Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s


SS Sierra Nevada

July 31, 1853
SS Sierra Nevada 
Captain James H. Blethen
From San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua


Daily Alta California, Monday Morning, August 1, 1853


Later From the Atlantic

The steamship Sierra Nevada, Capt. Blethen, arrived yesterday afternoon from San Juan del Sur, bringing New York dates to the 5th, and New Orleans to the 7th of July.

Our files and packages were delivered by the express of Wells, Fargo & Co.

By this arrival, we have interesting intelligence from all parts of the States, Europe, the West Indies, & Co.

The Empire City arrived at New York from Havana on the 4th, with advices to the 29th of June. Count Carlisle had been thrown into prison on a charge of having been engaged in illegal correspondence with certain inhabitants of Jamaica. The allegation is that the Count, in connection with others, had loaded a vessel with arms and ammunition, which were destined for the use of the Jamaica negroes, who contemplated a revolt. Owing to a slight mistake on the part of the captain of the vessel, the secret was exposed, and the munitions of war were seized by the Spanish authorities. Through the intervention of Lord Clarendon, further proceedings in the Count’s case were suspended until information could be received from England.

The New York Herald published some important official documents relative to the question of jurisdiction over United States vessels in British ports, being the correspondence between Lords Malmesbury and Palmerston, the American Minister and others, concerning the attempted arrest of the chief mate of the steamship Hermann, by English policemen, while the vessel was lying in the roads of Southampton, in November last. We have commented upon this subject at considerably length in another article . . .

There have been more Anti-Rent outrages committed in New York . . .

A duel was fought between two German editors in New Orleans, and one of them, named Cohen, was mortally wounded.

Port San Francisco, August 1, 1853


Steamer Sierra Nevada, James H. Blethen, Commander, left San Francisco July 1st, arrived at San Juan in 11 days. Forward passengers, specie and independent mails by the Company’s splendid steamer Northern Light, for New York. Passengers report the transit route in excellent condition, 36 hours only being required from the Pacific to the Atlantic. Left San Juan July 19th, and arrived at this port in 11-1/2 days, having been at sea only 10 days. Passengers all healthy no deaths or sickness occurring since leaving New York or New Orleans. July 24th, 11 A.M., off Point Tejupan, passed steamer Brother Jonathan, with a large number of passengers, bound to San Juan. Inside of Point Ano Neuvo, saw fore and aft schooner, lying easy. No signals.


