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
Burroughs Daniel, Sr. (s. John & Sarah (Abbe)) May 28 1755 Windsor, CT Oct 18 1843 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1837 HI
Hollenback Hannah (Barton)(Mrs. John "George", Sr.) abt 1757 Camden, NJ? Jul 14 1844 Fox Twp, IL FO 1831 HI
Payne Temperance (Nye)(nee Cummins)(2nd Mrs. Adam, Jr.) Oct 7 1757 Rochester, MA Jun 21 1848 Deer Park, La Salle Co.? BG 1832 HI
Misner Henry A. (s. Conrad & Barbara)(Rev. War) Sep 22 1759 Berks Co., PA Sep 25 1848 Millington, IL BG 1833 HI
Moore James, Sr. (wife's given name was Esther) abt 1762 Connecticut Oct 11 1839 Lisbon Twp, IL LI 1836 HI
Higby Zacheus, Jr. (s. Zacheus, Sr. & Rebecca (Wilcox)) Nov 29 1763 Midlothian, CT abt 1861 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1840 OS
Pearce Ann "Nancy" (Ankers)(Mrs. Daniel, Sr.) abt 1763 Ireland abt 1840 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1833
Cook Amor (s. Edward P. & Lydia M. F. (Arnold)) Jun 16 1764 Shrewsbury, NJ Feb 15 1852 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1838 HI
McClellan Mary abt 1764 Aug 2 1847 Bristol, IL BR 1835 HI
Doud Rhoda (Scovil)(Mrs. Giles, II) Oct 5 1765 Wallingford, CT Feb 18 1837 Tylerville, NY OS 1840
Hawley Lavinia (Darrah)(Mrs. Gideon)(Pierce's mother) abt 1765 Isle of Man abt 1845 Potosi, WI BG 1826 HI
Dabele Susan Dorothy (m-in-l John Short, Sr.) abt 1767 Westchester Co., NY Sep 27 1841 Bristol Twp, IL BR 1836
Doud Giles, II (s. Giles & Esther (Bacon)) May 11 1767 Tyringham, MA abt 1853 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1840
Surre Susan Dorothy (mother of Susan E. Short) abt 1767 Westchester Co., NY Sep 27 1841 Bristol Twp, IL BR 1836
Godard Aaron (church records) Feb 15 1770 Jun 16 1847 Bristol, IL BR 1838 YC
LeStourgeon Peter James, Sr. Dec 6 1770 London, England Sep 15 1839 Kendall Twp, IL KE 1838 OS
Whitney William E., Rev. (s. Rev. John & ?)(88 or 92 yrs) abt 1770 Maine Nov 22 1858 Fox Twp, IL FO 1835 HI
Fouch Isaac (ran first cabinet shop in Yorkville) abt 1771 Virginia nds KE 1837
Wright Miriam (Raymond)(Mrs. John, Sr.) Sep 5 1771 Wethersfield, CT Aug 23 1857 Lisbon, IL LI 1836 HI
Edgerton Nancy W. (Edward's mother?) Nov 15 1772 Connecticut Apr 26 1852 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1838 HI
Townsend Isaac T., Sr. (s. Peter & Hannah (Hawxhurst))(pur. W. Selvey's claim) Nov 20 1772 Chester, NY Aug 12 1850 NaAuSay Twp, IL NA 1835 HI
Wright John R., Sr. (s. Thomas & Martha (Butler)) May 23 1772 Wethersfield, CT Feb 13 1851 Lisbon, IL BG 1836 HI
Barrus Moses (f-in-law Lyman Childs) Aug 18 1773 Apr 26 1866 Bristol Twp, IL KE 1840 CE
Miller John, Sr. abt 1773 England Feb 27 1870 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1839
