Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s


SS John L. Stephens

Arrive San Francisco

May 18, 1854
Captain R. H. Pearson
From Panama


May 19, 1854, Daily Alta California, San Francisco


Important from Europe.
England and Russia in the Fields.
Admiral Napier's Address to His Fleet.
The Revolution in Spain.
New Treaties between England and
The United States.
Terrible Shipwrecks and Loss of Life.
Gadsden Treaty Rejected by the Senate.
Congressional Matters, c&c.

The P. M. steamer John L. Stephens, R. L. Pearson, Commander, arrived at an early hour yesterday morning from Panama, bringing a large number of passengers, and the Atlantic mails to the 20th of April.

The Stephens made an unusually long passage, owing to the bad quality of coal in use.

The latest advices from New York are to the 20th, and New Orleans 22d of April, and from Liverpool to the 8th of April.

We are indebted to the politeness of Capt. Pearson for stopping his ship for our reporter, and to Mr. Goddard, Purser, for his attentions, and for the following memoranda and list of passengers:


The Pacific Mail steamship John L. Stephens, R. H. Pearson, Esq., Commander, left Panama, with the United States mails of April 20th and 22d, and 701 passengers,

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of whom 119 were women and 72 children, on Wednesday, May 3d, at 9 P. M., having been detained until that time in consequence of the non-arrival at Aspinwall of the steamship Falcon. With U. S. Troops from New York, April 18th.

The work upon the railroad is progressing rapidly, and its early completion through to Panama is confidently anticipated. May 9th, 11 A. M., arrived at Acapulco. Found in port steamship Panama, Capt. McLane, hence for Panama. May 1st - all well on board. She left Acapulco at 2 P. M., for Panama. Steamship Columbus, from San Francisco for Panama, left Acapulco on the 6th inst.

On the 29th April Santa Ana raised the blockade and retreated with his forces to the interior, his vessels sailing to the northward. Everything appeared to be perfectly quiet at Acapulco, though serious apprehensions were entertained that he would return with an increased force to take the place. At 5 P. M. left Acapulco; at 9 P. M. saw the lights of a steamer bound down, supposed to be the Cortes, for San Juan. 11th, 3 P. M., passed a propeller, under sail, showing Hamburg colors, apparently an iron vessel, and a fine looking craft. 18th, at 7 A. M., arrived at San Francisco. The J. L. Stephens made an unusually long passage, owing to the very inferior quality of her coal.

Terrible Shipwreck and Loss of Life

A terrible shipwreck occurred on the 15th of April, at Long Beach, nine miles below Barnegat inlet. It was at first supposed that it was the Hamburg ship Humboldt, but this was a mistake, as theHumboldt arrived safely at quarantine on the 20th. The wreck was that of the Powhattan of Baltimore, from Havre, with emigrant passengers. The following telegraphic dispatches from Philadelphia tell the terrible story. It seems by the dispatches that other vessels besides thePowhattan were wrecked:

Philadelphia, April 19th, 1854. - A dispatch received from Capsecum says that up to last night about forty dead bodies - men, women and children - had been washed ashore on the beach about a quarter mile across the channel. Those seen by our informant appear to be Germans. They are all much disfigured however.

Bodies were washed ashore all the time on the Absecon coast.

April 19th, 1854. - A letter received at the Ledger office from Long Beach, dated Monday, states that the ship Powhattan of Baltimore left Havre with emigrants about the 1st of March - she was an old vessel, of about six hundred tons.


