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
Bristol John abt 1777 Oxford, CT nds Illinois BG 1834 HI
Bristol Julia M. (d. Burr & Almira) Jun 26 1839 Bristol Twp, IL Nov 28 1886 Chicago, IL BG 1839 HI
Bristol Justus, Jr. (s. Justus, Sr. & Sarah (Hawkins)) Sep 24 1782 Oxford, CT Nov 21 1871 Marseilles, IL KE 1835 HI
Bristol Lodema D. (d. Justus, Jr. & Phoebe (Greenleaf)) abt 1824 New York nds KE 1835 HI
Bristol Lyman B. (s. Justus, Jr. & Phoebe (Greenleaf))(bought E. Adams' claim) nds New York Jun 13 1864 Butte Co., CA BG 1834 YC
Bristol Mary W. (d. Justus, Jr. & Phoebe (Greenleaf)) Oct 3 1839 Yorkville, IL Apr 29 1925 Ladysmith, WI KE 1839 HI
Bristol Phoebe (Greenleaf)(Mrs. Justus, Jr.)(d. John, Sr. & Anna ) abt 1798 New York nds KE 1835 HI
Bristol Phoebe Jane (d. Justus, Jr. & Phoebe (Greenleaf)) abt 1830 New York nds KE 1835 HI
Bristol Susan W. (d. Justus, Jr. & Phoebe (Greenleaf)) Jan 7 1837 Kendall Twp, IL Jan 24 1923 Knoxville, TN KE 1837 HI
Broadbent Julia A. (Mrs. Joshua) Jun 28 1808 Lewis Co., NY Dec 14 1894 Lisbon Center, IL NA 1835 HI
Bronk Charlotte A. (VanDolfston)(Mrs. Ephraim) Jun 14 1808 New York Sep 21 1872 NaAuSay Twp, IL NA 1839 HI
Bronk Elizabeth Ann (d. Ephraim & Charlotte A. (VanDolfston)) abt 1833 New York aft 1880 [NaAuSay Twp, IL 1880] NA 1839 HI
Bronk Ephraim (s. Ephaim & Annatje (Nott) Jan 15 1799 Coxsackie, NY Sep 21 1863 NaAuSay Twp, IL NA 1839 HI
Bronk Mary Jane (d. Ephraim & Charlotte A. VanDolfston)) 1840 NaAuSay Twp, IL Nov 9 1907 Lisbon Twp, IL? NA 1840
Bronk Peter A. (s. Ephraim & Charlotte A. (VanDolfston)) Jul 18 1836 Albany, NY Feb 6 1922 Plainfield, IL NA 1839 HI
Brooks William (single man)(came with Harris & Ackley)[a.k.a. Brook] abt 1800 Virginia aft 1870 [Somonauk, Twp, IL 1870] BG 1831 HI
Brown Aaron, Col. (sold claim to John Aldrich) nds nds FO 1836 HI
Brown Abram Zalmon, Jr. (s. Abram Z., Sr. & Rachel) Nov 22 1827 Camillus, NY Jun 25 1893 Fox Twp, IL FO 1835 HI
Brown Caroline (Adams)(Mrs. Zacheus Eden) Apr ng 1838 Kendall Co., IL aft 1901 [Aurora, IL 1901] KE 1838 HI
Brown Electa, Mrs. (church records) nds nds BR 1838 YC
Brown Elizabeth (d. ? & Elizabeth)(step-dau. Ole Olson) abt 1836 Indiana aft 1850 [Big Grove Twp, IL 1850] BG 1839
Brown Ellen? (Mrs. Lemuel) abt 1785 Massachusetts aft 1850 [Chicago, IL 1850] OS 1834 HI
Brown Harriet (d. Hiram, Sr.) abt 1839 Indiana nds LR 1839 HI
Brown Hiram, Jr. (s. Hiram Sr.) abt 1835 Hollisterville, PA nds LR 1839 HI
Brown Hiram, Sr. abt 1803 Connecticut Jan 9 1876 Plano, IL LR 1839 HI
