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
Barrows Horace, Sr. (s. Elijah & Seraphina (Daggett))(76 yrs) abt 1814 New Hampshire Jun 13 1890 Sandwich, IL BG 1837 HI
Barrows Lydia (Mott)(Mrs. James) abt 1829 Vermont nf 1860 [Big Grove Twp, IL 1850] BG 1837
Barrows Mariah (Sears)(Mrs. Hiram) abt 1809 New York Feb 13 1870 BG 1837
Barrows Mary E. (Weeks)(Mrs. Emerson B.) Mar 8 1834 Andover, NH Mar 18 1910 Sandwich, IL LR 1834
Barrows Phoebe Ann (Stowell)(Mrs. George Dunbar) Mar 24 1822 Perry, OH Jun 9 1910 Newark, IL BG 1836
Barrows Seraphina (Daggett)(Mrs. Elijah) abt 1789 Vermont Apr 14 1883 Sheridan, IL BG 1837 HI
Barrows Thaddeus (s. Elijah & Seraphina (Daggett)) Oct 17 1830 Belfast, NY Mar 29 1892 Sandwich, IL BG 1837 HI
Barrus Moses (f-in-law Lyman Childs) Aug 18 1773 Apr 26 1866 Bristol Twp, IL KE 1840 CE
Barstow Almira (Mrs. Galen) abt 1815 Herkimer Co., NY Dec 13 1881 Grant City, MO BG 1836 HI
Barstow Edward P. (s. Galen & Almira) May 13 1835 Oct 21 1852 Lisbon Twp, IL LI 1836 HI
Barstow Galen (early settler Lisbon Twp) nds Aug 10 1867 Lisbon Twp, IL LI 1838 HI
Barstow Jane Rachel (Wright)(Mrs. Oscar) abt 1823 New York nf 1900 [So. Illinois 1887] BG 1836 HI
Barstow Oscar (early settler Lisbon Twp) abt 1816 New York abt 1854 Lisbon Twp, IL LI 1836 HI
Bartholomew Katherine E. (Moore)(Mrs. Samuel D.) abt 1827 New York Feb 10 1911 Aurora, IL LI 1835 HI
Bartlett Aaron (s. John & Lurary (Goodrich)) May 14 1813 St, Johnsville, NY Nov 26 1843 Oswego, IL OS 1840
Bartlett Adah (Knight)(Mrs. Samuel B.) Feb 26 1816 New York Aug 29 1899 Little Rock, IL LR 1837 HI
Bartlett Isaac S. (s. Aaron & Phoebe Stark (Failing)) Jun 6 1837 Akron, OH Oct 19 1906 Plano, IL OS 1840
Bartlett John Peter (s. Aaron & Phoebe Stark (Failing)) Jul 22 1835 Fulton Co., NY Jan 26 1898 Oswego, IL OS 1840
Bartlett Lorinda Stark (d. Aaron & Phoebe Stark (Failing)(mar. Morris B. Lamb, Sr.) Sep 6 1840 Oswego, IL abt 1915 [Burlington., IA 1910] OS 1840
Bartlett Mary L. (d. Samuel B. & Adah (Knight)) abt 1838 Little Rock, IL aft 1899 [Michigan 1899] LR 1838 HI
Bartlett Phoebe Stark (Failing)(Mrs. Aaron)(1st mar.) May 22 1812 Little Falls, NY Jul 3 1895 Oswego, IL OS 1840
Bartlett Phoebe Stark (Failing)(Mrs. Sylvanus L.)(2nd mar.) May 22 1812 Little Falls, NY Jul 3 1895 Oswego, IL OS 1840
Bartlett Samuel B. Jan 28 1816 Oneida Co., NY Sep 18 1882 Little Rock, IL LR 1837 HI
Bartlett Sarah Ann (d. Aaron & Phoebe Stark (Failing)) abt 1833 New York nds OS 1840
Bartoo Elise (Mrs. Jesse)(nee Mrs. Jared Bartram) abt 1805 Ohio Jan 24 1877 Plainfield, IL BG 1836 HI
