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1875 Map of Kendall County, Illinois
1875 Map of Kendall County, Illinois
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Kendall County Illinois Genealogy

Kendall County, situated in the northeast part of Illinois, was settled in 1831, mostly by emigrants from Ohio, and was organized in April 1841. The Fox River runs centrally through the county in a southwesterly direction. The prairies are large, undulating, fertile and well settled, especially along the river.Kendall County was organized in 1841. The impetus for organizing the new county was the distance its citizens had to travel to their county seats. The three north townships, part of Kane County, had to travel to Geneva. The six south townships were a part of LaSalle County and had to travel to Ottawa.Kendall County is made up of nine congressional townships and is 18 miles square. In the bill first introduced in the Legislature for the organization of Kendall County, the new county was called Orange. Before final passage of the Act the name was changed to Kendall. It was named for Amos Kendall, Postmaster General in Andrew Jackson’s cabinet.The first county seat was located in Yorkville. John H. Harris, E. A. Rider and William E. Armstrong made up the locating committee. The first building to serve as a courthouse was built on lot number eight, block 15, original village of Yorkville. It remained standing until 1899, when it was torn down and a residence built in its place. The first courthouse was a two-story building. The first floor was built of brick with the second story of wood. It was built by the citizens of Yorkville and was not owned by the county.There was some dissatisfaction with the choice of Yorkville as the county seat. In September 1845, the question of where the permanent location of the county seat should be was submitted to a vote of the legal voters in the county. Eight hundred sixty eight votes were cast. Oswego received 456 votes for a majority of 44 votes.