Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s


SS Cortes

Arrive San Francisco

March 5, 1853
SS Cortes
Captain Cropper
From Panama


March 6, 1853, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

Fifteen Days Later.

The steamship Cortes, Babcock’s Independent Line, Capt. Cropper, arrived this morning about one o’clock, after a trip of fourteen days.

The Tennessee may be momentarily expected. She left Acapulco two hours before the Cortes.

This steamer brings advices from New York to the 9th February. She has a long passenger list, which will be found in another column.

Below is the report of the Cortes, kindly furnished by Purser Walter G. Smith to whom we are indebted for Atlantic papers.

We are also indebted to Adams & Co.’s and Berford’s Expresses for our New Orleans files.


Left San Francisco for Panama Feb. 1st, half past 9 A.M. Saw steamers Tennessee and Pacific at 5 P.M. Feb 1st. Feb 4th, saw a steamer bound north. Feb. 8th, arrived at Acapulco, 4 P.M. Saw Pacific, arrived three hours previous. Left Acapulco at 12 midnight, two hours after Pacific. Feb 9th, saw steamer Pacific bearing north east; passed two steamers bound north. Heavy head seas and strong winds from Acapulco down. Taboga, Panama.Arrived at Panama Feb. 15th, 7 A.M. Feb. 19 h. left Taboga (image right) at 7 P.M. Rough weather and very strong head winds for several days. Arrived at Acapulco 25th, at 2 A.M. Found the Pacific in port. At 7 A.M., the Tennessee came in. The Pacific left at 8 A.M., the Tennessee at 12 M., the Cortes at 2 P.M. To W.F. Babcock & Co. She brings 470 passengers ’ 77 females, 39 children.


The number of passengers that left New York for California on the 5th February amounts to 2037. 

Isthmus of Panama.

The Panama papers by the Cortes are down to the 20th of February. The yellow fever had nearly all disappeared. There had been no cases for the week previous to the sailing of the steamer.

The roads had improved much.

The United States Mail Steamship Company advertise to dispatch the steamers Ohio and Cheerokee for Aspinwall on the 21st February, to connect on this side with the John L. Stephens.

The Isthmus, Northerner and Sierra Nevada were at Panama, all for San Francisco. The latter was waiting the arrival of the passengers by the United States.

The sanatory arrangements of the city had been improved greatly.

Madame Biscaccianti had arrived safely and would probably give a few concerts previous to her departure for Lima.

Marriage of Louis Napoleon!


The news to the exclusion of everything else, is the Emperor’s marriage to M’lle. Montigo, which has taken Paris by surprise and was unfavorably received by the Bourse.

M’lle is a Spaniard, 25 years of age, blonde, and grand daughter of the British Consul at Malaga. Her mother was an Irish woman named Fitzpatrick, and her father, the younger son of a Spanish family, who fortunately, by the death of his older brother, succeeded to the titles of Count Montigo, Duke of Toba and Panamendo. Her sister is Dutches of Abba, and Mademoiselle is herself Countess of Teba. The proposal for her hand was formerly made by the Emperor on Sunday last, and was of course acceded to. The next day the happy bridegroom communicated to his ministers that his determination was taken, and that it was a marriage of affection. One report says that the ministers, except one resigned, but that the Emperor refused to accept their resignations. Much excitement has been caused by this coup d’etat, though it is believed this alliance of the Emperor with plebeian blood will have a good effect among the people.

Aside from the reports of commotion and rumors of trouble on account of this marriage, the Atlantic papers contain but little news. In England apprehensions are evidently felt, though not admitted, of a coup de main of Napoleon III against England . . .

Advices from Havana to the 31st Jan. inform us that the health of that place had greatly improved, and the smallpox has entirely disappeared. The United States steamer Fulton left for Key West on the above date, for the purpose of taking over Hon. W.R. King . . .

A terrible catastrophe is reported by the ship Orlando, from Mobile. On the 24th November, the American ship St. George sailed from Liverpool for New York with 127 passengers (mostly Irish), a crew of 25 and a valuable cargo. On the morning of the 24th December, the ship was discovered to be on fire, and notwithstanding the most strenuous exertions in which seven or eight persons were suffocated by the smoke. Fortunately, at this moment, the ship Orlando hove in sight and bore down to render assistance. The sea ran so high that the ship’s boats were speedily swamped, and none floated but the life boat, which carried only five at a time, but by means of which, after several hours of incessant labor, seventy-six of the passengers and the crew were placed on board the Orlando. The storm had by this time increased into a tempest, and the Orlando had but just got clear of the burning ship when the latter sunk. About fifteen men were drowned in trying to reach the Orlando; eight were suffocated by the smoke when the fire was first discovered, and twenty-eight were burned or sunk with the ship.


Passengers by the SS Cortes. 
List from Sacramento Daily Union, 8 March 1853
Passengers by the SS Cortes 5 March 1853.

