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
Jackson Barbara (Misner)(Mrs. Samuel J.) Sep 20 1824 Hamilton Co., OH Aug 7 1901 [Ottawa, IL 1900] BG 1833
Jackson Daniel (b-in-l Isaac Townsend) nds nds NaAuSay Twp, IL NA 1835
Jackson Delia Welch (Day)(2nd Mrs. Jessie, Sr.) Jun 30 1800 Burlington, NY Apr 28 1890 Millington, IL FO 1838 OS
Jackson Elizabeth (1st Mrs. Jesse, Sr.) Dec 29 1794 May 7 1839 Millington, IL FO 1836
Jackson Elizabeth A. (d. Jessie, Sr. & Elizabeth) abt 1833 Fayette Co., PA aft 1880 [Perry, IN 1880] FO 1836 HI
Jackson Elmas (d. Jessie, Sr. & Elizabeth) nds Fayette Co., PA bef 1877 [To Indiana] FO 1836 HI
Jackson Eunice (Tubbs)(Mrs. Samuel) Jan 17 1818 Erie Co., NY Aug 25 1883 Millington, IL FO 1836 HI
Jackson Jesse, Sr. (Samuel's brother)(bought Markley claim) May 14 1793 Fayette Co., PA Jan 12 1871 Millington, IL FO 1836 OS
Jackson Jonathan (s. Jessie, Sr. & Elizabeth) nds Fayette Co., PA Aug 1 1839 Millington, IL FO 1836 HI
Jackson Joseph (s. Jessie, Sr. & Elizabeth) Jan 5 1825 Fayette Co., PA Mar 12 1897 Millington, IL FO 1836 OS
Jackson Mary E. (Lewis)(1st Mrs. Joseph) Sep 21 1832 Jan 11 1855 Millington, IL FO 1836 OS
Jackson Mary S. (d. Jesse, Sr. & Elizabeth) Aug 20 1820 Fayette Co., PA Mar 29 1895 Millington, IL BG 1836 HI
Jackson Rebecca (d. Jessie, Sr. & Elizabeth) nds Fayette Co., PA nds [To Indiana] FO 1836 HI
Jackson Samuel (b-in-l Isaac T. Townsend, Sr.) abt 1779 New York bef 1860 [NaAuSay Twp, IL 1850] NA 1835
Jackson Samuel (Jesse, Sr.'s brother) abt 1795 Pennsylvania Mar 4 1872 Millington, IL FO 1836 OS
Jackson Samuel J. (Samuel "Jeremiah"?)(s. Jessie, Sr. & Elizabeth) abt 1819 Fayette Co., PA abt 1857 Millington, IL FO 1836 HI
Jackson William L. (s. Jessie, Sr. & Elizabeth) Jun 13 1832 Fayette Co., PA Feb 8 1882 Wabasha, MN FO 1836 HI
James Elizabeth (Darnell)(Mrs. Francis Marion) Feb 4 1836 Fox Twp, IL Jun 10 1910 [Squaw Grove, IL 1880] FO 1836 HI
Janes Asa May 3 1804 Vermont Mar 20 1868 Seward Twp, IL SE 1838 HI
Jessup Elizabeth Townsend (Seely)(Mrs. Henry S.) Sep 6 1836 New York Jul 4 1893 Oswego, IL NA 1840 HI
Jewell Damon G. (s. Daniel B., Sr. & Harriet (West)) abt 1834 Indiana abt 1854 Oswego, IL BG 1840 HI
Jewell Daniel B. Sr., Dr. Aug 29 1808 Maine Nov 28 1890 Oswego, IL BG 1840 HI
Jewell Eunice A. (Love)(Mrs. Orrin Gordon) Feb ng 1828 Illinois aft 1900 [Ida Grove, IA 1900] BG 1831 HI
Jewell Harriet (West)(1st Mrs. Daniel B., Sr.) abt 1818 abt 1845 Oswego, IL BG 1840 HI
Jewell Irene Mariah (d. Daniel B., Sr. & Harriet (West)) abt 1840 Indiana aft 1889 [Iowa 1890] BG 1840 HI
Jewell Isabell C. (d. Daniel B., Sr. & Harriet (West)) abt 1837 Kendall Co., IL abt 1838 Oswego, IL BR 1840 HI
Jewell Samuel "Austin" (s. Daniel B., Sr. & Harriet (West)) abt 1833 Ohio nf 1900 [Warrenville, IL 1880] BG 1840 HI
