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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Rebecca Burlend  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: 1793 in Yorkshire, England


Illinois Connection

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.

Biographical and Professional Information

''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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