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
    Bir      Dea        Arrival  
SurnameGiven NameMoDyYrPlace of BirthMoDyYrPlace of DeathTwpYearCode
Ashley Almira H. (d. Stephen Ferriss & Roxana (Pitcher))(mar. C. F. Shaver) Oct 1 1828 New York Jun 22 1893 Oswego, IL OS 1835 HI
Ayres Achsah (Squire)(Mrs. Ebenezer) Feb 1 1779 nds OS 1840 CE
Barefoot Jane Jan 1 1822 Co. Derry, Ireland Mar 24 1878 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1835
Barrows George Dunbar (s. Elijah & Seraphina (Daggett)) Dec 1 1819 Westmoreland, NH Feb 22 1904 Newark, IL BG 1837 HI
Bibbins Joseph Slocum (s. Rev. Elisha & Alice (Lathrop)) Nov 1 1821 Wilkesbarre, PA Aug 18 1891 Plano, IL BG 1838 HI
Childs Lyman Apr 1 1808 Lee, MA Apr 30 1891 Avon, IL BR 1839 HI
Clark Jane (Ford)(Mrs. Bethuel, Sr.) Oct 1 1804 Huron Co., OH Jun 8 1877 Millbrook, IL FO 1835
Compton Mary (Pratt)(Mrs. Albert) Mar 1 1824 Lodi, NY Nov 18 1900 Plattville, IL LI 1837
Cook Ann (d. John & Mary "Molly" (Morris)) Jul 1 1821 Tinton Falls, NJ Oct 30 1874 Kendall Twp, IL FO 1838 HI
Cook Peter Brewer (s. John & Mary "Molly" (Haggerty)) Feb 1 1818 Tinton Falls, NJ Jan 1 1910 Harrington, WA FO 1837 HI
Cooney Emanuel (s. Daniel & Rebecca (Faust)) Jan 1 1835 Oneida Co., NY Nov 9 1893 NaAuSay Twp, IL OS 1839 HI
Cooney Susannah (Barron)(2nd Mrs. George W.) Apr 1 1839 Yorkshire, Eng. Feb 11 1897 NaAuSay Twp, IL OS 1839 HI
Craw Louisa (d. Stephen B. & Sarah (Dodge)) Sep 1 1832 Saratoga Co., NY Dec 10 1870 Plainfield, IL OS 1836
Davis Amelia "Millie" (Hollenback)(Mrs. Jerome) Dec 1 1831 Fox Twp, IL Apr 4 1906 Macon, IL FO 1831 OS
Dougherty Ann (d. John, II & Mary (Hollowell)) Sep 1 1814 Orange Co., IN Mar 9 1888 Aurora, IL BG 1828 HI
Emmons Lawrence Earle "Lar" (s. F. Asbury, Sr. & Lydia Ann (Morris)) Oct 1 1836 New York, NY Mar 5 1919 Quincy, IL BR 1837 HI
Evans Betsey (Hoppers)(Mrs. David) Aug 1 1795 Ashe Co., NC Aug 3 1847 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1834 HI
Ford Andrew Jackson (s. Jonathan & Elizabeth (King))(land entry) Apr 1 1815 New York 1901 Brown Co., SD BG 1839 LE
Gifford Harriet Atwood (Kendall)(Mrs. Edson) Dec 1 1834 Big Grove Twp, IL Nov 16 1921 Elwood, IL BG 1834 HI
Gillman John H. [Gilman] Jun 1 1816 Coburg, Canada Apr 30 1893 Plano,IL LR 1837 OS
Griswold Caroline (Brown)(1st Mrs. James) Oct 1 1826 New York Oct 25 1853 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1839 HI
Hadden Maria Ann (d. Morris & Sarah (Nelson)) May 1 1810 Westchester Co., NY Apr 23 1883 Sandwich, IL LR 1837
Hallock Katherine R. (Humiston)(1st Mrs. Joseph Flint) Oct 1 1833 Oswego Co., NY Apr 8 1889 Yorkville, IL BG 1833
Hathaway Anna (Kern)(Mrs. Truman B., Sr.) May 1 1813 Pratts Hollow, NY Jan 25 1901 Aurora, IL BR 1836
Havenhill C. J. "Oliver" (s. George & Sarah (Clark)) Jul 1 1818 Grayson Co., KY May 4 1900 Dwight, IL BG 1833 HI
Hawley Mary (d. Pierce & Sarah (Schroeder)) Sep 1 1823 Du Page Co., IL Jan ng 1852 Bandera, TX BG 1826 HI