Jobes Helen M. (d. Lewis & Rebecca (Seely)) Mar 25 1837 Erie Co., NY nf 1900 [Dayton, IA 1880] LR 1838 OS
Jobes Henry C. (s. Lewis & Rebecca (Seely)) abt 1825 New York aft 1850 [Oswego Twp, IL 1850] LR 1838 OS
Jobes James S. (s. Lewis & Rebecca (Seely)) abt 1821 New York nf 1900 [Audubon, IA 1882] LR 1838 OS
Jobes Lewis (s. James & Margaret (Prine)) Jul 27 1797 Saratoga Co., NY Jan 16 1852 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1838 OS
Jobes Margaret M. (d. Lewis & Rebecca (Seely)) Sep 3 1822 Oswego Co., NY Sep 4 1899 Plano, IL LR 1838 OS
Jobes Phidelia/Fidelia (d. Lewis & Rebecca (Seely)) Jan 22 1827 New York Mar 1 1901 Cedar Co., NE LR 1838 OS
Jobes Rebecca (Seely)(Mrs. Lewis) Mar 20 1799 Canada Jul 20 1882 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1838 OS
Johnson Abigail (2nd Mrs. David Johnson, Sr.)(nee Mrs. Clark) abt 1778 New York bef 1860 [Bristol Twp, IL 1850] BR 1835 HI
Johnson Amanda T. (Winchell) (Mrs. Martin Johnson)) abt 1833 Forestville, NY bef 1880 [Big Grove Twp, IL 1850] KE 1835 HI
Johnson Amelia (d. Andrew & Laura) abt 1838 Ohio aft 1850 [Serena Twp, IL 1850] SE 1840 CE
Johnson Andrew (included in 1840 census) abt 1810 New York aft 1880 [Baraga Co., MI 1880] SE 1840 CE
Johnson Bradford Hemenway Johnson (s. David Johnson, Sr. & Nelly (Hemenway)) Feb 27 1810 Southborough, MA Dec ng 1883 Gage Co., NE BR 1835 HI
Johnson Christian (Early settler in Big Grove Twp.) nds Norway, Europe nds BG 1832
Johnson Cordelia (d. Andrew & Laura) abt 1835 Ohio aft 1850 [Serena Twp, IL 1850] SE 1840 CE
Johnson Daniel G. Johnson (s. Elisha Johnson & Philena) Nov 17 1816 Vermont Mar 21 1910 Yorkville, IL KE 1835 OS
Johnson David H. Johnson (s. David Johnson, Jr. & Sylvia B. (Craw)) abt 1838 Bristol Twp, IL aft 1872 [Kansas 1872] BR 1838
Johnson David Johnson, Jr. (s. David Johnson, Sr. & Nelly (Hemmenway)) Dec 10 1803 Southborough, MA Oct 29 1850 San Francisco, CA BR 1835 HI
Johnson David Johnson, Sr., Deacon (s. Elijah Johnson & Abigail) May 6 1778 Southborough, MA Oct ng 1855 Bristol Twp, IL BR 1835 HI
Johnson Elizabeth B. "Betsy" Johnson (d. David Johnson, Sr. & Nelly (Hemmenway)) Feb 14 1818 Chautauqua Co., NY Mar 30 1882 Kendall Twp, IL BR 1835 HI
Johnson George W. (s. David, Sr. & Nelly (Hemmenway))(1st Sheriff Kendall Co.) Jan 28 1802 Southborough, MA Nov 9 1851 Bristol, IL BR 1835 HI
Johnson Horatio Nelson (s. David, Sr. & Nelly (Hemmenway))(sold claim to John Short) Feb 2 1806 Southborough, MA aft 1860 [Mount Hope, WI 1860] BR 1835
Johnson John K. Sep 14 1820 Hjelmeland, Nor. Jul 24 1912 Newark, IL FO 1837
Johnson Laura (Mrs. Andrew) abt 1817 Pennsylvania aft 1880 [Baraga Co., MI 1880] SE 1840 CE
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