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
Ryon Oscar (s. William, Sr. & Eleanor (Roberts)) abt 1838 Pennsylvania Feb 11 1842 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1838
Ryon Ruth Anna (Ives)(Mrs. George, M.D.) Apr 7 1832 New York Mar 21 1873 Chicago, IL KE 1834
Ryon Sarah (Place)(Mrs. James) Dec 7 1801 Pennsylvania Sep 9 1850 Little Rock Twp, IL KE 1838 OS
Ryon Susan R. (d. James & Sarah (Place)) Apr 17 1821 Tioga Co., PA aft 1892 Amboy, IL KE 1838
Ryon William L. (s. James & Sarah (Place)) abt 1827 Tioga Co., PA May 10 1885 Woodland, CA KE 1838
Ryon William, Sr. (came with Thomas Lye) abt 1806 Pennsylvania abt 1872 [Somonauk Twp 1870] LR 1838 HI
Sanders Lucy M. (Crater)(Mrs. Alexander) abt 1828 Sep 13 1848 Bristol, IL BR 1840
Sanders Nancy (Pearce)(Mrs. John)(d. Daniel, II & Elizabeth) May 1 1819 Urbana, OH Mar 7 1902 Oswego, IL OS 1837 OS
Sanders Sophia (Beecher)(Mrs. Joseph) nds Shalersville, OH nds BR 1838 HI
Sargent Sarah (Hiddleson)(Mrs. John B.) abt 1833 Ohio Jun ng 1898 Cabery, IL LR 1836
Satterlee Catherine "Kate" (Gale)(Mrs. Dr. Daniel S.) Oct ng 1838 New York Dec 9 1916 Itasca, IL LR 1840
Schamp Louisa (Ashley) (Mrs. George R.) Apr 8 1832 New York Oct 10 1864 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1834
Scheidecker Delia A. (Pease)(Mrs. George) Jun 12 1833 New York Jul 20 1917 Sandwich, IL BG 1840 CE
Schmoldt Mary A. (Townsend)(Mrs. Oscar) abt 1835 New York 1880 De Kalb Co., IL OS 1840
Schneider John Nicholas (brother of John Peter) May 6 1806 Hessen Darmstadt Sep 16 1882 Little Rock Twp, IL BR 1833 HI
Schneider John Peter (brother of John Nicholas) abt 1797 Hessen Darmstadt Jun 27 1883 North Aurora, IL BR 1833 HI
Schneider Polly (Darnell)(1st Mrs. John N.) Aug 6 1826 Wilkes Co., NC? Jul 25 1845 Little Rock Twp, IL BR 1834 HI
Scofield Cornelia S. (Seely)(3rd Mrs. James)(church records) Jun 12 1823 New York aft 1888 [Chicago, IL 1888] NA 1840 HI
Scofield Sarah Jane (d. Lewis & Anna) Jul 15 1838 Painted Post, NY Feb 24 1904 Plano, IL BR 1838
Scott Andrew (s. James) Apr ng 1825 New York Oct 15 1909 Aurora, IL LR 1836 OS
Scott Caroline (Hawley)(Mrs. Willard)(d. Pierce & unknown)) Jun 30 1811 Vermont Sep 29 1888 DuPage Co., IL BG 1826 HI
Scott James (Early settler in Little Rock Twp.) nds Scotland aft 1886 [California 1886] LR 1836
Scott James (Mrs.) nds Scotland aft 1886 [California 1886] LR 1836
Sears Aaron (s. Samuel & Martha (Bennett)) Sep 18 1812 Putnam Co., NY Dec 2 1891 Morris, IL LI 1837 HI
Sears Adam (gr-son Samuel & Martha (Bennett)) abt 1833 Connecticut? nf 1860 [Big Grove Twp, IL 1850] LI 1837 HI
Sears Adeline (d. Archibald W. & Susan (Hadden)) Jan 17 1840 Little Rock Twp, IL Apr 21 1851 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1840 HI
