Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s


SS Cortes

Arrive San Francisco

January 19, 1856
Captain Collins
From San Juan del Sud, Nicaragua


Sunday Morning, January 20, 1856, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

Arrival of the Steamer Cortes. 
Five Days
No Further Balloting for Speaker


Nicaragua Excitement in New York.

Sir John Franklin.

Detention of the Steamer and Arrest of Expeditionists 

Interesting interview between the District Attorney and Parker H. French--Correspondence with the Steamship Co.

The steamer Cortes from San Juan, arrived today at half-past 12 o'clock. She brings dates from New York to the 27th of Dec., five days later than were received by the Golden Age, but her papers are only to the 26th.

She left New York on the 24th, but was detained at Bedlow's Island till the 27th, by order of the U.S. authorities.

The following is her memoranda and list of passengers:

MEMORANDA. Dec 20th, 2 o'clock P.M., left San Francisco, 25th, 1 P.M. passed Cape St. Lucas, 27th, 12 M spoke U.S. steamer Massachusetts; 27th, 1-1/2 P.M., exchanged papers with Nicaragua S.S. Co's steamer Sierra Nevada; Jan 1st, 7 A.M., arrived at San Juan del Sur.

Left San Juan del Sur, Jan 7, at 4 o'clock, A.M.; exchanged signals with P.M.S.S. Co's steamerGolden Gate, Jan 12 at 1 o'clock, P.M., exchanged papers with N.S.S. Co's steamer Uncle Sam, Jan 12, at 3 o'clock P.M., passed Cape St. Lucas, Jan 14 at 11 o'clock A.M.: from thence have experienced fresh gales from NWest and a heavy head sea. 

Passengers from New York, connecting with S.S. Cortes, left on the morning of Dec 27th. Cortes brings 317 passengers -- all well.


106 pkgs per Express: 55 pkgs, G.H. Wines & Co., J. Elliott, Messenger; 22 pkgs, Wells, Fargo & Co., J. Elliott, Messenger; 26 pkgs, Freeman & Co., J.E. Sweetser, Messenger; 3 pkgs, Pacific Express Co., G.B. Stevens.

Passengers (to C. K. Garrison)

Historical map of Central America.
1873, Central America
Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, San Salvador, Nicaragua

Aiken, Geo. 
Anderson, S. 
Andrews, J. and wife 
Andrews, J. P. 
Annesburg, G. 
Atwater, H. 
Austin, J. 
Ball, Miss C. 
Bally, J. 
Bernstein, Mrs. and ch. 
Bidwell, O. 
Bile, C. C. 
Bond, Thomas 
Brenan, B. 
Broadhead, J. B. 
Callender, Capt. L. D. and two str. (first initial may be I or D or other) 
Capelles, John 
Carroll, M. 
Caster, A. T. and wife 
Chase, Capt. G. and wife 
Clark, A. and family 
Clark, Miss Ellen 
Clark, Miss S. E. 
Clark, Miss Sarah 
Cook, W. W. 
Cushing, V. 
Davis, W. D. 
Deveetzer, J. E. 
Dingman, H. L. and wife 
Dixon, J. 
Dixon, Jas. 
Doane, Chas and family 
Driscoll, M. 
Elliott, T. and wife 
Evoy, J. 
Ford, Mrs. S. E. and ch. 
Fry, S. and wife 
Ganon, Mrs. 
Glenn, P. 
Griswold, H.W. 
Groce, N. 
Hammes, Miss. A. 
Hanson, Miss. I. N. 
Harvey, Mrs. R. 
Haunnes, P. 
Hayes, Col. Jack 
Hill, A. 
Hodgdon, Mary C. 
Holweg, T. 
Hongisberger, J., and wife 
Horn, Miss A. 
Jones, J. 
Joyce, J. 
Langdon, J. B. (might be J. B. Landou or J. B. Landeu) 
Lawrence, Miss F. 
Leitch, William 
Lewis, E., wife and family 
Lewis, Miss Eliza 
Lewis, S. T. 
Lloyd, J. 
Locklin, B. 
Locklin, D. 
Lovering, Miss 
Malony, G. W. 
Martin, D. 
McDougal, Col. W. 
Mead, A.W. 
Morgan, H. 
Munro, G. 
Murray, J. and wife 
Palmer, F. C. 
Parker, J. C. 
Parkinson, Mrs. and three children 
Peet, F. 
Perry, C. 
Perry, C. 
Powers, F. G. 
Rirchenor, Miss M. 
Rose, Mrs. M. W. 
Samuel, J. and family 
Sigler, T. and family 
Sillman, S. 
Singer, A. 
Smith, J.A. 
Soverain, Mrs. and child 
Staples, Mrs. 
Stceip, T. 
Strong, Miss Kate. 
Strong, Mrs. E. L. 
Thayer, A. 
Thayer, G. 
Tryan, A. G. and svt. 
Underhill, G. 
Updergraft, J. H. and family 
Walsh, J. W. 
Walsh, Mrs. J. W. 
Webb, N. 
Williams, C. H. 
Wines & Co. messenger 
Young, J. 
And one hundred and seventy nine others.

Arrival of the Cortes into San Francisco January 20 1856 from the Dajily Alta California.

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