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.

Source CodeSource
BS Bateman, Norman & Paul Selby, editors. Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois & History of Kendall County. With special authors and contributors. Chicago: Munsell Publishing Co., (1914) Two volumes, 1078 pages.
FA Farren, Kathy, editor. A Bicentennial History of Kendall County, Illinois. Yorkville, IL: Kendall County Bicentennial Commission, (1976) 314 pages.
GF Biographical Directory of Kendall County, Illinois. Chicago: Fisher & Co., (1876) 114 pages.
HI Hicks, Edmund W., Reverend. History of Kendall County, Illinois: From the Earliest Discoveries to the Present Time. Aurora, IL: Knickerbocker & Hodder, (1877) 439 pages
JO Johnson, Oliver C. and Anna French Johnson. Atlas and History of Kendall County, Illinois. Maps and Plats, Biographies and Special Features. Elmhurst, IL: Friendly Map & Publishing Co., (1941) 112 pages.
KE Hopkins, Timothy. The Kelloggs in the Old world and the New. San Francisco, Calif.: Sunset press and photo Engraving Co. (1903) 870 pages.
KK Durant, Pliny A, et al. Commemorative Portrait & Biographical Record of Kane & Kendall Counties, Illinois. Chicago: Beers, Leggett & Co., (1888) 999 pages.
KW Genealogical & Biographical Record of Kendall & Will Counties, Illinois. Chicago: Biographical Publishing Co., (1901) 670 pages.
LP Shufelt, Mrs. John L. When Lisbon Was A Prairie. Yorkville, IL: Kendall County Record, (1917) 13 pages.
MC Rasmusen, Honor Brodie. History of the Millington Methodist Church and Community 125th Anniversary 1833-1958. Publisher not given, (l958) 48 pages.
NS Newark Sesquicentennial Committee. Newark's Sesquicentennial History: A Community Proud of Its Heritage 1835-1985. Yorkville, IL: Kendall County Record (1985) 139 pages.
OS Oswego Sesquicentennial Days Steering Committee, Roger Matile, editor. 150 Years Along the Fox: The History of Oswego Township Illinois. Oswego Sesquicentennial - 150 Years - 1833-1983. Dallas: Taylor Publishing Co., (1983) 191 pages.
PF Prairie Farmer's Reliable Directory of Farmers & Breeders Grundy & Kendall Counties, Illinois. Chicago: Prairie Farmer Publishing Co., (1917) 221 pages.
RL Lisbon Pioneer Days Book Committee. Roads To Lisbon…Past and Present, A collection of Biographical Sketches. Prepared for the 150th Anniversary of the settling of Lisbon (IL). Yorkville, IL: Kendall County Record, (1985) 112 pages.
URL External link to an internet source document
YO Lucinda Tio and Kathy Farren, A History of Yorkville, Illinois 1836-1986. Published for Yorkville's Sesquicentennial, (1986) 220 pages.


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SurnameGiven NameMoDyYrPlace of BirthMoDyYrPlace of DeathTwpYearCode
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SurnameGiven NameMoDyYrPlace of BirthMoDyYrPlace of DeathTwpYearCode
Ball Emily C. (Lane)(Mrs. William Kendrick) abt 1838 New York aft 1888 [York, NE 1888] BR 1838
Ball Isaac H. (s. John Bryan, Sr. & Sarah Ann (Fouche)) Sep ng 1834 Virginia aft 1910 [Reno, NV 1910] KE 1834
Ball John B., Jr. (s. John Bryan, Sr. & Sarah Ann Fouche)) abt 1830 Virginia aft 1880 [Skagit, WA 1880] KE 1834
Ball John Bryan, Sr. abt 1801 Virginia bef 1871 Bristol, IL KE 1834 HI
Ball Mary (d. John Bryan, Sr. & Sarah Ann Fouche) abt 1838 Kendall Twp, IL aft 1850 [Kendall Twp, IL 1850] KE 1834 HI
Ball Sarah Ann (Fouche)(Mrs. John Bryan, Sr.)(d. Issac?) abt 1810 Virginia aft 1880 [Jefferson, IN 1880] KE 1834 HI
Ball William Kendrick May 10 1830 Chautauqua Co., NY Oct 15 1915 Creston, Union Co., IA LR 1834 HI
Barber Flavius (s. Noble L. & Maria) abt 1830 New York aft 1850 [Kendall Twp, IL 1850] KE 1840
Barber Maria (Mrs. Noble L.) abt 1808 New York aft 1850 [Kendall Twp, IL 1850] KE 1840
Barber Noble L. abt 1814 Vermont aft 1850 [Kendall Twp, IL 1850] KE 1840
Barefoot James (unmarried)(50-0-20) Jan 31 1812 Co. Derry, Ireland Feb 20 1862 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1835
