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
Haynes/Haines Margaret "Jane" [Peggy "Jane"] (Inscho)(Mrs. Harrison) abt 1825 Ohio Apr 10 1784 Little Rock, IL KE 1835
Inscho Margaret Jane (Peggy "Jane")(d. Moses & Jane (Holt) Inscho) abt 1825 Ohio Apr 10 1784 Little Rock, IL KE 1835
Beresford James (s. Robert & Mary (Disert))(killed in Dayton Twp) abt 1813 Co. Derry, Ireland Jun 24 1832 La Salle Co., IL BG 1826 HI
Countryman En-do-ga (Mrs. Frederick M.)(died of small pox) nds abt 1832 Milwaukee, WI BG 1828 HI
Hollenback Phillip Sidel (s. George & Sophia (Sidel)) Feb ng 1828 Oct ng 1832 Ohio FO 1831 HI
Payne Adam, Jr., Rev. (s. Adam, Sr. & Rachel (Dawson))(War of 1812) abt 1783 May ng 1832 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1832 HI
Vermette Maria (d. Vetal & Huldah Cornelia (Walker)) Dec 11 1831 Big Grove Twp, IL 1832 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1831
Gorsline Madison (Peter Minkler's b-in-l) nds abt 1833 Big Grove Twp, IL KE 1833 HI
Minkler Betsey (Gorsline)(1st Mrs. Peter) abt 1784 Aug 19 1833 Kendall Twp, IL KE 1833 HI
Freeman A. B., Rev. (church records) nds Dec ng 1834 Chicago, IL KE 1834 PB
Cummins Sophia Waite (Sargent)(1st Mrs. Bradish) Nov 15 1796 New Braintree, MA Apr 16 1835 Deer Park, La Salle Co. BG 1832 HI
McKenzie John C. (Mrs.) nds from North Carolina abt 1835 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1834 HI
Ament Emily Ann (Harris)(1st Mrs. Edward Glenn) Nov 16 1815 Ohio? Nov 6 1836 Kendall Twp, IL KE 1833 HI
Ford Margaret (Douglas)(Mrs. John) Sep 7 1814 Apr 29 1836 Kendall Twp, IL FO 1833
Harris Emily Ann (d. William & Rebecca (Combs)) Nov 16 1815 Ohio* Nov 6 1836 Kendall Twp, IL KE 1833 HI
Macomber Henry (twin s. Ephaim & Hulda (Ricketson)) Jan 25 1824 Plattsburgh, NY Dec 2 1836 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1832
Tolman Joseph Leland (s. Jeremy F. & Betsy Leland)) Feb 24 1822 Oct 7 1836 Kendall Twp, IL KE 1834
VanEmon Elizabeth "Eliza" (d. George & Hester) Jul 16 1817 Brown Co., OH Jan 14 1836 Kendall Twp, IL KE 1834
Wormley John (s. William M. & Elizabeth (VanFleet)) Oct 5 1836 Oswego Twp, IL Oct 6 1836 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1836 HI
Devoe John C. Apr 30 1836 Oswego Twp, IL Jun 7 1837 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1836
Doud Rhoda (Scovil)(Mrs. Giles, II) Oct 5 1765 Wallingford, CT Feb 18 1837 Tylerville, NY OS 1840
Dougherty Henry (s. John, II & Mary (Hollowell)) Mar 29 1822 Orange Co., IN Mar ng 1837 Kendall Co., IL BG 1828 HI
Hobson Mary Ann "Polly" (d. Bailey & Clarissa (Stewart)) Oct 10 1822 Orange Co., IN Dec 12 1837 DuPage Co., IL BG 1830 HI
Hough Delos Fletcher (s. Burrage & Mary "Polly" Miranda (Alexander)) Jan 23 1834 New York Aug 30 1837 De Kalb Co., IL NA 1835 HI
Hough W. Delos Fletcher (s. Burrage & Mary "Polly" Miranda (Alexander)) Jan 13 1833 New York Aug 30 1837 NaAuSay Twp, IL NA 1835 HI
Kendall Henry M. (s. Sylvanus & Lauraette (Hough)) Nov 26 1835 Big Grove Twp, IL Oct 16 1837 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1835 HI
