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
Stephen William May 26 1817 Aberdeenshire, Scot May 18 1889 Morris, IL BG 1838 OS
Harrison William W. (s. John & Matilda) Jan 27 1816 Acquan, VA Jan 25 1900 Little Rock Twp, IL KE 1834 HI
Bartlett Isaac S. (s. Aaron & Phoebe Stark (Failing)) Jun 6 1837 Akron, OH Oct 19 1906 Plano, IL OS 1840
Dodge Heman A. (s. Asahel, Jr. & Elizabeth (Davis)) Dec 18 1824 Akron, OH abt 1913 San Bernadino, CA OS 1837
Lamb Lorinda (Bartlett)(Mrs. Maurice B.) Sep 6 1840 Akron, OH aft 1910 [Burlington., IA 1910] OS 1840
Richardson Harriet Bowley (Wells)(Mrs. George D.) abt 1825 Albany Co., NY Mar 28 1875 Minneapolis, MN BR 1839 JO
Robbins John B. (s. Nathaniel & Catherine Ann (Cookingham)) Mar 5 1835 Albany Co., NY May 24 1915 Plano, IL LR 1835 HI
Robbins Lydia Elizabeth (d. Nathaniel I. & Catherine Ann (Cookingham)) Sep 12 1829 Albany Co., NY May 1 1908 Plano, IL LR 1835 HI
Robbins Nathaniel I. May 22 1804 Albany Co., NY Jul 5 1886 Plano, IL LR 1835 HI
Wells Harriet Bowley (d. Solomon & Susan) abt 1825 Albany Co., NY Mar 28 1875 Minneapolis, MN BG 1838
Wheeler Lydia Elizabeth (Robbins)(2nd Mrs John W.) Sep 12 1829 Albany Co., NY May 1 1908 Plano, IL LR 1835 OS
Zellar Lydia Elizabeth (Robbins)(Mrs. Joel) Sep 12 1829 Albany Co., NY May 1 1908 Plano, IL LR 1835 HI
Bronk Peter A. (s. Ephraim & Charlotte A. (VanDolfston)) Jul 18 1836 Albany, NY Feb 6 1922 Plainfield, IL NA 1839 HI
Minkler Peter (s. Harmanus & Eva (Jacob)) abt 1789 Albany, NY Oct 17 1881 Rochelle, IL KE 1833 HI
Page John H. (s. Lucius W. & Julia H. (Hoyt)) abt 1837 Albany, NY Mar 4 1910 Geneva, IA BR 1840
Rising Spencer (s. Nathaniel & Almira (Gray)) Nov 14 1835 Albany, NY May 10 1895 Ainsworth, NE OS 1838 HI
VanDolson John Tunis, Sr. (b-in-l Ephraim Bronk) Apr 5 1822 Albany, NY Jul 12 1903 Minooka, IL NA 1836
Austin Arthur Truman Dudley (s. Truman Dudley & Susan Butts (Guyant)) Sep 8 1838 Allegan, MI Jun 18 1911 Rochester, MN NA 1840 HI
Burroughs Daniel, Jr. (s. Daniel, Sr. & Olive (Carpenter)) Oct 15 1789 Alstead, NH Nov 11 1866 Batavia, IL LR 1837 HI
Burroughs Horace (s. Daniel, Sr. & Olive (Carpenter)) Dec 17 1783 Alstead, NH Nov 23 1872 Aurora, IL LR 1837 HI
Griswold John J. Oct 28 1798 Amenia, NY Mar 24 1884 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1838 HI
Fosgate Avery (s. Josiah & Ruth (Miles)) abt 1806 Amsterdam, NY Jan 7 1849 Chicago, IL FO 1840
Barrows Mary E. (Weeks)(Mrs. Emerson B.) Mar 8 1834 Andover, NH Mar 18 1910 Sandwich, IL LR 1834
Weeks Mary E. (d. Joseph & Maria T. (Tolman)) Mar 8 1834 Andover, NH Mar 18 1910 Sandwich, IL LR 1834
Titsworth Elizabeth (Pearce)(Mrs. James T.)(d. Daniel, Sr.) abt 1791 Anne Arundel Co., MD Nov 8 1849 NaAuSay Twp, IL OS 1833 HI
Gilmore Mary Eliza (Heacox)(Mrs. William) Mar 14 1822 Annsville, Oneida Co., NY Oct 12 1884 Newton Co., IN LI 1840 HI
