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
Aldrich Delia Augusta (Southworth)(Mrs. Lyell T.) Jan 15 1828 Camden, NY Feb 1 1911 Millington, IL BG 1839 HI
Austin Martha (d. Truman Dudley & Susan Butts (Guyant)) abt 1833 Yates, NY Mar 1 1845 NaAuSay Twp, IL NA 1840 HI
Barker Eunice Ellen (d. Samuel & Susannah (Rogers)) Jan 30 1838 Big Grove Twp, IL Jan 1 1907 Sutter, CA BG 1837
Clark Esther (Mrs. Josiah D.) abt 1803 New York May 1 1882 Evans, CO LR 1838
Cleveland Melissa (Dodge)(Mrs. Don Carlos) Mar 30 1819 Madison, OH Aug 1 1895 Newark, IL OS 1837 HI
Cobleigh Mary (Barney)(Mrs. Joseph Weston) Jul 11 1811 Chester, VT Apr 1 1892 Gibson City, IL BG 1840
Cook Mary Elizabeth (d. John & Mary "Molly" (Haggerty)) Jun 16 1828 Monmouth Co., NJ Mar 1 1874 Bristol, 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
Cunningham John Barton (s. Patrick & Hannah (Hollenback)) Mar 31 1839 Newark, IL Oct 1 1899 Rushville, NE BG 1839 HI
Darnell Alfred (s. John, Sr. & Leah (Jones)) Jul 10 1840 Little Rock Twp, IL Apr 1 1904 Grand Junction, CO LR 1840 HI
Darnell Thomas (s. Abram & Susannah (Owen)) Nov 23 1839 Fox Twp, IL Jul 1 1863 Vicksburg, MS FO 1839 HI
Dodge Melissa (d.Heman & Elizabeth (Denio)) Mar 30 1819 Madison, OH Aug 1 1895 Newark, IL OS 1837
Edgerton Julia Ann (d. Edward & Fanny (Cone)) abt 1838 Oswego Co., NY Apr 1 1873 LaPlata, MO BG 1838 HI
Eldredge Delosss (s. Barnabus E. & Margaret (Engle)) Jul 3 1839 Little Rock Twp, IL Nov 1 1908 Watertown, SD LR 1840
Farrington Eunice Ellen (Barker)(Mrs. Charles W.) Jan 30 1838 Big Grove Twp, IL Jan 1 1907 Sutter, CA BG 1838
Ferriss David (s. J. Reed & Lydia) Apr 10 1817 Peru Twp, Clinton Co., NY Dec 1 1851 California KE 1833
Ferriss Jonathan "Reed" (s. Zebulon & Phebe (Hazard)) Sep 18 1795 South Hero, VT Dec 1 1859 Kendall Twp, IL KE 1833
Ferriss Richard Reed (s. Jonathan "Reed" & Lydia (Ricketson)) Apr 10 1830 Peru Twp, Clinton Co., NY Aug 1 1898 Aurora, IL KE 1833
Fitch Philena S. (Johnson)(Mrs. Ira H.)(87 yrs) abt 1812 Vermont Jan 1 1899 Aurora, IL BR 1834
Gardner John (came with William & George Paddock) abt 1805 b. 1810-1820 Feb 1 1845 Kendall Co., IL FO 1837 HI
Giesler Jacob (carried the mail from Lisbon to Newark) abt 1785 b. 1780-1790 Dec 1 1841 Kendall Co., IL BG 1839 HI
Greenfield Calista C. (Kennedy)(Mrs. Thomas) Jun 17 1812 New York Feb 1 1886 Oswego, IL OS 1839 HI
Hadden Electa Charlotte (Swift)(Mrs. James W.) Feb 14 1821 Cherry Valley, NY Oct 1 1905 Elgin, IL LR 1840 HI
Haymond Elma Jackson (d. Edward "Owen", Jr. & Margaret Ann (Cecil)) Feb 17 1837 Big Grove Twp, IL Jan 1 1916 Magna, UT BG 1837 HI