Oatman Simeon (John Matlock's bro-in-law) Apr 27 1809 New Albany, IN Dec 13 1837 Kendall Twp, IL KE 1834 HI
Page Mary Ann "Polly" (Hobson)(Mrs. William) Oct 10 1822 Orange Co., IN Dec 12 1837 DuPage Co., IL BG 1830 HI
Sidebotham Thomas (b-in-l Alanson Milks) nds abt 1837 Seward Twp, IL SE 1835 HI
Ackley Isaac (s. Leman & Jane) Mar 29 1838 Fox Twp, IL Apr 12 1838 Fox Twp, IL FO 1838
Aldrich Elizabeth "Lizzie" (d. Dr. John & Elizabeth (Thurston)) nds Nov 7 1838 Fox Twp, IL FO 1838 HI
Ashley Roxana (Pitcher)(1st Mrs. Stephen Ferriss)(d. Reuben) Apr 7 1789 Westfield, MA May 12 1838 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1835 HI
Duckworth Elizabeth (d. George F. & Mary (Nuttall)) abt 1828 New York Jul 12 1838 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1836
Eldredge Emmet (s. Barnabus E. & Margaret (Engle)) Oct 27 1837 Little Rock Twp, IL Sep 3 1838 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1837
Havenhill George (s. Oliver "Ulrich" & Elizabeth (Tesch?)) Jan 6 1778 Virginia May 15 1838 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1833 HI
Haymond Sarah (Hollenback)(1st Mrs. Ahijah B.) Feb 27 1786 Monongalia Co. VA Oct 2 1838 Kendall Co., IL KE 1834 HI
House Chester, Sr. (bought Hugh Walker's claim) abt 1789 Connecticut Jul 20 1838 Seward Twp, IL SE 1833 HI
Howe Julia Elizabeth (d. Titus & Almira (Hicks)) May 5 1837 Jul 7 1838 Yorkville, IL KE 1837 HI
Inscho Moses (ran a tavern/inn in Little Rock) abt 1796 Sussex Co., NJ abt 1838 Kendall Co., IL LR 1835 HI
Jewell Isabell C. (d. Daniel B., Sr. & Harriet (West)) abt 1837 Kendall Co., IL abt 1838 Oswego, IL BR 1840 HI
Kendall Henry Martyn (1st)(s. Gilman & Lucy M. (Manning)) Apr 5 1838 Big Grove Twp, IL Oct 13 1838 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1838 HI
McClellan Edith (Sherman)(1st Mrs. James, III) abt 1815 Busti, NY Mar 12 1838 Bristol, IL BR 1835 HI
Olson James Webster (1st) (s. Ole & Sarah (Chamberlain)) May 29 1837 Big Grove Twp, IL Aug 28 1838 Big Grove Twp, IL FO 1837
Patterson Alexander (1st)(s. Matthew & Jean "Jane" Connell)) abt 1838 Bristol Twp, IL abt 1838 Bristol Twp, IL BR 1838
Sears Samuel (s. Benjamin & Mary (Hall)) Jul 17 1774 Dutchess Co., NY Oct 10 1838 Lisbon, IL LI 1837 HI
Shadley John W. (s. Daniel, Jr. & Mary B. (Haymond)) Dec 2 1816 Monongalia Co., VA Jun 23 1838 Millington, IL BG 1837 HI
Ament Eunice (Mrs. John Viele) abt 1781 Dansville, NY Dec 8 1839 Kendall Co., IL BG 1831 HI
Crater Benjamin (s. Abraham & Margaret (Dix)) abt 1829 Aug 12 1839 Bristol, IL BR 1840 OS
Grimwood Cornelia Frances (McClellan)(1st Mrs. Isaac, Jr.?) Mar 28 1815 Sutton, MA Oct 24 1839 Bristol Twp, IL BR 1836 HI
Haymond William Elijah (s. Johns S., Sr. & Rachel McGee))) Aug 27 1836 Big Grove Twp, IL Sep 15 1839 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1836 HI
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Data last uploaded on 2013-06-22 18:28:37-0500 CDT by Elmer Dickson