
Harris Norton (s. William & Rebecca (Combs)) Apr 24 1827 Ohio Dec 7 1866 Pavilion, IL KE 1833 HI
Harris Rebecca (Combs)(Mrs. William)(d. John H. & Rebecca) Mar 2 1793 Virginia Dec 19 1845 Kendall Twp, IL KE 1833 HI
Harris William (s. Jesse & Margaret) Feb 6 1785 Louden Co., VA Aug 6 1864 Kendall Twp, IL KE 1833 HI
Harrison George E. Jun 28 1810 Burgh-Le-Marsh, Eng. Sep 20 1867 De Kalb Co., IL SE 1840
Harrison Harriet (Hay)(Mrs. Cornelius Bailey)(1st marriage) Jan 17 1839 Bristol, IL Feb 20 1923 Millbrook, IL BR 1839 HI
Harrison Mary "Jane" (Pearce)(1st Mrs. William W.) Jul 6 1822 Urbana, OH Feb 3 1867 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1838 HI
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