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
Tabler Julia Elman (McCloud)(Mrs. David Cryder) Oct 28 1834 Clinton Co., NY Feb 28 1920 Aux Sable Twp, IL OS 1835 HI
Tallmadge Sarah E. "Sally" (Litsey)(Mrs. James E.) Aug 27 1836 Rough Creek, KY Jun 25 1896 Plattville, IL BG 1836 OS
Taylor David "Lester" (s. Elisha & Cynthia (Kellogg)) Nov 1 1826 Lake Co., OH Mar 5 1898 Millington, IL BG 1839 OS
Taylor Elijah (s. Elisha & Cynthia (Kellogg))(d. Daniel) abt 1823 Ohio aft 1880 [Rochelle, IL 1880] BG 1839
Taylor Elisha abt 1802 Connecticut Aug 25 1873 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1839
Taylor Hiram (s. Elisha & Mary) abt 1835 Ohio aft 1880 [Grant, IA 1880] BG 1839
Taylor Lucius J. (s. Elisha & Cynthia (Kellogg)(d. Daniel) Oct 3 1828 Jan 24 1850 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1839
Taylor Manlius abt 1808 Ohio May 23 1897 [Big Grove Twp, IL 1850] BG 1839 OS
Taylor Maria E. (d. Elisha & Cynthia (Kellogg)(d. Daniel) abt 1830 Ohio abt 1904 Grundy Co., IL BG 1839
Taylor Martha (Mrs. James) abt 1835 Illinois aft 1880 [Benton Co., MO 1880] OS 1835
Taylor Martha A. (Cobleigh)(Mrs. Charles) abt 1837 Vermont nds BG 1840
Taylor Mary (1st Mrs. Elisha) Jan 29 1807 Jul 15 1840 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1839
Taylor Mary Etta (Wilson)(Mrs. William) Feb 22 1840 Illinois aft 1880 [Benton Co., MO 1880] OS 1840
Taylor Susan C. (McClaskey)(Mrs. David "Lester") Sep 7 1828 Meadville, PA Nov 7 1886 Millington, IL BG 1839 OS
Teaby James (Early settler Bristol Twp.) nds nds BR 1835 HI
Teal Peter (Early settler Fox Twp.) nds nds FO 1838 HI
Teal William (worked for Daniel Kellogg) nds aft 1887 BG 1831 HI
Temple Dr. (pioneer doctor in Big Grove Twp) nds nds BG 1840 HI
Tenney Amos Sep 24 1794 Grafton Co., NH Jan 13 1849 Little Rock Twp, IL KE 1837 OS
Tenney Catherine B. (d. Amos & Hannah (Cass)) May 6 1829 New Hampshire aft 1850 [Little Rock Twp, IL 1850] KE 1837
Tenney Charles L. (s. Amos & Hannah (Cass)) Jul 7 1835 New Hampshire Mar 20 1911 Elgin, IL KE 1837 OS
Tenney Eunice (d. Amos & Hannah (Cass)) Jul 21 1821 Hill, NH May 10 1901 Plano, IL KE 1837
Tenney Hannah (Cass)(Mrs. Amos) Apr 17 1801 New Hampshire Mar 6 1868 Little Rock Twp, IL KE 1837
Tenney John C. (s. Amos & Hannah (Cass)) Apr 3 1827 New Hampshire aft 1900 [Lancaster Co., NE 1900] KE 1837
Tenney Sarah G. (d. Amos & Hannah (Cass)) Jan 11 1833 New Hampshire aft 1850 [Little Rock Twp, IL 1850] KE 1837
Thomas Samuel (bought William Wilson's claim) nds aft 1877 [Chebanse, IL 1877] OS 1836 HI
Thomas Sarah Jane (Gleason)(Mrs. John)(d. Abel & Anna) Dec 23 1832 Middlebury Twp, NY Mar 11 1871 Newark, IL FO 1840
