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
Ingersoll Esther L. (Moore)(Mrs. Cornelius) abt 1832 New York nf 1900 [Sandwich, IL 1880] LI 1837 HI
Inman Chester William (s. Willard & Lydia M. (Peck)) Feb 10 1837 Cook Co., IL Apr 2 1894 Hartley, O'Brien Co., IA OS 1838
Inman Daniel Willard (s. Willard & Lydia M. (Peck)) Feb 14 1835 Wayne Co., NY Nov 20 1909 Salem, OR OS 1838
Inman Elsie (d. Willard & Lydia M. (Peck)) abt 1833 Wayne Co., NY nds OS 1838
Inman Harriet S. (d. Willard & Lydia M. (Peck)) abt 1840 Oswego, IL aft 1860 [Jefferson, Greene Co., IA 1860] OS 1840
Inman Joseph George (s. Willard & Lydia M. (Peck)) abt 1838 Oswego, IL aft 1880 [Nevada Gulch, DT 1880] OS 1838
Inman Lydia M. (Peck)(Mrs. Willard) abt 1804 New York aft 1860 [Jefferson, Greene Co., IA 1860] OS 1838
Inman Olive Matilda (Warner)(Mrs. George C.) Nov 16 1838 Oswego, IL Apr 12 1880 Oswego, IL OS 1838
Inman Willard D. (s. Daniel & Sarah (Snow) abt 1801 Pomfret, CT aft 1860 [Jefferson, Greene Co., IA 1860] OS 1838
Innis Aseneth (Owen)(1st Mrs. Peter) abt 1815 Scotland May 22 1847 Bristol, IL BR 1837 HI
Innis Peter (s. John & Ann)(tailor in Bristol) abt 1815 Scotland Jan 26 1893 San Francisco, CA BR 1837 HI
Inscho Almira Jane (d. John & Alvira (Delano) Sep 26 1837 Kendall Co., IL Oct 16 1927 Council Bluffs, IA KE 1837
Inscho Alvira (Delano)(Mrs. John)(d. Stephen & Lavina (Smith)) Oct 4 1817 Knox Co., IN abt 1886 Custer Co., NE KE 1835
Inscho Charity A. (d. Samuel, Sr. & Jane (Campbell)) abt 1833 Ohio Apr 25 1903 Friendship, WI KE 1835
Inscho David (s. Moses & Jane (Holt)) abt 1829 Huron Co., OH nds KE 1835 HI
Inscho Ervin H. (s. Moses & Jane (Holt)) Nov 26 1830 Huron Co., OH Jun 8 1909 Norwalk,Huron Co., OH KE 1835 HI
Inscho Harriet (d. Moses & Jane (Holt)) abt 1814 Ohio abt 1854 Fox Twp, IL FO 1835 HI
Inscho Jane (Campbell) (Mrs. Samuel, Sr.) abt 1807 Virginia Jan 16 1900 Yorkville, IL KE 1835 OS
Inscho Jane (Holt)(Mrs. Moses Inscho) Sep 18 1796 Pennsylvania May 25 1849 Oswego Twp, IL KE 1835 HI
Inscho John (s. Moses & Jane (Holt)) abt 1816 Ohio abt 1888 Custer Co., NE KE 1835
Inscho John (s. Samuel, Sr. & Jane (Campbell)) Apr 3 1836 Kendall Twp, IL Apr 7 1896 Cushing, IA KE 1836
Inscho Margaret Jane (d. Samuel, Sr. & Jane (Campbell)) Apr 4 1839 Kendall Twp, IL Jul 4 1874 Aurora, IL KE 1839
Inscho Margaret Jane (Peggy "Jane")(d. Moses & Jane (Holt) Inscho) abt 1825 Ohio Apr 10 1784 Little Rock, IL KE 1835
Inscho Moses (ran a tavern/inn in Little Rock) abt 1796 Sussex Co., NJ abt 1838 Kendall Co., IL LR 1835 HI
Inscho Rebecca Ann (d. John & Alvira (Delano)) abt 1839 Kendall Co., IL nds KE 1839
