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
Randall Deborah (Pearce)(Mrs. William "Alvin") Nov 2 1820 Ohio Sep 17 1902 Fox Twp, IL OS 1832 JO
Randall William "Alvin" (walked from PA to Oswego) abt 1813 Pennsylvania Jan 24 1875 Newark, IL OS 1835 JO
Rarick Julia A. (Wormley)(Mrs. John C.) abt 1840 Oswego Twp, IL aft 1850 [Oswego Twp, IL 1850] OS 1840 HI
Raymond Catherine (Holt)(Mrs. Jonathan) Apr 19 1810 Fitchburg, MA Nov 14 1877 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1834
Raymond George W. (s. Jonathan & Catherine (Holt)) May ng 1838 Illinois aft 1910 [Morris, IL 1910] BG 1838
Raymond Harriet N. (Hathaway)(Mrs. George W.) Jan ng 1835 Oneida Co., NY Feb 15 1925 Morris, IL BR 1837
Raymond Jonathan Mar 29 1806 Westminster, MA Jul 10 1884 Bloomington, IL BG 1834
Raymond Lyman H. (s. Jonathan & Catherine (Holt)) abt 1832 Massachusetts nf 1860 [Big Grove Twp, IL 1850] BG 1834
Reaney Mary (d. Susan E. Reaney (Short) nds nf 1880 Bristol, IL BR 1836
Redfield Sarah Ann (McCloud)(Mrs. Charles H.) May 16 1838 Rutland Co., VT May 7 1902 Sandwich, IL SE 1838 HI
Reed Alexander (came with Isaac Townsend)(mar Cordelia Bly) Aug ng 1819 New York Jun 22 1908 Belleville, Republic Co., KS NA 1835 OS
Reed Anjalette J. (d. Jonathan & Permelia "Polly") Apr 8 1828 Oswego Co., NY May 5 1913 Plattville, IL NA 1835
Reed Ansel (s. Reuben & Hannah (Bailey))) Sep 23 1818 Pittsford, NY Jul 6 1887 Lisbon Twp, IL BG 1831 HI
Reed Eliza M. (Wright)(Mrs. Ansel) Sep 16 1829 Rochester, NY Apr 13 1909 San Bernadino, CA BG 1840 HI
Reed Emeline A. (d. Reuben & Hannah (Bailey))(Ansel's sister) Apr 22 1822 Pittsford, NY Oct 14 1903 Bristol, IL BG 1831
Reed Esther (Pearce)(3rd Mrs. Isaac "Farley") Mar 6 1830 Logan Co., OH Jan 20 1899 Oswego, IL OS 1833 OS
Reed Harriette (d. Jonathan & Permelia "Polly") Feb 26 1815 Herkimer Co., NY Mar 5 1909 Plattville, IL NA 1835
Reed Jonathan abt 1783 Bennington Co., VT Aug 19 1875 NaAuSay Twp, IL NA 1835 OS
Reed Mehitable (d. Jonathan & Permelia "Polly") abt 1834 New York aft 1870 [Oswego, IL 1870] NA 1835
Reed Permelia "Polly" (Mrs. Jonathan) Aug 15 1790 Bennington Co., VT Feb 18 1881 Plattville, IL NA 1835
Reed William (s. Jonathan & Permelia "Polly") Dec ng 1832 New York May ng 1915 Helena, MT NA 1835
Reynolds Isaac Newton (s. Joseph S.) Oct 13 1811 Champaign Co., OH Sep ng 1889 New Lenox, IL LI 1834
Reynolds Juliet (Southwick)(Mrs. Myron O.) Jan 22 1837 Chautauqua Co., NY Oct 8 1905 Plano, IL BG 1838 OS
Reynolds Rue Ann (Holderman)(Mrs. Isaac Newton) Mar 26 1815 Ross Co., OH Mar 11 1891 Joliet, IL BG 1831 HI
Rhodes Christopher B. abt 1778 Germany aft 1850 [Oswego Twp, IL 1850] OS 1838
