Kane County, Illinois  


The Illinois State Legislature created the County of Kane on
January 16, 1836 from an unorganized territory that was
administered by LaSalle County.





This page starts with an overview of the county history and is followed by numerous pages of information on the communities of Kane county and it's people.

Early Territory

"Around 1671 the Frenchmen LaSALLE & HENNEPIN explored what is now Northern Illinois and claimed it for France.  The English did not concede this claim, but asserted that the New England states extended (by virture of the grants on which they were based) from the Atlantic to the Pacific ocean.  As a result the French and Indian War came to pass 1754 to 1763. " *




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Kane County is approximately 20 miles long and 18 miles wide. 
It consists of sixteen townships that comprise 522 square miles.

The City of Geneva was the initial establishment of the county seat.



 Geneva WebCam








Kane County Official Government Site



County Historic Time Line  

First Settler


<>First Settler - There appears to be disagreement as to the "first settler" in what was later to be Kane County.  Several sources site  DANIEL S. HAIGHT & Mr. BROWN.  They reportedly arrived in June 1833, but left for several months because of "Indian trouble".  "The 1871 Atlas and History of Kane County, Illinois" states Captain C.B. DODSON, Col. Nathaniel LYON and others report CHRISTOPHER PAYNE of North Caroline settled one mile east of Batavia in October, 1833.  


First Store - C.B. DODSON built the first store and first saw mill in the county in the summer of 1834 at Clybournville.

First School - Mr. KNOWLS of Vermont taught the first school in Col. NATHANIEL LYON's log cabin, one mile east of Batavia.

First Settler Child - was Dodson Vanderventer was born in Big Woods October 10, 1834.



First Church - Batavia was home to the first religious organization - the Congregational Church -  the actual building came in 1840.


First Post Office was at Herrington's Ford (now Geneva) and known as LaFox. JAMES HERRINGTON was postmaster and "DADDY WILSON" carried the mail on horseback between Naperville and Genoa once every two weeks.


The Nation in 1835

       "The coming of the pioneers, who swept like a wave over the middle western states after the French and Indian war, reached northern Illinois about 1830, during the first administration of ANDREW JACKSON as president.  The general population of the United States then numbered about thirteen million, having more than doubled since the War of Independence; mostly by natural growth, the later foreign immigration not having yet begun.  The center of population was near the west line of Maryland.  It is now near Indianapolis, Indiana.  Less than ten per cent of the people lived in cities of over 8,000.  Now over fourty-five per cent are in such cities.  *


Chicago was a distant settlement known as Fort Dearborn, and contained 400 or 500 people.  There were but three millionaires in the entire country.  The nation was yet largely composed of agriculturists and backwoodsmen hunters."*



First 4th of July Celebration at Elgin



First Flour Mill - H. BOARDMAN and Van NORTWICK built the first flour mill in Batavia



First Surveys - The government surveys of the county started.



ImageLetter by Daniel Pingree of Udina describing Kane County - This offers excellent insite as to why a settler would select Kane County.



First Newspaper - The St. Charles Patriot was published by JOHN THOMAS.



First Land Sales -  were sold by the government.


1845 & 1846

Report of Sales of School Land in Kane County - sellers & prices



First Railroad - A 2.5 mile line called the "St. Charles Branch" connected the old G.& C.U.R.R. four miles east of St.Charles



Annual Agricultural Exhibits begin


Kane County Agricultural Society organized May 18, 1857



Physicians and Surgeons in Practice

       Aurora - 1908

       Elgin - 1908

       Other Communities - 1908


Source:  History of Kane County by Joslyn & Joslyn, 1908


May 12,1914

US Patent Office Grants, Marshall B. Gardner of Aurora, Kane County, Illinois, patent for his theory that the earth is hollow.




Information on Kane County, It's People and Communities

(The beginnings of a site index)


1840 Pingree Letter

1840 Presidental Election Voters

1855 Subscribers

1864 Elgin Men


1915 Aurora Beacon News

Agricultural Society

Biographical Info (History of Kane County, Illinois 1908 Bio Index) & Links


Census Links


Chamber of Commerce Info Links

Church Info


 Communities of Kane County, Illinois - (List of all communities with links to additional info.)

Early Hospitals

Early Settlers

Funeral Homes

Genealogy & Historical Societies

Hanks Letters

Indians - Pottawatomie

       Indian Links

       Indian Dress - Under Construction



       Shabbona Remembered


Land Sales

Law & Order

       Richard's Riot - St. Charles

       Police Killed

       1908 Bar - Aurora

       1908 Bar - Elgin

       1908 Bar - Other



Map Links

Medical Profession

Military Info



Photos - Tours & Views with Postcards of Yesteryear

Pingree Letter

Public Servants

Remember When




        The Pioneer - Rail Road Engine



Resources of Communities & County



Kane County Home Page

Community Links   Kane County History Resource Page    

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