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
Buckley Mary Jane (Barker)(Mrs. Joseph) Jun 4 1820 Oneida Co., NY Apr 17 1884 Lisbon, IL BG 1838
Budd Mary Ann (Greenfield)(Mrs. Jacob) Aug 26 1834 Detroit, MI Jan 21 1910 Millbrook, IL FO 1838 HI
Budd Tunis C. (land entry) Nov 5 1813 Jul 10 1852 Fox Twp, IL FO 1839 LE
Buell George nds nds [Alive in 1897] SE 1835
Buell Phebe M. (Thurber)(Mrs. Charles M.) Apr 6 1840 Kendall Twp, IL Feb 23 1925 Valparaiso, IN KE 1840 HI
Bull William (early settler Bristol Twp) nds nds BR 1835 HI
Bullard Catherine Lee "Kate" (Carnes)(Mrs. John R.) Feb 20 1834 Camden, SC Apr 27 1891 Millbrook, IL FO 1833 HI
Bullard Edward S., Rev. Jul 20 1836 Fox Twp, IL Jan 27 1920 California FO 1836 OS
Bullard Esther Lewis "Hetty" (Murray)(Mrs. Royal) Nov 5 1800 Camden, SC Mar 13 1851 Millbrook, IL FO 1833 HI
Bullard James "Murray" (s. Royal & Esther Lewis (Murray)) Jul 30 1829 Camden, SC Nov 13 1905 Lamar, AR FO 1833 HI
Bullard John Royal, Rev. (s. Royal & Esther Lewis (Murray)) Nov 21 1824 Camden, SC Apr 16 1889 Millbrook, IL FO 1833 HI
Bullard Mary "Esther" (d. Royal & Esther Lewis (Murray)) Nov 3 1839 Fox Twp, IL Dec 2 1912 Harvey, IL FO 1839 HI
Bullard Mary Jane (Carnes)(Mrs. James M.) abt 1829 Camden, SC Oct 18 1907 Conway, AR FO 1833 HI
Bullard Rachel Blanding (d. Royal & Esther Lewis (Murray)) Dec 30 1833 Hennepin, IL Apr 29 1904 Millbrook, IL FO 1833 HI
Bullard Royal, Rev. (came with James M. Smith & Porter C. Hull) May 15 1786 Pepperell, MA Dec 13 1846 Millbrook, IL FO 1833 HI
Bullard Sarah Elizabeth "Sadie" (2nd) (d. Royal & Esther Lewis (Murray)) Jan 26 1827 Camden, SC Feb 27 1897 Plano, IL FO 1833 HI
Burnham Sarah Almira (Ives)(Mrs. John Howard) Nov 2 1840 Kendall Twp, IL nf 1870 [Bloomington, IL] KE 1840
Burns David N. (s. William J. & Rachel (Ford)) Jul 16 1835 Fox Twp, IL Dec 2 1893 Polk Co., OR FO 1835 HI
Burns John H. (s. William J. & Rachel (Ford)) Apr 25 1833 Tazewell Co., IL Aug 3 1898 Polk Co., OR FO 1833 HI
Burns Laura Ann (Litsey)(Mrs. Lewis R.) Jun 28 1833 Big Grove Twp, IL Jan 31 1890 La Salle Co., IL BG 1833 HI
Burns Margaret D. (d. William J. & Rachel (Ford)) Nov 26 1837 Fox Twp, IL nds FO 1835 HI
Burns Mary Jane (Maria?)(d. William J. & Rachel (Ford)) Jan 31 1831 Tazewell Co., IL Jun 27 1864 FO 1835 HI
Burns Rachel (Ford)(Mrs. William J.)(d. Robert & Mary) Mar 20 1809 Ohio Jun 5 1889 Monmouth, OR FO 1833 HI
Burns Robert J. (s. William J. & Rachel (Ford)) Aug 7 1828 Peoria Co., IL nds FO 1835 HI
Burns William Evans (s. William J. & Rachel (Ford)) Sep 20 1840 Fox Twp, IL Jun 23 1923 Polk Co., OR? FO 1835 HI
Burns William J. (bought Harris claim of John Matlock) Jan 3 1797 Bourbon Co., KY Dec 3 1876 Polk Co., OR? FO 1833 HI