Misner Barbara J. (Stacker)(Mrs. Henry A.) Jan 13 1773 Germany May 21 1847 Kendall Co., IL BG 1833 HI
Godard Hannah (Young)(Mrs. Aaron) Feb 22 1774 Jan 10 1848 Bristol, IL BR 1838 YC
Gridley Samuel, Rev. (came from Williamstown, MA) abt 1774 Connecticut aft 1850 [Stephenson Co., IL 1850] BG 1834 HI
Higby Clarissa (Mrs. Zacheus, Jr.) abt 1774 Connecticut nf 1870 [Oswego Twp, IL 1860] OS 1840
Sears Samuel (s. Benjamin & Mary (Hall)) Jul 17 1774 Dutchess Co., NY Oct 10 1838 Lisbon, IL LI 1837 HI
Collins Samuel Cass, Sr. abt 1775 Connecticut nf 1860 [Big Grove Twp, IL 1850] BG 1835 HI
Kellogg Sherman (s. Preserved & Lucy (Palmer)) Mar 25 1775 Hartford, CT Sep 4 1848 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1836 HI
Pike Thomas (early school teacher, lived at Penfield) abt 1775 b. 1770-1780 Nov 26 1846 Kendall Co., IL LR 1836 HI
Rogers Mary (Kelso)(Mrs. Alexander)(b. 1770-1780) abt 1775 Ireland abt 1840 Fox Twp, IL FO 1834
Swift Thomas B., Sr. (b. 1770-1780) abt 1775 nds LR 1837
Winchell Heman, Sr., Rev. (b. 1770-1780) abt 1775 Forestville, NY abt 1843 Little Rock, IL KE 1839 HI
Bristol John abt 1777 Oxford, CT nds Illinois BG 1834 HI
Hollenback Clark (s. George & Hannah (Barton))(War of 1812) Aug ng 1777 Virginia Sep 30 1842 Fox Twp, IL FO 1831 HI
Murray James Syng (s. John & Elizabeth (Syng)) Sep 16 1777 Elkton, MD Feb 14 1855 Ottawa, IL FO 1833 HI
Bly Anna H. [Hannah] (Mrs. David)(w/ Ebenezer Morgan family) abt 1778 Jan 5 1848 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1833
Havenhill George (s. Oliver "Ulrich" & Elizabeth (Tesch?)) Jan 6 1778 Virginia May 15 1838 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1833 HI
Johnson Abigail (2nd Mrs. David, Sr.)(nee Mrs. Clark) abt 1778 New York bef 1860 [Bristol Twp, IL 1850] BR 1835 HI
Johnson David, Sr., Deacon (s. Elijah & Abigail) May 6 1778 Southborough, MA Oct ng 1855 Bristol Twp, IL BR 1835 HI
Rhodes Christopher B. abt 1778 Germany aft 1850 [Oswego Twp, IL 1850] OS 1838
Ayres Achsah (Squire)(Mrs. Ebenezer) Feb 1 1779 nds OS 1840 CE
Bushnell Stephen, Sr. (included in 1840 census) May ng 1779 Westbrook, CT Sep 5 1867 Lisbon Twp, IL LI 1839 CE
Grimwood Susan (Cooper)(Mrs. Isaac, Sr.) Jun 28 1779 Buxhall Parish, Eng. 1841 Bristol Twp, IL BR 1838
Jackson Samuel (b-in-l Isaac T. Townsend, Sr.) abt 1779 New York bef 1860 [NaAuSay Twp, IL 1850] NA 1835
Johnson Nelly (Hemenway)(Mrs. David, Sr.) Jun 6 1779 Framingham, MA Aug 28 1846 Bristol Twp, IL BR 1835 HI
Matlock John Shepard, Sr. (bought Wm. Harris' claim) Jul 14 1779 Sullivan Co., TN Aug 5 1846 Kendall Twp, IL KE 1833 HI
Smith Anna (Mrs. Asa W.)(88 yrs) abt 1779 Feb 11 1867 Oswego, IL FO 1840 CE
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Data last uploaded on 2013-06-22 18:28:37-0500 CDT by Elmer Dickson