Heacox Amon (s. Horace & Mary D.)(Co. K, 20th IL INF) Aug 10 1817 Annsville, Oneida Co., NY Apr 23 1889 Quincy, IL LI 1840 HI
Heacox Mary Eliza (d. Horace & Mary D. (Holms) Mar 14 1822 Annsville, Oneida Co., NY Oct 12 1884 Newton Co., IN LI 1840 HI
Heacox Washington A. (s. Horace & Mary D. (Holms) Sep 29 1819 Annsville, Oneida Co., NY Oct 1 1875 LI 1840 HI
Morgan Mary (Kimble)(Mrs. John H., Sr.) abt 1829 Ascension Is. Feb 17 1911 Chicago, IL NA 1840
Kendall Gilman, Dr. (s. Joseph & Mary (Haynes)) Sep 20 1803 Ashby, MA Apr 20 1891 Lisbon, IL BG 1834 HI
Kendall Lucy M. (Manning)(Mrs. Gilman) Mar 28 1806 Ashby, MA Dec 28 1889 Lisbon, IL BG 1834 HI
Kendall Sylvanus (s. Joseph & Mary (Haynes)) Aug ng 1812 Ashby, MA Jan 4 1882 Lisbon, IL BG 1834 HI
Carr Sophia (Evans)(Mrs. Chauncey, Jr.) Mar 30 1822 Ashe Co., NC Apr 21 1844 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1833
Evans Betsey (Hoppers)(Mrs. David) Aug 1 1795 Ashe Co., NC Aug 3 1847 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1834 HI
Evans David (s. Barnabus) Nov 10 1798 Ashe Co., NC Jul 28 1845 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1833 HI
Evans Lewis (s. David & Betsey (Hoppers)) Feb 7 1821 Ashe Co., NC Sep 15 1863 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1833 HI
Evans Noah (s. David & Betsey (Hoppers)) Jan 23 1827 Ashe Co., NC May 15 1903 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1833 HI
Evans Sophia (d. David & Betsey (Hoppers)) Mar 30 1822 Ashe Co., NC Apr 21 1844 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1833 HI
Montague Mary "Polly" (Mulkey)(Mrs. George W.) abt 1827 Ashe Co., NC aft 1912 [Sandwich, IL 1912] LR 1839 HI
Mulkey Joshua (s. William B. & Sarah (Cox)) Mar 15 1825 Ashe Co., NC aft 1890 [Osceola, Clarke Co., IA 1891] LR 1839 HI
Mulkey Mary Jane "Polly" (d. William B. & Sarah (Cox)) Apr 24 1828 Ashe Co., NC aft 1912 [Sandwich, IL 1912] LR 1839 HI
Mulkey Sarah (Cox)(Mrs. William B.) Jun 14 1799 Ashe Co., NC Feb 18 1881 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1839 HI
Mulkey William B. (built 1st house in Little Rock village) Apr 15 1799 Ashe Co., NC Jan 22 1886 Fairmount, NE LR 1839 HI
Mulkey Catherine "Charlotte" (d. William B. & Sarah (Cox)) Jan 12 1830 Asheville, NC Jul 12 1931 Plano, IL LR 1839 HI
Ryburn Catherine "Charlotte" (Mulkey)(Mrs. Matthew Neal) Jan 12 1830 Asheville, NC Jul 12 1931 Plano, IL LR 1839 HI
Cole Lydia (Smith)(Mrs. John D.) Jul 14 1835 Ashtabula Co., OH Apr 17 1903 Three Bridges, NJ OS 1839
Fosgate Sophronia (Smith)(Mrs. Blanchard) Apr 25 1826 Ashtabula Co., OH Nov 28 1903 Chicago, IL OS 1839
Judson Louisa (Smith)(Mrs. Orville Edwin) Oct 30 1823 Ashtabula Co., OH Feb 1 1904 Sandwich, IL OS 1839
Smith Edward J. (s. Ezra & Hannah (Vinson) Apr 5 1831 Ashtabula Co., OH Jun 16 1863 Oswego, IL OS 1839
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Data last uploaded on 2013-06-22 18:28:37-0500 CDT by Elmer Dickson