Heacox Washington A. (s. Horace & Mary D. (Holms) Sep 29 1819 Annsville, Oneida Co., NY Oct 1 1875 LI 1840 HI
Hollenback Wilbert (s. John S. & Rose "Ann")(Rarick) abt 1840 Fox Twp, IL Dec 1 1892 Jonesburgh, KS FO 1840 HI
Hopkins Mary Elizabeth (Cook)(Mrs. Robert) Jun 16 1828 Monmouth Co., NJ Mar 1 1874 Bristol, IL KE 1837
Howard Dexter (s. Thomas & Philinda M.)(born 1822?) abt 1824 Chautauqua Co., NY Mar 1 1887 Winterset, IA KE 1840 CE
Humiston Matilda (d. Samuel Dunbar & Katherine (Kilmer)) Mar 21 1832 New York Jun 1 1845 Kendall Co., IL BG 1838 HI
Hurd Horace P. (mar. Mariah L. Townsend) Apr 1 1812 Oneida Co., NY Aug 1 1859 OS 1839
Hurd Sophronia R. (Mrs. Reuben S.) Sep 8 1816 New York Oct 1 1866 Lisbon, IL LI 1839
Ives Franklin Benedict, MD (s. Almon & Nancy M. (Tomblin)) Apr 30 1823 New York Nov 1 1909 Chicago, IL KE 1834
Jackson Jonathan (s. Jessie, Sr. & Elizabeth) nds Fayette Co., PA Aug 1 1839 Millington, IL FO 1836 HI
Jobes Phidelia/Fidelia (d. Lewis & Rebecca (Seely)) Jan 22 1827 New York Mar 1 1901 Cedar Co., NE LR 1838 OS
Judson Louisa (Smith)(Mrs. Orville Edwin) Oct 30 1823 Ashtabula Co., OH Feb 1 1904 Sandwich, IL OS 1839
Kern William abt 1819 Madison Co., NY Apr 1 1899 Milwaukee, WI BR 1835
Landon Joseph Perry (s. Asa & Sally) Apr 22 1830 May 1 1853 Kendall Twp, IL KE 1836
Lester Martha M. (Ward) (Mrs. Henry)(29-5-?) abt 1837 Illinois May 1 1866 Pavilion, IL KE 1833
Lincoln Jedediah "Jed" H. (s. Sylvester)(War of 1812) Apr 3 1795 Castleton, VT Apr 1 1891 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
Loucks Agatha B. (Pearson)(Mrs. Erastus H.) Jun 18 1838 Bristol Twp, IL May 1 1895 Chicago, IL BR 1838
McCloud John, II (s. John, Sr. & Margaret (Wilson)) abt 1806 Vermont Aug 1 1885 Saunemin, IL OS 1835 HI
McFatrich Martha Jane (Titsworth)(Mrs. James) Jun 8 1834 Illinois Aug 1 1907 Illinois OS 1834 HI
McGregor Phidelia/Fidelia (Jobes)(Mrs. Alexander) Jan 22 1827 New York Mar 1 1901 Cedar Co., NE LR 1838 OS
Miller Thomas (s. John, Sr. & Mary Ann) Jan 8 1826 Nothwold, England Feb 1 1915 Oswego, IL OS 1839 OS
Newell John A. (came with Robert W. Carnes & J. S. Murray) Nov 1 1818 South Carolina Feb 1 1894 Kendall Twp, IL KE 1834
Owen Archabee (bought William Roger's claim) abt 1785 North Carolina Nov 1 1869 Plano, IL LR 1836 HI
Patrick Eliza (Mrs.Jacob, Sr. ) abt 1803 Canada Apr 1 1874 Joliet, IL SE 1839 HI
Pearson Agatha B. (d. John P. & Hannah) Jun 18 1838 Bristol Twp, IL May 1 1895 Chicago, IL BR 1838
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Data last uploaded on 2013-06-22 18:28:37-0500 CDT by Elmer Dickson