Ananias Aldrich was born in Massachusetts during 1813 and married Caroline Smith, a native of New York state, early in 1835. He likely moved to Kane County via New York state around 1837. George and Lorenzo Aldrich also came to Kane County and lived in the same neighborhood as their brother Ananias.
Ananias was first documented as living in Kane County on 1 November 1838 when he witnessed the burning of some prairie land. He purchased the SE ¼ of the SE ¼ of Section 24 in Rutland Township from the U.S. government on 3 October 1839. The couple later sold this property to Lorenzo and bought the SW ¼ of Section 19 in Dundee Township, the property being across the road from Isaac and Sarah George. During the years other land transactions took place between Ananias, the U.S. government and the neighbors of western Dundee Township, eight of whom came from western Berkshire County, Massachusetts.
February 26, 1845, Ananias bought one acre of land from Isaac and Sarah George in Section 19 of Dundee Township with 20 neighbors for a "Burying ground" which was later called Schroeder Cemetery.
By 1850 the census showed that Ananias owned $1500 in real estate.
Ananias died in October 1853 according to a statement given by his wife Caroline which is located in Ananias' probate file. His son-in-law, Stephen Pecoy, became the administrator of the estate.
Ananias Aldrich is probably buried in Schroeder Cemetery because: 1. He had been assigned Lots 2 ,5, and 6 in the cemetery on the original deed in 1845. 2. His farm was located directly across from the cemetery. 3. A recent mortgage indicated that his widow might not have had funds to purchase a grave elsewhere. 4. He cannot be found in surrounding cemeteries.
According to a probate document, Caroline, wife of Ananias, and the children were living on the farm in Section 19 during October 1858. The estate took several years to settle and during those years, Caroline is not mentioned. Did she also die on the farm across the road from Schroeder Cemetery? If she continued to live, no transaction can be found that indicates that she sold or relinquished her ownership of the Schroeder Cemetery lots.
Children of Ananias and Caroline Aldrich: Mary F., John Wesley, Maria Louisa, Ezra B.
Biographical information supplied by: Adam Gibbons Kane County Genealogical Society