Brown Israel abt 1799 New York aft 1860 [Will Co., IL 1860] BR 1840 HI
Brown Jane abt 1804 New Hampshire aft 1860 [Will Co., IL 1860] BR 1840 HI
Brown Jennette (Barker)(Mrs. Elijah W.) abt 1832 Oneida Co., NY aft 1880 [Chebanse, IL 1880] BG 1838
Brown Lemuel (made furrow claim in Oswego Twp) abt 1784 New York aft 1850 [Chicago, IL 1850] OS 1834 HI
Brown Mariette (d. Hiram, Sr. & Daphne (Hollister)) abt 1831 Hollisterville, PA aft 1880 [Alto, IL 1880] LR 1839 HI
Brown Marinda (d. Hiram, Sr. & Daphne (Hollister)) Dec 4 1828 Hollisterville, PA Jul 9 1894 Plano, IL LR 1839 HI
Brown Mary Ann (d. Electa?)(church records) Nov 5 1820 Mar 21 1847 Bristol, IL BR 1838 YC
Brown Mary Jane (Bronk)(Mrs. Joseph) 1840 NaAuSay Twp, IL Nov 9 1907 Lisbon Twp, IL? NA 1840
Brown Sabrina S. (Serrine)(Mrs. Abram Z., Jr.) Dec 25 1830 Dutchess Co., NY Mar 16 1907 Sandwich, IL FO 1838 HI
Brown Sarah Emeline (d. Hiram, Sr. & Daphne (Hollister)) Aug 3 1833 Hollisterville, PA Jan 13 1906 Woodland, CA LR 1839 HI
Brown Serilda S. (Ford)(2nd marriage) Jan 10 1837 Kendall Twp, IL Aug 31 1900 Atlantic, Cass Co., IA FO 1837 HI
Brown Simeon "Sim" (s. David & Mary) Sep 19 1820 Ellery, NY Oct 22 1907 Lisbon, IL LI 1836
Browne Ellen Theodosia (gr-dau Peter J. LeStourgeon, Sr.) Jan 20 1820 Liverpool, England Apr 12 1912 Aurora, IL KE 1838 HI
Bryant Elizabeth (d. James, Sr. & Reliefe (Platt)) abt 1824 New York nf 1880 [Seward Twp, IL 1870] SE 1838 HI
Bryant James, Jr. (s. James, Sr. & Reliefe (Platt))(Mex. War & CW) Apr 11 1828 Lawrence Co., NY nf 1880 [Serena Twp, IL 1850] SE 1838 HI
Bryant James, Sr. (70-7-?) abt 1800 Vermont May 14 1871 Seward Twp, IL SE 1838 HI
Bryant Martha A. (d. James, Sr. & Reliefe (Platt)) abt 1836 St. Lawrence Co., NY Dec ng 1907 Morris, IL SE 1838 HI
Bryant Mary Ann (d. James, Sr. & Reliefe (Platt)) Apr 30 1834 Livingston Co., NY Mar 14 1909 Goodland, IN SE 1838 HI
Bryant Reliefe (Platt)(Mrs. James, Sr.) Jul 31 1804 Louis, VT Mar 11 1891 Plattville, IL SE 1838 HI
Bryant William (s. James, Sr. & Reliefe (Platt)) Oct 6 1840 Plattville, IL Jun 8 1894 Plattville, IL SE 1840 HI
Buchanan Eleanor (Mrs. John) abt 1810 Ireland nds SE 1836
Buchanan John abt 1810 Ireland nds SE 1836
Buchanan John (s. John & Eleanor) abt 1834 Massachusetts nds SE 1836
Buchanan Mary (d. John & Eleanor) abt 1832 Ireland nds SE 1836
Buchanan William (s. John & Eleanor) abt 1836 Illinois nds SE 1836
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Data last uploaded on 2013-06-22 18:28:37-0500 CDT by Elmer Dickson