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
Bushnell Calvin Williams (s. Calvin, Sr. & Polly (Williams)) Mar 24 1815 New York aft 1902 [Goodland, IN 1902] BG 1835 HI
Bushnell Calvin, Sr., Rev. (s. Reuben & Martha (Jones)) Apr 29 1781 Westbrook, CT May 16 1864 Lisbon, IL BG 1835 HI
Bushnell E. Viola (d. George & Nancy (Clarke)) Apr 2 1838 Niles, MI nf 1870 [Lisbon Twp, IL 1860] LI 1839 CE
Bushnell Elizabeth (d. Calvin, Sr. & Polly (Williams)) Nov 18 1819 Vernon, Oneida Co., NY nf 1880 [Chebanse, IL 1877] BG 1835 HI
Bushnell George (s. Stephen, Sr. & Vincy (Tuttle)) Apr 17 1812 New York abt 1867 Lisbon, IL LI 1839 CE
Bushnell Harriet (d. Calvin, Sr. & Polly (Williams)) Jul 29 1823 Vernon, Oneida Co., NY Feb 10 1895 Morris, IL BG 1835 HI
Bushnell John Williams (s. Calvin, Sr. & Polly (Williams)) Mar 18 1825 Vernon, Oneida Co., NY Sep 7 1894 Alma, MI BG 1835 HI
Bushnell Joseph S. (s. Calvin, Sr. & Polly (Williams)) Mar 14 1829 Vernon, Oneida Co., NY aft 1910 [Jackson Co., MN 1910] BG 1835 HI
Bushnell Mariah (Sears)(Mrs. Hiram) Jun 27 1808 Putnam Co., NY Feb 13 1870 LI 1837 HI
Bushnell Mary B. (d. Calvin, Sr. & Polly (Williams)) Feb 22 1832 Vernon, Oneida Co., NY aft 1902 [Morris, IL 1902] BG 1835 HI
Bushnell Paul (s. Stephen, Sr. & Vincy (Tuttle)) abt 1829 New York nds LI 1839 CE
Bushnell Polly (Williams)(Mrs. Rev. Calvin, Sr.) Oct 10 1787 Massachusetts Jan 6 1877 Rossville, IL BG 1835 HI
Bushnell Sarah Dana (d. Calvin, Sr. & Polly (Williams)) Oct 6 1813 New York aft 1880 [Big Grove Twp, IL 1880] BG 1835 HI
Bushnell Sherrill Pierce (s. Calvin, Sr. & Polly (Williams)) Mar 24 1827 Vernon, Oneida Co., NY Mar 26 1902 Paxton, IL BG 1835 HI
Bushnell Simon (s. Stephen, Sr. & Vincy (Tuttle)) abt 1820 New York nds BG 1835 HI
Bushnell Stephen Jones (s. Reuben & Martha (Jones)) Mar 11 1812 Durham, NY Nov 22 1857 Lisbon Twp, IL LI 1839 CE
Bushnell Stephen, Jr. (s. Stephen, Sr. & Vincy (Tuttle)) abt 1810 New York nds BG 1835 HI
Bushnell Stephen, Sr. (included in 1840 census) May ng 1779 Westbrook, CT Sep 5 1867 Lisbon Twp, IL LI 1839 CE
Bushnell Vincie/Vincy (Tuttle)(Mrs. Stephen, Sr.) Dec 9 1786 Connecticut Aug 18 1854 Lisbon Twp, IL LI 1839 CE
Bushnell Washington (s. Stephen, Sr. & Vincie/Vincy (Tuttle)) Sep 26 1827 Sullivan, NY Jun 30 1885 Ottawa, IL LI 1839 CE
Butler Anna (Hough)(Mrs. Uriah)(d. John C. & Alica A.) abt 1826 nds NA 1835 HI
Butler Eunice (Shaw)(Mrs. Ezekiel) Jun 24 1798 Marlow, NH aft 1880 [Sterling, IL 1880] BG 1836
Butler Ezekiel (s. Luther & Hannah (Wilson)) Jun 17 1792 Putney, VT Mar 18 1861 Prophetstown, IL BG 1836
