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
Vanatta Hannah Ann (Clark)(Mrs. Samuel) Mar 10 1829 Huron Co., OH aft 1900 [Chicago, IL 1900] FO 1835 HI
VanBrunt William (worked for Peter Cook) nds Feb 8 1843 Fox Twp, IL FO 1838 PR
VanCleve Elizabeth W. (Lee)(Mrs. Israel P.) Dec 12 1804 New Jersey Jun 21 1870 Fox Twp, IL OS 1836 HI
VanCleve Emily G. (Pope)(Mrs. William L.) May 9 1836 Trenton, NJ Jan 20 1901 Fox Twp, IL FO 1836 HI
VanCleve Israel P. Nov 13 1803 New Jersey Aug 8 1871 Fox Twp, IL OS 1836 HI
VanCleve Joseph L. (s. Israel P. & Elizabeth W. (Lee)) Feb 9 1831 New Jersey Apr 30 1884 Fox Twp, IL OS 1836 HI
VanCleve Mary Elizabeth (d. Israel P. & Elizabeth W. (Lee)) Dec 15 1833 Sandtown, NJ Nov 19 1903 Aux Sable Twp, IL OS 1836 HI
VanCleve William Lee (s. Israel P. & Elizabeth W. (Lee)) Oct 16 1826 New Jersey Mar 9 1899 Fox Twp, IL OS 1836 HI
VanDolson John Tunis, Sr. (b-in-l Ephraim Bronk) Apr 5 1822 Albany, NY Jul 12 1903 Minooka, IL NA 1836
VanEmon Elizabeth "Eliza" (d. George & Hester) Jul 16 1817 Brown Co., OH Jan 14 1836 Kendall Twp, IL KE 1834
VanEmon Elizabeth (Hay)(Mrs. Walter Wall)(d. George Pew Hay) Apr 8 1834 Tinton Falls, NJ Dec 25 1902 Yorkville, IL BR 1836 HI
VanEmon George (s. Garret & Martha (Liddell) Oct 23 1790 Bourbon Co., KY May 20 1864 Yorkville, IL KE 1834 OS
VanEmon Hester (Wall)(Mrs. George)(d. Walter & Elizabeth (Hay)) Jan 31 1792 Pennsylvania Apr 12 1858 Yorkville, IL KE 1834 OS
VanEmon James "Harvey" (s. George & Hester (Wall)) Mar 9 1821 Brown Co., OH Jan 6 1900 Rochelle, IL KE 1834 OS
VanEmon Walter Wall (s. George & Hester (Wall)) Jan 22 1819 Brown Co., OH Jan 29 1889 Yorkville, IL KE 1834 OS
VanFleet Eleanor abt 1816 New Jersey aft 1880 [Aurora, IL 1880] OS 1837
VanKleeck Eliza S. (d. John L. R. & Matilda) Jan 9 1825 Fishkill, NY Dec 24 1891 Webster City, Hamilton Co., IA FO 1839
VanKleeck John L. R. (s. Levi Leroy & Sarah E. (Way)) Jul 27 1802 Fishkill, NY Oct 4 1897 Illinois FO 1839 LE
VanKleeck Matilda (Mrs. John L. R.) abt 1801 Aug 25 1869 Fox Twp, IL FO 1839 LE
VanMeter Carana (d. Miles Haycroft & Mary Suzie (Litsey)) abt 1836 Illinois aft 1850 [Big Grove Twp, IL 1850] BG 1836 HI
VanMeter David (s.Miles Haycroft & Mary Suzie ((Litsey)) abt 1830 Kentucky aft 1850 [Big Grove Twp, IL 1850] BG 1836 HI
VanMeter Henry (s. Miles Haycroft & Mary Suzie (Litsey)) Jan ng 1839 Indiana aft 1910 [Henry Co., IN 1910] BG 1840 HI
VanMeter James (s. Miles Haycroft & Mary Suzie (Litsey)) Mar 2 1834 Rough Creek, KY Mar 1 1909 Hudson, WI BG 1836 HI
VanMeter John (s. Miles Haycroft & Mary Suzie (Litsey)) Jan 7 1838 Newark, IL Nov 20 1918 Palestine, TX BG 1838 HI
VanMeter Mary (d. Miles Haycroft & Mary Suzie (Litsey)) abt 1832 Kentucky aft 1850 [Big Grove Twp, IL 1850] BG 1836 HI
