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
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
Beresford John W. (s. Robert & Mary (Disert)) Dec 30 1816 Co. Derry, Ireland Jan 26 1903 Amboy, IL BG 1826 HI
Beresford Mary (Disert)(Mrs. Robert) May 24 1791 Ireland Feb 18 1844 Serena Twp, IL BG 1826 HI
Beresford Robert (first settler in Kendall County) Apr 15 1782 Co. Derry, Ireland Nov 28 1852 Serena Twp, IL BG 1826 HI
Ferguson James (b-in-l Robert Beresford?) abt 1802 Ireland Mar 3 1854 La Salle Co., IL BG 1826
Hawley Caroline (d. Pierce & ?) Jun 30 1811 Ferrisburgh, VT Sep 29 1888 DuPage Co., IL BG 1826 HI
Hawley George (s. Pierce & Sarah (Schroeder)) Sep 14 1824 Sangamon Co., IL Jul 20 1905 Holden, MO BG 1826 HI
Hawley John Pierce (s. Pierce & Sarah (Schroeder)) Mar 24 1826 Ottawa, IL Apr 17 1909 Lamoni, IA BG 1826 HI
Hawley Lavinia (Darrah)(Mrs. Gideon)(Pierce's mother) abt 1765 Isle of Man abt 1845 Potosi, WI BG 1826 HI
Hawley Mary (d. Pierce & Sarah (Schroeder)) Sep 1 1823 Du Page Co., IL Jan ng 1852 Bandera, TX BG 1826 HI
Hawley Pierce (s. Gideon & Lavinia)(2nd settler in Kendall Co.) Nov 14 1789 Vergennes, VT Aug 16 1858 Cherokee Nation, AR BG 1826 HI
Hawley Priscilla (d. Pierce & Sarah)(died DuPage Co.?) Nov 9 1831 Peoria, IL Jan 26 1927 Holden, MO BG 1826 HI
Hawley Sarah (Schroeder)(Mrs. Pierce) Jun 3 1800 Knox Co., TN Dec 24 1894 Earling,Shelby Co., IA BG 1826
Minkler Sarah Ann (Burton)(Mrs. Smith G.) Sep 6 1814 Norfolkshire, Eng. Nov 7 1895 Kendall Twp, IL BR 1826 HI
Scott Caroline (Hawley)(Mrs. Willard)(d. Pierce & unknown)) Jun 30 1811 Vermont Sep 29 1888 DuPage Co., IL BG 1826 HI
Young Priscilla (Hawley)(Mrs. John) Nov 9 1831 Peoria, IL Jan 26 1927 Holden, MO BG 1826 HI
Hawley Aaron (s. Pierce & Sarah (Schroeder)) abt 1827 Du Page Co., IL Oct 2 1870 Shelby Co., IA BG 1827
Beresford Lovina (d. Robert & Mary (Disert)) Oct 6 1828 Fox River Mission Jan 30 1890 York, NE BG 1828 HI
Clark Miriam (Dougherty)(Mrs. John W.) Aug 26 1823 Orange Co., IN abt 1888 [Anaheim, CA 1880] BG 1828 HI
Countryman Betsey (d. Frederick M. & En-do-ga) nds nds BG 1828 HI
Countryman En-do-ga (Mrs. Frederick M.)(died of small pox) nds abt 1832 Milwaukee, WI BG 1828 HI
Countryman Frederick M. "Colonel" (lived nr. John Dougherty) abt 1795 aft 1857 [Calhoun Co., KS 1857] BG 1828 HI
Countryman Nancy (d. Frederick M. & En-do-ga) nds nds BG 1828 HI
Countryman Sarah (d. Frederick M. & En-do-ga) nds nds BG 1828 HI
Dougherty Ann (d. John, II & Mary (Hollowell)) Sep 1 1814 Orange Co., IN Mar 9 1888 Aurora, IL BG 1828 HI
Dougherty Catherine (d. John, II & Mary (Hollowell)) May 4 1813 Orange Co., IN Dec 14 1855 Farmington, UT BG 1828 HI
