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
LaDieu Deborah Ann (Serrine)(Mrs. Peter M.) Sep 15 1828 New York Dec 22 1885 Fox Twp, IL FO 1838 OS
Lamb Harriet H. (Arnold)(Mrs. Albert C.) Jul 12 1834 Oswego, IL Jan 23 1874 Chicago, IL OS 1835 HI
Lamb Lorinda (Bartlett)(Mrs. Maurice B.) Sep 6 1840 Akron, OH aft 1910 [Burlington., IA 1910] OS 1840
Lamb Paul (b. 1780-1790)(will dated Aug 6, 1849) abt 1785 aft 1849 Kendall Co., IL SE 1834 OS
Lamsett Peter (originally Pierre Marie Pichet DuPre Lamusette)) Dec 11 1789 St.-Charles-sur-Richelieu Feb 22 1846 Dresden, Grundy Co., IL KE 1830 HI
Lamusette Peter (originally Pierre Marie Pichet DuPre Lamusette)) Dec 11 1789 St.-Charles-sur-Richelieu Feb 22 1846 Dresden, Grundy Co., IL KE 1830 HI
Landon Asa abt 1792 Connecticut bef 1870 [Kendall Twp, IL 1860] KE 1836
Landon Isaac J. (s. Asa & Sally?) abt 1824 New York aft 1880 [Des Moines, IA 1880] KE 1836
Landon Joseph Perry (s. Asa & Sally) Apr 22 1830 May 1 1853 Kendall Twp, IL KE 1836
Landon Sally (Mrs. Asa) Feb 22 1792 Vermont Sep 26 1867 Kendall Twp, IL KE 1836
Lane Chester A. (s. Lyman & Nancy (Hart)) abt 1832 New York aft 1880 [Creston, Union Co.,IA 1880] BR 1837
Lane Emily C. (d. Lyman & Nancy (Hart)) Aug ng 1838 Bristol Twp, IL aft 1888 [York, NE 1888] BR 1838
Lane Esther Ann (d. Lyman & Nancy (Hart))(unmarried) abt 1832 New York Oct 6 1872 Bristol, IL BR 1837
Lane George Washington (s. Lyman & Nancy (Hart)) abt 1834 New York Jul 4 1873 Bristol, IL BR 1837 OS
Lane Levi Hart (s. Lyman & Nancy (Hart)) Apr 1 1830 New York Dec 28 1909 Topeka, KS BR 1837
Lane Lyman Apr 9 1799 Suffield, CT May 6 1896 Bristol Twp, IL BR 1837 OS
Lane Mary Aurelia (d. Lyman & Nancy (Hart)) Aug 13 1840 Bristol, IL Jul 14 1923 Prescott, KS BR 1840
Lane Menzo White (s. Lyman & Nancy (Hart)) Oct 26 1827 Lewis Co., NY Oct 13 1874 Bristol, IL BR 1837 OS
Lane Nancy (Hart)(Mrs. Lyman)(d. Judge Hart) Jun ng 1805 Turin, NY May 10 1888 Bristol, IL BR 1837 OS
Lane William (s. Lyman & Nancy (Hart)) abt 1828 New York Jul 2 1886 BR 1837
Lang Susan (Bartram)(1st Mrs. George A.) abt 1840 Big Grove Twp, IL nf 1880 [Plainfield, IL 1870] BG 1840 HI
Langdon Jane E. (Kendall)(1st Mrs. Henry S., Jr.) Aug 13 1832 Greenville, IL Sep 11 1879 Lisbon, IL BG 1834 HI
Langdon Mary B. (Bushnell)(2nd Mrs. Henry S., Jr.) Feb 22 1832 Vernon, Oneida Co., NY aft 1902 [Morris, IL 1902] BG 1835
Larimer Rhoda (Mrs.)(church records) nds nds BR 1838
Latham Phebe Catherine (Henning)(Mrs. Otis) Jul 11 1831 Petersburg, NY Jun 9 1900 Plano, IL LR 1836 HI
Lathrop Leonard "Owen" (s. Samuel & Nancy (McClellan)) Jan 8 1840 Bristol, IL Dec 25 1898 Plano, IL BR 1840 HI
