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
Ackley Chester L. (s. Ezra & Elsey) Apr 9 1839 Fox Twp, IL Nov 1 1910 Long Grove, IL FO 1839 OS
Adams Caroline (d. Earl & Deborah (Gifford)) Apr ng 1838 Kendall Co., IL aft 1901 [Aurora, IL 1901] KE 1838 HI
Alford Buell "Goodsell" (s. Clark Baker, Sr. & Katherine (Ricketson)) Apr 23 1835 Kendall Twp, IL Jun 29 1910 Thomas, OK KE 1834 HI
Alford Clark Baker, Jr. (s. Clark Baker, Sr. & Katherine (Ricketson))(KIA CW) Apr 24 1837 Kendall Twp, IL Oct 3 1862 Corinth, MS KE 1834 HI
Ament Chester Duncan (s. Edward Glenn & Emily Ann (Harris)) Apr 24 1833 Kendall Co., IL Jun 2 1879 Fox Twp, IL KE 1833 HI
Ament Justus E. (s. John Viele & Eunice)(77-7-21) Apr 27 1808 Elizabethtown, KY Dec 12 1885 Big Rock Twp, IL KE 1831 HI
Ashley Amanda "Malvina" (d. Stephen Ferriss & Roxana (Pitcher)) Apr 2 1825 Mayville, NY Sep 28 1903 Oswego, IL OS 1835 HI
Ashley Lodema (d. Stephen Ferriss & Roxana (Pitcher)) Apr 19 1816 New York May 8 1868 Oswego, IL OS 1835 HI
Ashley Louisa (d. Stephen Ferriss & Roxana (Pitcher))(mar. G. Schamp) Apr 8 1832 New York Oct 10 1864 Oswego, IL OS 1835 HI
Ashley Mary "Caroline" (Stebbins)(Mrs. Otis) Apr 23 1818 Vernon, VT Mar 14 1894 Elgin, IL OS 1835 HI
Ashley Roxana (Pitcher)(1st Mrs. Stephen Ferriss)(d. Reuben) Apr 7 1789 Westfield, MA May 12 1838 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1835 HI
Atwood Nancy (Thurber)(Mrs. Josiah)(d. Wm., Sr. & Phebe Jones) Apr 21 1818 Petersburg, NY Sep 12 1897 Cheyenne, WY KE 1834 HI
Bailey Fanny (Hall)(Mrs. Israel L.) Apr 26 1813 Watertown, NY May 28 1891 Plano, IL LR 1835
Beresford Robert (first settler in Kendall County) Apr 15 1782 Co. Derry, Ireland Nov 28 1852 Serena Twp, IL BG 1826 HI
Bibbins Rupert Kendall, Rev. (s. Rev. Elisha & Alice (Lathrop)) Apr 21 1824 Salem, PA Mar 22 1898 Sandwich, IL BG 1838 HI
Bissell Margaret E. (Pearson)(Mrs. Joseph E.) Apr ng 1832 Norfolk, England nf 1910 [St. Louis, Co. MO 1900] BR 1836
Blackman Anjalette J. (Reed)(Mrs. Edwin A.) Apr 8 1828 Oswego Co., NY May 5 1913 Plattville, IL NA 1835 HI
Boyd Sarah Ann (Hollenback)(Mrs. William Price) Apr 27 1822 Ohio Nov 11 1901 Bristol Twp, IL FO 1831 HI
Brainard Lucia (d. Jeptha, Jr. & Betsey (Smith)) Apr 21 1817 Windham, PA Oct 28 1869 Chebanse, IL FO 1833 HI
Brown Caroline (Adams)(Mrs. Zacheus Eden) Apr ng 1838 Kendall Co., IL aft 1901 [Aurora, IL 1901] KE 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 Mary Ann (d. James, Sr. & Reliefe (Platt)) Apr 30 1834 Livingston Co., NY Mar 14 1909 Goodland, IN SE 1838 HI
Buell Phebe M. (Thurber)(Mrs. Charles M.) Apr 6 1840 Kendall Twp, IL Feb 23 1925 Valparaiso, IN KE 1840 HI
Burns John H. (s. William J. & Rachel (Ford)) Apr 25 1833 Tazewell Co., IL Aug 3 1898 Polk Co., OR FO 1833 HI
Bushnell Calvin, Sr., Rev. (s. Reuben & Martha (Jones)) Apr 29 1781 Westbrook, CT May 16 1864 Lisbon, IL BG 1835 HI