J. F. Haughton adn lady, Mrs. Slade family and servant, A. J. bel, lady and three children and two servants, Mrs. Clark (or Glark), Geo. Abernethy, P R Berrien. J R Cooper, Capt Waterman, lady and servant, Miss Wheaton, Mrs Ritchie and 2 daughters, Miss E Ritchie and servant, W. Ritchie, H Ritchie, A Ritchie, D. Hanover, H. E. Griffin, R. H. Gibbets, Miss A. M. Miller, Mrs. Lyndall, J. Wilson, Miss Ryan, J. C. Vandervoort, Dr. J. D. Webster and lady, Rev E. L. Lacey, G. C. Gardner, Henry McLean, G. Kelley, J. Johnson, Mrs. Coddington, child and servant, Mrs. Ingoldsby, C. L. Ingoldsby, Mrs. Creigh, Wm. Creigh, H. H. Hull, R. Sibley, J. Sherrin, Mrs. Flannery and son, Mrs. D. R. Jones and infant, Mrs. J. R. Lockwood, Mrs. J. F. Reeves and 2 children, Mrs. J. N. Olney, J. N. Olney, Jr., Mrs. Spang and 3 children, W. Platt, J. H. White, Mrs. Story, child and servant, Mrs.Timmerman and two children, Miss Wilkinson, Mrs. Butler and son, Mr. Elsiminger and infant, Mrs. Duncan and wife (cq), Paine, Cohen, S. P. Russ, R. C. Montgomery, J. W. Creigh, T. A. Gibbs, C. F. Hosmer and wife, Mrs. Morrey and 3 children, Mrs. Harris, T. J. Lamb, H. Adams, Misses Simdson, Garson, Gulger, Mrs. Timmerman adn 2 children, and C. N. Hall, Mrs. Montgomery and child, Hammond and three sisters, Mrs. Gwin, three daughaters and three servants, Adams & Cos messengers, F. A. Ketchum and lady, F. Ashworth, wife and chidl, Misses Nichols, C. Goodwin, Lathrop, Fitzpartrick, B. Fitzpatrick, F. Kennedry, O. G. Evans, Knockenberger, Tachery, Mr. Morrell, Shaw, eymouth, G. Morgan, J. Hoag, J. B. Waters, W. McLauchlin wife and three children, Mrs. Shepard ch, child and two servants, M. Hughes, Mr. Wood; A. J. Hyland, F. A. Dean, C. Gossmer, J. P. Clark, J. Ladrin, Henry Norton, E. C. Crosby, E. Wood, C. H. Brobk; W. I. Wheeler, Mrs. Colburn and children, J. G. Euratiss, Mrs. C. C. McDaniels, servant and two children, Mr. McDaniel and servant, Mrs. J. G. Ross, Miss A. Ravely, Mrs. E. Evans and servant, H. Strong, Mrs. Strong, Mrs. Tierre, Mrs Stephens and child, J. R. Ross, A. J. Vaughan, John Mudgett, C. C. Whithern, H. Measure, Jas Stevens, T. F. Fisher, L. W. Kumsley, C. B. Higgin,J. H. Strobridge, N. Holmes, C. L. Rollins, A. S. Pray, H. Wentworth, S. P. Hassey, J. H. Tachney, J. Brobit, J. Saullemayer, wife and child, G. Brummer and child, Mrs. Riley and 4 children, Mrs. Arnold and child, J. Dougherty and child, Fitzpatrick, E. White, W. Young and wife, J. Bias, Mrs. Somnerville, W. P. Fuller, J. W. Fuller, P. Fuller, H. Rivett and child, O. M. Sherwin and wife, A. W. Stowe and lady, Mrs. Southworth and daughter, J. H. Stone, J. M. Minrigg, E. W. Norris, J. Hillyer, A. Wiser, J. Pardee, J. Ream, J. Dashed, G. G. Davis, W. Rice, C. Forman, J. J. Arrington, Mrs. Hastings and son, C. Thompson, J. Farnesworth, P. H. Pray, A. Cornwell, A. R. Hansheit, L. E. Grove, J. Parsons, A. H. Countess, R. A. Santon. J. Brigham, R. A. Wilkins, C. A. Gilchrist, A. J. Larkin, M. L. Washburn, J. Bulwer, A. Vamoil, Mrs. J. Broderick, Mr. Broderick. L. W. Hargan, Silas P. Wilson, G. H. Peterson, A. Mussey, J. Ward, Mrs. J. Morton, H. C. Murray, J. Shelley, J. Lightwood and lady, A. E. Hardee, J. Reed, J. A. Williams, J. H. Gallaway, P. R. Piersons, G. Frederick, J. R. Bittnall, and 449 others -- 119 women and 72 children.

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