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Pioneer Profiles of Iroquois and Kankakee Counties, Illinois

Updated September 28, 2009

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My thirty years of genealogical research has produced databases of more than 150,000 people - most are descendants of pioneers in Iroquois and Kankakee Counties, Illinois. While much of my research will be found in the upcoming volume/volumes Pioneer Profiles, I felt I could present on this site other pioneer data which will not be included in the hardcopy volume/volumes. The hardcopy volumes will include only those families whose data includes lengthy taped interviews with descendants. My intention is merely to share data for those who are searching for their grandmas and grandpas. I welcome corrections and additions.

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  • Menigoz Descendants (355 KB)
    Descendants of Auguste Menigoz, born 1832 in France, and his wife Marie Anne Aurelie Mettille, born 1838 in Switzerland; they settled in Iroquois County, Illinois.
  • Beaupre descendants of Ignace Bonhomme dit Beaupre (143 KB)
    Ignace Bonhomme took the dit name Beaupre. He was born 1647 in Ste-Foye, Province Quebec, Canada and is the ancestor of Beaupre descendants in Kankakee County, Illinois. His parents were Nicolas Bonhomme who married 2 September 1640 Trois-Rivieres, Province Quebec, Canada to Catherine Gouget.
  • Hendron Descendants (295 KB)
    Descendants of William Hendron, born 1824 County tipperary, Ireland, and Catherine Cavanaugh, his wife, born 1838 in Ireland. They settled in New Jersey by 1854, then Wilmington, Illinois by 1860s. Some descendants came to Clifton, Iroquois County, Illinois and William died there.
  • Ader descendants of Chebanse, Illinois (468 KB)
    Jacob Ader was born 29 August 1803 Hesse Darmstadt, Germany and married 1830 Minnie Elizabeth Schmidt who was born 25 October 1806 Germany. They both died 1886 and are buried in Chebanse. They are ancestors of the Aders who settled at Chebanse, Illinois. Chebanse is located on Iroquois-Kankakee County line.
  • Brady Descendants (74 KB)
    Some of the earliest settlers in Chebanse Township, Iroquois County, Illinois were the Brady brothers; they were born in Indiana, the sons of John Brady and Jane Bell.
  • Aucremanne Descendants,Iroquois & Kankakee County (59 KB)
    While the Aucremanne surname no longer appears in Iroquois or Kankakee County, Illinois, living there are countless descendants of Jean Joseph Aucremanne, born 1804 Belgium, died 4 July 1891 Green Bay, Wisconsin. He married Marie Desiree Dewerpe, born 22 January 1810 France, died 11 February 1895 in Iroquois County, Illinois.
  • Fogarty Descendants (99 KB)
    Patrick Fogarty, born 1785 in County Tipperary, Ireland and his wife Elizabeth, were parents of Maria who married Thomas Fitzgerald, and John who married Marie McEvoy and died in Chebanse, Iroquois County, Illinois in 1891.
  • Racette Descendants (58 KB)
    Iroquois/Kankakee County, Illinois descendants of Francois Ratte/Racette
  • Celestin (Benjamin Celestin?)Houde descendants (49 KB)
    Celestin Houde - is he actually Benjamin Celestin Houde? There was a Benjamin Houde, son of Joseph Houde and Rosalie Masse, who married 7 February 1825 to Esther Vanasse. Further research is needed on this line, it is offered here in hopes it may bring a response from others interested in this line.
  • Lavoie Descendants (249 KB)
    Iroquois County, Illinois descendants of Philippe Lavoie.
  • Bertrand Descendants, French-Canadian (544 KB)
    French-Canadian descendants of Jean Bertrand (born ca1651 France) who emigrated to Kankakee County, Illinois.
  • Eusebe Houde descendants (18 KB)
    Eusebe Houde, born 1820 Canada, married Archangele Bechard; they were in Kankakee County, Illinois by 1860. Further research needed to determine his parents and if Eusebe, Napoleon and Celestin Houde are closely related.
  • Bertrand Descendants, Belgium (150 KB)
    Joseph J. Bertrand was born 1825 in Ernage, Province Namur, Belgium. He emigrated to Iroquois County, Illinois and is the ancestor of Bertrands who lived at Clifton, Illinois.
  • Napoleon Houde descendants (198 KB)
    Napoleon Houde, born January 1836 Canada, died 1 November 1916 Bourbonnais, Kankakee County, Illinois. He married Philomene Joubert dit Bellegarde born August 1838 and died June 1924. Much work is needed on this line, it is offered here in hopes it may draw further data.
  • Collard Descendants (221 KB)
    Eugene Collard, born 1829 Boneff, Province Namur, Belgium to Antoine Joseph Collard, emigrated to Iroquois County, Illinois.
  • Lamie/Lamy Descendants (262 KB)
    Descendants of Clement Lamy who was born in 1600s in France, through his lines in Kankakee and Iroquois Counties, Illinois.
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