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
Keaney Palmer (s. Cyrus & Comfort) Jan 7 1790 nds FO 1838
Keaney Polly (Carr)(Mrs. Palmer) abt 1792 N. Kingston, RI nds FO 1838
Keck Mary "Sophronia" (Childs)(Mrs. William) abt 1832 Lee, MA Apr 14 1898 Chicago, IL BR 1839
Keeler Emily (Pearson)(Mrs. James) Jul 6 1836 Bristol Twp, IL Jun 12 1901 LaGrange, IL BR 1836
Keith Ellen Hubbard (Cook)(Mrs. Richard) abt 1838 Fox Twp, IL Oct 6 1888 Elk Creek, CA FO 1838 HI
Kellogg Abel "Abe" Hunt (s. Sherman & Sarah (Hunt) May 10 1816 Castleton, VT Jan 3 1888 NaAuSay Twp, IL NA 1837 HI
Kellogg Alford (s. Daniel & Eunice)(sold to Jared Bartram) nds nds BG 1831 HI
Kellogg Almira K. (Mrs. Lewis) Jun 30 1804 Vermont May 31 1880 Will Co., IL OS 1835 HI
Kellogg Charlotte (Mrs. Luther W.) abt 1815 Georgia Apr 14 1859 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1831 HI
Kellogg Daniel (s. Ezekiel & Eunice (Foster)) Feb 8 1784 New Salem, MA Jan 5 1850 Kendall Co., IL BG 1831 HI
Kellogg Electa (d. Sherman & Sarah (Hunt)) Apr 2 1814 Castleton, VT Apr 25 1889 Seattle, W. T. NA 1837 HI
Kellogg Eliza (Mrs. Ezra) abt 1820 Tennessee aft 1850 [Big Grove Twp, IL 1850] BG 1831 HI
Kellogg Eunice (Mrs. Alford) nds nds BG 1831 HI
Kellogg Eunice (Mrs. Daniel) abt 1780 nds BG 1831 HI
Kellogg Ezra (s. Daniel & Eunice) abt 1814 Ohio nf 1860 [Big Grove Twp, IL 1850] BG 1831 HI
Kellogg George Washington (s. Sherman & Sarah (Hunt)) Dec 25 1811 Castleton, VT Nov 6 1893 NaAuSay Twp, IL OS 1836 HI
Kellogg Henry Clay (s. Lewis & Almira K.) Feb 27 1839 Oswego Twp, IL Nov 17 1905 Will Co., IL OS 1839 HI
Kellogg Jane (d. ? & Parmela) abt 1836 Big Grove Twp, IL aft 1850 [Big Grove Twp, IL 1850] BG 1836 HI
Kellogg Lewis (s. Sherman & Sarah (Hunt))(1840 census) Nov 4 1803 Castleton, VT Apr 20 1879 Will Co., IL OS 1835 HI
Kellogg Luther W. (s. Daniel & Eunice) abt 1804 Ohio Jan 12 1871 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1831 HI
Kellogg Mary Ellen (d. Luther W. & Charlotte) abt 1836 Big Grove Twp, IL aft 1880 [Aurora, IL 1880] BG 1836 HI
Kellogg Parmela abt 1780 Massachusetts aft 1850 [Big Grove Twp, IL 1850] BG 1831 HI
Kellogg Rowena (d. Ezra & Eliza) abt 1839 Big Grove Twp, IL nf 1900 [Delavan, IL 1880] BG 1839 HI
Kellogg Sarah "Sally" (Hunt)(Mrs. Sherman) May 18 1784 Simsbury, CT Apr 10 1841 NaAuSay Twp, IL BG 1836 HI
Kellogg Sarah (d. Sherman & Sarah (Hunt)) abt 1809 Castleton, VT Mar ng 1871 OS 1835 HI
Kellogg Sarah (Gleason)(Mrs. George W.) Oct 20 1821 Genesee Co., NY Nov 6 1863 NaAuSay Twp, IL SE 1837 HI
Kellogg Sherman (s. Preserved & Lucy (Palmer)) Mar 25 1775 Hartford, CT Sep 4 1848 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1836 HI
