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 Isaac (s. Leman & Jane) Mar 29 1838 Fox Twp, IL Apr 12 1838 Fox Twp, IL FO 1838
Aldrich Nathan (s. Dr. John & Elizabeth (Thurston)) Oct 10 1796 Kingston, RI Apr 22 1844 Millbrook, IL FO 1838 HI
Alford Katherine (Ricketson)(Mrs. Clark Baker, Sr.) Jan 5 1812 Clinton Co., NY Apr 25 1878 Waterman, IL LI 1834 HI
Alford Vincent Lorenzo (s. Clark Baker, Sr. & Katherine (Ricketson)) Mar 7 1831 New York Apr 2 1898 Kansas KE 1834
Ament Anson Clark (s. John Viele & Eunice)(B-H War)(Died CW) Aug ng 1815 Elizabethtown, KY Apr 5 1863 Helena, AR KE 1831 HI
Ashley Daniel, III (s. Daniel, II & Amy Ann (Barnes)) Dec 19 1824 Martinsburg, NY Apr 17 1855 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1834 HI
Ashley Roxana (d. Stephen Ferriss & Roxana (Pitcher)) May 20 1811 Martinsburg, NY Apr 19 1892 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1835 HI
Atherton Martha (Cook)(Mrs. Thomas) Jun 21 1835 Red Bank, NJ Apr 7 1910 Yorkville, IL KE 1837 OS
Barker Mary Jane (d. Samuel & Susannah (Rogers)) Jun 4 1820 Oneida Co., NY Apr 17 1884 Lisbon, IL BG 1837
Barnard Nathaniel Pease, Sr. Mar 27 1806 Whitesboro, NY Apr 28 1892 Newark, IL BG 1838 OS
Barnes Olivia (Denham)(Mrs. Romulus) Feb 22 1807 Conway, MA Apr 19 1887 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1833
Barrows Seraphina (Daggett)(Mrs. Elijah) abt 1789 Vermont Apr 14 1883 Sheridan, IL BG 1837 HI
Barrus Moses (f-in-law Lyman Childs) Aug 18 1773 Apr 26 1866 Bristol Twp, IL KE 1840 CE
Bartram Mary A. (d. Jared & Elise) May 28 1836 Illinois Apr 6 1898 Plainfield, IL BG 1836 HI
Bates Mary (Mrs. James "Harvey") abt 1811 Fishkill, NY Apr 12 1895 Los Angeles, CA FO 1835 HI
Beck Mary Ann (Mrs. Benjamin J.) Feb 16 1814 Montgomery Co., NY Apr 14 1881 Plano, IL LR 1835 HI
Beecher Harvey (s. Raphael, II & Polly) abt 1828 Shalersville, OH Apr 22 1893 Yorkville, IL BR 1838 HI
Bradley Julia Ann (Hallock)(Mrs. Erasmus "Darwin") Jan ng 1828 New York Apr 11 1913 Chicago, IL KE 1833 HI
Brady James Dec 10 1814 Virginia Apr 18 1891 Seward Twp, IL SE 1838 HI
Bristol Mary W. (d. Justus, Jr. & Phoebe (Greenleaf)) Oct 3 1839 Yorkville, IL Apr 29 1925 Ladysmith, WI KE 1839 HI
Browne Ellen Theodosia (gr-dau Peter J. LeStourgeon, Sr.) Jan 20 1820 Liverpool, England Apr 12 1912 Aurora, IL KE 1838 HI
Buckley Mary Jane (Barker)(Mrs. Joseph) Jun 4 1820 Oneida Co., NY Apr 17 1884 Lisbon, IL BG 1838
Bullard Catherine Lee "Kate" (Carnes)(Mrs. John R.) Feb 20 1834 Camden, SC Apr 27 1891 Millbrook, IL FO 1833 HI
Bullard John Royal, Rev. (s. Royal & Esther Lewis (Murray)) Nov 21 1824 Camden, SC Apr 16 1889 Millbrook, IL FO 1833 HI
Bullard Rachel Blanding (d. Royal & Esther Lewis (Murray)) Dec 30 1833 Hennepin, IL Apr 29 1904 Millbrook, IL FO 1833 HI
