This lively story covers three immigrant families who came to the United States in the 19th century to make new lives, and a fourth clan already living in the states. The Ashers arrived from Scotland, the Rust-Hanson family from Norway, and Simon Seigel from Germany along with his spouse from England. Already located in the Northeast, the Wheaton family and its Andrew component made a singular contribution to later descendants.
The book traces the back story, legacies and offspring of these families, along with their contributions to American and Canadian history. The lives of descendants included service in the Civil War and two World Wars, and contributions in medicine, business, education, religion, the arts and social care. The work has over a thousand photos that supplement biographical information on nearly a thousand individuals and six hundred and fifty families.