Kellogg Sophia (d. Sherman & Sarah (Hunt)) Oct 8 1807 Castleton, VT Jan 2 1885 Portland, OR BG 1836 HI
Kelly Hester (Hicks)(Mrs. Arthur) abt 1830 New York aft 1850 [Lisbon Twp, IL 1850] LI 1840
Kelsey Lucy B. (Smith)(Mrs. Samuel) abt 1837 Massachusetts aft 1850 [Oswego Twp, IL 1850] OS 1839
Kendall Edah (Baldwin)(2nd Mrs. Sylvanus) Apr 2 1812 Fitchburg, MA Dec 27 1885 Lisbon, IL BG 1840 HI
Kendall Gilman, Dr. (s. Joseph & Mary (Haynes)) Sep 20 1803 Ashby, MA Apr 20 1891 Lisbon, IL BG 1834 HI
Kendall Harriet Atwood (d. Gilman & Lucy M. (Manning)) Dec 1 1834 Big Grove Twp, IL Nov 16 1921 Elwood, IL BG 1834 HI
Kendall Henry M. (s. Sylvanus & Lauraette (Hough)) Nov 26 1835 Big Grove Twp, IL Oct 16 1837 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1835 HI
Kendall Henry Martyn (1st)(s. Gilman & Lucy M. (Manning)) Apr 5 1838 Big Grove Twp, IL Oct 13 1838 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1838 HI
Kendall Jane Elizabeth (d. Gilman & Lucy M. (Manning)) Aug 13 1832 Greenville, IL Sep 11 1879 Lisbon, IL BG 1834 HI
Kendall John H. (s. Gilman & Lucy M. (Manning)) abt 1840 Big Grove Twp, IL nf 1880 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1840 HI
Kendall Lauraette (Hough)(1st Mrs. Sylvanus) Aug 6 1815 Apr 6 1840 Lisbon, IL BG 1834 HI
Kendall Lucius (s. Sylvanus & Lauraette (Hough)) abt 1836 Big Grove Twp, IL nds BG 1836 HI
Kendall Lucy M. (Manning)(Mrs. Gilman) Mar 28 1806 Ashby, MA Dec 28 1889 Lisbon, IL BG 1834 HI
Kendall Mary (Burroughs)(Mrs. Loren D.) May 16 1825 Ohio Apr 23 1884 Kane Co., IL LR 1837 HI
Kendall Mary (d. Sylvanus & Lauraette (Hough)) abt 1839 Big Grove Twp, IL aft 1860 [Big Grove Twp, IL 1860] BR 1839 HI
Kendall Sylvanus (s. Joseph & Mary (Haynes)) Aug ng 1812 Ashby, MA Jan 4 1882 Lisbon, IL BG 1834 HI
Kendrick Lois Irena/Irene (Swift)(Mrs. William Tucker) Jul 8 1831 Otsego Co., NY Mar 21 1908 Plano, IL LR 1837
Kennedy David C. (s. Hugh, Sr. & Ruth) abt 1819 New York Oct 8 1897 Aurora, IL BR 1839 OS
Kennedy Edward L. Apr 12 1833 New York Jan 25 1907 BR 1835
Kennedy Eliza Ann (Rogers)(1st Mrs. John M.) nds Oct 6 1852 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1834
Kennedy Elizabeth M. "Lizzie" (d. John M. & Eliza Ann (Rogers)) Dec ng 1839 Little Rock Twp, IL aft 1900 [Chicago, IL 1900] LR 1839
Kennedy Ellen (Morgan)(Mrs. Joseph H.) abt 1840 Illinois aft 1850 [Fox Twp, IL 1850] FO 1840
Kennedy Gideon (s. Hugh, Sr. & Ruth) Feb 23 1828 Jun 13 1905 Bristol Twp, IL BR 1839
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Data last uploaded on 2013-06-22 18:28:37-0500 CDT by Elmer Dickson