Bartram Elise (Mrs. Jared) abt 1805 Ohio Jan 24 1877 Plainfield, IL BG 1836 HI
Bartram Ira (b. 1800-1810) abt 1800 Connecticut nf 1880 [Trumbull, CT 1870?] BG 1836 HI
Bartram Jane (d. Jared & Elise) abt 1838 Big Grove Twp, IL abt 1905 Plainfield, IL BG 1838 HI
Bartram Jared (innkeeper at Holderman's Grove) Dec 25 1794 Redding, CT Sep 6 1866 Plainfield, IL BG 1836 HI
Bartram Mary A. (d. Jared & Elise) May 28 1836 Illinois Apr 6 1898 Plainfield, IL BG 1836 HI
Bartram Samuel (s. Jared & Elise) abt 1828 Ohio aft 1860 [Grundy Co., IL 1860] BG 1836 HI
Bartram Susan (d. Jared & Elise) abt 1840 Big Grove Twp, IL aft 1870 [Plainfield, IL 1870] BG 1840 HI
Basham Sarah M. (Hallock)(Mrs. Joseph H.) abt 1831 New York nf 1900 [Greeley, Delaware Co., IA 1880] KE 1836
Bass Catherine (Mrs. William B.) abt 1810 Maryland aft 1850 [Chicago census of 1850] FO 1838 LE
Bass unnamed (d. William B. & Catherine)(under 5 yrs) abt 1839 Fox Twp, IL aft 1840 [La Salle Co., IL 1840 FO 1839 LE
Bass William B. (land entry) abt 1805 Massachusetts aft 1850 [Chicago census of 1850] FO 1838 LE
Bates Betsey (Strong)(Mrs. Stephen H.) abt 1807 Vermont aft 1880 [St. Ansgar, IA 1880] FO 1838 HI
Bates Charles abt 1797 Bridgeport, CT Nov 2 1876 Aurora, IL OS 1835
Bates Harriet E. (d. James "Harvey" & Mary) abt 1836 Fox Twp, IL aft 1894 [Los Angleles, CA 1895] FO 1836 HI
Bates James "Harvey" (bro. of John & Stephen H.) abt 1807 New York Jan 28 1895 Los Angeles, CA FO 1835 HI
Bates John (bro. James "Harvey" & Stephen H.) abt 1815 New York aft 1880 [Chicago, IL 1880] FO 1835 HI
Bates Mary (Mrs. James "Harvey") abt 1811 Fishkill, NY Apr 12 1895 Los Angeles, CA FO 1835 HI
Bates Stephen H. (bro. James "Harvey" & John) abt 1812 Fishkill, NY Mar 6 1880 St. Ansgar, IA ? FO 1838 HI
Beamer Josephine (Rush)(Mrs. Thomas F.) abt 1837 Illinois nf 1900 [So. Ottawa, IL 1880] LR 1840
Beard Sarah Frances (Sears)(Mrs. Charles) Jul 31 1834 Westchester Co., NY Sep 21 1891 Bedford, Taylor Co., IA LR 1836 HI
Beaver Herlinda "Helen" (Clark)(Mrs. John) abt 1798 Forestville, NY aft 1880 Vallejo, CA KE 1834 HI
Beaver John, Rev. (came to Pavilion in 1834) abt 1795 Forestville, NY aft 1880 Vallejo, CA KE 1834 HI
Beck Benjamin J. Feb 17 1814 New York Aug 20 1862 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1835 HI
Beck George A. (s. Benjamin J. & Mary Ann) abt 1839 Illinois Oct 19 1889 York Co., NE LR 1839 HI
Beck Mary Ann (Mrs. Benjamin J.) Feb 16 1814 Montgomery Co., NY Apr 14 1881 Plano, IL LR 1835 HI
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