Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s


SS Sierra Nevada

Thursday, September 15, 1853 
SS Sierra Nevada 
Captain J. H. Blethen 
From San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua


Daily Alta California, Friday, September 16, 1853


Later from New York and New Orleans 
Foreign and Domestic News.

The steamship Sierra Nevada, Captain J. H. Blethen, commander, 12 days from San Juan, came into port yesterday morning at 7 o'clock. She arrived off the Heads at 4 P. M. , Wednesday, but could not come in on account of the dense fog.

We are under obligations to Captain B. for stopping his engines to allow our Marine Reporter to board him.

By this arrival we have papers from New York to the 20th ult. , and telegraphic dates from New Orleans to the 18th.

Subscriptions for the relief of the New Orleans sufferers, were being raised in all the principal cities and towns throughout the United States. New York has contributed $30,000; Philadelphia $12,000; Baltimore $6,000; Boston $4,000. The total amount raised thus far is $62,000.

There was a terrible earthquake reported to have taken place at Cumana, Spanish Main, on the 19th July, by which about 4000 lives were lost. A slight shock was also felt at Trinidad, Port Spain, at the same time.

The Minister to France has not yet been appointed. Mr. Dix has not released the President from his promise of the appointment. Bancroft and Cushing are mentioned in connection with it.

Accounts from Newfoundland to August 10th state that the ship Charles Clark, from Hamburgh to Quebec, with 118 passengers, was lost, after having been 56 days at sea, at Freshwater Point, near Trepassey Bay, on 28th July, and five passengers perished; the rest had reached St. John, N. F.

Dreadful Mortality in New Orleans

The yellow fever continued to rage with dreadful violence in New Orleans. During the 48 hours ending on the morning of the 18th, the whole number of deaths was four hundred and ten, of which three hundred and sixty were of yellow fever. At times the dead could not be buried as fast as they were taken to the cemetery. At one time there were forty bodies exposed, uninterred, in Lafayette cemetery, in the morning, and at sundown, had increased to eighty. Five dollars an hour per man was offered for laborers to bury the bodies. A correspondent of the New York Tribunewriting August 11, says:

The yellow fever reports of yesterday show an increase of 36 over the previous day. The bad weather still continues, and the usual heavy rains pour down upon us every day at noon. I visited the cemeteries again yesterday. The one in the 4th District was much improved. The carts with loads of dirt did not commence to arrive until the evening of Tuesday. They were at work all day yesterday and had taken about sixty loads of earth to the burying ground. The carts in going into the burial ground had to pass over some of the graves, crushing in the coffins, etc. Several men had been at work during the day throwing the dirt on the coffins, half buried in the trenches.

The cholera has appeared at Cumberland, Md. , and fifteen persons died in two days.
Kent Island, Md. Was very sickly.
There were one hundred and eighty-eight deaths in New York in one week from "sun stroke. " The weather was hotter than it had been in eight years.

Friday Morning, September 16.

The most interesting feature of the news by the Sierra Nevada is the unprecedented ravages of the yellow fever in New Orleans, which threatens to decimate the city in a short time, should it continue as fatal as last advices. History furnishes no parallel to the fatality of the epidemic, and the accounts of the horrors of the city are most incredible. Down to the 11th of August, the deaths amounted to three thousand, and the mortality continued in the same ratio - about 200 every twenty-four hours . . .


Very Important Passengers: Mrs. J. H. Blethen, wife of Captain James H. Blethen, who had been living in New York.

Note the amount of women and children - presumably fleeing the ravages of the East during that time.

