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
Paddock George W. (single)(came with Rev. Jeptha Brainard) abt 1813 New York Mar ng 1895 Fox Twp, IL FO 1837 HI
Paddock William (member Dr. Gantz's family) nds abt 1839 Fox Twp, IL FO 1837 HI
Page John H. (s. Lucius W. & Julia H. (Hoyt)) abt 1837 Albany, NY Mar 4 1910 Geneva, IA BR 1840
Page Julia H. (Hoyt)(1st Mrs. Lucius W.) Nov 11 1813 New Canaan, CT Feb 6 1865 Bristol, IL BR 1840
Page Lucius W. Oct ng 1812 Vermont Jun 19 1893 Geneva, IA BR 1840 OS
Page Mary Ann "Polly" (Hobson)(Mrs. William) Oct 10 1822 Orange Co., IN Dec 12 1837 DuPage Co., IL BG 1830 HI
Page Silas S. (s. Lucius W. & Julia H. (Hoyt)(Civil War Vet.) abt 1838 New York aft 1920 [Marshall Co., IA 1920] BR 1840
Paine Harriet (Hay)(Mrs. John K.)(2nd marriage) Jan 17 1839 Bristol, IL Feb 20 1923 Millbrook, IL BR 1839 HI
Palmer Eliza Jane (Wormley)(Mrs. John T.) abt 1837 Oswego Twp, IL May ng 1897 Minnesota OS 1837 OS
Paradise Louise (LeClair)(Mrs. Norman) abt 1839 Illinois Oct 24 1919 Brookfield, Linn Co., MO OS 1839
Parcel William (batchelor who lived at Cherry's Grove) [Parcell] abt 1805 nds BG 1830 HI
Parke Mary Louisa (Moore)(Mrs. Er.) abt 1833 Vermont aft 1904 [LaHarpe, KS 1904] OS 1840
Parker Adeline C. (d. Alanson & Sophia "Sally" (Johnson)) Aug 26 1838 Fox Twp, IL Jul 31 1921 Garfield, MI FO 1838
Parker Alanson (s. Edmond & Hepzibah (Curtis)) Dec 29 1805 Underhill, VT Jun 7 1887 Oxford Junction, IA FO 1836
Parker Clarissa Charlotte (Warner)(Mrs. George D.) Jun 27 1828 Camillus, NY Dec 30 1888 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1836 OS
Parker Cordelia (d. Harmon, Sr. & Eleanor) Jul ng 1829 Cuyahoga Co., OH abt 1900 Carlton Twp, Tama Co., IA SE 1840
Parker Eleanor (Mrs. Harmon, Sr.) abt 1799 New York abt 1871 Carlton Twp, Tama Co., IA SE 1840 CE
Parker Eliza Ann (Jones)(Mrs. Harmon, Jr.) abt 1838 Seward Twp, IL aft 1880 [Carlton Twp, Tama Co., IA 1880] SE 1838 HI
Parker Elizabeth "Betsey" (d. Harmon, Sr. & Eleanor) Feb 28 1829 Cuyahoga Co., OH Sep 2 1895 Tama Co., IA SE 1840 CE
Parker Ellen "Melissa" (d. Harmon, Sr. & Eleanor) abt 1835 Cuyahoga Co., OH aft 1850 [Big Grove Twp, IL 1850] SE 1840 CE
Parker George H. (s. Alanson & Sophia "Sally" (Johnson))(CW Vet.) Aug 28 1840 Fox Twp, IL? Jan 8 1862 Palmyra, Marion Co., MO FO 1840
Parker Harmon, Jr. (s. Harmon, Sr. & Eleanor) abt 1825 Cuyahoga Co., OH abt 1898 Carlton Twp, Tama Co., IA SE 1840 CE
Parker Harmon, Sr. (included in 1840 census) abt 1792 Orange Co., NY Feb 23 1873 NaAuSay Twp, IL SE 1840 CE
Parker Harriet I. (d. Alanson & Sophia "Sally" (Johnson)) Oct 10 1836 Fox Twp, IL aft 1880 [Pleasant Valley, Jo Davies Co., IL 1880] FO 1836
Parker John (settled at Long Grove) nds New Jersey? nds KE 1837 OS