Thompson James (from Orleans Co., NY)(b. 1800-1810) abt 1805 New York nds FO 1838 HI
Thompson Margaret J. (Inscho)(Mrs. Thomas J.) Apr 4 1839 Kendall Twp, IL Jul 4 1874 Aurora, IL KE 1839 HI
Thompson Martha Maria (Springer)(Mrs. Leonard) Mar 7 1839 Kendall Twp, IL Dec 3 1893 [Greenfield, WI 1880] KE 1838 HI
Thompson Mary Jane (Austin)(Mrs. Robert McNeil) May 28 1826 Gates, NY Jan 15 1896 NaAuSay Twp, IL NA 1840 HI
Thorpe Amanda (Lye)(Mrs. William M.) abt 1835 Philadelphia, PA nf 1900 [Beaver, Boone Co., IA 1880] LR 1838 HI
Thorpe Belinda A. (Loomis)(Mrs. Henry M.) May 22 1839 Leyden, NY Sep 9 1907 Somonauk, IL LR 1840
Thorpe Jane E. (Welch)(Mrs. Orison L.) abt 1835 New York nf 1900 [Greene Co., IA 1897] LR 1836 OS
Throckmorton Ann "Elizabeth" (Mrs.) abt 1836 Ohio bef 1871 [Little Rock Twp, IL 1850] LR 1837
Thurber Adoniram Judson (s. John J. & Hester (Bristol)) Jul 25 1837 Kendall Twp, IL Jul 14 1924 Marseilles, IL KE 1837 HI
Thurber Edgar B. (s. John J. & Hester (Bristol)) Feb 17 1839 Kendall Twp, IL Feb 19 1873 Marseilles, IL KE 1839 HI
Thurber Hester (Bristol)(Mrs. John J.) Jan 18 1817 Connecticut Aug 16 1895 Marseilles, IL KE 1834 HI
Thurber John J. (s. William, Sr. & Phebe)(came with Almon Ives) Mar 31 1806 Petersburg, NY abt 1842 Kendall Twp, IL KE 1834 HI
Thurber Lorenzo William (s. William, Jr. & Polly H. (Fitch)) abt 1837 Kendall Twp, IL Dec 29 1918 Champaign, IL KE 1838 HI
Thurber Louisa Fitch (d. William, Jr. & Polly H. (Fitch)) Jul 29 1835 Kendall Twp, IL Feb 28 1915 Yorkville, IL KE 1835 HI
Thurber Marbry (d. William, Sr. & Phebe (Jones)) Oct 30 1799 Petersburg, NY May 18 1855 Plano, IL KE 1834 HI
Thurber Nancy (d. William, Sr. & Phebe (Jones)) Apr 21 1818 Petersburg, NY Sep 12 1897 Cheyenne, WY KE 1834 HI
Thurber Phebe (d. William, Sr. & Phebe (Jones)) Nov 21 1813 Petersburg, NY Dec 15 1887 Plano, IL KE 1834 HI
Thurber Phebe M. (d. William, Jr. & Polly H. (Fitch)) Apr 6 1840 Kendall Twp, IL Feb 23 1925 Valparaiso, IN KE 1840 HI
Thurber Polly H. (Fitch)(Mrs. William, Jr.) May 10 1810 New York Oct 23 1893 Yorkville, IL KE 1834 HI
Thurber Polly Oatman (d. William, Sr. & Phebe (Jones)) Oct 26 1801 Petersburg, NY Dec 27 1886 Plano, IL KE 1834 HI
Thurber William, Jr. (s. William, Sr. & Phebe (Jones)(came with Almon Ives) Sep 19 1808 Petersburg, NY Sep 30 1864 Kendall Twp, IL KE 1834 HI
Tilton Jane E. (Aldrich)(Mrs. Cornelius) Jun 12 1823 Knowlesville, NY Nov 18 1912 Estherville, Emmet Co., IA FO 1837 HI
Titsworth Elizabeth (Pearce)(Mrs. James T.)(d. Daniel, Sr.) abt 1791 Anne Arundel Co., MD Nov 8 1849 NaAuSay Twp, IL OS 1833 HI
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Data last uploaded on 2013-06-22 18:28:37-0500 CDT by Elmer Dickson