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
Ashley Amy Ann (d. Daniel, II & Amy Ann (Barnes)) Oct 12 1826 Martinsburg, NY nf 1900 [St. Genevieve Co., MO 1880] OS 1834 HI
Ashley Daniel, II (s. Daniel & Olive (Boardman)) Aug 29 1792 Greenfield, NY Mar 23 1866 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1834 HI
Ashley Daniel, III (s. Daniel, II & Amy Ann (Barnes)) Dec 19 1824 Martinsburg, NY Apr 17 1855 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1834 HI
Ashley Ebenezer "Morgan" (s. Stephen Ferriss & Roxana (Pitcher)) Jun 29 1818 New York Jun 20 1886 Plainfield, IL OS 1835 LE
Ashley Emeline (d. Daniel II, & Lucy (Sturdevant)?) abt 1832 New York aft 1850 [Oswego, IL 1850] OS 1834 HI
Ashley Evaline A. (d. Daniel II, & Amy Ann (Barnes)) Mar 26 1834 Martinsburg, NY Jan 16 1884 Oswego, IL OS 1834 HI
Ashley Henry "Harrison" (s. Otis & Mary "Caroline" (Stebbins)) abt 1840 Oswego Twp, IL nf 1900 [Aurora, IL 1889] OS 1840 HI
Ashley Huldah (Ferriss)(Mrs. Almon Pitcher) Aug 26 1826 Plattsburg, NY Jun 13 1897 Yorkville, IL KE 1833 OS
Ashley Jane (Holt)(Mrs. Moses Inscho)(2nd wife Stephen Ferris) Sep 18 1796 May 25 1849 Oswego Twp, IL KE 1835 HI
Ashley Lodema (d. Stephen Ferriss & Roxana (Pitcher)) Apr 19 1816 New York May 8 1868 Oswego, IL OS 1835 HI
Ashley Louisa (d. Stephen Ferriss & Roxana (Pitcher))(mar. G. Schamp) Apr 8 1832 New York Oct 10 1864 Oswego, IL OS 1835 HI
Ashley Lucy (Strufevant [Sturdevant])(2nd Mrs. Daniel, II) Aug 21 1803 Tinmouth, VT Aug 5 1880 Oswego, IL OS 1834 HI
Ashley Lydia H. (d. Stephen Ferriss & Roxana (Pitcher)) Feb 10 1807 New York Nov 3 1883 Marshfield, MO OS 1835 JO
Ashley Martha Polina (d. Stephen Ferriss & Roxana (Pitcher)) Jun 28 1820 New York Jul ng 1893 Montana OS 1835 HI
Ashley Mary "Caroline" (Stebbins)(Mrs. Otis) Apr 23 1818 Vernon, VT Mar 14 1894 Elgin, IL OS 1835 HI
Ashley Mary (d. Stephen Ferriss & Roxana (Pitcher)) May 22 1818 New York Jun 2 1863 Oswego, IL OS 1835 HI
Ashley Orson (s. Daniel, II & Amy Ann (Barnes)) Jul 5 1821 Martinsburg, NY Aug 17 1884 Wamego, KS OS 1834 HI
Ashley Otis (s. Stephen Ferriss & Roxana (Pitcher)) Aug 7 1813 Genesee Co., NY Oct 12 1854 Aurora, IL OS 1835 HI
Ashley Roxana (d. Stephen Ferriss & Roxana (Pitcher)) May 20 1811 Martinsburg, NY Apr 19 1892 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1835 HI
Ashley Roxana (Pitcher)(1st Mrs. Stephen Ferriss)(d. Reuben) Apr 7 1789 Westfield, MA May 12 1838 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1835 HI
Ashley Stephen F. (s. Daniel & Olive (Boardman)) Dec 4 1784 Sheffield, MA Oct 13 1853 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1835 HI
Atherton Martha (Cook)(Mrs. Thomas) Jun 21 1835 Red Bank, NJ Apr 7 1910 Yorkville, IL KE 1837 OS
Atwood Nancy (Thurber)(Mrs. Josiah)(d. Wm., Sr. & Phebe Jones) Apr 21 1818 Petersburg, NY Sep 12 1897 Cheyenne, WY KE 1834 HI
