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
Macomber Almira Elizabeth (Chittenden)(Mrs. John Paul Jones) Jan 14 1836 Vermont Jun 27 1873 Bristol Twp, IL LR 1838 HI
Macomber Ephraim (s. Weston & Mary (Mosher)) Mar 17 1783 Washington, NY aft 1850 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1832 HI
Macomber Henry (twin s. Ephaim & Hulda (Ricketson)) Jan 25 1824 Plattsburgh, NY Dec 2 1836 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1832
Macomber Hiram (twin s. Ephraim & Hulda (Ricketson)) Jan 25 1824 Plattsburgh, NY aft 1840 [Oswego Twp, IL 1840] OS 1832 HI
Macomber Hulda (Ricketson)(Mrs. Ephraim)(Mrs. Luther Everett) Jan 4 1786 Rhinebeck, NY aft 1870 [Aurora, IL 1870] OS 1832 HI
Macomber Mary "Elizabeth" Smith (d. Ephraim & Hulda (Ricketson)) Jun 3 1826 Plattsburgh, NY Aug 8 1895 Aurora, IL OS 1832 HI
Magruder Martha L. (Shadley)(Mrs. Noah) Oct 2 1839 Illinois Oct 8 1865 [Bourbonais, IL 1850] BG 1837 HI
Magruder Mary Ellen (Shadley)(Mrs. Thomas H.) Apr 19 1829 Monongalia Co., VA Dec 23 1887 [Rockville, IL 1880] BG 1837 HI
Malcolm Jessie (Bertram)(Mrs. James P.) Jan 28 1827 Dalkeith, Scotland Jul 16 1889 Nebraska BR 1845? HI
Mallory Elmer abt 1802 New York aft 1880 [Kendall Twp, IL 1880] BG 1839 HI
Mallory Erastus F. (s. Elmer & Phebe) May ng 1833 Rome, NY Mar ng 1901 Jolley, Calhoun Co., IA BG 1839 HI
Mallory George (s. Elmer & Phebe) abt 1835 Rome, NY aft 1850 [Big Grove Twp, IL 1850] BG 1839 HI
Mallory Phebe (Mrs. Elmer) abt 1805 New York Jan 4 1884 Grand Forks, ND BG 1839 HI
Mallory Sidney (s. Elmer & Phebe) Apr 3 1831 Rome, NY Mar 10 1907 Jolley, Calhoun Co., IA BG 1839 HI
Mallory William (s. Elmer & Phebe) Sep 17 1827 Rome, NY Oct 13 1907 Lisbon, IL BG 1839 HI
Manchester Adeline Hopie (Burnham)(2nd Mrs Ven "Asa") Oct 20 1817 New York Nov 13 1869 Newark, IL BG 1839 HI
Manchester Dyer Burnham (s. Ven "Asa" & Julia Ann (Burnham)) nds Oct ng 1851 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1839 HI
Manchester Henry F. (s. Ven "Asa" & Julia Ann (Burnham)) Aug 19 1840 Big Grove Twp, IL Aug 25 1840 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1840 HI
Manchester Julia "Augusta" (d. Ven "Asa" & Julia Ann (Burnham)) Jun 13 1835 New York aft 1884 [Hyde Park, IL 1880] BG 1839 HI
Manchester Julia Ann (Burnham)(1st Mrs. V. Asa) Oct 23 1808 Mar 8 1841 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1839 HI
Manchester Julius F. (s. Ven "Asa" & Julia Ann (Burnham)) Jan 17 1838 Sep 29 1839 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1839 HI
Manchester Martin V. B. (s. Ven "Asa" & Julia Ann (Burnham)) Jul 12 1833 Aug 3 1843 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1839 HI
Manchester Ven "Asa" Sep 14 1809 Little Compton, RI Jun 7 1901 Sandwich, IL BG 1839 HI
March Emeline A. (Reed)(Mrs. Charles)(d. Reuben & Hannah (Bailey)) Apr 22 1822 Pittsford, NY Oct 14 1903 Bristol, IL BG 1831