Dougherty George W. Hollowell (s. John, II & Mary (Hollowell)) Mar 11 1811 Jefferson Co., KY Oct 5 1895 Chambersburg, IN BG 1828 HI
Dougherty Henry (s. John, II & Mary (Hollowell)) Mar 29 1822 Orange Co., IN Mar ng 1837 Kendall Co., IL BG 1828 HI
Dougherty John, II (s. John & Isabelle A. (Patton)(purchased R. Beresford claim) abt 1788 Knob Lick, Metcalf Co., KY Jan 2 1856 Knox Co., IL? BG 1828 HI
Dougherty John, III (s. John, II & Mary (Hollowell)) Dec 15 1818 Orange Co., IN abt 1864 BG 1828 HI
Dougherty Levi (s. John, II & Mary (Hollowell)) Jan 20 1816 Orange Co., IN aft 1879 Vernal, UT BG 1828 HI
Dougherty Mary (Hollowell)(Mrs. John, II)(b. Orange Co., NC?) Feb 26 1792 Wayne Co., NC Mar 18 1855 Knox Co., IL? BG 1828 HI
Dougherty Miriam (d. John, II & Mary (Hollowell)) Aug 26 1823 Orange Co., IN abt 1888 [Anaheim, CA 1880] BG 1828 HI
Dougherty Nathan (s. John, II & Mary (Hollowell)) Mar 3 1820 Orange Co., IN Jul 13 1899 Waldport, OR BG 1828 HI
Hobson Catherine (Dougherty)(Mrs. Jesse) May 4 1813 Orange Co., IN Dec 14 1855 Farmington, UT BG 1828 HI
McCarty Catherine (Dougherty)(Mrs. John) May 4 1813 Orange Co., IN Dec 14 1855 Farmington, UT BG 1828 HI
Wycoff Lovina (Beresford)(Mrs. Alphonse D.) Oct 6 1828 Big Grove Twp, IL Jan 30 1890 York, NE BG 1828 HI
Ferguson Caroline E. (Weed) abt 1827 Illinois Jun 19 1889 Woodland, CA BG 1829 HI
Hawley William Schroeder (s. Pierce & Sarah (Schroeder)) Dec 20 1829 Peoria, IL May 29 1893 Oasis, UT BG 1829
Vermette Huldah Cornelia (Walker)(Mrs. Vetal) Sep 29 1811 Nashville, TN Apr 20 1902 Chicago, IL BG 1829 HI
Vermette Lewis (s. Vetal & Huldah Cornelia (Walker)) abt 1829 Ottawa, IL aft 1850 [La Salle Co., IL 1850] BG 1829
Vermette Vetal (one of first settlers in Kendall Co.) Jan 29 1798 Sandwich, Ontario* May 10 1883 Carpenter, IN? BG 1829 HI
Walker Huldah (d. Dr. David & Phebe (Finley)) Sep ng 1810 Tennessee Apr 20 1902 Chicago, IL BG 1829 HI
Walker Keziah Marie (d. Dr. David & Phebe (Finley)) abt 1806 Tennessee Oct 20 1877 Yolo Co., CA BG 1829
Weed Caroline E. (d. Edmund & Keziah Maria (Walker)) abt 1827 Illinois Jun 19 1889 Woodland, CA BG 1829 HI
Weed Edmund (b-in-l Vetal Vermette) abt 1803 New York Mar 28 1871 Yolo Co., CA BG 1829 HI
Weed Keziah Maria (Walker)(Mrs. Edmund) abt 1806 Tennessee Oct 20 1877 Yolo Co., CA BG 1829 HI
Weed unknown male (s. Edmund & Keziah Maria (Walker)) abt 1830 Big Grove Twp, IL nf 1850 BG 1829 HI
Hobson Bailey (s. John H. & Lydia (Harvey)) Apr 30 1798 Jefferson Co., TN Mar 25 1850 Naperville, IL BG 1830 HI
Hobson Clarissa (Stewart)(Mrs. Bailey) Dec 13 1804 Georgia May 27 1884 Naperville, IL BG 1830 HI
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Data last uploaded on 2013-06-22 18:28:37-0500 CDT by Elmer Dickson