Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s


SS Northerner

Arrive San Francisco

September 7, 1853
SS Northerner
Captain J.B.G. Isham
From Panama via Acapulco


Daily Alta California, San Francisco, Wednesday, September 7, 1853 . . . 2 P.M.

From the Atlantic States and Europe.


Five Days Later By Telegraph from New York.


The P. M. steamer Northerner, Capt. Isham, arrived this morning with mails and passengers.

The Pacific Mail Steamship Company steamer, Northerner, J.B.G. Isham, Esq. Commander, sailed from Panama on the 20th ult., at 8 P.M. Left in port steamers Republic, Isthmus, Columbus and Uncle Sam, the latter having arrived from New York on the 17th; she was expected to leave for this port on the 1st inst. August 27th arrived at Acapulco, exchanged mails, and sailed same day. Left in port ships May Flower, Cornelia, Mazatlan, Paulina barque Ellen, all having arrived since the10th ult., with coals for the P.M.S.S. Co. Schr B.L. Allen, Wheeler, from Realejo, bound to this port, but into Acapulco on or about the 12th ult. In distress; for some reason the vessel was forcibly taken possession of by the authorities, and the captain and crew thrown into prison; they were still under confinement when the steamer left. Sept. 3d, arrived at San Diego, exchanged mails and proceeded on; touched at Monterey 5th inst., and arrived at this port this day at 5 A.M. Detained off the harbor since daylight Tuesday morning on account of the fog. Running time 15 days.

The Northerner brings the regular U.S. mails, a heavy freight, and about 200 passengers. Also dates via Acapulco from New Orleans to the 13th, and telegraphic despatches from New York to the 8th ult.

The health of the Isthmus was excellent when the steamer left, not a case of sickness having occurred among the passengers since leaving New York. The transit was also good, the mails, consisting of 250 bags, having crossed from Cruces in less than six hours. A large body of men have been employed to repair the Cruces road, which, it is expected will be completed by October, when the crossing can be made from Panama to Aspinwall in less than one day.

The regular dates by the Northerner are no later, but via Mexico we have newspapers from New Orleans to the 13th ult., and telegraph items from New York to the 8th. Our dispatches were received by the Ramsay route . . .

The Yellow Fever was raging with fearful mortality at New Orleans. Hundreds had left the city; 219 died of yellow fever during the 24 hours preceding Friday night, 12th ult, at 6 o clock.

Thirty Days Later.

By the Northerner we have dates form Valparaiso to the 30th of July. The Pacific Steam Navigation Co. steamer Anito was wrecked on the 10th of July, by striking on a rock twelve miles from Huasco. The letter bags were saved. One person only was lost. Sixteen heavy bars of silver bullion were lost.

Miss Hayes had given several concerts in Valparaiso with great success . . .

A law is proposed and will probably pass, to exempt from anchorage duties for ten years the vessels that bring immigrants to the colonies of Llanquihue.

Another proposed law encourages the introduction of foreign cattle.

The treaty of peace, commerce and navigation with Peru has been approved by both parties . . .
Exclusive privilege of navigating the coasts of Chile with vessels driven by caloric engines has been granted to a company.

Many internal improvements are in progress. The Rivers Bio and Maule have been examined by engineers, who report that those rivers may be made navigable by locks and dams. An iron bridge has been ordered to be built on the Maule . . .

Twenty Days Later.

By the Northerner we have dates from the city of Mexico to the 20th of August.

The Siglo Diez y Nueve, the liberal opposition newspaper, was fined $400 for discussing ("seditiously," says the note of the censor) the measures of the administration, and the editor has declared that his paper will no longer have any political character. This is an important affair, and will excite the ultra-democrats to do their utmost against Santa Anna. The Siglo has long been the organ of a powerful and the most intelligent party in the country, and that party have by this tyranny received a great affront . . .

Some of the authorities on the Northern frontier have refused to grant passports to persons coming from New Mexico to California.


Adams & Co. 161 pkgs. mdse; Wells, Fargo & Co., 96 pkgs; Berford & Co. 66 pkgs; Herman Ernest, 72 cs. Cigars; Geo Aiken, 56 pkgs mdse; Alsop & Co., 3 pkgs; Heyneman, Pick & Co., 1 pkg; A.J. Tobias, 10 pkgs.; Roussett, Anger & Co.; Kaindler Bros, 1 pkge; Robert Meyer, $12,000 in specie.


