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Rebecca Burlend

Born: 1793 in Yorkshire, England
Died: 1872 in Pike County, Illinois

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: 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.

Biography: ''A True Picture of Emigration'' written during the period of 18311845 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.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Rebecca Burlend on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

  A true picture of emigration
ISBN: 9781406773934 OCLC: 646456399

[publisher not identified], [LaVergne, TN] : [2010?]

An account of experiences in Pike County, Illinois, related by the author to her son, Edward Burlend, and recorded by him.

A true picture of emigration /
ISBN: 0803260830 OCLC: 14692638

University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln : 1987.