La Ruta de Nicaragua (Spanish Edition)

Abbott, J. D.  
Abbott, Mrs. J. D. and two children 
Anson, G. B.  
Avery, J. A.  
Bachelder, L.  
Bachelder, Mrs. Levi 
Bailey, J.  
Bailley, W.  
Baitting, Wm. (Might be Wm. Baltting) 
Banchard, N. (Might be Blanchard or Banehard) 
Banin, J.  
Barney, J.  
Baron, Dr. J. M. , U. S. N.  
Barron, Mrs. B.  
Barron, R.  
Bartling, Mrs. Wm.  
Beach, W. L.  
Beard, Mrs. M.  
Bente, A.  
Bevin, J.  
Biel, G.  
Biel, Mrs. G.  
Blethen, Mrs. J. H.  
Bluff, Chas.  
Boyer, J. (Might be Bayer or Beyer) 
Brainard, Mrs. B. M.  
Brannan, B.  
Brewer, Mrs. J.  
Brown, O. T.  
Brown, T.  
Brown, T.  
Browning, C. T.  
Bruce, G.  
Burns, J.  
Byron, J.  
Caldwell, Mrs. Mary 
Caney, J.  
Canney, J.  
Carter, M.  
Chandler, J.  
Clark, Mrs. M.  
Cornell, S. (Might be Corbell) 
Cotter, Mrs. A. and infant 
Cowley, T.  
Crosby, J.  
Crosby, Mrs. J.  
Curry, Mrs. James 
Davis, E.  
Dempster, Mrs. C. J.  
Dempster, C. J. (The Alta lists this as Deptster, but, clearly, it is Dempster, as Mrs. C. J. is noted on the list also) 
Depuy, G.  
Devoe, J. B.  
Dillon, Jas.  
Dun en, R. (Might be Dunlen, Duncen, Dunden, Dunsen) 
Dunbar, R. W.  
Dunbar, W. T.  
Ellis, Isaac 
Fitch, E.  
Fitch, Mrs. E.  
Fitzgerald, J.  
Fo land, H. (Might be Forland) 
Foster, C.  
Foster, H.  
Gallup, J.  
Geoghan, E.  
Goff, Owen 
Gosling, G.  
Gosling, Mrs. G.  
Grant, H. L.  
Grant, Mrs. P. B.  
Grant, P. B.  
Gray, J.  
Gray, T. B.  
Greenleaf, Miss A. B.  
Grunsjvans, J. F.  
Hammel, J.  
Hand, Thos 
Handlin, J. S.  
Harris, E. M.  
Harris, G.  
Harris, Sol 
Heitzel, Mrs. and child 
Henneburg, Miss 
Herndieper, W.  
Hernevan, M.  
Holley, H.  
Holley, Mrs. Charles M.  
Holley,Chas. M.  
Holly, D.  
Hose, Mrs. Eliza 
Howell, G.  
Hurrison, P. (Might be Harrison or Hurricon) 
Jenkins, G.  
Jones, L. H.  
Jones, Miss E.  
Jones, Miss M. J.  
Jones, Miss Mary 
Jones, Mrs. D. H.  
Jones, S.  
Kelighan, M. (Might be Kekghan) 
Kent, Mrs. and daughter 
Kistun, J.  
Klepen, A. (Might be A. Klepenburg - the Alta has a strange break in the name) 
Kling, S.  
Kloppenburg, Miss Katherine 
Lanapeat, F. (Might be Lanapoat) 
Layman, J.  
Livingston, Miss 
Lockman, J. S.  
Logan, C. D.  
Lunnster, J. A. (Might be Lunnater) 
Lyons, J.  
Martin, G.  
Martin, Mrs. and two children 
Martintz, Mr.  
Mayner, D.  
McCreany, R.  
McElrey, J.  
McGrath, J.  
McKibbin, J. C.  
McReady, S.  
Menderheimer, Mrs. R.  
Menkurtz, J.  
Merchant, Y. G.  
Meyers, H. B.  
Miller, H. S.  
Mills, Mrs. Louisa 
More, W. H.  
Morton, W.  
Mulligan, P.  
Munger, F.  
Munson, B. H.  
Murphy, Mrs. Mary and two children 
Murtock, T.  
Overhalt, W. G. (Might be Ovenhalt) 
Palen, J. W.  
Palmer, T.  
Parcell, Mrs. M.  
Pedorat, A.  
Pedorat, J.  
Pengrove, Mrs. W.  
Penn, Mrs. N. D.  
Pennyman, J. D.  
Percell, M.  
Peri, A.  
Platt, W.  
Plum, N. D.  
Plummer, Mrs. E. J.  
Powell, Miss Anna 
Price, Morgan 
Richardson, W. T.  
Roberts, G. G.  
Rogers, D.  
Rosenbaum, Mrs. and three daughters.  
Rosenberg, H.  
Ryan, W.  
Sherwood, D.  
Skinner, G. R.  
Slocum, C. W.  
Slocum, G.  
Smith, G.  
Smith, H.  
Smith, R.  
Snmatia, J.  
Steinehart, M.  
Stevens, G. W.  
Stevens, R. R.  
Stewart, D. C.  
Sto e, O. (Might be anything: Stole, Store, Stone) 
Stone, W. T.  
Sullivan, P. O.  
Swain, D.  
Taber, J. S.  
Thompson, S. G.  
Traunch, T.  
Trembly, D.  
Verra, H. (Might be Vierra) 
Voglemay, D.  
Wade, H. P.  
Wilber, E.  
Williams, H.  
Williams, J.  
Williams, John 
Williams, Mrs. and child 
Williams, Mrs. E.  
Williams, T.  
Wilson, J. C.  
Wilson, J. D.  
Wood, J.  
Wooster, J. D.  
40 ladies and 160 in the steerage

