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
Mason Hannah O. (Gautier)(2nd Mrs. John West) abt 1810 New Jersey Oct 20 1865 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1840 HI
Mason Helen R. (d. Caleb & Roanna (Haymond)) Jun 3 1840 Big Grove Twp, IL Dec ng 1908 Mitchell, SD BG 1840 HI
Mason Isabel P. (Mrs. Joseph) Feb 8 1820 Franklin Co., IN Feb 11 1891 La Salle Co., IL BG 1835 HI
Mason James (bought Robert Ford's claim in L.R.Twp) nds nds LR 1835 HI
Mason John West (s. David & ? (Lewis)) Jul 3 1805 Montgomery Co., NY Jul 24 1884 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1833 HI
Mason Joseph (blacksmith at Holderman's Grove) Jan 29 1811 Fayette Co., PA Jul 14 1900 La Salle Co., IL BG 1835 HI
Mason Roanna (Haymond)(Mrs. Caleb) Jan 1 1807 Monongalia Co. VA Sep 30 1876 Bristol, IL KE 1834 HI
Mason Sarah Belle (Neff)(Mrs. Wellington) Dec 30 1830 Franklin Co., IN Apr 8 1899 Bancroft, Kossuth Co., IA BG 1836 HI
Mason Wellington (s. Caleb & Roanna (Haymond) Nov 9 1825 Painesville, OH Jun 24 1902 Dixon, CA BG 1840 HI
Mason William Wallace (s. Caleb & Roanna (Haymond_) Jun 3 1840 Big Grove Twp, IL Feb ng 1842 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1840 HI
Matlock David, Rev. (s. John S., Sr. & Eleanor "Nellie" (Haggerty)) Feb 16 1819 Monroe Co., IN Sep 3 1877 Makanda, IL KE 1833 HI
Matlock Eleanor "Nellie" (Haggerty)(Mrs. John S., Sr.) May 1 1783 Ireland Feb 9 1839 Kendall Twp, IL KE 1833 HI
Matlock Elizabeth B. (Johnson)(Mrs. David) Feb 14 1818 Chautauqua Co., NY Mar 30 1882 Kendall Twp, IL BR 1834 HI
Matlock George Washington (s. John S., Sr. & Eleanor "Nellie" (Haggerty)) Jul 10 1816 Indiana abt 1869 California KE 1833 HI
Matlock Henry Harrison (s. John S. Sr, & Polly Oatman (Thurber) Oct 17 1840 Kendall Twp, IL Jun 10 1901 Leavenworth, KS KE 1840 HI
Matlock John Shepard, Sr. (bought Wm. Harris' claim) Jul 14 1779 Sullivan Co., TN Aug 5 1846 Kendall Twp, IL KE 1833 HI
Matlock Joseph Hawkins (s. John S., Sr. & Eleanor "Nellie" (Haggerty)) Jan 10 1821 Monroe Co., IN Dec 28 1878 Monticello, IN KE 1833 HI
Matlock Lavina (Trumbo)(Mrs. West W.)(d. Matthew & Rebecca) Sep 11 1820 Newark, OH Nov 16 1910 Kendall Twp, IL KE 1840 HI
Matlock Margaret (d. John S., Sr. & Eleanor "Nellie" (Haggerty) Mar 2 1808 Roane Co., TN abt 1846 Kendall Twp, IL KE 1834 HI
Matlock Polly Oatman (Thurber)(Mrs. John S., Sr.) Oct 26 1801 Petersburg, NY Dec 27 1886 Plano, IL KE 1837 HI
Matlock Sarah (d. John S., Sr. & Eleanor "Nellie" (Haggerty)) Dec 20 1810 Roane Co., TN Jul 25 1849 Kendall Twp, IL KE 1833
Matlock West Walker (s. John S., Sr. & Eleanor "Nellie" (Haggerty)) Mar 4 1814 Delaware Co. IN Jul 17 1886 Kendall Twp, IL KE 1833 HI
Matteson F. W. (s. Joel A. & Mary Sterling (Fish)) abt 1834 Kendall Co., IL nds SE 1834 HI
