Hannah's American Dream
by Andrew R Heaton
In 1842 Hannah and Thomas Rhodes with their three young sons left Exleyhead in West Yorkshire for a new life as pioneer settlers in America. This book tells the story of the twenty-plus Exleyhead party of friends, neighbours and relatives who sailed the Atlantic, the Erie canal and Great Lakes to start their new lives in Kenosha County, Wisconsin. The book explores the trials and tribulations of the party, their fellow passengers, their new neighbours and in particular the fortunes of Hannah’s close family. In time they were joined by many more friends and family from Yorkshire becoming part of the historical mass migration of Europeans to the New World.
This true family and social history account of their journey is taken from the letters, anecdotes and family histories of their relatives, friends and fellow passengers.The whole purpose of bringing this book to print has been to record for posterity Hannah’s story in the hope that those who read it can relate to their own family’s history. Those readers who have connections to the Yorkshire families such as Rhodes, Green. Shackleton, Hanson, Clapham, Sunderland, Bottomley, Leach, Tuley, Wright, Ripley, Whiteley, Wadsworth, Whitley, Berry, or Murgatroyd will discover the part they played in this story. Hopefully you will be able to add a little more and help us all to find the answers to the many questions that still remain.