Brown & Keyes, 178 Clay Street, opposite the Arcade: Just received a rich and extensive assortment of gents clothing and furnishing goods of latest styles and papers in vogue from New York market consisting of:

Super styles frock coats;
Super styles of dress coats;
Super Webster dress coats;
Super business suits;
Super business black doeskin pants;
Fancy French cassimere pants;
Buff cassimere vests;
White and buff Marseilles vests;
White an buff gauntlets;

And a full assortment of everything appertaining to the clothing business. We would respectfully invite our friends and the public generally to call and examine before purchasing elsewhere.

Garments of all kinds cut and made to order in the most fashionable manner.


Argwas, Jose
Bache, Chas M.
Batice, Jno
Batista, G.
Becherer, Mr. (Note Beechirer below - Presumably they are related and one of the spellings is incorrect)
Beechirer, C.F.
Bissell, Geo W.P.
Browe, Mr.
Cadematori, Augustin
Candon, Jno and lady
Carason, Isaac
Carr cti, Bernard (Letter missing.)
Cempbell, Alex
Charene, E. and lady
Chipman, Wm H.
Clark, Jas
Claypole, Wm
Cleary, P. F.
Clendenin, Capt. J.J. and lady
Clinn, Jacob and son
Cohen, Mrs. and two children
Cole, Jas M.
Comopala, Juan
Conner, Peter and wife (Might be Cosner or Cooner)
Courasty, Jno
Craft, Mrs. and child
Crawford, Geo S.
D -- a, Jno B. (Last name missing letters)
Dalley, Elijah
Davis, Wm and lady
Deverau, Mrs.
Dillingham, D. H. (Wells, Fargo & Co Messenger)
Dow, L. J.
Dowding, E.
Dunscourt, F. (Berford & Co Messenger)
Eckewiller, Jno
Faire, Anthony
Finn, W. G.
Foard, Miss Sarah A.
Foard, Thos J.
Force, Stephen A.
Foscarina, Geo and boy
Galgiani, V
Gallagher, Mrs. Virginia
Geiss, Mrs. and two children (Might be Gieiss)
Godmyol, Jose
Goetes, A.
Gordon, M.
Hamilton, L.
Hamilton, Miss J. L.
Harris, Mr. and lady
Haw, Martin
Hayne, Jno J.
Hogan, Jno
Holmes, S
Horan, Jas, wife and infant
Ingoldesby, Rev. Jno
Johnson, A. J.
Kane, Jere
Kearny, Jno J.
Kent, Andrew
Knae, Jas
La Dur, J. B.
Lagomausena, Andrew (Might be Lagomeusena)
Leach, Louis
Levi, Fred
Lewis, Robt
Linton, C. B.
Llegrave, Francis
Lynch, Thos
Madigan, Mrs.
Maloney, J. R.
Manville, A. C.
Marshall, Mrs. Anna, two children and servant
Marshall, Sam
Martin, B. (Difficult to read. Might be Marlin or other)
Mason, Chas H.
Mason, Jno
Matchlett, John
McDougal, Jno
McGrath, J.
McLean, A. C. (U.S. Mail Agent)
McMahon, Jas
McTavish, Dugold M.
Megahey, G. (Might be Megabey)
Mendiguchea, Pedro
Mijarila, P.
Mitchell, Adolph
Molinew, Bernard (Might be Mollnew)
Morotti, P
Mulligan, Wm
Murphy, J. B.
Murray, Mr.
Myers, G
Myers, R
Nilioer, Mrs.
Nugent, Mr.
O Neill, Jno
Parbert, Geo R. and servant
Perri, S
Phelan, Dr. G. J.
Phelan, Mrs. Mary and child
Ransom, W. A.
Reamy, Geo W. (Might be Reemy)
Rooney, Francis
Ryan, Mrs. Mary and child
Salair, Lewis
Serfmour, Emanuel G
Sharpe, Alex
Smith, Mr.
Stevenson, Isaac
Terman, Jos
Trembly, Ralph (Adams & Co Messenger)
Viadero, Dianasio
Vila, Jaime
Viliant, Martin
Virgin, Benj J.
Walecom, Jno
Warren, Timothy (First name difficult to read)
Washburn, H.
Washburn, Wm
Weathery, Jas
Wechter, Mrs.
Wells, Jas
Werfman, Chas
Whiting, Col. C. M.
Wilson, Jno

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