Inscho Samuel M. (s. Samuel, Sr. & Jane (Campbell)) Oct 22 1831 Ohio Jan 31 1879 Pavilion, IL FO 1834 HI
Inscho Samuel, Sr. (came with John, James & Robt. Evans) Jul 18 1803 Virginia Aug 10 1885 Yorkville, IL KE 1834
Inscho Tacy (sister of Samuel, Sr.) abt 1822 Ohio Aug 28 1876 Morris, IL KE 1834
Inscho Thomas (s. Moses & Jane (Holt)) Mar 20 1819 Ohio Jan 9 1890 Buffalo Co., WI KE 1835
Inscho William (s. Samuel, Sr. & Jane (Campbell)) Nov 8 1829 Ohio Jul 15 1922 Yorkville, IL KE 1834 OS
Ives Albert J. (s. Simeon P. & Martha P.) May 29 1840 Kendall Twp, IL Dec 20 1914 [Aurora, IL 1883] KE 1840
Ives Almon (s. Enos, III & Ruth)(Supt. 1st Sunday School) Aug 18 1788 Cornwall, VT Mar 5 1864 Amboy, IL KE 1835
Ives Almon Bingham (s. Almon & Nancy M. (Tomblin)) Jul 7 1816 Chautauqua Co., NY Dec 10 1887 Bloomington, IL OS 1834 OS
Ives Anna (2nd Mrs. Enos H.?)(Mrs. Baker?) abt 1816 New York nf 1880 [Iowa 1874] KE 1835
Ives Enos "Harry" (s. Enos H. & Sylvia (Johnson)) abt 1839 Little Rock Twp, IL aft 1865 [De Kalb Co., IL 1865] KE 1839
Ives Enos H. (s. Enos, III & Ruth (Bingham)) Jun 6 1800 Vermont Dec 17 1870 Sumner, Bremer Co., IA KE 1835
Ives Enos Julius (s. Almon & Nancy M. (Tomblin)) Mar 8 1830 New York Dec ng 1893 Woodlawn, IL KE 1834
Ives Franklin Benedict, MD (s. Almon & Nancy M. (Tomblin)) Apr 30 1823 New York Nov 1 1909 Chicago, IL KE 1834
Ives Isaac Sheldon, MD (s. Almon & Nancy M. (Tomblin)) May 14 1825 New York Nov 20 1851 Oswego, IL KE 1834
Ives John (s. Almon & Nancy M. (Tomblin)) abt 1825 New York aft 1850 [Little Rock Twp, IL 1850] KE 1834
Ives Lucina C. (d. Enos H. & Sylvia (Johnson)) abt 1827 Mayville, NY* Dec 24 1848 Kendall Co., IL KE 1835
Ives Lydia Ann (d. Enos H. & Sylvia (Johnson)) Jan 11 1838 Little Rock Twp, IL Sep 11 1870 Sumner, Bremer Co., IA KE 1838
Ives Martha Polina (Ashley)(Mrs. Simeon P.) Jun 28 1820 New York Jul ng 1893 Montana OS 1835
Ives Mary Alma "Philena" (d. Enos & ?)(b. Mayville, NY?) Dec 26 1828 Chautauqua Co., NY Feb 17 1916 Mendota, IL KE 1835
Ives Mary Paulina (d. Almon Bingham & Sarah (Ervin)) Sep 14 1836 Kendall Twp, IL Jan 7 1919 [Colfax, IL 1880] KE 1836
Ives Nancy Almira (d. Almon & Nancy M. (Tomblin)) Jun 15 1838 Kendall Twp, IL aft 1906 [Burlington, KS 1907] KE 1838
Ives Nancy Jane (d. Almon Bingham & Sarah (Ervin)) Mar 16 1838 Kendall Twp, IL Jun 16 1843 KE 1838
Ives Nancy M. (Tomblin)(Mrs. Almon) Jul 28 1795 New York Apr 22 1862 Amboy, IL KE 1834
Ives Ruth Anna (d. Almon & Nancy M. (Tomblin)) Apr 7 1832 New York Mar 21 1873 Amboy, IL KE 1834
Ives Sarah (Ervin)(1st Mrs. Almon B.) abt 1815 Ohio aft 1850 [Oswego Twp, IL 1850] OS 1834
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