Abraham, J.
Aigley, V.
Allen, Dr.
Allen, H.
Ames, D. H.
Ardo, L. (Might be Ando or Amdo)
Auct, J. (Might be Ault, Autit)
Aveline, Mr. and lady
Avery, W.
Baeur, Miss
Baeur, Mr.
Bailey, A.
Bailey, J. & C.
Baker, Mrs. F.
Baker, N. C.
Barnett, Mr.
Barney, R. A.
Barren, H.
Baruch, Miss
Bassford, S.
Bateman, G. W.
Bates, T. C.
Battern, Marv and children
Bayties, N.
Beal, C.
Bell, J. P.
Bennett, A.
Bentley, M. A.
Berete, S. C.
Berham, L.
Blaint, S. and T.
Blake, E. W.
Blith, P. H. (Might be J. H. or F. H.)
Block, A.
Bloodgood, C.
Bloodgood, Mrs.
Bowen, C. R.
Bowers, J. and lady
Bradley, A. A.
Bread, J.
Breader, H., mother, wife and family
Briggs, S. N.
Brooks, J. L.
Broom, G.P.
Brophy, J.
Brosseau, M. and S.
Brown, J.
Brownson, T.
Burbanks, O.
Burbanks, P.
Burke, S.
Burkhead, W.W., wife and child
Burlington, Chas
Burt, H.
Butt, A.O.
Cameron, G.
Campbell, N.
Carby, Mr.
Carter, M.
Carter, S.
Carver, W.H.
Chamberle, wife and three children
Chew, A.W.
Chittenden, F.
Church, Mrs.
Clark, S.
Clark, T. C.
Clark, T. P.
Clay, H.
Coffman, A. L.
Cole, M. H.
Coll, S.
Collins, Roseanna
Conley, J.
Corby, D.
Corley, Mr. and wife
Cormels, P.
Coyard, Wm.
Cramer, J.
Cullen, W. P.
Cunion, A.
Dallas, Alexander
Datchling, F.
Davis, William
Davis. J.
Debev, W. (Might be Depey, Depet, Deper ’ last letter difficult to read)
DeCastray, C. R.
Dettellbra, Mrs.
Devan, J.
Deven, J.
D-it, H.
Donavan, D.
Doran, P.
Doubleday, M.
Douglass, J. B.
Dubois, Cyrus
Dudley, R. H.
Duff, J. and F.
Dumyer, Mr.
Duncan, E.
Duprant, Yno
Eastman, H. E.
Edwards, J. (Joseph Edwards of Ohio died on board of dysentery)
Edwards, T. F.
Eldridge. W. E.
Elliott, A. E.
Enghat, T.W.
Eresea, G.
Ernest, L.
Fancy, J.
Farhold, W.
Farley, J.
Farrine, J.
Fatent, P. and L. (Might be Patent)
Feazie, J.
Felsenthall, P. H.
Fiesley, W.
Flueshute, Miss
Forman, S.W.
Fortin, F. and A.
Fowler, E.
Frank, L.
Frazier, Z.
Freedlander, A.
French, Mrs.
Fuller, E.
Furth, S.
Garighy, P. (Difficult to read. Might be Garighty)
Garrett, G. C.
Glazier, J. W.
Godfrey, E. D.
Gold, M.
Gondell, G. W.
Gordo and wife
Gove, H.
Gow, Geo
Gree, R.
Green, G. W.
Greenleaf, W.
Groonich, Wm.
Gurther, S. C.
Gustorff, B.
Hammond, O.
Harder, J. W.
Hardgrave, J. R.
Hardman, M.
Harmon, B. (Benjamin Harmon of Michigan died on board of dysentery)
Harrod, W.
Hathaway, A. (This is listed as Aathaway, but presumably it’s Hathaway, particularly given that there is another aboard)
Hathaway, J.
Hawley, W.
Hayes, J. (Jas. Hayes of Bangor, Maine, died on board of fever)
Hazen, A.
Heaton, W.
Hemphill, G.
Henderson, Miss
Heyneman, Mrs. (Almost impossible to read. Might be Heliman, Hellman, but I'm guessing Heyneman as there is an L. Heyneman on board)
Heyneman, L.
Higgins, J.
Higgins, P.
Hines, J.
Hitchcock, W.
Hohn, H.
Hollenbach, T.
Holmes, C. & R. 
Holmes, F. S.
Hopkins, S.
Horn, J. H. 
Hosk, Wm. 
Hossler, J. B.
Hubbard, J.
Hurlbut, R. (P. Hurlbert of New York died on board of dysentery. A. Hurlburt is listed as a passenger on the Tennessee which sunk off the heads on March 6, 1853 -- all passengers were safely landed in San Francisco)