Parker Laura (Mrs. Chester) abt 1806 aft 1850 [NaAuSay Twp, IL 1850] BG 1840
Parker Robert J. (s. Harmon, Sr. & Eleanor) Feb 14 1822 Cuyahoga Co., OH Apr ng 1897 Stanhope, Hamilton Co., IA SE 1840
Parker Sarah (d. Harmon, Sr. & Eleanor) abt 1819 Ohio aft 1850 [NaAuSay Twp, IL 1850] NA 1839
Parker Sophia "Sally" (Johnson)(Mrs. Alanson)(d. Steven & Lucy (Stone)) Mar 15 1815 Townshend, VT Feb 25 1899 Pleasant Valley Twp, IL FO 1836
Parker William Aug 12 1780 England Feb 3 1864 Plainfield, IL OS 1840
Parkhurst C. Phidelia (Mrs. Joel, Sr.) Feb ng 1820 New York May 26 1885 Kendall Co., IL LI 1840
Parkhurst Emily Almira (d. Nahum A. & Roxanna (Ashley)) May 3 1830 Chautauqua Co., NY May 13 1840 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1836
Parkhurst Joel, Sr. abt 1810 New York Jul 31 1853 Oswego Twp, IL LI 1840
Parkhurst Lydia Paulina (d. Nahum A. & Roxanna (Ashley)) Nov 26 1831 Chautauqua Co., NY Feb 17 1869 Oswego, IL OS 1836
Parkhurst Nahum Amos Feb 2 1805 Fairfield, NY Jan 2 1875 Oswego, IL OS 1836 OS
Parkhurst Reuben J. (s. Nahum A. & Roxanna (Ashley)) Jun 6 1834 Chautauqua Co., NY May 2 1863 Young's Pt., LA OS 1836
Parkhurst Roxanna (Ashley) (Mrs. Nahum A.) May 20 1811 Martinsburg, NY Apr 19 1892 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1836 OS
Parkhurst Sophia Amanda (d. Nahum A. & Roxanna (Ashley)) Dec 25 1839 Oswego Twp, IL Dec 28 1907 State Center, IA OS 1839
Parkhurst Sylvester abt 1840 Illinois aft 1900 [Lisbon Twp, IL 1900] LI 1840
Parmenter Rachel (Evans)(Mrs. David)(d. Robert & Sarah) Dec 24 1836 Pavilion, IL Jan 21 1908 Dwight, IL KE 1836
Parrish Caroline (d. Loomis K. & Sarah (Dodge)) Jan 17 1826 Honeoye Falls, NY Mar 11 1900 Albion, MI OS 1836
Parrish Sarah (Dodge)(Mrs. Loomis K.)(1st marriage) abt 1808 Connecticut Aug 25 1885 Melrose, IL OS 1836
Patrick Charles (s. Jacob, Sr. & Eliza) abt 1837 Canada aft 1850 [Joliet, IL 1850] SE 1839 HI
Patrick Eliza (Mrs.Jacob, Sr. ) abt 1803 Canada Apr 1 1874 Joliet, IL SE 1839 HI
Patrick Jacob, Jr. (s. Jacob, Sr. & Eliza) abt 1836 Canada nf 1880 [Joliet, IL 1870] SE 1839 HI
Patrick Jacob, Sr. (kept tavern in Seward Twp) abt 1793 New York aft 1850 [Joliet, IL 1850] SE 1839 HI
Patrick Sylvia (d. Jacob, Sr. & Eliza) abt 1825 Canada Apr 7 1907 Aurora, IL SE 1839 HI
Patterson Alexander (1st)(s. Matthew & Jean "Jane" Connell)) abt 1838 Bristol Twp, IL abt 1838 Bristol Twp, IL BR 1838
Patterson Jane Vallance (d. Matthew & Jean "Jane" (Connell) Dec 4 1839 Bristol Twp, IL Aug 24 1920 Bristol Twp, IL BR 1839
Patterson Jean "Jane" (Connell)(Mrs. Matthew) Feb 28 1817 Old Cumnock, Scot. Sep 16 1880 Bristol Twp, IL BR 1837
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