Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s


SS Northerner

Arrive San Francisco

March 23, 1853
SS Northerner
Captain J.B.G. Isham
From Panama


March 23, 1853, Daily Alta California, San Francisco, California

Arrival of the Northerner

Latest Telegraphic News from the Atlantic States and Europe.
--No Sickness on the Isthmus.

The P. M. steamer Northerner, J. B. G. Isham, Esq., Commander, arrived yesterday afternoon from Panama, which port she left on the evening of the 7th inst. She had on board 443 passengers, the great U. S. Mail, and a large quantity of express matter and light merchandise.

Three deaths occurred during the passage.

It will be perceived that purser Burns' report, subjoined, conflicts strongly with the statements made in the memoranda of the Sierra Nevada. One states positively that there was no sickness at Panama, while the other pictures in the the most melancholy, yet vivid manner, the devastation death was spreading through all classes along the coast. One or the other must be untrue.

The Northerner brings us a number of telegraphic dispatches from the Atlantic States and from Europe, made up to the latest moment.


The Northerner left Panama on Monday, March 7th. at 6 P. M , with the U S. mails, 443 passengers, and about 65 tons freight. Touched at Taboga, took on board water, provisions, etc., and at 10:30 P.M. proceeded to sea. March 14th, at 10 A M, arrived at Acapulco, coaled, provisioned, and left same day at 4 P.M. No vessels in port not before reported. March 23, at 7 P.M., arrived at this port. Running time 15 days 14 hours.

The Northerner has experienced a succession of strong head winds since leaving Acapulco. There have been but three deaths on board since leaving Panama, and those occasioned by imprudences on the part of the persons. Sickness on the Isthmus had entirely disappeared and the country generally was never more healthy than at present. The roads were dry and in perfect order, and the Isthmus can now be crossed in less than two days.


Merchandise to E. Knight.


(Note: The typed list was transcribed from a poor copy some years ago; we recently located the list on the right in the March 25, 1853 Sacramento Daily Union. Please refer to the printed list to confirm spellings.)