Austin Arthur Truman Dudley (s. Truman Dudley & Susan Butts (Guyant)) Sep 8 1838 Allegan, MI Jun 18 1911 Rochester, MN NA 1840 HI
Austin Charles Guyant (s. Truman Dudley & Susan Butts (Guyant)) Mar 28 1829 Yates, NY Mar 2 1906 NaAuSay Twp, IL NA 1840 HI
Austin Eleazer H. (bro of Joab A. & Joshua N.) Jan 17 1809 Carmel, NY Aug 16 1887 Bristol, IL BR 1837 OS
Austin Joab A. (settled around Long Grove) Dec 5 1805 Carmel, NY May 25 1875 Plano, IL FO 1836 HI
Austin Joshua Nelson (land entry) May 23 1807 Mahopac Falls, NY Mar 19 1892 Bristol, IL FO 1839 LE
Austin Louisa Maria (Sullivan)(Mrs. Orin Patchin) Dec 8 1840 NaAuSay Twp, IL Dec 6 1905 Oswego, IL NA 1837 HI
Austin Martha (d. Truman Dudley & Susan Butts (Guyant)) abt 1833 Yates, NY Mar 1 1845 NaAuSay Twp, IL NA 1840 HI
Austin Mary Jane (d. Truman Dudley & Susan Butts (Guyant)) May 28 1826 Gates, NY Jan 15 1896 Kendall Co., IL NA 1840 HI
Austin Orin Patchin (s. Truman Dudley & Susan Butts (Guyant)) Nov 4 1831 Yates, NY Dec 5 1903 NaAuSay Twp, IL NA 1840 HI
Austin Sarah (Young)(Mrs. Joab A.) abt 1810 New York Sep 16 1877 Plano, IL FO 1836 HI
Austin Sarah A. (sis of Joab A., Joshua N, & Eleazar H.) abt 1815 New York Aug 30 1889 Bristol, IL BR 1839 obit
Austin Susan Butts (Guyant)(Mrs. Truman Dudley) Aug 3 1803 New London, CT Sep 27 1864 NaAuSay Twp, IL NA 1840 HI
Austin Truman Dudley (s. Stephen & Sarah (Patchin)) Feb 10 1798 Herkimer Co., NY May 25 1844 NaAuSay Twp, IL NA 1840 HI
Avery Mehitable (Reed)(Mrs. Edward) abt 1834 New York aft 1870 [Oswego, IL 1870] NA 1835
Ayres Achsah (Squire)(Mrs. Ebenezer) Feb 1 1779 nds OS 1840 CE
Ayres Appolus A. (Mrs.) abt 1810 nds OS 1840 CE
Ayres Appolus A. (s. Ebenezer & Achsah (Squire)) abt 1810 New York? nds OS 1840 CE
Badgley Miranda C. (Hill, Mrs.)(2nd Mrs. Anthony) May ng 1813 Massachusetts Jun 9 1890 Newark, IL BG 1839 OS
Bagwill Almira Silence (Neff)(Mrs. William Henry) Feb 11 1818 Rockford, IN Mar 26 1882 Madrid, Boone Co.,IA BG 1839 LE
Bagwill Francis "Frank" (s. William Henry & Almira Silence (Neff)) Jan 28 1838 Kendall Co., IL 1917 McGill, NV BG 1839 LE
Bagwill Orange (s. William Henry & Almira Silence (Neff)) Feb 19 1837 La Salle Co., IL Jul 10 1901 Morgan Hill, CA BG 1839 LE
Bagwill William Henry (s. Elijah & Edith (Chambers)) Mar 15 1813 Leesville, IN Jul 10 1901 Madrid, Boone Co.,IA BG 1839 LE
Bailey Fanny (Hall)(Mrs. Israel L.) Apr 26 1813 Watertown, NY May 28 1891 Plano, IL LR 1835
Bailey Israel L. (had a shanty on the prairie) abt 1811 Watertown, NY Jan 8 1890 Plano, IL LR 1835
Baker Lydia Ann (Ives)(Mrs. Alonzo Louis) Jan 11 1838 Little Rock Twp, IL Sep 11 1870 Fredericksburg, Chickasaw Co., IA KE 1838
Baker Lydia Ann (Ives)(Mrs. Alonzo Louis) Jan 11 1838 Little Rock Twp, IL Sep 11 1870 Sumner, Bremer Co., IA KE 1838
Ball Emily C. (Lane)(Mrs. William Kendrick) abt 1838 New York aft 1888 [York, NE 1888] BR 1838
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