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.

Source CodeSource
BS Bateman, Norman & Paul Selby, editors. Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois & History of Kendall County. With special authors and contributors. Chicago: Munsell Publishing Co., (1914) Two volumes, 1078 pages.
FA Farren, Kathy, editor. A Bicentennial History of Kendall County, Illinois. Yorkville, IL: Kendall County Bicentennial Commission, (1976) 314 pages.
GF Biographical Directory of Kendall County, Illinois. Chicago: Fisher & Co., (1876) 114 pages.
HI Hicks, Edmund W., Reverend. History of Kendall County, Illinois: From the Earliest Discoveries to the Present Time. Aurora, IL: Knickerbocker & Hodder, (1877) 439 pages
JO Johnson, Oliver C. and Anna French Johnson. Atlas and History of Kendall County, Illinois. Maps and Plats, Biographies and Special Features. Elmhurst, IL: Friendly Map & Publishing Co., (1941) 112 pages.
KK Durant, Pliny A, et al. Commemorative Portrait & Biographical Record of Kane & Kendall Counties, Illinois. Chicago: Beers, Leggett & Co., (1888) 999 pages.
KW Genealogical & Biographical Record of Kendall & Will Counties, Illinois. Chicago: Biographical Publishing Co., (1901) 670 pages.
LP Shufelt, Mrs. John L. When Lisbon Was A Prairie. Yorkville, IL: Kendall County Record, (1917) 13 pages.
MC Rasmusen, Honor Brodie. History of the Millington Methodist Church and Community 125th Anniversary 1833-1958. Publisher not given, (l958) 48 pages.
NS Newark Sesquicentennial Committee. Newark's Sesquicentennial History: A Community Proud of Its Heritage 1835-1985. Yorkville, IL: Kendall County Record (1985) 139 pages.
OS Oswego Sesquicentennial Days Steering Committee, Roger Matile, editor. 150 Years Along the Fox: The History of Oswego Township Illinois. Oswego Sesquicentennial - 150 Years - 1833-1983. Dallas: Taylor Publishing Co., (1983) 191 pages.
PF Prairie Farmer's Reliable Directory of Farmers & Breeders Grundy & Kendall Counties, Illinois. Chicago: Prairie Farmer Publishing Co., (1917) 221 pages.
RL Lisbon Pioneer Days Book Committee. Roads To Lisbon…Past and Present, A collection of Biographical Sketches. Prepared for the 150th Anniversary of the settling of Lisbon (IL). Yorkville, IL: Kendall County Record, (1985) 112 pages.
URL External link to an internet source document
YO Lucinda Tio and Kathy Farren, A History of Yorkville, Illinois 1836-1986. Published for Yorkville's Sesquicentennial, (1986) 220 pages.


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SurnameGiven NameMoDyYrPlace of BirthMoDyYrPlace of DeathTwpYearCode
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SurnameGiven NameMoDyYrPlace of BirthMoDyYrPlace of DeathTwpYearCode
Abby Barney (s. Russell B. & Sarah) [Abbey] abt 1816 Dutchess Co., NY Sep 17 1893 Little Rock, IL LR 1840
Abby Catherine (Mrs. Barney) [Abbey] abt 1818 New York 1892 Little Rock, IL LR 1840
Ackley Angeline (d. Ezra & Elsey) abt 1824 Ohio aft 1880 [Yates Center, KS 1880] FO 1831 OS
Ackley Cary (s. Leman & Jane (Davidson)) Sep 15 1834 Fox Twp, IL Aug 27 1846 Fox Twp, IL FO 1834
Ackley Chester L. (s. Ezra & Elsey) Apr 9 1839 Fox Twp, IL Nov 1 1910 Long Grove, IL FO 1839 OS
Ackley Elsey (Combs)(Mrs. Ezra)(d. John H. & Rebecca) abt 1803 Virginia aft 1860 [Fox Twp, IL 1860] FO 1831 OS
Ackley Ezra (s. Calvin W. & Phebe (Sellick)) abt 1802 Licking Co., OH May 30 1840 Fox Twp, IL FO 1831 HI
Ackley George B. (s. Ezra & Elsey (Combs)) Feb 16 1836 Fox Twp, IL Aug 12 1916 [Boyd, WY 1900] FO 1833 OS
Ackley Isaac (s. Leman & Jane) Mar 29 1838 Fox Twp, IL Apr 12 1838 Fox Twp, IL FO 1838
Ackley Jane (Davidson)(Mrs. Leman) Feb 19 1815 Pennsylvania Jan 29 1909 [Keokuk Co., IA 1900] FO 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
Ackley Phebe Cemantha (d. Ezra & Elsey (Combs)) abt 1829 Hamilton Co., OH bef 1853 [Chicago, IL 1850] FO 1831 HI
Ackley Robert White (s. Leman & Jane (Davidson)) Mar 24 1840 Fox Twp, IL Nov 7 1931 Trego, WI FO 1840
Ackley Sarah Ann "Sally" (d. Ezra & Elsey (Combs))(unmarried) abt 1832 Ohio aft 1850 [Chicago, IL 1850] FO 1833 HI