Burrell Elizabeth "Betsey" (Parker)(Mrs. Edward) abt 1828 Ohio Sep 23 1902 Halls Corners, NY SE 1840
Burroughs Abigail (Hine)(Mrs. Daniel, Jr.) Aug 7 1795 Connecticut Jan 21 1866 Batavia, IL LR 1837 HI
Burroughs Daniel, Jr. (s. Daniel, Sr. & Olive (Carpenter)) Oct 15 1789 Alstead, NH Nov 11 1866 Batavia, IL LR 1837 HI
Burroughs Daniel, Sr. (s. John & Sarah (Abbe)) May 28 1755 Windsor, CT Oct 18 1843 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1837 HI
Burroughs Dennison D. (B.?)(s. Daniel, Jr. & Abigail (Hine)) abt 1818 Ohio Mar 7 1893 Kaw?, KS LR 1837 HI
Burroughs Harriet A. (d. Horace & Jerusha (Judd)) abt 1838 Little Rock Twp, IL nds LR 1838 HI
Burroughs Horace (s. Daniel, Sr. & Olive (Carpenter)) Dec 17 1783 Alstead, NH Nov 23 1872 Aurora, IL LR 1837 HI
Burroughs Horace A. (s. Horace & Jerusha (Judd)) abt 1836 Shalersville, OH nf 1870 LR 1837 HI
Burroughs Jerusha (Judd)(2nd Mrs. Horace) abt 1797 New York Apr 4 1848 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1837 HI
Burroughs John "Stark" (s. Daniel, Jr. & Abigail (Hine)) abt 1822 Ohio nf 1900 [Joplin, MO 1880] LR 1837 HI
Burroughs Lucy L. (d. Daniel Jr. & Abigail (Hine)) Oct 27 1817 Shalersville, OH Jul 10 1895 Chicago, IL LR 1837 HI
Burroughs Mary (d. Daniel Jr. & Abigail (Hine)) May 16 1825 Ohio Apr 23 1884 Kane Co., IL LR 1837 HI
Burroughs Pulaski (s. Daniel Jr. & Abigail (Hine)) abt 1830 Ohio Mar 27 1893 Oregon LR 1837 HI
Burroughs Roxanna (d. Daniel Jr. & Abigail (Hine)) abt 1839 Little Rock Twp, IL nf 1880 [Kendall Co., IL 1863] LR 1839 HI
Burton John (came with Nathaniel Burton)(1780-1790) abt 1785 England nds BR 1836 HI
Burton Nathaniel (sold claim to Reuben Hunt) nds England nds BR 1836 HI
Burton Sarah Ann (d. Nathaniel & Susan (Ransome)) Sep 6 1814 Norfolkshire, Eng. Nov 7 1895 Kendall Twp, IL BR 1836 HI
Burton Susan (Ransome)(Mrs. Nathaniel)(b. 1780-1790) abt 1785 England nds BR 1836 HI
Bush Albert abt 1816 Vermont aft 1880 [Cresco, Howard Co., A 1880] LR 1840 cen
Bush Alvira (Mrs. Albert) abt 1819 New York aft 1880 [Cresco, Howard Co., A 1880] LR 1840 cen
Bushnell Adaline (McEwen)(Mrs. Sherrill Pierce) Dec 31 1829 Oneida Co., NY Dec 11 1910 Paxton, IL BG 1838 HI
Bushnell Adelaide May 11 1830 Sullivan, NY Sep 28 1917 Manchester, IA LI 1839
Bushnell Althea "Nancy" (Clarke)(Mrs. George) Sep 29 1818 Sullivan, NY Apr 24 1893 Lisbon, IL LI 1840 CE
Bushnell Ann Townsend (d. Calvin, Sr. & Polly (Williams)) Sep 4 1817 Vernon, Oneida Co., NY Apr 28 1878 Morris, IL BG 1835 HI
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Data last uploaded on 2013-06-22 18:28:37-0500 CDT by Elmer Dickson