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
Dodge A. A. (Alexander A. s/o Heman & Elizabeth) abt 1822 Madison OH Apr 30 1844 Newark, IL OS 1837
Freeman A. B., Rev. (church records) nds Dec ng 1834 Chicago, IL KE 1834 PB
King A. Erwin King (s. Apollos R. King & Fidelia (Jones)) Nov ng 1836 New York aft 1900 [Chicago, IL 1900] BR 1838
Godard Aaron (church records) Feb 15 1770 Jun 16 1847 Bristol, IL BR 1838 YC
Prickett Aaron (s. James & Rebecca (Wisham)) Jan 7 1840 Big Grove Twp, IL Apr 3 1900 Mulvane, KS BG 1840 HI
Bartlett Aaron (s. John & Lurary (Goodrich)) May 14 1813 St, Johnsville, NY Nov 26 1843 Oswego, IL OS 1840
Darnell Aaron (s. John, Sr. & Leah (Jones)) Dec 21 1838 Little Rock Twp, IL Jan 6 1923 Sandwich, IL LR 1838 HI
Hawley Aaron (s. Pierce & Sarah (Schroeder)) abt 1827 Du Page Co., IL Oct 2 1870 Shelby Co., IA BG 1827
Sears Aaron (s. Samuel & Martha (Bennett)) Sep 18 1812 Putnam Co., NY Dec 2 1891 Morris, IL LI 1837 HI
Lye Aaron (s. Thomas & ?) Feb 28 1803 Somersetshire, Eng. Dec 12 1847 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1838 HI
Devoe Aaron H. (s. Samuel, Jr. & Ann "Eliza" (Townsend))(21-7-?) abt 1826 Nov 24 1847 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1833
Brown Aaron, Col. (sold claim to John Aldrich) nds nds FO 1836 HI
Keyes Abel abt 1800 New York aft 1850 [Naperville, IL 1850] KE 1840 CE
Kellogg Abel "Abe" Hunt (s. Sherman & Sarah (Hunt) May 10 1816 Castleton, VT Jan 3 1888 NaAuSay Twp, IL NA 1837 HI
Gleason Abel Bradley (s. Abel & Mary (Sherman)) abt 1825 Middlebury Twp, NY Mar 22 1908 Corona, CA FO 1840 CE
Gleason Abel, Sr. (s. Moses & Mercy (Bradbury)) Jun 4 1795 Rome, NY Jan 3 1874 Camanche, Clinton Co., IA FO 1840 CE
Hopkins Abigail abt 1784 New York aft 1850 [Little Rock Twp, IL 1850] LR 1835
Johnson Abigail (2nd Mrs. David Johnson, Sr.)(nee Mrs. Clark) abt 1778 New York bef 1860 [Bristol Twp, IL 1850] BR 1835 HI
Gleason Abigail (Brown)(Mrs. David) abt 1791 Vermont nf 1880 [Grundy Co., IL 1870] FO 1837
Keyes Abigail (d. Abel & ?) abt 1830 New York aft 1850 [Naperville, IL 1850] KE 1840 CE
Evans Abigail (d. Francis E., Sr. & Mary (Evans)) abt 1836 Illinois aft 1910 [Sac Co., IA 1910] FO 1837 HI
Haynes/Haines Abigail (d. George W. & Tacy (Inscho)) abt 1839 Seward Twp, IL aft 1860 [Kendall Twp, IL 1860] OS 1838
Hough Abigail (d. John C. & Julia A. (Searle)) abt 1827 abt 1874 Washta, Cherokee Co., IA NA 1835 HI
Hart Abigail (Evans)(Mrs. Dennis) abt 1839 Illinois aft 1920 [Sac Co., IA 1920] FO 1837 HI
Burroughs Abigail (Hine)(Mrs. Daniel, Jr.) Aug 7 1795 Connecticut Jan 21 1866 Batavia, IL LR 1837 HI
Gleason Abigail (Hough)(1st Mrs. Elisha) abt 1827 abt 1874 Washta, Cherokee Co., IA NA 1835 HI
VanOlinda Abigail (Johnson)(Mrs. Daniel M.) abt 1806 Vermont aft 1880 El Dorado Co., CA 1880] BR 1834 YC