Nicaragua Map.

Central America Map. 1862.

Immigration at the Golden Gate: Passenger Ships, Exclusion, and Angel IslandImmigration at the Golden Gate. Immigration to California.
Robert Eric Barde
Perhaps 200,000 immigrants passed through the Angel Island Immigration Station during its lifetime, a tiny number compared to the 17 million who entered through New York's Ellis Island.

Nonetheless, Angel Island's place in the consciousness of Americans on the West Coast is large and out of proportion to the numerical record. Angel Island's Immigration Station was not, as some have called it, the Ellis Island of the West, built to facilitate the processing and entry of those welcomed as new Americans. Its role was less benign: to facilitate the exclusion of Asians, starting with the Chinese, then Japanese, Koreans, Indians, and all other Asians.

The Children of Chinatown: Growing Up Chinese American in San Francisco, 1850-1920Children of Chinatown. 
Wendy Rouse Jorae

Family Skeletons: Exploring the Lives of our Disreputable Ancestors.San Francisco. Family Skeletons.
Simon Fowler, Ruth Paley
Most families have a skeleton. You may have already discovered yours via the grapevine or your own research. Or you may simply be intrigued by the dark side of our past. This popular history explores the behaviour of our disreputable ancestors from the unfortunate to the criminal, and introduces a host of colourful characters including 17th century witches, 18th century 'mollies' and Victorian baby farmers. Thematically arranged by skeleton, the text also describes how society punished and provided for its 'offenders' - as well as the changing attitudes that could ultimately bring acceptance.

Italy on the Pacific: San Francisco's Italian Americans (Italian and Italian American Studies)Italians in San Francisco.
Palgrave Hardcover)
Sebastian Fichera
San Francisco’s Italian immigrant experience is shown to be the polar opposite of Chicago’s. San Francisco’s Italian immigrants are shown as reintegrating into the host society fairly smoothly, whereas the Chicago group’s assimilation process broke down in dramatic ways.

Migration in World History.Migration in World HistoryMigration in World History. 
(Themes in World History) 
Patrick Manning
Drawing on examples from a wide range of geographical regions and thematic areas, noted world historian Patrick Manning guides the reader through trade patterns, including the early Silk Road and maritime trade, effect of migration on empire and industry, earliest human migrations, major language groups, various leading theories around migration.

Russian San Francisco (Images of America)Russian San Francisco. (Images of America)
Lydia B. Zaverukha, Nina Bogdan, Foreward by Ludmila Ershova, PhD.
Even before San Francisco was founded as a city, Russian visitors, explorers, and scientists sailed to the area and made contact with both the indigenous people and representatives of the Spanish government. Although the Russian commercial colony of Fort Ross closed in 1842, the Russian presence in San Francisco continued and the community expanded to include churches, societies, businesses, and newspapers. Some came seeking opportunity, while others were fleeing religious or political persecution.

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