Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s


SS Columbus

Arrive San Francisco

December 6, 1850 
Captain E.H. Hitchcock 
From Panama


December 7, 1850, Alta California, San Francisco

The steamship Columbus, Captain. E.H. Hitchcock, arrived last night about 11 oclock, from Panama, whence she sailed on the 16th of November, at 9 oclock in the morning. The Columbus brought no mail, although it was upon the Isthmus, the Consul declining her offer to do so, preferring to detain it for the Carolina.

We were kindly furnished by a passenger on the Columbus, with a couple of letters from Mr. Gilbert, a copy of the New York Tribune, of the 28th of Oct., the latest date received, and a list of passengers.

The Columbus brought up 95 passengers, among whom we notice the names of Rt. Rev. Francis Villarasu, Rev. Joseph Alemany and sister, Mary Goesnerd. The C. arrived at Acapulco on the 24th of Nov. at 10 oclock, A.M., left the same day at half past 5 P.M., leaving in port the steamers New Orleans and Antelope.

On the 26th of November, in lat. 18 35 N., long. 104 W., she passed a steamer showing lights, bound to the southward and eastward.

From the 29th she experienced heavy head winds, accompanied by a rough sea 
. . . The Dominican government was making great preparations to repel the Haytiens under the negro Emperor, Faustin the I., who was about to invade them.

Foreign News.

The steamer Pacific arrived at New York on the 27th Oct., with dates from Liverpool to the 16th of October, and London and Paris to the 15th of the same month, having made the passage in 11 days and 2 hours.

Opera on the Road, 1800s. Katherine Preston.

Among the passengers were the celebrated M'lle Parodi, the rival of Jenny Lind, her brother, Joseph L. White, agent of the Nicaragua Canal Company, Col. Wm. H. Maxwell, bearer of despatches, Rev. Dr. Potts, and Capt. Vanderbilt.


Not listed.


Abrahams, John 
Alemany, Rev. Joseph 
Anderson, O. 
Ball, M. L. 
Beach, Mr. 
Beach, Mr. (Note: Two Mr. Beachs are listed and they are at opposite ends of the Altas list.) 
Beckenoat, B. 
Belloffat, Joseph 
Belloffat, Joseph (Note: Two Joseph Belloffats are listed) 
Blaggensy, E. 
Bond, Joseph 
Bonghton, F. 
Brignell, Mr. 
Brogan, Charles 
Brumer, H. A. 
Brunner, A. A. 
Buffum, W. W. 
Burns, Wm. S. 
Charrington, W. H. 
Clarke, S. T. 
Cudworth, J. W. 
Curtis, Master Joseph Carlton 
Curtis, Miss Lelia 
Curtis, Miss May 
Curtis, Mrs. Lucien 
De Fremery, H.S. 
De Fremery, J. 
Denaw, A.K. 
Dunn, Jas. 
Emanual, Isaac 
Emery, C. S. 
Flagg, J. 
Fleming, Jno 
Ganslinsky, S. 
Goemand, Sister Mary 
Haber, N. 
Harris, Charles 
Hart, Leopald 
Hayes, B. 
Hayes, Mrs. and servant 
Hickman, J. H. 
Hurt, J. 
Hutchinson, E.R. 
Joseph, Simon 
Kerby, John T. 
Kerk, James 
Ladd, J. W. 
Lendover, Mr. 
Leviegston, B. 
Lithanee, L. 
Lunig, G.A. 
Maeller, H. 
Marvin, W.W. 
Mayer, Leopold 
McFarland, Abel 
McKay, Dr. 
Merchant, Maj. And son 
Murray, Daniel 
Pearce, Ira 
Perkins, Mrs. Mary E. 
Practen, Lucien 
Raggeo, J. 
Riggs, J. 
Ritch, Joseph 
Robinson, J. R. 
Rowe, Miss Adaline 
Rowe, Mrs. Rufus 
Rundell, W.M. 
Safferns, Isaac 
Smith, Julius 
Spring, J. R. 
Statts, Charles 
Steen, H. 
Stephenson, R. M. 
Steppacker, Mr. 
Strauss, Henry 
Sumpork, F. 
Swasey, J.B. 
Sweetzer, Henry P. 
Thorn, J.R. 
Turner, Vi 
Van Reusellaer, Mr. 
Van Steervelt, C. G. 
Villarrasu, Rt. Rev Frances 
Wardell, T. F. 
Watson, Mr. 
Wede, Oliver R. 
White, Henry 
Williams, Alex 
Williams, George 
Wilson, Bradford 
Wormsey, Lewis

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