Adams Anna (d. Earl & Deborah (Gifford)) (mar. Levi Brainard) Jul 7 1827 Chautauqua Co., NY Mar 25 1907 Sheridan, IL KE 1833 HI
Adams Benjamin Adams (s. Earl Adams & Deborah (Gifford)) abt 1840 Kendall Co., IL nds unknown HI
Adams Caroline (d. Earl & Deborah (Gifford)) (mar.Zacheus Eden Brown) Apr ng 1838 Kendall Co., IL aft 1901 [Aurora, IL 1901] KE 1838 HI
Adams Deborah (Gifford)(Mrs. Earl) Jul 31 1804 New York Jan 17 1858 Big Grove Twp, IL KE 1833 HI
Adams Diantha (d. Earl Adams & Deborah (Gifford)) (mar. Charles M. O'Brien) Sep ng 1838 Kendall Co., IL 1915 Gilman, Marshall, IA KE 1833 HI
Adams Earl (built first log cabin in Yorkville) Aug 7 1799 Washington Co., NY Jan 15 1875 Big Grove Twp, IL KE 1833 HI
Adams Harriet (d. Earl & Deborah (Gifford)) May 18 1830 Chautauqua Co., NY Jul 31 1871 Buried MN cemetery KE 1833 HI
Adams Jane (Evans)(Mrs. Nelson) May ng 1828 Huron Co., OH Feb ng 1908 Cabery, IL FO 1836 HI
Adams John Quincy (s. Earl & Deborah (Gifford)) (mar. Malinda Pierce) Mar 8 1832 Chautauqua Co., NY Jun 9 1893 Newark, IL KE 1833 HI
Adams Lois (d. Earl & Deborah (Gifford)) (mar. Thomas Hewes [Hughes?] abt 1829 Chautauqua Co., NY nf 1900 [Harding, WI 1880] KE 1833 HI
Albee Addison Howard (s. Ahaz & Polly (Johnson)) Sep 10 1810 Champlain, NY Sep 4 1871 Aurora, IL OS 1836 HI
Albee Elizabeth Augusta (Stolp)(Mrs. Addison H.) Jun 18 1817 Pultneyville, NY Jul 5 1904 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1836 OS
Albee Harrison Adams (s. Ahaz & Polly (Johnson)) Oct 26 1814 Champlain, NY May 6 1901 Aurora, IL OS 1836 HI
Alden Benjamin Franklin (s. Simeon & Polly (Bestor)) Feb 25 1808 Stafford, CT Jul 28 1892 Bristol, IL BR 1836 HI
Alden Emily Elizabeth (Byron)(1st Mrs. Benjamin Franklin) Oct 31 1819 May 27 1850 Bristol, IL* BR 1836 HI
Aldrich Caroline (d. Nathan & Naomi (Kellogg)) Oct 23 1820 Broadalbin, NY Oct 16 1880 Sandwich, IL FO 1838 HI
Aldrich Delia Augusta (Southworth)(Mrs. Lyell T.) Jan 15 1828 Camden, NY Feb 1 1911 Millington, IL BG 1839 HI
Aldrich Elizabeth "Lizzie" (d. Dr. John & Elizabeth (Thurston)) nds Nov 7 1838 Fox Twp, IL FO 1838 HI
Aldrich Hannah (Tubbs) Jun 14 1806 Onondaga Co., NY Oct 25 1888 Millington, IL FO 1836 HI
Aldrich Henry (s. John II, & Nancy (Freemeyer)) abt 1831 New York nf 1900 [Wyoming, Jones Co., IA 1880] FO 1837 HI
Aldrich Jane E. (d. John II, & Nancy (Freemeyer)) Jun 12 1823 Knowlesville, NY Nov 18 1912 Estherville, Emmet Co., IA FO 1837 HI
Aldrich John II (s. Dr. John & Elizabeth (Thurston)) Jul 12 1794 Kingston, RI Jun 2 1861 Cedar Co., IA FO 1837 HI
Aldrich John III (s. John II, & Nancy (Freemyer))(unmarried) abt 1826 New York abt 1874 Kansas FO 1837 HI
Aldrich Lyell Thompson (s. Nathan & Naomi (Kellogg)) Jun 13 1824 Broadalbin, NY Oct 4 1901 Millington, IL FO 1838 HI
Aldrich Mary (d. John II, & Nancy (Freemeyer)) abt 1835 New York aft 1870 [Clarence, Cedar Co., IA 1870] FO 1837 HI
Aldrich Mary (d. Nathan & Naomi (Kellogg)) Dec 3 1817 Broadalbin, NY Oct 13 1900 Millington, IL FO 1838 HI
Aldrich Nancy (d. John II, & Nancy (Freemeyer)) abt 1833 New York aft 1850 [Fox Twp, IL 1850] FO 1837 HI
Aldrich Nancy (Freemeyer)(Mrs. John II) Aug 20 1796 Montgomery Co., NY Feb 19 1875 Clarence, Cedar Co., IA FO 1837 HI
Aldrich Naomi (Kellogg)(Mrs. Nathan) Jun 29 1796 Vermont Feb 26 1884 Millbrook, IL FO 1837 HI
Aldrich Naomi E. (d. Nathan & Naomi (Kellogg)) abt 1831 Knowlesville, NY May 4 1868 Millington, IL FO 1838 HI
Aldrich Nathan (s. Dr. John & Elizabeth (Thurston)) Oct 10 1796 Kingston, RI Apr 22 1844 Millbrook, IL FO 1838 HI
Alford Buell "Goodsell" (s. Clark Baker, Sr. & Katherine (Ricketson)) Apr 23 1835 Kendall Twp, IL Jun 29 1910 Thomas, OK KE 1834 HI
Alford Clark Baker, Jr. (s. Clark Baker, Sr. & Katherine (Ricketson))(KIA CW) Apr 24 1837 Kendall Twp, IL Oct 3 1862 Corinth, MS KE 1834 HI
Alford Clark Baker, Sr. (s. Ashley Owen & Elizabeth) May 13 1803 Swanton, VT Aug 6 1885 Waterman, IL KE 1834 HI
Alford Henry Constantine (s. Clark Baker, Sr. & Katherine (Ricketson) Aug 4 1828 Clinton Co., NY Jan 28 1904 Lafayette, OR KE 1834
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