VanMeter Mary Suzie (Pirtle)(Litsey)(Mrs. Miles Haycroft) Apr 7 1810 Grayson Co., KY abt 1870 Hudson, WI BG 1837 HI
VanMeter Miles Haycroft (s. Abraham & Sarah)(brick yard in Big Grove Twp.) Mar 6 1810 Leitchfield, KY May 3 1898 Wisconsin BG 1836 HI
VanMeter Patrick "Henry" (s. Miles Haycroft & Mary Suzie (Pirtle)) Dec 29 1840 Newark, IL Oct 1 1863 nr. Dallas, GA BG 1840
VanOlinda Abigail (Johnson)(Mrs. Daniel M.) abt 1806 Vermont aft 1880 El Dorado Co., CA 1880] BR 1834 YC
VanOlinda Louisa (Craw)(Mrs. Ira) Sep 1 1832 Saratoga Co., NY Dec 10 1870 Plainfield, IL OS 1836 HI
VanOsdel Martha (McClellan)(Mrs. John Mills) Jan 27 1819 Ashville, NY Dec 16 1895 Chicago, IL BR 1835 HI
VanTassel Mary (Misner)(1st Mrs. Henry K.) Sep 11 1836 Big Grove Twp, IL Dec 29 1901 Millbrook, IL BG 1836 HI
VanTassel Sabrina S. (Serrine)(2nd Mrs. Henry K.) Dec 25 1830 Dutchess Co., NY Mar 16 1907 Sandwich, IL FO 1838 HI
VanValkenburg Viola (Bushnell)(Mrs. B. J.) Apr 2 1838 Niles, MI aft 1860 [Lisbon Twp. IL 1860] LI 1839 CE
Varner Susan C. (Wormley)(Mrs. William N.) Dec 11 1834 Painted Post, NY Jun 10 1915 Oswego, IL OS 1837 HI
Vaughn Mary A. (Morse)(Mrs. David) abt 1840 Fox Twp, IL aft 1860 [Bristol Twp, IL 1860] FO 1840
Verbeck Caroline "Jane" Orton (Southworth)(Mrs J. Henry, Sr.) Sep 21 1825 Camden, NY Jun 10 1902 Sheridan, IL BG 1838
Vermette Huldah Cornelia (Walker)(Mrs. Vetal) Sep 29 1811 Nashville, TN Apr 20 1902 Chicago, IL BG 1829 HI
Vermette Lewis (s. Vetal & Huldah Cornelia (Walker)) abt 1829 Ottawa, IL aft 1850 [La Salle Co., IL 1850] BG 1829
Vermette Maria (d. Vetal & Huldah Cornelia (Walker)) Dec 11 1831 Big Grove Twp, IL 1832 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1831
Vermette Vetal (one of first settlers in Kendall Co.) Jan 29 1798 Sandwich, Ontario* May 10 1883 Carpenter, IN? BG 1829 HI
Vernon David (s. William Kennedy Mackie & Sarah Willett (Murray)) Dec 10 1837 Fox Twp, IL Apr 1 1910 Chicago, IL FO 1838
Vernon Elizabeth A. (d. William Kennedy Mackie & Sarah Willett (Murray)) Sep 11 1833 Hennepin, IL nf 1900 [So. Bend, IN 1889] FO 1834
Vernon Sarah Aurelia (d. William Kennedy Mackie & Sarah Willett (Murray)) Mar 21 1836 Fox Twp, IL nf 1900 [Chicago, IL 1880] FO 1836
Vernon Sarah Willett (Murray)(Mrs. William Kennedy Mackie) Apr 6 1810 Camden, SC Oct 7 1889 So. Bend, IN FO 1834
Vernon Susan C. (Wormley)(Mrs. William) Dec 11 1834 Painted Post, NY Jun 10 1915 Oswego, IL OS 1837 HI
Vernon William Blanding (s. William Kennedy Mackie & Sarah Willett (Murray))(CW) Sep 30 1839 Fox Twp, IL Jul 23 1864 Chicago, IL FO 1839
Vernon William Kennedy Mackie (came with Royal Bullard) Aug 8 1800 Newton Stewart Scot. Feb 5 1881 Chicago, IL FO 1834 OS
Voss Gustavus H. "Gus" Jun 13 1826 Prussia May 2 1879 Oswego, IL OS 1836 JO
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