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
Hunt Theodore "Stanley" (s. Reuben Whitney & Emeline Russell (Hunt)) May 10 1832 Falls Village, CT Sep 20 1905 Aberdeen, SD BR 1840
King Hervey (s. Apollos R. & Fidelia (Jones)) Jun 1 1822 New York Dec 10 1891 Aberdeen, SD BR 1838
Misner Wesley James (s. DeMarquis & Milah "Millie" (Haymond) Mar 13 1831 Indiana Jul 17 1889 Abilene, TX BG 1833 HI
Ackley John (s. Leman & Jane (Davidson)) abt 1836 Fox Twp, IL abt 1856 Adams Co., IA FO 1836
Ackley Leman (s. Calvin W. & Phebe W. (Sellick)) Sep 7 1807 New York Oct 25 1878 Adams Co., IA FO 1833 OS
Misner Ruth (d. Elijah & Emily (Posey)) Dec 15 1827 Shelby, IN May 15 1862 Adrian, MO FO 1840 HI
Southworth Lucy "Marie" (d. James Jr. & Delia Welch (Day)) Sep 21 1820 Bridgewater, NY Dec 15 1893 Adrian, MO FO 1838 HI
Whitney James "Hervey" (s. Moses & Lydia (Allen)) Aug 4 1808 Shelbourne, MA Jan 31 1896 Adrian, MO FO 1834 HI
Whitney Lucy "Marie" (Southworth)(Mrs. James "Hervey") Sep 21 1820 Bridgewater, NY Dec 15 1893 Adrian, MO FO 1835 HI
Rising Spencer (s. Nathaniel & Almira (Gray)) Nov 14 1835 Albany, NY May 10 1895 Ainsworth, NE OS 1838 HI
Dodge Carcillius (s. Heman & Elizabeth (Denio)) 1817 Madison, OH Jun 6 1844 Akron, OH OS 1837
Pearce Daniel, III (s. Daniel, II, & Sarah (Titsworth)) Oct 26 1834 Oswego Twp, IL Dec 29 1923 Alabama OS 1834
Holden Caroline (Parrish)(Mrs. Dr. Newton P.) Jan 17 1826 Honeoye Falls, NY Mar 11 1900 Albion, MI OS 1836
Parrish Caroline (d. Loomis K. & Sarah (Dodge)) Jan 17 1826 Honeoye Falls, NY Mar 11 1900 Albion, MI OS 1836
Bushnell John Williams (s. Calvin, Sr. & Polly (Williams)) Mar 18 1825 Vernon, Oneida Co., NY Sep 7 1894 Alma, MI BG 1835 HI
Short Julia A. (d. John, Sr. & Susan E. (Surre)) Aug 21 1836 Bristol Twp, IL Aug 20 1870 Alto, Lee Co., IL BR 1836 HI
Steward Julia A. (Short)(Mrs. Wesley) Aug 21 1836 Bristol Twp, IL Aug 20 1870 Alto, Lee Co., IL BR 1836 HI
Hopkins Samuel B. abt 1814 Rhode Island Mar ng 1886 Altona, IL KE 1840
Chittenden Isaac T. (s. Eben O. & Roxanna B. (Aldrich)) Nov 14 1839 Bristol Twp, IL May 27 1864 Altoona Pass, GA LR 1840 HI
Beresford John W. (s. Robert & Mary (Disert)) Dec 30 1816 Co. Derry, Ireland Jan 26 1903 Amboy, IL BG 1826 HI
Doud Elisha (s. Giles, II & Rhoda (Scovil)) abt 1792 Vermont May 16 1869 Amboy, IL OS 1840 OS
Hawthorne Ruth Anna (Ives)(Mrs. Willis) Apr 7 1832 New York Mar 21 1873 Amboy, IL KE 1834
Ives Almon (s. Enos, III & Ruth)(Supt. 1st Sunday School) Aug 18 1788 Cornwall, VT Mar 5 1864 Amboy, IL KE 1835
Ives Nancy M. (Tomblin)(Mrs. Almon) Jul 28 1795 New York Apr 22 1862 Amboy, IL KE 1834
Ives Ruth Anna (d. Almon & Nancy M. (Tomblin)) Apr 7 1832 New York Mar 21 1873 Amboy, IL KE 1834