Burroughs Jerusha (Judd)(2nd Mrs. Horace) abt 1797 New York Apr 4 1848 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1837 HI
Burroughs Mary (d. Daniel Jr. & Abigail (Hine)) May 16 1825 Ohio Apr 23 1884 Kane Co., IL LR 1837 HI
Bushnell Althea "Nancy" (Clarke)(Mrs. George) Sep 29 1818 Sullivan, NY Apr 24 1893 Lisbon, IL LI 1840 CE
Bushnell Ann Townsend (d. Calvin, Sr. & Polly (Williams)) Sep 4 1817 Vernon, Oneida Co., NY Apr 28 1878 Morris, IL BG 1835 HI
Carnes Catherine Lee (d. Robert W. & Mary Ann (Clark)) Feb 20 1834 Camden, SC Apr 27 1891 Millbrook, IL FO 1834 HI
Carpenter Noah (s. David Wolf & Sarah P. (Davis)) Dec 16 1837 Oswego, IL Apr 16 1933 Le Mars, Plymouth Co., IA OS 1838 HI
Carr Esther Ortentia (d. Chauncey S., Sr. & Elizabeth (Keene)) May 29 1827 Henderson, NY Apr 25 1867 Napa, CA KE 1838
Carr Giles Collins (s. Chauncey S., Sr. & Elizabeth (Keene)) Aug 12 1818 Pompey, NY Apr 19 1883 Riverside, IA KE 1838
Carr Hannah Ann (Moore)(2nd Mrs. Chauncey, Jr.) Mar 19 1820 Apr 9 1847 Kendall Twp, IL KE 1837
Carr Sophia (Evans)(Mrs. Chauncey, Jr.) Mar 30 1822 Ashe Co., NC Apr 21 1844 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1833
Cass Almira (Wheeler)(Mrs. Jacob) Sep 21 1834 Schoharie Co., NY Apr 4 1871 Plano, IL LR 1835
Childs Lyman Apr 1 1808 Lee, MA Apr 30 1891 Avon, IL BR 1839 HI
Childs Mary "Sophronia" (d. Lyman & Lucinda (Barrus)) abt 1832 Lee, MA Apr 14 1898 Chicago, IL BR 1839 HI
Clark Edward T. Aug 28 1837 Little Rock Twp, IL Apr 28 1926 Chicago, IL LR 1837
Cobleigh Mary (Barney)(Mrs. Joseph Weston) Jul 11 1811 Chester, VT Apr 1 1892 Gibson City, IL BG 1840
Cole Jeremiah J. (early settler in Seward Twp) abt 1806 Rhode Island Apr 19 1864 Oswego, IL SE 1836 HI
Cole Lydia (Smith)(Mrs. John D.) Jul 14 1835 Ashtabula Co., OH Apr 17 1903 Three Bridges, NJ OS 1839
Combs Millie (Misner)(Mrs. John W.) Dec 26 1825 Indiana Apr 20 1890 East Lynn, IL BG 1833 HI
Cook Martha (d. John & Mary "Molly" (Haggerty)) Jun 21 1835 Red Bank, NJ Apr 7 1910 Yorkville, IL FO 1838 HI
Corbin Oliver J., Dr. (early Seward Twp settler) May 2 1807 New Hampshire Apr 3 1869 Plainfield, IL SE 1834 HI
Cotton Mary (d. Thomas & Mary) Nov 14 1818 England Apr 15 1879 Clinton Co., IL LI 1837 HI
Crandall Calista (Hodgeman)(2nd Mrs. Jacob) Oct 17 1801 Hartland, VT Apr 10 1894 Little Rock Twp, IL BG 1836
Crandall Jacob (b-in-l Rev. John Beaver) Aug 18 1806 Phillipstown, NY Apr 8 1888 Little Rock, IL LR 1835 OS
Crater Azariah W. (s. Abraham & Margaret (Dix)) Aug 24 1822 Pennsylvania Apr 9 1867 Bristol, IL BR 1840 OS
Cummins Joseph "Sargent" (s. Bradish & Sophia Waite (Sargent)) Mar 26 1824 Ware, MA Apr 2 1903 Brooklyn, Poweshiek Co., IA BG 1832 HI
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Data last uploaded on 2013-06-22 18:28:37-0500 CDT by Elmer Dickson