SS Northerner arrives San Francisco March 25, 1853

Able, J.
Ackerman, J.
Akin, A.
Aldrick, F. V.
Allen, T.
Allery, J. K.
Ames, H. A.
Angel, Mrs. and child
Angrow, W.
Appleby, H.
Appleby, L.
Armstrong, J. F.
Armstrong, W., Wells, Fargo & Co.
Armstrong, W. F.
Arnes, A.
Arrott, M.
Austin, D.
Bailey, J.
Bainbridge, S.
Barber, J. A.
Barclay, B.
Barger, L. V.
Barker, R.
Barker, S.
Barnes, D. B.
Barstow, W.
Bartlett, C. J.
Bartling, C.
Bassett, L. B.
Beakmore, A.
Beaty, Mrs. and three children
Bellock, B.
Bennett, A.J.
Bennett, P.
Bergin, J. B. F.
Bidget, T.
Bishop, T. D.
Blake, W. M.
Blasdine, E.
Bomblant, T.
Borhiss, D.
Bradbury, J.
Brassom, A.
Breman, J.
Brers, H. J. and lady (Might be Beers)
Brown, A. H.
Brown, D.
Brown, E.
Brown, J. W.
Brown, P.
Brown, W.
Bruce, H. C.
Bruslow, T.
Buncher, D.
Buncher, H.
Burke, C. W.
Burns, F. (Felix Burns, of Lafayette, Indiana, aged 32, died on board March 13)
Byers, J. B.
Caleron, M.
Calvin, A.
Calwell, A.H.
Cannon, J.
Casser, E.
Chappell, A.
Chappell, J. H.
Chappell, J. J.
Christie, W. F.
Clonke, J.
Coffin, R. G.
Coffin, R. R.
Collony, G. W. (Might be Colleny or other)
Concklin, C. B.
Concklin, W.
Conkins, T.
Connelly, P.
Conway, G.
Cook, M.
Cooper, W. B.
Cornell, T.
Cransuch, J.
Croban, I.
Cutting, D. S.
Cutting, W. J.
Daly, O. O.
Daring, W. L.
Davis, D.
Davis, D. (Two D. Davis are listed)
Davis, J. P.
Davis, W.
Dealstow, M. W.
Dealth, M. J.
Delancy, F.
Dich, N. (Might be Dech or Dach)
Doane, M.
Dodge, Mrs. T. H.
Dodge, S. B.
Dodge, T.A.
Dodge, W.W.
Domphrey, P.W.
Doyer, J.E.
Doyle, T.
Doyle, T.
Dugan, M.
Durbin, T.S.
Eastman, M.J.
Edgerton, C.B.
Ellis, C.H.
Emerson, J.
Emilier, W. M.
Ennis, J.
Falmon, J. (Might be Falmen, Palmen, Palmon)
Fannell, M.
Farley, W. B.
Farman, D.
Farns, F.
Farr, S.
Farren, C. B., Adams & Co.
Farrington, W. F.
Feading, J.
Fesparr, J.W.
Fillman, S.
Finch, J.
Firld, W. A.
Fish, O. B.
Flagg, J. B.
Fleming, J.
Ford, Miss S. H.
Ford, W. M.
Forsyth, E. A.
Foster, M.
Foster, W and lady (from Acapulco)
Fox, H.
Francis, J.
Gambrant, H.
Gengrass, A.
Gengrass, J.
Gerney, J. C.
Gillett, N.
Gladwin, G. S. and child
Gold, H.
Goldsteien, H. (This is the listing, but is probably Goldstein)
Goldstein, S.
Gonne, H. F.
Goodman, A. J.
Greely, J.
Green, W.
Greenwood, I.
Gumbond, A.
Gurisman, G.
Haddock, H. S.
Hall, J.
Hammond, W.
Hammond, W. M.
Hartnell, P. S.
Haskell, J.
Haskell, T.
Hathaway, D. P.
Hays, H. S.
Heinback, D. K.
Hicks, D.
Hicks, O.
Hind, P., Jr.
Hodges, C.
Hogan, C.
Holden, W.
Holman, A. (Might be Holeman or Holdman)
Holt, J. C.
Holwing, Mrs. (Might be Helwing)
Honmell, E.
Howard, Mrs. A. W.
Hoyt, Capt. J. C.
Hulker, J.
Hunt, D.
Hussey, J. W.
Isaacson, E.
Jacobson, A.
Jenkins, A. M.
Jennings, O. B.
Jerome, S. H.
Johnson, E. L.
Jones, C.
Jones, G.
Jones, R.
Jones, W.
Joy, R.
Kearney, C.
Kearney, J. M.
Kelly, E. A.
Kelsey, Mrs. and child
Kenney, H.
Kester, L. B.
Kester, P.
Kidder, J.
King, H.
King, J.
Kingsman, E.
Kinney, A.
Kirtz, S.
Kittridge, C. F.
Laing, P.
Laker, O.
Laker, W.
Lambert, L.
Lentz, D.
Leslie, Mrs. and servant
Lewis, J.
Liberty, E.
Lincher, H.
Little, A.
Loeb, S. and lady
Lohoff, J. C.
Lohoff, L.
Lulson, P.
Lyle, J.
Lyn, W. H.
Marks, C. A.
Marks, M.
Marrell, D.
Marwell, T.
Maulaby, P. M.
McCarthy, J.
McCoy, A.
McLaughlin, M. M. A.
McMillan, P.
McWilliams, J. (last name looks like WeWilliams, or WcWilliams. Seems as though that would be a typographical error and that it should be McWilliams)
Metter, A. J.
Mitiken, L.
Moffitt, O. W.
Monreau, W.
Mooe, L.
Moon, M.
Moore, J.
Moore, J. H.
Moore, J. S.
Moore, R. P.
Morgan, M.
Morgan, Mrs.
Morris, A.
Morris, N. P.
Mosan, J. J.
Mullen, A.
Munston, T. A.
Murphy, J.