Winchell Abigail (Mrs. Heman W.)(E. N. 4-28-1866) abt 1808 Chautauqua Co., NY Mar 7 1866 Kendall Co., IL or (CA?) KE 1836 HI
Preston Abigail Dorothy (d. Luman C., Sr. & Lucinda Maria (Bistrop)) Dec 10 1820 Middlebury, VT? nf 1900 [Newton, NE 1880] BG 1837
Mott Abigail Dorothy (Preston)(Mrs. Albert Mott) Dec 10 1820 Middlebury, VT? nf 1900 [Newton, NE 1880] BG 1837
Fosgate Abigail Dorothy (Preston)(Mrs. Avery) Dec 10 1820 Middlebury, VT? nf 1900 [Newton, NE 1880] BG 1837
Hallock Abigail H. (Smith)(Mrs. Isaac Peter Hallock, Sr.) abt 1800 New York aft 1880 [Oakfield, Audubon Co., IA 1880] KE 1833
Ferriss Abigail J. (d. Josiah A. & Electra (Kinney)) Mar 28 1837 Oswego Twp, IL Feb 7 1855 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1837 HI
Marsh Abraham "Luther" (S. Waldo Warren & Rhoda A.) Aug 31 1836 Fall River, MA Sep 3 1855 Bristol Twp, IL BR 1837 HI
Gruver Abraham (s. Isaac & Lydia (Narregang)) Aug 4 1802 Northampton Co., PA 1866 Clinton Co., IA FO 1840 CE
Crater Abraham (s. Jacob Kreider & Catherine (Young)) Mar 4 1799 New York Nov 8 1864 Bristol, IL BR 1840 OS
Holderman Abraham Holderman (s. Henry Holderman & Mary Elner "Mariah" (Ford)) abt 1838 Big Grove Twp, IL 1900 Cass Co., MO BG 1838 HI
Holderman Abraham Holderman, Jr. (s. Abraham Holderman, Sr. & Charlotte (O'Neal)) Jan 22 1822 Ross Co., OH Nov 27 1887 Grundy Co., IL BG 1831 HI
Holderman Abraham Holderman, Sr. (purchased Walter Selvey's claim) Feb 8 1781 Chester Co., PA May 8 1861 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1831 HI
Wormley Abraham U. (s. William M. & Elizabeth (VanFleet)) abt 1838 Oswego Twp, IL aft 1910 [Vernon Co., MO 1910] OS 1838 HI
Wormley Abraham U. (s. William M. & Elizabeth (VanFleet)) Aug 19 1838 Oswego Twp, IL Dec 21 1925 Harwood, Vernon, MO (Lefler Cemetery) OS 1838 URL
Crandall Abram (purchased lot in Little Rock Village) nds nds LR 1835 HI
Darnell Abram (s. Benjamin, Sr. & Fanny) Nov 12 1806 North Carolina Apr 15 1892 Little Rock Twp, IL FO 1834 HI
Whitney Abram (s. William E. & Sarah?) abt 1815 Maine nf 1860 [Fox Twp, IL 1850] FO 1835 HI
Robinson Abram D. (s. Alanson & Sabrina (Serrine)) abt 1837 New York Oct 29 1875 Chicago, IL FO 1836 HI
Dodge Abram R. "Abe" (s. Asahel, Jr. & Elizabeth (Davis)(attorney) Nov 11 1813 bef 1871 [Du Page Co., IL 1850] OS 1837 OS
Brown Abram Zalmon, Jr. (s. Abram Z., Sr. & Rachel) Nov 22 1827 Camillus, NY Jun 25 1893 Fox Twp, IL FO 1835 HI
Tomblin Achsah (d. Sheldon Addison & Beulah F. (Foster)) abt 1826 New York Mar 20 1876 Centralia, IL KE 1836 OS
Ayres Achsah (Squire)(Mrs. Ebenezer) Feb 1 1779 nds OS 1840 CE
Carter Achsah (Tomblin)(Mrs. Norris M.) abt 1833 New York Mar 20 1876 Centralia, IL LR 1835 OS
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