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
Boomer Lois Cornelia (Barnes)(Mrs. Solon Smith) Aug 30 1840 Bristol Twp, IL Mar 2 1933 Wilmette, IL BR 1840 HI
Boomer Melissa M. (Ferriss)(Mrs. William) abt 1827 New York Jun 13 1866 Bristol Twp, IL KE 1833 HI
Booth Mariam "Pamelia" (d. Moses Keyes & Mary) Jun 27 1829 Ottawa, IL May 23 1880 La Salle Co., IL BG 1831 HI
Booth Mary (1st Mrs. Moses Keyes) nds nds BG 1831 HI
Booth Mary F. (d. Moses Keyes & Mary) abt 1835 Big Grove Twp, IL abt 1911 [Mitchell, SD 1885] BG 1835 HI
Booth Moses Keyes (settled at Apakesha Grove) abt 1801 Redding, CT abt 1845 Newark, IL BG 1831 HI
Booth Oliver J. abt 1824 Ohio Jun 9 1886 Onarga, KS BG 1840
Booth Sarah (Whitney)(2nd Mrs. Moses K.) Jun 17 1810 Westminster, MA Aug 19 1908 Chicago, IL BG 1840 HI
Bosworth Henry (early school teacher) abt 1808 Pennsylvania nf 1870 [La Salle Co., IL 1860] BG 1837 HI
Bourton Ann (Mrs. Jonas) abt 1801 England Aug 18 1874 Bristol Sta., IL BR 1840 HI
Bourton John (s. Jonas & Ann) abt 1826 England Sep 5 1900 Bristol Sta., IL BR 1840 HI
Bourton Jonas abt 1797 England abt 1852 Bristol Sta., IL BR 1840 HI
Bowen Elizabeth (Prickett)(Mrs. Charles L.) abt 1834 Mar 16 1907 Newark, IL BG 1834 HI
Boyce Mary (Titsworth)(Mrs. Joseph E.) abt 1823 Ohio abt 1898 Mason City, Cerro Gordo Co., IA? OS 1833 HI
Boyd John Dec 5 1791 Martinsburg, WV May 20 1872 Fox Twp, IL FO 1837 HI
Boyd Lucy Anne (d. John & Ann) abt 1831 Kentucky Nov 19 1897 Millbrook, IL FO 1837 HI
Boyd Nancy (Mrs. John) abt 1799 Kentucky Sep 28 1859 Fox Twp, IL FO 1837 HI
Boyd Sarah Ann (Hollenback)(Mrs. William Price) Apr 27 1822 Ohio Nov 11 1901 Bristol Twp, IL FO 1831 HI
Boyd William Price (s. John & Ann) abt 1807 Kentucky Jan 5 1860 Bristol Twp, IL BR 1838 HI
Boyen John (sold claim to Ole Olson) nds nds BG 1834 HI
Boyen Mary (Mason)(1st Mr. John) nds abt 1853 Newark, IL BG 1834 HI
Bradfield Eliza A. (d. Taylor & Laura) abt 1836 Ohio aft 1850 [Grundy Co., IL 1850] BG 1836 HI
Bradfield Harrison (s. Taylor & Laura) abt 1830 Ohio aft 1850 [Grundy Co., IL 1850] BG 1836 HI
Bradfield Laura (Mrs. Taylor) abt 1808 Connecticut aft 1880 [Mapleton, IA 1880] BG 1836 HI
Bradfield Taylor (1840 census) abt 1803 Pennsylvania aft 1880 [Mapleton, IA 1880] BG 1836 HI
Bradfield Warren (s. Taylor & Laura) abt 1839 Ohio aft 1900 [Mapleton, IA 1900] BG 1839 HI
Bradford Sarah (Dodge)(Mrs. Josiah)(3rd marriage) Feb 11 1808 Aug 25 1885 Melrose, IL OS 1836
Bradley Julia Ann (Hallock)(Mrs. Erasmus "Darwin") Jan ng 1828 New York Apr 11 1913 Chicago, IL KE 1833 HI
Brady Clarissa (Johnson)(Mrs. James) Mar 23 1813 E. Windham, CT Jan 14 1900 Seward Twp, IL SE 1838 HI
Brady James Dec 10 1814 Virginia Apr 18 1891 Seward Twp, IL SE 1838 HI
Brady Lorenzo D. abt 1809 New York Feb 27 1892 Aurora, IL LR 1837
Brainard Anna (Adams)(Mrs. Levi) Jul 7 1827 Chautauqua Co., NY Mar 25 1907 Sheridan, IL KE 1833 HI
Brainard Betsey (Smith)(Mrs. Jeptha, Jr.) Jun 25 1792 New York Jan 14 1860 [died Sep 15, 1869?] FO 1837 HI
Brainard Fanny (d. Jeptha, Jr. & Betsey (Smith)) Jul 19 1813 Windham, PA Sep 17 1853 Kendall Co., IL FO 1837 HI
Brainard Harriet (d. Jeptha, Jr. & Betsey (Smith)) Nov 11 1815 Windham, PA Jan 24 1890 Northville Twp, IL FO 1837 HI
Brainard infant (child Jeptha, Jr. & Betsey (Smith)) abt 1840 Big Grove Twp, IL Dec 31 1842 Big Grove Twp, IL FO 1840 HI
Brainard Jeptha, Jr., Rev. (s. Jeptha & Abigail (Mack)) Jul 13 1787 Middlesex, CT Sep 17 1845 On way to Chicago FO 1837 HI
Brainard Levi (s. Jeptha, Jr. & Betsey (Smith)) Jun 21 1821 Windham, PA Feb 19 1859 FO 1837 HI
Brainard Lucia (d. Jeptha, Jr. & Betsey (Smith)) Apr 21 1817 Windham, PA Oct 28 1869 Chebanse, IL FO 1833 HI
Brainard Silas (s. Jeptha, Jr. & Betsey (Smith)) Jul 16 1826 Windham, PA May 7 1888 Newark, IL FO 1837 HI
Breese Susan H. (Wormley)(Mrs. Lysander C.) abt 1832 Pennsylvania Oct 3 1905 Aurora, IL OS 1836 HI
Brewer Diantha (Gleason)(Mrs. Augustus) abt 1820 Wyoming Co., NY aft 1850 [Grundy Co., IL 1850] FO 1837 HI
Brewster Marie (Lye)(Mrs. Almon) abt 1832 England nf 1900 [Jefferson, Greene Co., IA 1880] LR 1838 HI
Briggs Sylvia "Elvina" (Ives)(Mrs. Enos)(2nd marriage) May 23 1825 Mayville, NY Jan 3 1908 Yorkville, IL KE 1835 HI
Brimmer Jane (Ervin) abt 1829 Ohio aft 1910 [Beaconsfield, Ringold Co., IA 1910] KE 1834 HI
Bristol Almira (Mrs. Burr) Jun 12 1820 New York Jan 16 1859 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1834 HI
Bristol Ambrose Kirkland (s. Justus, Jr. & Phoebe (Greenleaf)) abt 1831 New York nds KE 1835 HI
Bristol Burr (bought Earl Adams' claim)(s. Justus, Jr. & Phoebe (Greenleaf)) abt 1809 New York May 19 1859 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1834 HI
Bristol Frederick (s. Justus, Jr. & Phoebe (Greenleaf)) nds nds KE 1835 HI
Bristol George (s. Justus, Jr. & Phoebe Greenleaf)) abt 1819 Connecticut Nov 10 1890 LaGrange, IL KE 1835 YC
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