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
Waddle Henry (from Orleans Co., NY) nds nds FO 1838
Wade Frances "Elizabeth" (Cunningham)(Mrs. Alexander M.)) Feb 8 1836 Newark, IL May 7 1890 Colfax, Jasper Co., IA BG 1836 HI
Waite Esther Ortentia (Carr)(Mrs. Nelson) May 29 1827 Henderson, NY Apr 25 1867 Napa, CA KE 1838
Waite Hugh (single man, built first house in Seward Twp) nds nds SE 1832
Waite Minerva Ann (Carr)(Mrs. Daniel) Oct 26 1829 Woodville, NY nf 1900 [Turlock, CA 1880] KE 1838
Walker Huldah (d. Dr. David & Phebe (Finley)) Sep ng 1810 Tennessee Apr 20 1902 Chicago, IL BG 1829 HI
Walker Joanna (Mrs. Robert D.) abt 1805 New York aft 1850 [Serena Twp, IL 1850] SE 1836
Walker Keziah Marie (d. Dr. David & Phebe (Finley)) abt 1806 Tennessee Oct 20 1877 Yolo Co., CA BG 1829
Walker Loretta (Kimball)(Mrs. William) abt 1836 Illinois aft 1850 [Bristol Twp, IL 1850] OS 1836 OS
Walker Martin (s. Robert D. & Joanna) abt 1824 New York aft 1900 [Ransom, IL 1900] SE 1836
Walker Maryetta (d. Robert D. & Joanna) Jul 2 1835 Mar 5 1851 Seward Twp, IL SE 1836
Walker Orville P. (s. Robert D. & Joanna) abt 1836 Illinois aft 1850 [Serena Twp, IL 1850] SE 1836
Walker Perlina Ricketson (Alford)(Mrs. Robert H.) Sep 6 1829 New York aft 1850 [Kendall Twp, IL 1850] KE 1834
Walker Phyletta (Kimball)(Mrs. William) abt 1840 Illinois nf 1900 [West Liberty, IA 1880] OS 1840
Walker Robert D. abt 1801 New York aft 1850 [Serena Twp, IL 1850] SE 1836
Walker Robert H. (s. Robert D. & Joanna) abt 1838 Illinois aft 1850 [Serena Twp, IL 1850] SE 1836
Wallace Jane Ann (Neff)(Mrs. William) Jun 22 1837 Big Grove Twp, IL Apr 7 1899 Beaver, PA BG 1837
Wallis Cordelia (Johnson)(Mrs. David) abt 1835 Ohio aft 1850 [Serena Twp, IL 1850] SE 1840 CE
Ward Elvira A. (d. John, Sr. & Martha) Dec 24 1835 Bloomington, IL May 12 1898 Hinckley, IL KE 1836
Ward James E. (s. John, Sr. & Martha) Apr 27 1832 La Salle Co., IL Jan 20 1892 Aurora, IL KE 1836
Ward John, Jr. (s. John, Sr. & Martha) abt 1829 Ohio May 1 1866 Pavilion, IL KE 1836
Ward John, Sr. Apr 11 1800 Pennsylvania Oct 16 1877 [Little Rock Twp, IL 1870] KE 1836
Ward Martha (Mrs. John, Sr.) Nov 30 1794 Aug 23 1844 Kendall Twp, IL KE 1836
Ward Martha M. (d. John, Sr. & Martha)(29-5-?) abt 1837 Illinois May 1 1866 Pavilion, IL KE 1834
Ward Minerva A. (Oatman)(Mrs. William W.) Mar 27 1832 Kendall Twp, IL aft 1880 [Guelph, KS 1880] KE 1834 HI
Ward Nancy (2nd Mrs. John, Sr.) abt 1817 Ohio aft 1850 [Kendall Twp, IL 1850] KE 1833
Ward William A. (s. John, Sr. & Martha) abt 1828 Ohio aft 1850 [Kendall Twp, IL 1850] KE 1836