Cagwin Harriet Mariah (Milks)(Mrs. Orvil/Orrid D.) Feb ng 1823 New York aft 1900 [Joliet, IL 1900] SE 1834 HI
Calahan Dennis abt 1788 Ireland nds OS 1835
Calahan Margaret (Mrs. Dennis) abt 1810 Ireland nds OS 1835
Calahan Matthew (s. Dennis & Margaret) abt 1835 Illinois nds OS 1835
Callicotte Almira Jane (Inscho)(Mrs. John B.) Sep 26 1837 Kendall Co., IL Oct 16 1927 Council Bluffs, IA KE 1837
Campbell Cyrus abt 1815 Ohio nds KE 1835 HI
Campbell George (s. John & Harriet J.) abt 1832 Ohio aft 1880 [Adams Co., IL 1880] KE 1839 HI
Campbell Hannah (d. John & Harriet J.) abt 1837 Ohio nf 1880 [Hillsdale, KS] KE 1839 HI
Campbell Hannah Sr. (John's mother?) abt 1783 Rhode Island nds KE 1839 HI
Campbell Harriet J. (Mrs. John) Sep 15 1808 Sep 27 1866 Kendall Co., IL KE 1839 HI
Campbell John (brother of William W.) abt 1801 Mar 10 1847 Kendall Co., IL KE 1839 HI
Campbell Maria (d. John & Harriet J.) abt 1831 Ohio nds KE 1839 HI
Campbell Melissa L. (d. John & Harriet J.) Jan 8 1839 New Haven, OH May 19 1923 Aurora, IL KE 1839 HI
Campbell Phoebe Ann (d. John & Harriet J.) abt 1823 Ohio nds KE 1839 HI
Campbell Walton (Walter?)(s. John & Harriet J.) abt 1834 Ohio nf 1880 [Aurora, IL 1870] KE 1839 HI
Campbell William W. (settled south side of Long Grove) abt 1805 b. 1810-1820 Feb 21 1845 Kendall Co., IL KE 1835 HI
Carnes Anna E. (d. Robert W. & Mary Ann (Clark)) abt 1828 Camden, SC aft 1880 [Big Grove Twp, IL 1880] FO 1834 HI
Carnes Catherine Lee (d. Robert W. & Mary Ann (Clark)) Feb 20 1834 Camden, SC Apr 27 1891 Millbrook, IL FO 1834 HI
Carnes James (s. Robert W. & Mary Ann (Clark)) abt 1840 Fox Twp, IL Dec 20 1929 Sawtell, CA FO 1840 HI
Carnes Mary Ann (Clark)(Mrs. Robert W.) Mar 8 1808 Camden, SC Mar 24 1888 Emsley, Dakota FO 1834 HI
Carnes Mary Jane (d. Robert W. & Mary Ann (Clark)) abt 1830 Camden, SC Oct 18 1907 Conway, AR FO 1834 HI
Carnes Robert W. (bought Harris claim from Robert Ford) Feb 5 1804 Camden, SC Feb 24 1869 Newark, IL FO 1834 HI
Carnes William J. (s. Robert W. & Mary Ann (Clark)) Oct 30 1826 Camden, SC Oct 14 1910 Chicago, IL FO 1834 HI
Carpenter Amanda (d. David Wolf & Sarah P. (Davis)) Jan 16 1836 Oswego, IL Oct 19 1922 Oswego, IL OS 1836 HI
Carpenter David Wolf (s. Joseph)(from Ohio with Elijah & John Pearce) Sep 25 1813 Virginia Jan 22 1890 Oswego, IL OS 1833 HI
Carpenter Mary (Aldrich) abt 1835 New York aft 1870 [Clarence, Cedar Co., IA 1870] FO 1837 HI
Carpenter Noah (s. David Wolf & Sarah P. (Davis)) Dec 16 1837 Oswego, IL Apr 16 1933 Le Mars, Plymouth Co., IA OS 1838 HI
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Data last uploaded on 2013-06-22 18:28:37-0500 CDT by Elmer Dickson