Richardson Charles Frederick (s. Wm. P., Sr. & Deborah (Lang)) Apr 11 1818 Salem, MA May 24 1853 NaAuSay Twp, IL NA 1839 JO
Richardson Edward Symmes Lang (s. Wm. P., Sr. & Deborah (Lang)) Feb 28 1816 Salem, MA Mar 7 1903 Aurora, IL BR 1840 HI
Richardson George Dodge (s. of Jesse & Eunice (Dodge)) Jan 18 1806 Salem, MA Sep 16 1868 Minneapolis, MN BR 1839 HI
Richardson Harriet Bowley (Wells)(Mrs. George D.) abt 1825 Albany Co., NY Mar 28 1875 Minneapolis, MN BR 1839 JO
Richardson Harriet Emeline (Norris)(Mrs. Edward S. L.) Dec 7 1821 Salem, MA Dec 3 1908 Aurora, IL SE 1840 HI
Richardson Ruth Chever (Shepard)(Mrs. Charles F.) Feb 6 1820 Salem, MA Sep 1 1906 Minneapolis, MN NA 1839 HI
Richardson William (single, drove one of James Root's teams) nds Oneida Co., NY abt 1857 Lisbon, IL LI 1835 HI
Richardson William Putnam, Jr., Dr. (s. William Putnam, Sr. & Deborah (Lang)) Aug 15 1813 Salem, MA Mar 27 1857 Kendall Co., IL NA 1838 HI
Richmond Austin A. (s. Wilkinson & Sarah Ann (Haymond)) Sep 19 1840 Big Grove Twp, IL Jul 6 1891 Tazewell Co., IL KE 1834 HI
Richmond Sarah Ann (Haymond)(Mrs. Wilkinson)(1819-1871) Jul 7 1821 Muskingum Co., OH Apr 8 1879 Mackinaw, Tazewell Co., IL KE 1834 HI
Richmond Wilkinson Oct 28 1817 Ohio Jun 25 1881 Mackinaw, Tazewell Co., IL BG 1834 HI
Richolson Helen (Mrs. Lars) abt 1813 Norway, Europe Mar 8 1898 La Salle Co., IL BG 1838
Richolson Lars nds Norway, Europe abt 1866 La Salle Co., IL BG 1838
Richolson Richol (s. Lars & Helen) abt 1836 Norway, Europe aft 1860 [La Salle Co., IL 1860] BG 1838
Ricketson Benjamin, Judge abt 1811 New York Apr 5 1898 Azusa, CA OS 1835 HI
Ricketson Camantha (Seely)(Mrs. Henry) Mar 5 1816 Susquehanna Co., PA Jan 29 1892 Kendall Co., IL LI 1837 HI
Ricketson Eleanor (d. Jonathan & Esther (Slyter)) May 4 1823 Peru, NY Feb 9 1914 Mazon, IL LI 1835 HI
Ricketson Erastus (s. Benjamin & Sarah Anne (Hallock)) abt 1824 New York nf 1880 Kendall Co., IL LI 1836 HI
Ricketson Esther (Slyter)(Mrs. Jonathan) abt 1793 New York Oct 19 1867 Lisbon Twp, IL LI 1835 HI
Ricketson Ezra (brother of Benjamin)(70 yrs) abt 1824 New York Sep 1 1894 Hinckley, MN OS 1835 HI
Ricketson Henry (s. Jonathan & Esther (Slyter)) Oct 10 1812 Peru, NY Feb 13 1904 Kendall Co., IL LI 1835 HI
Ricketson John S. (s. Henry & Cemantha) abt 1838 Lisbon Twp, IL Jan 12 1865 died in Army LI 1838 HI
Ricketson Jonathan (s. Abednego & Martha Ida (Soule)) Jul 15 1782 Dartmouth, NY Jan 29 1849 Kendall Co., IL OS 1835 HI
Ricketson Katherine (d. Jonathan & Esther (Slyter)) Jan 5 1812 Clinton Co., NY Apr 25 1878 De Kalb Co., IL LI 1835 HI
Ricketson Martha (d. Jonathan & Esther (Slyter)) abt 1821 New York aft 1870 [Lisbon Twp, IL 1870] OS 1835 HI
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