Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s


SS Sierra Nevada

Arrive San Francisco

March 23, 1853
Captain Tanner
From Panama


14 days from Panama, via Acapulco; 450 passengers.


To D. Brigham, Jr.


Allen, H. 
Armstrong, Benj. F. 
Atwater, E. 
Atwater, J. H. 
Avery, Miss 
Bailey, C. 
Bailey, F. 
Bates, J. 
Bell, L. 
Bisbee, C. H. 
Blevin, H. 
Bostwick, Mrs. and child 
Brigham, J. L. 
Bronson, J. 
Brown, E.L., Jr. 
Bull, A. 
Burchard, P. H. 
Burgett, M. 
Chaffer, D. 
Chaffin, James 
Clarke, D. 
Clough, J. 
Cook, J.H. 
Cujan, J. 
Cujan, W.D. 
Cunningham, Miss 
Curtiss, L. 
Davidson, E.M. 
Davis, F. 
Davis, W. 
Decaley, G.W. (Might be Denaley or variation, or a typographical error of Delaney)
Delaney, J. 
Donaldson, W. 
Eaton, P. 
Eldridge, Mrs. 
Eldridge, N. E. 
Ellis, E. 
English, M. 
English, W.G. 
Evans, W. 
Farr, T. 
Forbes, R.W. 
Freeman, J. 
Goose, Mrs. (Difficult to read.) 
Gough, A.W. 
Gould, G.L. 
Granton, Mrs. 
Gray, A. 
Griffith, J. 
Gunnison, C. K. 
Gunter, J. 
Gunter, J. W. 
Haley, John 
Harrison, J. 
Hath, C.P. (Might be Heth) 
Hawley, T. 
Hotchkiss, J. 
Hubert, M. 
Jackson, A. H. 
Jackson, J. 
Jewett, Capt. 
Johnson, C. E. 
Johnson, H. 
Jones, J. W. 
Julien, Madame 
Keller, Mrs. 
Kenjon, S. 
Kerrick, R. 
Keryan, W. 
King. W. 
Kirch, H. 
Leavitt, G. S. 
Leavitt, W. H. and lady 
Lee, A. 
Leroy, Miss 
Mack, D. 
Marin, J. (Might be Marlin. Letter seems to be missing.) 
McCullough, S. 
McCurdy, A 
McFarland, Jno 
McIntosh, T. 
Mead, F. 
Merritt, C.G. 
Mertler, G.W. (Might be Mectler, Mentler, or other) 
Meyers, J.S. 
Miller, W.B. 
Mitchell, T.F. 
Moran, F. 
Morgan, Mrs. 
Morgan, Mrs. and child 
Morgan, S. 
Morris, C. 
Morse, H.B. 
Murphy, D. 
Newman, L.H. 
Nichols, J.H. 
O Hinkley, O. 
O Neil, Mary 
Orr, Mrs. 
Orr, W. 
Palmer, J.W. 
Palmer, M.R. 
Parmetee, A.P. 
Patterson, A.M. 
Perry, T. 
Peters, A.B. 
Peters, Sam 
Peterson, Mrs. 
Pierce, M. 
Pitcomb, W. 
Plar, G.W. 
Porter, H. 
Preston, J. 
Rawling, J. B. 
Raymond, J. 
Rengant, E. H. 
Rengant, F. 
Ripples, Mary 
Robinson, S. G. 
Roby, H. S. 
Romer, J. 
Ryder, T. and lady 
Saunders, G. 
Schaffer, S. P. 
Scott, J. 
Scott, O. 
Sherman, A. 
Smith, A. 
Smith, A. K. 
Smith, G. 
Stanford, Mrs. 
Tanner, Mrs. 
Taylor, W. L. 
Thompson, H. 
Tourney, R. 
Towle, G. W. 
Townsend, L. 
Van Amsen, W. H. 
Van Gulse, H. (Might be Gulsse or Gulese) 
Van Houten, A. 
Van Riper, Capt., lady and four children 
Wakeman, T. A. and lady 
Webber, A. 
Wells, R. 
Werks, H. 
Westfall, G. 
Westgate, J. 
Wheat, G. W. 
Whitney, W. W. 
Wilbur, J. L. 
Will, A. 
Williams, C. 
Wilson, C. 
Winthrop, F. 
Woodward, J. L. 
Young, J. 
240 passengers in steerage

Panama City.
Panama City

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