Bushnell E. Viola (d. George & Nancy (Clarke)) Apr 2 1838 Niles, MI nf 1870 [Lisbon Twp, IL 1860] LI 1839 CE
Bushnell George (s. Stephen, Sr. & Vincy (Tuttle)) Apr 17 1812 New York abt 1867 Lisbon, IL LI 1839 CE
Carr Chauncey S., Sr. (s. James & Hulda (Collins)) Apr 16 1793 Saratoga Co., NY Oct 17 1873 Riverside, IA KE 1838
Carr Hobart DeWitt (s. Chauncey S., Sr. & Elizabeth (Keene)) Apr 2 1834 Camillus, NY Nov 20 1916 Riverside, IA KE 1838
Carr Lavina J. (Morgan)(Mrs. Hiram Bannister) Apr 28 1829 Massachusetts aft 1880 [Columbus Jct., Louisa Co., IA 1880] KE 1839
Chamberlin Calvin (died in home of Anthony Badgley) Apr 2 1819 Massachusetts Jun 24 1890 Newark, IL BG 1839 OS
Chapman Catherine (Townsend)(Mrs. John W.) Apr 15 1815 Seneca Lake, NY Feb 20 1892 Oswego, IL OS 1835 HI
Chattle Rebecca A. (Pearce)(Mrs. William H.)(d. Daniel, II) Apr 23 1839 Oswego, IL Sep 17 1921 Wilmington, IL OS 1839 HI
Childs Lyman Apr 1 1808 Lee, MA Apr 30 1891 Avon, IL BR 1839 HI
Clark Nancy (Mrs. Reuben) Apr 12 1789 Bennington, VT Dec 20 1881 Lisbon Twp, IL LI 1840 CE
Cleveland Hartley Alonzo (s. John & Eunice (Fitch)) Apr 23 1811 New York Mar 18 1886 Bristol, IL BR 1834 HI
Cook John Assur, Dr. (s. John & Mary "Molly" (Haggerty)) Apr 12 1831 Long Branch, NJ May 2 1903 Humbolt, KS FO 1838 HI
Cooney Susannah (Barron)(2nd Mrs. George W.) Apr 1 1839 Yorkshire, Eng. Feb 11 1897 NaAuSay Twp, IL OS 1839 HI
Crater Margaret (Dix)(Mrs. Abraham) Apr 19 1800 Wayne Co., PA Oct 3 1857 Bristol, IL BR 1840 OS
Devoe John C. Apr 30 1836 Oswego Twp, IL Jun 7 1837 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1836
Dodge Mary Eleanor (d. Asahel, Jr. & Elizabeth (Davis)) Apr 26 1817 Paynesville, OH Sep 21 1886 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1837
Dodge Susan (House)(Mrs. Albert) Apr 6 1820 Oneida Co., NY Jan 6 1918 Joliet, IL SE 1833 YC
Duckworth Richard (s. George F. & Mary (Nuttall)) Apr 14 1834 New Hartford, NY Jul 9 1921 Herscher, IL BG 1836
Eldredge Barnabus E. (s. Elihu)(bought Mr. McJimpsey's claim) Apr 11 1802 Duaneburg, NY Oct 30 1856 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1835 OS
Eldredge Harriet Emily (Henning)(Mrs. Charles H.) Apr 20 1840 Little Rock Twp, IL Feb 24 1900 Lincoln, NE LR 1840
Failing Joseph, Sr. Apr 21 1814 New York Jan 18 1900 Oswego, IL OS 1840 OS
Fenton Marcus A. (s. Jacob & Lois (Hurd)) Apr 13 1808 Burlington, CT Feb 16 1885 Yorkville, IL BR 1838 HI
Ferriss David (s. J. Reed & Lydia) Apr 10 1817 Peru Twp, Clinton Co., NY Dec 1 1851 California KE 1833
Ferriss Electra (Kinney)(1st Mrs. Josiah A.) Apr 5 1802 Mar 17 1848 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1836 HI
Ferriss Richard Reed (s. Jonathan "Reed" & Lydia (Ricketson)) Apr 10 1830 Peru Twp, Clinton Co., NY Aug 1 1898 Aurora, IL KE 1833
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Data last uploaded on 2013-06-22 18:28:37-0500 CDT by Elmer Dickson