Lathrop Nancy (McClellan)(Mrs. Samuel S.) Apr 12 1821 Ashville, NY Jun 18 1875 Bristol, IL BR 1836 HI
Lathrop Samuel S. May 8 1812 New York? Oct 6 1889 Chicago, IL BR 1835 HI
Lawrence Albert (s. Asahel & Roanna) abt 1829 Massachusetts aft 1850 [Big Grove Twp, IL 1850] BG 1839
Lawrence Amos (s. Warren, Sr. & Uretta (Waterman)) Sep ng 1829 Pennsylvania nf 1910 [Miller Twp, 1900] BG 1837
Lawrence Asahel D. abt 1804 Massachusetts Jun 6 1854 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1839
Lawrence Caroline I. (d. Grove, Jr. & Sarah (Bennett)) Jul 10 1820 nds BG 1835
Lawrence Charlotte E. (d. Grove, Jr. & Sarah (Bennett)) Oct 18 1818 nds BG 1835
Lawrence Dallas (s. Warren, Sr. & Uretta (Waterman)) abt 1830 Pennsylvania nf 1860 [Big Grove Twp, IL 1850] BG 1837
Lawrence Daniel (s. Asahel & Roanna) abt 1831 Ohio nf 1860 [Big Grove Twp, IL 1850] BG 1839
Lawrence Elizabeth A. (d. Warren, Sr. & Uretta (Waterman)) Oct 2 1830 Pittsburg, PA Feb 19 1875 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1837
Lawrence Frances (d. Warren, Sr. & Uretta (Waterman)) abt 1838 Illinois aft 1850 [Big Grove Twp, IL 1850] BG 1838
Lawrence Grove, Jr. (s. Grove, Sr. & Elizabeth (Robbins)) Mar 24 1795 Dec 9 1866 Syracuse, NY BG 1835
Lawrence Lyman (s. Warren, Sr. & Uretta (Waterman)) abt 1824 Pennsylvania nf 1860 [Big Grove Twp, IL 1850] BG 1837
Lawrence Maria Louisa (d. Grove, Jr. & Sarah (Bennett)) Sep 14 1821 nds BG 1835
Lawrence Martha (d. Asahel & Roanna)(twin) Mar 13 1834 Ohio aft 1850 [Big Grove Twp, IL 1850] BG 1839
Lawrence Morey J. (s. Asahel & Roanna)(twin) Mar 13 1834 Ohio Nov 3 1856 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1839
Lawrence Phebe (d. Warren, Sr. & Uretta (Waterman)) abt 1822 Pennsylvania nf 1860 [Big Grove Twp, IL 1850] BG 1837
Lawrence Roanna (Mrs. Asahel D.) abt 1807 Ohio nf 1860 [Big Grove Twp, IL 1850] BG 1839
Lawrence Sarah (Bennett)(Mrs. Grove, Jr.) nds nds BG 1835
Lawrence Steward D. (s. Warren, Sr. & Uretta (Waterman)) abt 1835 Pennsylvania Mar 4 1911 Mission Twp, IL? BG 1837
Lawrence Uretta "Letty" (Waterman)(Mrs. Warren W., Sr.) abt 1798 Dutchess Co., NY aft 1850 [Big Grove Twp, IL 1850] BG 1837
Lawrence Warren "William", Jr. (s. Warren, Sr. & Uretta (Waterman)) abt 1817 Indiana Co., PA Aug ng 1882 Westmoreland Co., PA BG 1837
Lawrence Warren William, Sr. (s. Amos & Desire (Niles)) abt 1782 Connecticut aft 1850 [Big Grove Twp, IL 1850] BG 1837
Leatherman Barbara (Misner)(Mrs. Frederick) Apr 15 1821 Hamilton Co., OH May 5 1875 Woodburn, OR BG 1833
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