Ware Bethia C. (Heath)(Mrs. Charles B., Sr.) 1817 Fairlee, VT Mar 6 1908 Chicago, IL SE 1838 HI
Ware Charles (s. Charles B., Sr. & Bethia C. (Heath)) abt 1840 Illinois aft 1850 [Serena Twp, IL 1850] SE 1840 HI
Ware Charles B., Sr. (purchased Joel A. Matteson's claim) Jun 19 1812 Thetford, VT Dec 30 1882 Kankakee, IL SE 1835 HI
Warner Adaline "Amanda" (d. Joel & Clarissa (Foster)) Jun 29 1819 Camillus, NY Nov 11 1869 Dayton, IL OS 1837 HI
Warner Chase (s. Joel & Clarissa (Foster)) Feb 2 1824 Camillus, NY bef 1880 Salem, WI OS 1837
Warner Clarissa (Foster)(Mrs. Joel) Dec 8 1798 Onondaga Co., NY May 9 1863 Oswego, IL OS 1837
Warner Clarissa Charlotte (d. Joel & Clarissa (Foster)) Jun 27 1828 Camillus, NY Dec 30 1888 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1836
Warner Emeline Amelia (d. Joel & Clarissa (Foster)) Dec 15 1821 Camillus, NY Nov 12 1874 Oswego, IL OS 1836
Warner Joel "Foster" (s. Joel & Clarissa (Foster)) Jun 14 1831 Camillus, NY aft 1900 [Dayton, IL 1900] OS 1836
Warner Joel (s. Seth & Lois (Squires))(War of 1812) Sep 9 1797 Camillus, NY Sep 9 1843 Newark, IL OS 1836
Warner Linus Squires (s. Joel & Clarissa (Foster)) Apr 7 1833 Camillus, NY Apr 16 1868 Oswego, IL OS 1836
Warner Louisa Juliette "Lois" (d. Joel & Clarissa (Foster)) Mar 17 1825 Camillus, NY Apr 15 1893 Oswego, IL OS 1837 OS
Warner Mariette Marion (d. Joel & Clarissa (Foster)) Jul 30 1823 Camillus, NY Sep 8 1859 Oswego, IL OS 1836
Warner Melinda (Pearce)(Mrs. Chase) May 22 1824 Urbana, OH abt 1893 Plymouth Co., IA? OS 1833
Warner Olive "Matilda" (d. Joel & Clarissa (Foster)) Nov 16 1838 Oswego, IL Apr 12 1880 Oswego, IL OS 1838
Warner Orin "Henry" (s. Joel & Clarissa (Foster)) Dec 2 1835 Camillus, NY Oct 24 1863 Oswego, IL OS 1836
Warner Orson "Seth" (s. Joel & Clarissa (Foster)) Jan 25 1827 Camillus, NY Jan 16 1874 Three Oaks, MI OS 1836
Washburn Mary F. (Booth)(Mrs. Rev. William "Sanford") abt 1835 Big Grove Twp, IL abt 1911 [Mitchell, SD 1885] BG 1835 HI
Waterhouse Harriet (Hough)(Mrs. Levi Hull)(d. Burrage & Mary) Dec 23 1831 Martinsburg, NY Dec 29 1870 Aurora, IL NA 1835 HI
Waterman Eri L. (s. John E. & Nancy) abt 1814 New York Jul 4 1894 [Lake View, IL 1880] BG 1836 HI
Waterman John E. (s. Oliver & Elizabeth) abt 1785 New York Dec ng 1858 Ottawa, IL BG 1836 HI
Waterman Lydia (Richards)(Mrs. John E.)(formerly Mrs. Dix) Jun 18 1792 Litchfield, CT Sep 21 1881 Nettle Creek Twp, IL BG 1836 HI
Watters Barbara A. (Misner)(Mrs. John P.) Jul 19 1833 Indiana nf 1900 [Round Grove, MO 1880] BG 1840
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Data last uploaded on 2013-06-22 18:28:37-0500 CDT by Elmer Dickson