Barefoot Jane Jan 1 1822 Co. Derry, Ireland Mar 24 1878 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1835
Barefoot John (unmarried)(73-10-?) Jan 31 1812 Co. Derry, Ireland Feb 18 1886 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1835
Barefoot Mary Ann Dec 23 1828 Co. Derry, Ireland Jan 23 1876 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1835
Barker Benjamin F. (s. Samuel & Susannah (Rogers)) abt 1834 Oneida Co., NY Feb 7 1888 Onawa, Monona Co., IA BG 1837
Barker Eunice Ellen (d. Samuel & Susannah (Rogers)) Jan 30 1838 Big Grove Twp, IL Jan 1 1907 Sutter, CA BG 1837
Barker Harriet (d. Samuel & Susannah (Rogers)) abt 1822 Oneida Co., NY nds BG 1837
Barker Jennette (d. Samuel & Susannah (Rogers)) abt 1832 Oneida Co., NY nf 1900 [Chebanse, IL 1880] BG 1837
Barker Julia Ann (d. Samuel & Susannah (Rogers)) Aug 30 1828 Mattison, NY Mar 8 1894 Aurora, IL BG 1837
Barker Louisa (d. Samuel & Susannah (Rogers)) abt 1817 Oneida Co., NY nds BG 1837
Barker Martha Maria (d. Samuel & Susannah (Rogers)) May ng 1830 Oneida Co., NY Sep 28 1901 Aurora, IL BG 1837
Barker Mary Jane (d. Samuel & Susannah (Rogers)) Jun 4 1820 Oneida Co., NY Apr 17 1884 Lisbon, IL BG 1837
Barker Samuel abt 1792 Windsor, VT Mar 9 1872 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1837
Barker Susannah (Rogers)(Mrs. Samuel) abt 1796 New Hampshire Feb 9 1872 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1837
Barker William M. (s. Samuel & Susannah (Rogers)) abt 1824 Oneida Co., NY Sep 20 1858 Lisbon Twp, IL BG 1837
Barnard Helen Hinsdale (Tracy)(Mrs. Nathaniel P., Sr.) Aug 16 1816 Rome, NY Jul 30 1886 Newark, IL BG 1838 OS
Barnard Henry (brother of James & Nathaniel P., Sr.) nds nds BG 1837
Barnard James (brother of Henry & Nathaniel P., Sr.) nds nds BG 1837
Barnard Nathaniel Pease, Sr. Mar 27 1806 Whitesboro, NY Apr 28 1892 Newark, IL BG 1838 OS
Barnes Amanda (Mrs. Benjamin C.) abt 1805 New York Nov 5 1878 Morris, IL BG 1837
Barnes Ambrose Waterhouse (s. Elijah & Betsey (Wheeler)) May 25 1819 Bakersfield, VT abt 1874 Bakersfield, VT BG 1836
Barnes Benjamin C. (86 yrs) abt 1797 Massachusetts Aug 16 1883 Morris, IL BG 1837
Barnes Charles Montgomery (s. Rev. Romulus & Olivia (Denham)) Sep ng 1833 Illinois nf 1910 [Chicago, IL 1900] BG 1833
Barnes David Waterman (s. Benjamin C. & Amanda) Sep 18 1831 Oneida Co., NY Feb 6 1911 Lisbon, IL BG 1837
Barnes Elizabeth "Betsey" (Parker)(Mrs. George W.) Feb 28 1828 Cuyahoga Co., OH Sep 2 1895 Tama Co., IA SE 1840
Barnes Helen Rosina (Morgan)(Mrs. Elijah W.) abt 1828 New York Dec 31 1875 Marshfield, MO KE 1839
Barnes Henry A. (s. Benjamin C. & Amanda) abt 1834 New York nds BG 1837
Barnes Horace, Dea. (church records) Jan 28 1797 Warwick, MA Feb 28 1878 Bristol Twp, IL BR 1839 YC
Barnes Jane (d. Benjamin C. & Amanda) abt 1836 New York nds BG 1837
Barnes Joseph (s. Rev. Romulus & Olivia (Denham)) abt 1835 Illinois nds BG 1835
Barnes Lois Cornelia (d. Horace & Susan Lucretia (Cone)) Aug 30 1840 Bristol Twp, IL Mar 2 1933 Wilmette, IL BR 1840 HI
Barnes Lucinda Sep 13 1806 New York Jul 29 1868 Bristol, IL BR 1837
Barnes Nancy (d. Benjamin C. & Amanda) abt 1838 Illinois nds BG 1838
Barnes Olivia (Denham)(Mrs. Romulus) Feb 22 1807 Conway, MA Apr 19 1887 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1833
Barnes Romulus, Rev. (s. Daniel & Sarah (Webster)) abt 1800 Sep 24 1846 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1833
Barnes Samuel (s. Rev. Romulus & Olivia (Denham)) abt 1838 Big Grove Twp, IL nds BG 1838
Barnes Sarah (d. Rev. Romulus & Olivia (Denham)) abt 1837 Illinois nds BG 1837
Barnes Susan Lucretia (Cone)(Mrs. Horace) Dec 20 1816 Litchfield, CT May 29 1897 Bristol Twp, IL BR 1839 YC
Barrows Elijah Jul 28 1791 Westmoreland, NH Feb 14 1886 Newark, IL BG 1837 HI
Barrows Elsa "Almira" (Newton)(Mrs. Thaddeus) Mar 23 1831 Conklin, NY Nov 30 1895 Sandwich, IL BG 1836
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