Markley George F. (came to Millington with Samuel Jackson) nds nds FO 1834 HI
Marlett Mariah (Clark)(Mrs. Isaac J.) nds nds LR 1835
Marsh Abraham "Luther" (S. Waldo Warren & Rhoda A.) Aug 31 1836 Fall River, MA Sep 3 1855 Bristol Twp, IL BR 1837 HI
Marsh Betsey [Mary] (McClellan)(Mrs. Warren)(d.James, II & Beulah (Bacon) Oct 8 1785 Sutton, MA Aug 14 1854 Bristol Twp, IL BR 1837 HI
Marsh Cordelia (Parker)(Mrs. Henry Judson) Jul ng 1829 Cuyahoga Co., OH abt 1900 Carlton Twp, Tama Co., IA SE 1840
Marsh Henrietta (d. Waldo Warren & Rhoda A. (Stillwell)) Feb 15 1839 Bristol Twp, IL Aug 18 1870 Bristol Twp, IL BR 1839 HI
Marsh Rhoda A. (Stillwell)(Mrs. Waldo Warren) Dec 6 1813 Fall River, MA Nov 12 1893 Bristol Twp, IL BR 1837 HI
Marsh Sarah (Pearce)(Mrs. Constant Charles) Jan 28 1833 Oswego Twp, IL Dec 12 1910 Delta, CO? OS 1833
Marsh Waldo Warren (s. Warren & Betsey [Mary] (McClellan)) Mar 27 1812 Sutton, MA Jan 16 1886 Aurora, IL BR 1837 HI
Martin George B. (built 1st frame house in NaAuSay Twp) abt 1795 b. 1790-1800 nds NA 1838 HI
Martin Hannah (Townsend)(Mrs. George B.)(d. Isaac, Sr. & Elizabeth) nds nds NA 1835 HI
Martin Mary "Esther" (Bullard)(Mrs. John Wesley) Nov 3 1839 Fox Twp, IL Dec 2 1912 Harvey, IL FO 1839 HI
Martin Sarah (Mrs. Solomon) nds Dec 28 1866 OS 1840 HI
Mason Amanda V. (Sherman)(Mrs. James F.) Nov 11 1838 Fox Twp, IL Apr 19 1924 Plano, IL FO 1838
Mason Caleb (s-in-l Ahijah Haymond) Jun 10 1797 Monongalia Co. VA Jan 30 1888 Bristol, IL BG 1834 HI
Mason Hannah O. (Gautier)(2nd Mrs. John West) abt 1810 New Jersey Oct 20 1865 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1840 HI
Mason Helen R. (d. Caleb & Roanna (Haymond)) Jun 3 1840 Big Grove Twp, IL Dec ng 1908 Mitchell, SD BG 1840 HI
Mason Isabel P. (Mrs. Joseph) Feb 8 1820 Franklin Co., IN Feb 11 1891 La Salle Co., IL BG 1835 HI
Mason James (bought Robert Ford's claim in L.R.Twp) nds nds LR 1835 HI
Mason John West (s. David & ? (Lewis)) Jul 3 1805 Montgomery Co., NY Jul 24 1884 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1833 HI
Mason Joseph (blacksmith at Holderman's Grove) Jan 29 1811 Fayette Co., PA Jul 14 1900 La Salle Co., IL BG 1835 HI
Mason Roanna (Haymond)(Mrs. Caleb) Jan 1 1807 Monongalia Co. VA Sep 30 1876 Bristol, IL KE 1834 HI
Mason Sarah Belle (Neff)(Mrs. Wellington) Dec 30 1830 Franklin Co., IN Apr 8 1899 Bancroft, Kossuth Co., IA BG 1836 HI
Mason Wellington (s. Caleb & Roanna (Haymond) Nov 9 1825 Painesville, OH Jun 24 1902 Dixon, CA BG 1840 HI
Mason William Wallace (s. Caleb & Roanna (Haymond_) Jun 3 1840 Big Grove Twp, IL Feb ng 1842 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1840 HI
Matlock David, Rev. (s. John S., Sr. & Eleanor "Nellie" (Haggerty)) Feb 16 1819 Monroe Co., IN Sep 3 1877 Makanda, IL KE 1833 HI
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