Ives Susan R. (Ryon)(Mrs. William E.) Apr 17 1821 Tioga Co., PA aft 1892 Amboy, IL OS 1835
Ives William Ellery (s. Almon & Nancy M. (Tomblin)) May 24 1821 Ellery, NY Nov 9 1908 Amboy, IL KE 1834
Ryon George, M.D. (s. James & Sarah (Place)) Jun 5 1827 Elkland, PA Jun 27 1897 Amboy, IL KE 1838
Ryon Susan R. (d. James & Sarah (Place)) Apr 17 1821 Tioga Co., PA aft 1892 Amboy, IL KE 1838
Misner Fletcher (s. Henry S. & Barbara J. (Stacker)) Oct 12 1816 Hamilton Co., IN May 13 1900 Anderson, IN BG 1835 HI
Gates Wareham (a.k.a. Bogus Gates)(ran inn in LR village) abt 1797 abt 1877 Andover, OH LR 1840 HI
Heustis John Byron (s. Solomon, Sr. & Elizabeth (Basley)) Jan 14 1833 Westchester Co., NY Jun 6 1893 Andrew, IA KE 1836
Jones William Lafayette Apr 29 1812 Rutland Co., VT Apr 27 1882 Asbury, IL BG 1837 obit
Foulston Francis (Passenger on City of Glasgow) abt 1818 England Mar unk 1854 At sea NA 1837 OS
Hollenback Thomas (s. Clark & Ann (Blizzard)) Mar 8 1814 Muskingum Co., OH Oct 5 1875 Atchinson Co., KS FO 1831 HI
Peck Edgerton Ezra (s. Washington & Mercy Mary (Wilcox)) Sep 3 1831 Canada Mar 17 1903 Atchison Co., MO OS 1840 CE
Kuhlman Johannes [John] nds Germany Jul 22 1864 Atlanta, GA OS 1840 OS
Brown Serilda S. (Ford)(2nd marriage) Jan 10 1837 Kendall Twp, IL Aug 31 1900 Atlantic, Cass Co., IA FO 1837 HI
Ford Serilda S. (d. Henry & Nancy (Evans)) Jan 10 1837 Kendall Twp, IL Aug 31 1900 Atlantic, Cass Co., IA FO 1837 HI
Potter Serilda S. (Ford)(Mrs. Samuel)(1st marriage) Jan 10 1837 Kendall Twp, IL Aug 31 1900 Atlantic, Cass Co., IA FO 1837 HI
Seydell Serilda S. (Ford)(Mrs. Alexander Jordan)(3rd mar.) Jan 10 1837 Kendall Twp, IL Aug 31 1900 Atlantic, Cass Co., IA FO 1837 HI
McEwen Charles (s. Zenas & Mary Ann (Wells)) abt 1811 New York Feb ng 1891 Auburn Park, IL BG 1838 HI
Albee Addison Howard (s. Ahaz & Polly (Johnson)) Sep 10 1810 Champlain, NY Sep 4 1871 Aurora, IL OS 1836 HI
Albee Harrison Adams (s. Ahaz & Polly (Johnson)) Oct 26 1814 Champlain, NY May 6 1901 Aurora, IL OS 1836 HI
Ashley Otis (s. Stephen Ferriss & Roxana (Pitcher)) Aug 7 1813 Genesee Co., NY Oct 12 1854 Aurora, IL OS 1835 HI
Barker Julia Ann (d. Samuel & Susannah (Rogers)) Aug 30 1828 Mattison, NY Mar 8 1894 Aurora, IL BG 1837
Barker Martha Maria (d. Samuel & Susannah (Rogers)) May ng 1830 Oneida Co., NY Sep 28 1901 Aurora, IL BG 1837
Bartholomew Katherine E. (Moore)(Mrs. Samuel D.) abt 1827 New York Feb 10 1911 Aurora, IL LI 1835 HI
Bates Charles abt 1797 Bridgeport, CT Nov 2 1876 Aurora, IL OS 1835
Brady Lorenzo D. abt 1809 New York Feb 27 1892 Aurora, IL LR 1837
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Data last uploaded on 2013-06-22 18:28:37-0500 CDT by Elmer Dickson