Haymond Frances Eleanor (d. William & Anna (Griffing)) Jan 1 1835 Shelby Co., IN Dec 5 1898 Crescent City, IL FO 1837 HI
Haymond George M. (s. Ahijah B. & Sarah (Hollenback) Mar 1 1815 Monongalia Co. VA Dec 13 1859 KE 1834 HI
Haymond Roanna H. (d. Ahijah B. & Sarah Hollenback)) Jan 1 1807 Monongalia Co. VA Sep 30 1876 Bristol, IL KE 1834 HI
Henry Josephine C. (d. John H. & Zilpha Ann (Wright)) May 1 1837 Lisbon Twp, IL May ng 1917 Kentland, IN LI 1837
Heustis Elizabeth (Basley)(Mrs. Solomon, Sr.) Jan 1 1800 New York Mar 5 1858 Yorkville, IL KE 1836 OS
Hillman Jane (Barefoot)(Mrs. William H.) Jan 1 1822 Co. Derry, Ireland Mar 24 1878 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1835
Holderman Barton Holderman (s. Abraham Holderman, Sr. & Charlotte (O'Neal)) Jun 1 1816 Ross Co., OH Oct 10 1892 Jackson, MS BG 1831 HI
Hollenback Amelia "Millie" (d. George & Sophia (Sidel)) Dec 1 1831 Fox Twp, IL Apr 4 1906 [So. Macon, IL 1880] FO 1831 HI
Hollenback George Mathias (s. George & Sophia (Sidel)) Dec 1 1831 Fox Twp, IL 1915 Aurora, IL FO 1831 HI
Hough Martin "Luther" (s. Burrage & Mary "Polly" Miranda (Alexander)) Sep 1 1837 Somonauk Twp, IL Aug 4 1880 Chicago, IL NA 1835 HI
Howe Helen Louise (d. Titus & Almira (Hicks)) Feb 1 1830 New York Jul 7 1907 Aurora, IL KE 1837 HI
Humiston Katherine R. (d. Samuel Dunbar & Katherine (Kilmer)) Oct 1 1833 Oswego, NY Apr 8 1889 Yorkville, IL BG 1838 HI
Hurd Horace P. (mar. Mariah L. Townsend) Apr 1 1812 Oneida Co., NY Aug 1 1859 OS 1839
Kendall Harriet Atwood (d. Gilman & Lucy M. (Manning)) Dec 1 1834 Big Grove Twp, IL Nov 16 1921 Elwood, IL BG 1834 HI
King Apollos R. (s. Apollos R. & Mary (Rhoades))(2nd Mrs. Apollos R.) (church rec.) Dec 1 1791 Massachusetts Apr 13 1865 Ottawa, IL BR 1838 YC
King Hervey (s. Apollos R. & Fidelia (Jones)) Jun 1 1822 New York Dec 10 1891 Aberdeen, SD BR 1838
King Nancy (Pearce)(Mrs. Lyman)(d. Daniel, II & Elizabeth) May 1 1819 Urbana, OH Mar 7 1902 Oswego, IL OS 1837
Kinley William B. (s. William & Ann) Oct 1 1830 Charlottetown, P.E., Is. aft 1880 [Albion, Marshall Co., WI 1880] OS 1840 CE
Lane Levi Hart (s. Lyman & Nancy (Hart)) Apr 1 1830 New York Dec 28 1909 Topeka, KS BR 1837
Lewis Edward N. Jun 1 1815 Montgomeryshire, Wales Jul 13 1903 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1837
Lewis Maria Ann (Hadden)(1st Mrs. Edward N.) May 1 1810 Peekskill, NY Apr 23 1883 Sandwich, IL LR 1837
Lincoln Mary Mariah (Comstock)(Mrs. Jedediah) Jun 1 1799 Connecticut Apr 30 1868 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1839 HI
Loomis Mary (Ryon)(1st Mrs. Lyman) Sep 1 1834 Tioga Co., PA Oct 1 1898 Plano, IL LR 1838
Mason Roanna (Haymond)(Mrs. Caleb) Jan 1 1807 Monongalia Co. VA Sep 30 1876 Bristol, IL KE 1834 HI
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Data last uploaded on 2013-06-22 18:28:37-0500 CDT by Elmer Dickson