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Rebecca Burlend (1793-1872)

Rebecca Burlend and her family left their homes in England in 1831 and immigrated to America. Following the letters of another, earlier settler, the Burlends chose Pike County, Illinois, which lay along the Mississippi River some seventy miles north of St. Louis, as their destination. Arriving in New Orleans after a two-month sea voyage, Mrs. Burlend and her family traveled up the Mississippi River by steamboat.

In 1846 Rebecca Burlend wrote A True Picture of Emigration, available on Lincoln/Net, with the assistance of her son, the author and teacher Edward Burlend. In it she provides an insightful narrative of a women's experience in immigrating to America and living on the Illinois frontier. Please click on the title to view the book.

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