Murray, Mrs. S.
Myer, M.
Myer, Mrs. E.
Nailer, J.
Neal, J. and lady
Nicholer, G. R.
Nichols, D. L.
Nichols, J.
Northop. L.
Nye, W. F.
O Neill, C.
Ogden, J.
Otis, L.
Pachons, L.
Paddock, E.
Page, Miss C.
Parker, Miss
Parker, S. W.
Parkinson, J.
Paxton, C. H.
Paxton, J. S.
Peterson, Jno. (native of Germany, aged 21, died on board March 13)
Pierce, E.
Pike, W. S.
Piser, C.
Piser, J.
Pittman, G.
Pope, T., lady and two children
Porter, J.
Pratt, H.
Prueder, W. A.
Quimm, T.
Rabe, Dr. W., lady and two children
Ragan, W.
Rankin, W. J.
Raspin, H. B.
Reynolds, W.
Rice, I. P.
Rice, J.
Rice, L.
Rice, W. B.
Richards, J. J.
Ridley, E. H.
Rinsler, D. S.
Ripley, F. H.
Ripley, L.
Robbins, J.
Roberts, B. W.
Roberts, J. F.
Robertson, J.
Rosenworth, L.
Rothenberg, C.
Rumbey, H. R.
Russell, J. W.
Russell, M. I.
Russell, R.
Rutledge, Miss J.
Sadden, S. S.
Sanford, A.
Sarroin, J.
Scott, C. H.
Seagrin, L.
Seeman, M.
Shaw, Mrs.
Shefforen, G. O.
Sheram, T.
Shimons, Mrs. E.
Shirter, C.
Shoeber, J.
Shortman, A.
Silverman, J.
Simonson, Wm. (of Glen Cove, Long Island, aged 20, died on board March 13)
Simpson, H. B.
Sixon, J.
Smard, J. B.
Smish, H.W. (Might be Smlsh, Smith)
Smith, A.
Smith, A. E.
Smith, J. B.
Smith, J. H.
Southmaid, G.
Spencer, G.
Spencer, J.
St.Clair, A.
States, H.
Stewart, M.
Stockbridge, A. M.
Stone, A. W.
Stonrend, E.
Strong, M.
Sullett, J.
Swain, Mrs. and child
Tadford, G. W. S.
Tanner, E.
Tanner, T.
Taylor, J.
Taylor, W.W.
Thomas, J.
Thomas, J. J.
Thompson, Mrs. B. and two children
Thorn, L.
Tieman, J.
Tiffany, O. and lady
Tight, J.
Timm, P.
Timson, J. B.
Todd, F. A.
Toony, P.
Towry, C.
Transon, A.
Trone, A. and lady (from Acapulco)
Turner, L.
Turner, M. D.
Van Beamer, G.
VanBeamer, H.
Verger, T. and friend
Vickery, H. G.
Walker, N.
Wall, Mrs. E.
Wallace, D.
Ware, H. W.
Warren, H.
Warren, P. A.
Washhorne, J. B.
Watkins, S.
Way, D.
Westbrook, W.T.
Whaley, B.
Whaley, J.C.
Wheeler, Capt. S. B.
Wheeler, J.
Whittle, Mrs. and child
Williams, J.
Williams, W.
Williams, W. W.
Wilson, A.
Wilson, J.
Winans, J. J.
Witcott, I.
Wood, C.
Wood, I. B.
Wood, M. C. and three children
Wood, M. L.
Wood, W.
Woodbury, E. M.
Woodrow, D.
Work, S. R.
Wright, E.
Wright, E. S.
Youl, A.
Youl, J.
Young, J. M. D. (Seems to be a letter missing. This might be J. M. DeYoung.)
240 passengers in steerage

graph across the Isthmus, from Aspinwall to Panama. The organization of the company has been completed under the auspices of Messrs. John L. Aspinwall, William Adams and John L. Stephens, as Trustees. The capital stock is $50,000, for which books were opened on the 19th alt. in the city of New York. A few thousand dollars worth of stock would be cheerfully taken in this city. Star.

The Isthmus was, comparatively speaking, healthY; no sickness of any moment. There were, however, but few persons waiting passage. A new system of police has been adopted in Panama, under which a number of strong able-bodied foreigners were engaged as policemen. The Panama Star says that the sickness among the troops on the Isthmus, was caused in a great degree by negligence, and believes that had they been properly cared for, at least one half of the lives would have been saved. The Mail Steamship Co. comes in for a share of blame.


The Northerner, after landing her passengers at Long Wharf, proceeded to Benecia, with the troops on board. Adams & Co's Express House received by the Northerner nearly two hundred packages of merchandise. When the state of the Isthmus is taken into consideration, this indeed may be called "Expressing."


August 27, 1852, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

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