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Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s SS Brother Jonathan

Arrive San Francisco

March 20, 1853
Captain Baldwin 
From San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua


13 days from Panama, via Acapulco and San Diego.

March 21, 1853, Daily Alta California, San Francisco


Left San Francisco, Feb. 15 at 11 o’clock A.M.; Feb. 18, exchanged signals with barque Drymos off Cerritos Island; Feb 25 Ralph Polhemus, of Fairview, Ill., died; Feb 27. At 1 o’clock A.M., reached San Juan del Sur. Arrived at that port same date barque Lawrence, Logan, 110 days from New York, with an assorted cargo. March 6th, 6 o’clock P.M., left San Juan; March 10th, off Acapulco, passed a steamer going south, supposed to be the Winfield Scott; March 12th, lat 19 28 long 105 52, exchanged signals with a ship standing S.E., supposed to be an English man-of-war. Experienced continued head weather. March 17, at 1 o’clock, ran into San Diego. Steamer Sea Bird was coaling. She sailed at 5 o’clock in search of steamer Independence. Left at 11 o’clock P.M. Passed steamerGolden Gate at 1 o’clock same night.


Not noted. Delivered to D. Brigham, Jr.


Alden, H. W. (boarded at San Diego) 
Alvord, L., wife and child 
Anderson, J.M. (boarded at San Diego) 
Armour, A. 
Bailey, A. N. 
Bartlett, E. D. and wife 
Bartlett, G. R. 
Bentineau, E. (Might be Bertinean or Bertineau) 
Bernard, L. 
Binam, A. 
Black, T. 
Blakely, H. A. 
Board, F. 
Botcher, H. 
Botcher, Mrs. 
Bowlesley, L. H. 
Bradodry, J. F. (Difficult to read. Might be Bredodey or variation) 
Bradshaw, H. W. 
Brown, N. D. 
Brush, Mrs. J. and child 
Calder, Wm. 
Camp, A. W. 
Camp, E. S. 
Campbell, W. C. 
Canfield, Mr., wife and child 
Carroll, Mrs. 
Chapman, W. R. 
Copenhaver, H. (Might be Copenhaver) 
Crane, R. C. 
Croger, H. 
Crook, G. W. 
Davis, A. J. 
Davis, J. P. M., wife and child 
Davis, Miss A. 
Davis, Miss J. 
Davis, Miss M. A. 
Davis, Mrs. A. L. 
Davis. E. L. 
Dixon, I. 
Dockstader, A. H. 
Dodge, Miss 
Dornam, J. K. 
Douglass, S. 
Duffy, S. S., wife and child 
Dunn, Jacob 
Field, G. K. 
Fitch, W. W. 
Flard, Mrs. P. C. (Might be Flaid, Flerd) 
Goldine, J. A. (Might be Gordine) 
Gunn, E. 
Hagacorn, A. 
Hall, S. A. 
Halsey, W. R., wife and two daughters 
Hama, S. B. 
Harner, S. H. (Might be Harper) 
Hatton, J. 
Haun, D. L. 
Haun, J. J. 
Hawkins, J. K. 
Herron, Rev. J. C., lady and child 
Hobbs, J. K. 
Hodgens, J. 
Holbrook. C. B. 
Hooker, A. E. 
Hosteler, W. R. (Might be Hosteller or Hosteiler) 
Humphrey, A. H. 
Hutchings, W. F. 
Irwin, B. M. 
Isaacs, Geo M. 
Jensen, C. J. 
Johnson, B. F. 
Johnson, T. and lady 
Jones, J. W. 
Kelly, Thos. 
Kenson, E. 
Labatt, A. C. 
Lea, H.M. (Might be Lee, Len) 
Lewis, M. 
Lewis, S. S. 
Lightner, Mr., wife and two children 
Little, S. 
Long, B. 
Longley, A. 
Longyear, M. 
Loomis, J. 
Mann, Jno 
Marchbank, J. 
Martin. W. W. 
McCeon, J. 
McKay, Miss M. 
McKees, J. B., wife and three children 
McKowney, W. and wife 
McNeal, J. E. 
Mead, Mr. 
Meghel, A. 
Miller, J, wife, nine children and servant 
Mills, N. 
Morrison, D. 
Moulton, Mrs. 
Page, R. 
Paul, J. P. 
Pease, H. F. 
Pease, W. H. 
Peck, J. G. 
Plummer, Mrs. and three children (Might be Plommer) 
Polhemus, Ralph (of Fairview, Ill died February 25 at sea) 
Powers, N. and wife 
Rapp, Miss Sally 
Rising, M. 
Roberts, F. 
Silva, Mrs. J. 
Slater, M. 
Small, G. S. 
Smlin, Major T. S. and lady 
South, A., lady and three children 
Stevens, Mrs. J. J. 
Stotebark, A. 
Thomas, Mrs. M. J. and daughter 
Thompson, A. G. and wife 
Todd, B. F. 
Torrey, Miss Gertrude 
Torrey, Mr., wife and four children 
Van Winkle, Miss 
Vogue, A. 
Wales, W. 
West, E.O., wife and child 
Wicker, A. M. 
Wilcox, Captain (boarded at San Diego) 
Williams, Mr., wife and infant 
Woodbury, C. E. 
Work, G. B.

65 females in all; 306 passengers.

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