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
Beck Mary Ann (Mrs. Benjamin J.) Feb 16 1814 Montgomery Co., NY Apr 14 1881 Plano, IL LR 1835 HI
Beecher Alvah "Allie" (s. Raphael, II & Polly) abt 1832 Shalersville, OH nf 1900 [Morrison, IL 1882] BR 1838 HI
Beecher Catherine (Crater)(Mrs. Cyrenus) abt 1824 Pennsylvania nf 1900 Sterling, IL BR 1840 HI
Beecher Curtis Sheldon (s. Raphael, II & Polly) Sep 22 1820 Shalersville, OH May 29 1904 Yorkville, IL BR 1838 HI
Beecher Cyrenus "Cyrus" (s. Raphael, II & Polly) Dec ng 1823 Shalersville, OH Sep 22 1901 Rockford, IL BR 1838 HI
Beecher Harvey (s. Raphael, II & Polly) abt 1828 Shalersville, OH Apr 22 1893 Yorkville, IL BR 1838 HI
Beecher Polly (Beecher)(Mrs. Beecher?)(2nd Mrs. Raphael, II) nds bef 1850 Bristol Twp, IL BR 1838 HI
Beecher Raphael (s. Raphael, Sr. & Hannah (Ruggles)) abt 1784 Connecticut abt 1856 Bristol Twp, IL BR 1838 HI
Beecher Sophia (d. Raphael, II & Polly) abt 1833 Shalersville, OH nds BR 1838 HI
Beecher Sterling (s. Raphael, II & Polly) Jul ng 1825 Shalersville, OH nf 1850 [Ottawa, IL 1848] BR 1838 HI
Bell Elizabeth J. (Ford)(Mrs. John J.) Jun 15 1838 Kendall Twp, IL May 22 1902 Polk Co., OR FO 1840
Bennett Eunice (Tenney)(2nd Mrs. Darius Charles) Jul 21 1821 Hill, NH May 10 1901 Plano, IL LR 1837 OS
Bennett Phebe "Jane" (Robbins)(Mrs. Mandville H.) Jul 9 1837 Little Rock Twp, IL May 12 1901 Bristol, IL LR 1837 HI
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 Lovina (d. Robert & Mary (Disert)) Oct 6 1828 Fox River Mission Jan 30 1890 York, NE BG 1828 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
Bertram Anna (d. John, Sr. & Elizabeth (Brodie)) Mar 15 1821 Dalkeith, Scotland Dec 23 1870 Bristol Twp, IL BR 1839 HI
Bertram Elizabeth (Brodie)(Mrs. John, Sr.) Nov 18 1795 Dalkeith, Scotland Mar 15 1875 Bristol Twp, IL BR 1839 HI
Bertram Elizabeth Agnes (d. John, Sr. & Elizabeth (Brodie)) Oct 31 1832 Dalkeith, Scotland Mar 24 1891 Bristol Sta., IL BR 1839 HI
Bertram Ellen B. (d. John, Sr. & Elizabeth (Brodie)) Jul 25 1835 Dalkeith, Scotland Sep 29 1889 Elgin, IL BR 1839 HI
Bertram James (s. John, Sr. & Elizabeth (Brodie)) Sep 20 1829 Dalkeith, Scotland Mar 10 1909 Bristol Twp, IL BR 1839 HI
Bertram Jessie (d. John, Sr. & Elizabeth (Brodie)) Jan 28 1827 Dalkeith, Scotland Jul 16 1889 Nebraska BR 1839 HI
Bertram John, Jr. (s. John, Sr. & Elizabeth (Brodie)) Nov 13 1822 Leader Foot, Scot. Jun 27 1900 Bristol Twp, IL BR 1839 HI
Bertram John, Sr. Aug 3 1797 Dalkeith, Scotland May 11 1879 Bristol Twp, IL BR 1839 HI
Bibbins Alice (Lathrop)(Mrs. Rev. Elisha) May 8 1791 Norwich, CT Jan 26 1877 Newark, IL BG 1838 HI
Bibbins Andrew "Tracy" Lathrop (s. Rev. Elisha & Alice (Lathrop)) Aug 12 1826 Pennsylvania nds [Big Grove Twp, IL 1850] BG 1838 HI
Bibbins Edward Paine (s. Rev. Elisha & Alice (Lathrop)) May 16 1815 Pennsylvania aft 1900 [York, NE 1900] BG 1838 HI
Bibbins Elisha, Rev. Jul 16 1790 Hampton, NY Jul ng 1859 New York BG 1838 HI
Bibbins Joseph Slocum (s. Rev. Elisha & Alice (Lathrop)) Nov 1 1821 Wilkesbarre, PA Aug 18 1891 Plano, IL BG 1838 HI
Bibbins Rupert Kendall, Rev. (s. Rev. Elisha & Alice (Lathrop)) Apr 21 1824 Salem, PA Mar 22 1898 Sandwich, IL BG 1838 HI
Bibbins Tracy Lathrop (s. Rev. Elisha & Alice (Lathrop)) Aug 12 1830 Pennsylvania aft 1900 [Manhattan, NY 1900] BG 1838 HI
Bills Caroline, Mrs. (church records) nds nds BR 1838 YC
Bird Amelia (d. John, Sr. & Elvira (Stebbins)) abt 1838 Illinois aft 1850 [Oswego Twp, IL 1850] BR 1835
Bird Charles (s. John, Sr. & Elvira (Stebbins)) abt 1837 Illinois aft 1850 [Oswego Twp, IL 1850] BR 1835
Bird Elvira (Stebbins)(Mrs. John, Sr.) Feb 20 1815 Guilford, VT Oct 23 1899 Bradford, IA BR 1835
Bird Esther C. (d. John, Sr. & Elvira (Stebbins)) abt 1835 Pennsylvania aft 1850 [Oswego Twp, IL 1850] BR 1835
Bird John, Sr. abt 1815 New York bef 1850 BR 1835
Bird Joseph (s. John, Sr. & Elvira (Stebbins)) abt 1833 Pennsylvania aft 1850 [Oswego Twp, IL 1850] BR 1835
Bissell Margaret E. (Pearson)(Mrs. Joseph E.) Apr ng 1832 Norfolk, England nf 1910 [St. Louis, Co. MO 1900] BR 1836
Blackman Anjalette J. (Reed)(Mrs. Edwin A.) Apr 8 1828 Oswego Co., NY May 5 1913 Plattville, IL NA 1835 HI
Bly Anna (d. William L., Sr. & Mary A.) abt 1838 Illinois nds SE 1838 HI
Bly Anna H. [Hannah] (Mrs. David)(w/ Ebenezer Morgan family) abt 1778 Jan 5 1848 Oswego Twp, IL OS 1833
Bly Mary Elizabeth (Fowler)(Mrs. William L., Sr.) Mar 25 1823 Chester, NY Mar 22 1904 Sand Ridge Twp, IL SE 1838 HI
Bly William L., Sr. (half brother of Ebenezer Morgan) Sep 9 1820 New York Jan 31 1878 Minooka, IL SE 1838 HI
Bolinger Peter (single man, worked for George Hollenback) nds nds FO 1831 HI
Bond Betsey (Warren)(Mrs. Jonathon)(no children) Oct 17 1785 Leicester, MA Mar 10 1874 FO 1839 BS
Bond Jonathan (musician)(Probate Notice published 11/29/1865) Jan 8 1780 Massachusetts bef 1866 FO 1839 BS
Bond Senath [Zenith] (mar. John Collins) abt 1810 Somersetshire, Eng. Aug 27 1891 Oswego, IL FO 1840 CE
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