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Name:  Rebecca Burlend  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: 1793 in Yorkshire, England

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In November 1831, Burlend, her husband, and five of their seven children debarked at New Orleans after a long voyage from England. They took a steamboat up the Mississippi to St. Louis and from there ended up in Pike county - western Illinois.

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A True Picture of Emigration written during the period of 1831–1845 is Rebecca Burlend's narrative for people of her own class in England who might be considering migration to America. The book, written with her son Edward and first published in 1848 as a pamphlet, records the daily struggles and satisfactions of homesteading in western Illinois including life in a log cabin; making their own furniture, candles and soap; clothes, food, harvesting and hunting; fence building and cattle raising; the climate, vegetation and wildlife; the unspoiled countryside and its inhabitants; early churches and schools; contrasting English and American Methodist religion and achieving greater prosperity.


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A True Picture of Emigration
ISBN: 0803260830

University of Nebraska Press. 1987

On a frosty day in November 1831, Rebecca Burlend and her husband, John, and their five children debarked at New Orleans after a long voyage from England. They took a steamboat up the Mississippi to St. Louis and from there went to the wilds of western Illinois. It was a whole new world for a family that had never been more than fifty miles from home in rural Yorkshire.

Rebecca’s narrative, written with the help of her son, was first published in 1848 as a pamphlet for people of her own class in England who might be considering migration to America. It records the daily struggle and also the satisfactions of homesteading in the Old Northwest: life in a log cabin

food, clothes, and furniture of the period

early churches and schools

the unspoiled countryside and its denizens. With courage and self-reliance Rebecca Burlend accepted the privations and difficulties of this pioneering venture.


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