Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s


SS Isthmus

Arrive San Francisco

January 14, 1852
SS Isthmus 
Captain Harris
From Panama


Thursday Morning, January 15, Steamer Alta, San Francisco, California

Arrival of the Isthmus

Execution of Antonio Garra at San Diego.

Interesting from the seat of Indian Troubles. - A Battle. - Execution of four Indian Chieftains.
Arrival of the Advance Party of U.S. Boundary Commission at San Diego.
The San Francisco Volunteers, etc.

The Isthmus, Captain Harris, arrived in port yesterday morning at 3-1/2 o'clock, with a larger number of passengers, and a mail from Mazatlan and San Diego. By this arrival we have advices from San Diego to the 11th inst.

All was quiet at that place at the time of the departure of the Isthmus. We are under obligations to Purser Marshall, of the Isthmus, for papers and a report of the trip. We are also indebted to Mr. J. B. Devoe, who has returned to California among the passengers by the Isthmus for similar favors. The Isthmus left Panama on the 21st December.

On the 30th spoke the steam propeller Monumental City bound to San Juan. Had boisterous weather in the Gulf of Tehuantepec. Arrived at Acapulco on the 31st, at San Blas on the 3d inst., at Mazatlan on the 4th. On the morning of the 6th spoke steamer New Orleans, off Cape St. Lucas. Arrived at Diego on the 11th.

Gulf of Mexico.


Not listed.


Aithen, J.
Aldrich, L. H.
Annis, J.
Arnd, C.
Arnold, G.
Ashley, J.
Ashorst, J. M.
Bailey, W. H.
Baker, M. C.
Baker, O.
Barnwell, J.P.
Barr, A.
Barryclough, Mr.
Barryclough, Mrs.
Barryhill, D.
Belford, H.
Belford, J.
Bellinger, G.
Benedict, Capt. W. A.
Bennett, J.
Bently, N.
Berford, Mr.
Besin, C.
Blackburne, J.
Blakeslee, J.W.
Bowden, J.
Bowden, L.
Bowdish, W.F.
Bradshaw, J.A.
Breach, A.
Brelsford, H.
Brewster, A.
Brewster, Mrs. and two children
Brinckerhoff, Dr. S.B. (Brinckerhoft )
Brinkman, C.
Brown, William
Bullock, C.
Bunker, J.
Burke, J.
Burke, M.
Burke, Miss
Burke, Mrs.
Burke, T.
Burrough, E.
Cademire, J.
Chandlers, M. T.
Clemens, S.
Close, William
Cofran, G.
Coghlin, Mrs.
Collins, W.
Corrigan, B.
Cunningham, J.
Davis, J. W.
Davis, William
Day, A.
Day, O.
DeCamp, Z.
Deighan, J. P.
Derrick, W. H.
Devoe, J. B.
Dick, Rev. J. M.
Dingus, J.
Dixon, H. H.
Dixon, M.
Dodge, D. G.
Dolan, M.
Dolan, P.
Dougherty, James
Dougherty, M.
Duff, Neil
Duffey, M.
Edmonds, E.
Embody, N.
Eonor, J. (Eanor Ennor )
Eonor, Mrs. 
Eonor, T. 
Eonor, Wm. 
Farish, F.
Farley, P.
Farrell, P.
Fields, C. H.
Finch, Mrs.
Frank, C.
Fraser, J.
Free, J.
Frenchel, A.
Fulton, S.
Gaffney, G.
Gard, J.
Gates, Mrs.
Gilger, J.
Gill, Mrs.
Gillis, William
Goff, J.J.
Hamilton, Mrs.
Harris, A. and three boys
Harris, Mrs. and two children
Harris, W.
Heck, Mrs. A.
Hedge, B.
Hedge, W.
Henderson, A. G.
Henderson, B. F.
Hendricks, A.
Hiland, T.
Hiler, G.
Hill, C.S.
Horn, A.
Horn, J.
Houck, A.
Howard, J.S.
Howman, G.
Hoyt, R.
Hyler, J.
Jamison, M.
Jaqua, S.
Jeffrey, A.
Jones, M. E.
Jose, P.
Kady, G.
Kelly, R.
Lang, A.C.
Larkins, William
Lawrence, F.
Lawrence, M.
Leach, J. G.
Leman, P.
Lemmon, A. B.
Lemmon, B. F.
Lemmon, D.
Lesing, Miss. M. E.
Long, J.
Lowe, John
Lynch, J.M.
Maxwell, L.
McBlarty, J.
McCreas, W.
McDermont, W. 
McDermot, J.
McGuilty, J.
McKune, J.
McLaughlin, W.
McLauren, D. T.
Meigs, J. B.
Mieghan, J.
Miller, J. E.
Monday, Hugh
Moore, A.
Morey, C. P.
Morrel, R.
Neal, S.
Nichol, J.C.
Nichols, S.
Northrup, E.
O Courd, P.
O Donnel, H. (Rasmussen questions O Donnell )
Ogle, E. J.
Oles, A. Y.
Oliver, C.
Ort, J. (Rasmussen questions Oft, but it clearly seems to be Ort)
Ort, J., Jr. (letter missing from last name, but given that he is a "Jr.," it must be Ort)
Packofer, M.
Paine, A. H.
Parwin, J. B.
Patterson, J.M.
Paul, J. Y.
Paul, R. R.
Perkins, William
Pierce, R.
Pilling, Mrs.
Porter, J. R.
Porter, J. S.
Prater, William
Precheur, C.
Purl, W.
Putzler, P.
Quigly, E.
Railstab, G.
Ratcliff, G.
Reed, E.G.
Reed, Mrs.
Rice, J.A.
Rice, M.
Ridemon, J.
Rives, J.F.
Rodgers, F.L.
Rodgers, H.
Sanford, Z.
Sawyer, Mrs. and child
Schoals, C.
Schult, J.
Sisson, F.W.
Smith, C.
Smith, John
Smith, S. S.
Snider, Dr.
Spencer, W.
Stahl, William
Stanger, C.
Stephens, J.
Sutton, C.C.
Sweeney, E.
Taylor, M.
Taylor, W.
Theison, J.
Theison, J. (note: two are listed)
Thison, N. (maybe Thieson; breaks at end of line)
Thompson, A.
Thompson, J.
Turner, M.
Turner, W.H.
Tuske, P.H.
Vincent, C.J.
von itlet, J. (letters missing from last name)
Wakeman, A.
Walker, A.
Walker, W.
Wallace, J.
Waltham, Mrs. and child
Watts, Miss and servant
Weaver, M.
Weaver, W.
West, G.
Westcott, S.
White, J.S.
Whitehead, W.
Willard, E.
Williams, J.
Wilson, C.
Wilson, R.
Winget, D.
Worrell, T.S.
Zartman, W.

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