Matteson Joel Aldrich (tenth Governor of Illinois) Aug 2 1808 Watertown, NY Jan 31 1873 Chicago, IL SE 1834 HI
Matteson Lydia O. (d. Joel A. & Mary Sterling (Fish)) nds aft 1880 [Chicago, IL 1880] SE 1834 HI
Matteson Mary Jane (d. Joel A. & Mary Sterling (Fish)) abt 1833 Watertown, NY nds SE 1834 HI
Matteson Mary Sterling (Fish )(Mrs. Joel A.) Jul 10 1811 Springfield, NY nf 1880 SE 1834 HI
May Susan E. (Short)(Mrs. Josiah Monroe) Jul 3 1839 Bristol Twp, IL Apr 24 1917 Rochelle, IL BR 1839 HI
McCarty Catherine (Dougherty)(Mrs. John) May 4 1813 Orange Co., IN Dec 14 1855 Farmington, UT BG 1828 HI
McCauley Julia E. (Winchell)(Mrs. James) abt 1837 Kendall Twp, IL nf 1900 [Amador Co., CA 1880] KE 1837
McClain Catherine abt 1799 North Carolina aft 1870 [Richland Co., IL 1870] SE 1837
McClain Elizabeth (d. Harriet?) abt 1840 Illinois aft 1850 [Serena Twp, IL 1850] SE 1840
McClain Harriet (d. ? & Catherine) abt 1820 Indiana aft 1850 [Serena Twp, IL 1850] SE 1837
McClain Juliann (d. ? & Catherine) abt 1828 Indiana aft 1850 [Serena Twp, IL 1850] SE 1837
McClain Margaret (d. Harriet?) abt 1838 Illinois aft 1850 [Serena Twp, IL 1850] SE 1838
McClellan Beulah M. (d. James, II & Fanny (Fletcher)) Dec 26 1824 Ashville, NY Nov 16 1906 Martinville, LA BR 1835
McClellan Cornelia Frances (d. James, II & Fanny (Fletcher)) Mar 28 1815 Sutton, MA Oct 24 1839 Bristol Twp, IL BR 1835 HI
McClellan Cornelia S. (Seely)(Mrs. Leonard E.)(church records) Jun 12 1823 New York aft 1888 [Chicago, IL 1888] NA 1840 HI
McClellan Edith (Sherman)(1st Mrs. James, III) abt 1815 Busti, NY Mar 12 1838 Bristol, IL BR 1835 HI
McClellan Eunice C. (Sherman)(2nd Mrs. James, III) abt 1818 New York Dec 31 1850 Bristol, IL BR 1835 HI
McClellan Fanny (Fletcher)(1st Mrs. James, II) Jun 21 1790 Sutton, MA Jan 26 1844 Bristol, IL BR 1835 HI
McClellan James Oscar (s. James, III & Eunice C. (Sherman)) Mar 18 1840 Bristol, IL Jan 4 1911 Washington, DC BR 1840
McClellan James, II "Deacon" (s. James & Beulah (Bacon)) Sep 18 1789 Sutton, MA Jul 11 1867 Bristol, IL BR 1835 HI
McClellan James, III (s. James, II & Fanny (Fletcher)) Jul 25 1813 Sutton, MA Feb 14 1855 Bristol, IL BR 1835 HI
McClellan Leonard E. (s. James, II & Fanny (Fletcher))(murdered California) Sep 18 1817 Ashville, NY Oct ng 1852 Yuba Co., CA BR 1835 HI
McClellan Martha (d. James, II & Fanny (Fletcher)) Jan 27 1819 Ashville, NY Dec 16 1895 Chicago, IL BR 1835 HI
McClellan Mary abt 1764 Aug 2 1847 Bristol, IL BR 1835 HI
McClellan Nancy M. (d. James, II & Fanny (Fletcher)) Apr 12 1821 Ashville, NY Jun 18 1875 Bristol, IL BR 1835 HI
McClellan Sarah Ann (Selvey)(Mrs. Francis W.) Apr ng 1833 Plainfield, IL May 31 1859 Aurora, IL? BG 1833 HI
McClellan Susan (Hart)(2nd Mrs. James, II) abt 1802 Vermont nds Bristol, IL BR 1837
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