Sears Archibald W. (s. James & Mehitable) Feb 23 1802 Putnam Co., NY Oct 28 1893 Plano, IL LR 1836 HI
Sears Caroline Matilda (d. Archibald W. & Susan (Hadden)) Feb 24 1836 Westchester Co., NY Oct 20 1843 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1836 HI
Sears Charity (d. Samuel & Martha (Bennett)) Jul 12 1810 Putnam Co., NY Jan ng 1900 Morris, IL (obit 1/31/00) BG 1835 HI
Sears Harriet (Bushnell)(2nd Mrs. Aaron) Jul 29 1823 Vernon, Oneida Co., NY Feb 10 1895 Morris, IL BG 1836 HI
Sears James Morris (s. Archibald W. & Susan (Hadden)) Mar 2 1838 Little Rock Twp, IL Jun 4 1922 Plano, IL LR 1838 HI
Sears Maria (Spencer)(1st Mrs. Aaron) abt 1821 Nov 7 1848 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1836 HI
Sears Mariah (d. Samuel & Martha (Bennett)) Jun 27 1808 Putnam Co., NY Feb 13 1870 LI 1837 HI
Sears Martha (Bennett)(2nd Mrs. Samuel) abt 1783 Connecticut May 15 1855 Lisbon Twp, IL LI 1837 HI
Sears Melissa (d. Samuel & Martha (Bennett)) Aug 1 1815 Putnam Co., NY 1839 St. Louis, MO LI 1837 HI
Sears Nancy Almira (Ives)(Mrs. Warren C.) Jun 15 1838 Kendall Twp, IL aft 1906 [Burlington, KS 1907] KE 1837
Sears Rachel Maria (Carver)(2nd Mrs. Archibald W.) Oct 26 1818 Hebron, CT Mar 10 1905 Aurora, NE LR 1840 HI
Sears Samuel (s. Benjamin & Mary (Hall)) Jul 17 1774 Dutchess Co., NY Oct 10 1838 Lisbon, IL LI 1837 HI
Sears Sarah (d. Samuel & Martha (Bennett)) Sep 10 1804 Putnam Co., NY Oct 2 1875 Manchester, Delaware Co., IA BG 1833 HI
Sears Sarah Frances (d. Archibald W. & Susan (Hadden)) Jul 31 1834 Westchester Co., NY Sep 21 1891 Bedford, Taylor Co., IA LR 1836 HI
Sears Stella (d. Samuel & Martha)(mar. Eben M. Hills) Aug 21 1806 Putnam Co., NY Jun 19 1884 Sandwich, IL BG 1833 HI
Sears Susan (Hadden)(1st Mrs. Archibald W.) Dec 25 1815 New York, NY Jun 10 1845 Little Rock Twp, IL LR 1836 HI
Seaton Phebe (Lawrence)(Mrs. Willard F.) abt 1822 Pennsylvania nf 1860 [Big Grove Twp, IL 1850] BG 1837
Seavey Eliza M. (Craig)(Mrs. Henry H.) Nov 11 1834 Big Grove Twp, IL Jan 29 1917 Kane Co., IL BG 1834 HI
Sedgewick Sarah Ann (Toombs)(Dr. Westel W., Sr.) Nov 22 1827 Portage, NY May 30 1895 Sandwich, IL LR 1840
Seely Beulah M. (McClellan)(Mrs. Francis T.) Dec 26 1824 Ashville, NY Nov 16 1906 Martinville, LA BR 1835 HI
Seely Cornelia S. (d. Townsend & Millicent (Tuthill))(ch records) Jun 12 1823 New York aft 1888 [Chicago, IL 1888] NA 1840 HI
Seely Edmund S. (s. Townsend & Millicent (Tuthill)) Jan 10 1827 Chester, NY Mar 21 1900 NaAuSay Twp, IL NA 1840 HI
Seely Elizabeth Townsend (d. Townsend & Millicent (Tuthill)) Sep 6 1836 New York Jul 4 1893 Oswego, IL NA 1840 HI
Seely Francis Tuthill "Frank" (s. Townsend & Millicent (Tuthill)) Apr 13 1820 Goshen, NY May 25 1891 Decatur, IL NA 1840 HI
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