Husted, J.
Jackson, A. P.
Jacobs, A.
James, H.
Johnson, J. B.
Johnson, J. J.
Johnson, W.
Johnson, W. E.
Jones, D.
Jordan, S.A.
Judkins, D. and W.
Kellogg, S. and F.
Kelly, C.
Kelsey, Mrs. and children
Kemp. J.
Kerrigan, T.
Kimball, L. W.
Kimball, R.
Kipp, D.
Kitchen, J. G.
Kohn, Jacob
Kong, G.
Krause, S.
Kritian, T.
Lake, J. S.
Lane, R. D.
Laughlin, E.
Lazard, Simon
Leaven, Mr.
Lee, E.
Lerry, Joseph
Levi, T.
Lewis, T. B.
Lindsay, K.
Lindsay, T.
Lindsey, R.
Livingston, Mrs. and daughter
Logan, W.
Long, C.
Long, D. A.
Longea, J.
Lose, J.
Loving, G.
Lyon, Lewis
Magee, D. W.
Malony, Mr.
Marshal, S. S.
Marshall, F.
Matthews, H.
McCold, O. (Might be McCuld)
McCousland, N.
McCune, J.
McGwin, Jno
McLeavean, W.
McQuail, T.
Meathy, T.
Meller, J. P.
Melody, A.
Melody, J.
Mentz, Jacob
Miller, E.
Millman, L.
Mix, J. & M.
Moley, J.
Montz, Miss
Moore, E. E.
Moore, L. L.
Motra, Gertrude
Muan, J., Jr. (Might be Muen or Muer)
Murphy, J.
Myer, Caroline
Myers, E.
Nade, A.
Nallsing, A. F.
Nelson, U.
Newman, A. A.
Norris, T.
O’Brian, D.
O’Brien, W. 
O’Neil, D.
O’Neil, J.
Oberlin, J.
Oberlin, R.
Ogden, G.W.
Parquet, P.
Pearson, Dr.
Perkins, A.
Perkins, A.
Pettibone, C. and wife
Philkenstein, P.
Pierce, B. F.
Pierce, J.
Plum, Chas M.
Plume, Mrs. and children
Plummer, J.
Plunkett, Jno
Potter, A.
Pounker, A.
Powell, M.
Prail, J.
Praver, Elizabeth
Preston, F.
Pringle, W.
Provost, B.
Putnam, J.
Quinn, W.
Quirk, J.
Ralph, P.
Reen, Peter
Ri-rdard, Jno (Might be Ricrdard, Rierdard, Rinrdard)
Rockwell, J.C.
Rogers, C.
Rogers, S.
Rogers, W.H., wife, child and nurse
Rome, G.
Rosenbaum, J.
Rosenbaum, J.
Rowell, A.
Rowen, James
Russell, L.
Russell, O.
Russell, William
Ryan, C.
Ryan, T.
Sandborn, F. S.
Sandborn, J. W.
Sanders, Mr.
Sanders, Mrs. and family
Seabury, P. G.
Sears, A.
Sergent, J. D.
Seute, H. M. (Might be Stute or Soute or Soule)
Seymour, L. A.
Sharp, J. B.
Shurd, J.
Simmons, T. B.
Simpkins, J.
Slanker, H.
Slasey, Fred
Smith, Fanny
Smith, J. M.
Solomon, L., Berford & Co’s Express Messenger
Sprague, H.
Sprague, H., Jr.
St. John, B. G.
Starboard, R. J.
Stedman, N.
Steinhart, Mrs. and family
Stevens, Mr.
Stewart, J.
Stick, E.
Stiles, J. and W. 
Stock, M.
Stones, H. S.
Stookey, T. W.
Storer, F. B.
Strantor, S. G.
Stratton, Mr.
Straup, S.
Strong, Mrs. C. A.
Swab, Miss P.
Swarthhut, R.
Swett, C.
Taft, Fred
Tandler, Mr., wife and family
Tappell, H. P.
Taylor, J.
Thompson, A.
Ties, R.
Tolman, J. M.
Towner, Miss F.
Towner, Miss M.
Turner, J.
Vanhooveit and wife
Vellroff, M.
Wade, A.
Walton, W.J. (Might be Wallon)
Ward, C. W.
Warner, F. B.
Waterling, F. H.
Weaver, B.
Webb, N. S.
Webber, N.
Weil, Miss T.
Welsch, J.
Wetherell, J. R.
White, J.
Wigler, W.
Wilkinson, J.
Williams, T. K.
Williams, T. P.
Willott, E. C.
Wilson, G.
Wilson, J. D.
Wilson, John
Wilson, W. J.
Wing, W. H.
Wintercastle, J.
Wolcott, E.
Wood, P.F., wife and child
Woth, J.
Wright, C.
Wright, E.
Wright, M.
Wright, P.
Yates, Miss
Young, O. H.
Young, T. C.
Yuple, J. 
and 258 passengers in steerage. 

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