Delivered to C.K. Garrison


Abraham, D. 
Abraham, M. 
Acres, L. 
Adolph, D., Wells, Fargo and Co Messenger 
Anderson, L. F. 
Appleton, D. S. 
Appleton, J. M. 
Arenias, P. W. 
Armstrong, J. C. 
Asheile, H. 
Askey, J. 
Ayres, J. 
Bagley, J. R. 
Bagley, R. T. 
Bailey, J. M. 
Bamey, Capt. L. 
Bannister, H. 
Barter, C. D. 
Bartlett, F., lady and child 
Bean, J. M. 
Beck, John 
Benjamin, A. A. 
Benson, E. D. 
Berch, J. 
Beythen, Mr. 
Blake, O. 
Bond, Z. 
Boothe, Nelson 
Bowers, J. H. 
Bowne, B. 
Boyden, J. 
Boyhns, E. 
Brackett, J. D. 
Branker, B. (Might be Branber or Branler) 
Bridgeman, T. 
Bridges, W. 
Bridgman, J.M. (One may be a misspelling as Bridgeman and Bridgman are together on the list) 
Bromley, J. 
Brown, E. M. 
Bryant, W. S. 
Buchanan, S. E. 
Burr, D. H. 
Burr, R., Jr. 
Campbell, Mrs., child and infant 
Carpenter, L. G. 
Carroll, Dr. 
Catton, L. 
Chamberlain, J. 
Chapin, L. W. 
Christie, G. H. 
Circe, B. and servant 
Clark, A. 
Coats, M. B. 
Coats, M. S. 
Cole, W. 
Colton, J. D. 
Cousin, M. 
Covert, B.C. (Might be R.C. Covert) 
Cowen, J. 
Crane, C. J. 
Cronk, Sauders 
Curry, D. S. 
Cushing, Mr. 
Davidson, W. H. 
Davis, A. N. 
Davis, J. 
Davis, J. B. M. 
Davis, W. 
Deane, W. H. 
Deeds, W. A. 
Dickinson, H. 
Dickinson, J. 
Dickinson, J. 
Dixon, J. B. W. 
Doane, A. 
Douglass, D. 
Dow, C. W. 
Duffey, Peter 
Duley, M. W. 
Dumfries, J. 
Dunn, John 
Dunning, E. 
Dyer, C. 
Earles, J. 
Eaton, J. 
Eaton, J. E. 
Eberson, Curtis 
Edmondson, B.B. (Might be Edmondsen) 
Edwards, W. 
Egbert, J. 
Eley, E. 
Ellis, T. A. 
Fairchild, F. E. 
Fairfax, S. 
Faisey, J. 
Fisher, C. 
Fisher, C. A. 
Fixary, Edward 
Fletcher, J. 
Flint, F. E. 
Flint, J. W. 
Francis, W. W. 
Frank, Mrs. Julia 
Freeman, W. J. 
French, E. 
Fuller, J.Q.S. 
Gates, G. 
Goddard, H. 
Graham, J. W. 
Grant, W. W. 
Graves, H. T. 
Gray, B. N. 
Greenleaf, Mrs. 
Griffhaven, J. A. 
Griswold, Mrs. 
Guard, R. W. 
Gurnselus, Jno (Might be Gurnsalus) 
Gusse, Wm 
Hakes, A. 
Hall, J. F. 
Halsey, Miss 
Halsey, Miss M. E. 
Halsey, Mrs. W. R. 
Harding, A. L. 
Harkness, G. 
Harlan, L. G. 
Harlett, C. W. 
Harrison, J. W. 
Hart, J. P. 
Heffner, George 
Hendric, F. H. 
Henry, A. 
Henson, R. G. 
Heslip, W. J. and lady 
Hill, A. L. 
Hillman, G. 
Hine, J. A. 
Hoffman, John 
Houghton, F. A. 
Howell, Mr. 
Hughes, J. L. 
Hughes, James 
Hulderston, A. 
Hume, D. 
Huntingdon, G. 
Hurd, G. W. 
Hutchins, J. B. 
Hutchinson, N. 
Jacobs, J. S. 
Jacobson, E. 
Jacobson, F. 
Jamieson, Eben 
Jamieson, J. T. 
Jaynes, J. R. 
Jeffries, E. G. 
Johnston, C. 
Jones, John 
Jourdon, Capt. 
Judson, S. 
Kane, F. F. 
Kennon, J. W. 
Keyes, J. 
Kinney, W. 
Kinsey, E. 
Klise, J. 
Knapp, F. 
Laithe, Geo R. 
Lastrate, Louis (Might be Lastrete) 
Leaglia, A. 
Leppelman, E. 
Leslie, F. R. 
Lewis, A. 
Longsdell, J. (Might be Langsdell or Lengsdell) 
Lum, A.S. 
Macdonald, E.C. 
Mack, A.J. 
MacKenzie, R., wife and daughter 
Maloy, J. 
Manning, Mrs. 
Marachiwatti, G. 
Marsee, J. 
Mason, Jno 
May, Mrs. Mary 
McCresy, J. 
McFarlan, G. 
McGiffin, L. (Might be McGiaffin) 
McGinnis, Andrew 
McGuire, Chas 
McGuire, R. 
McKay, J. T. 
McKibben, J. C. 
McNamara, Andrew 
McPheelers, C. H. 
Meadows, G. 
Meadows, R. A. 
Meeks, W. 
Menges, A. 
Merril, T. 
Meyer, F. 
Miller, Theo 
Moffit, J. 
Monde, F. 
Moore, L. 
Moran, Martin 
Morgan, Andrew 
Morse, A. B. 
Mullins, J. 
Munson, N. 
Myers, Abram 
Nelson, Mrs. 
Newman, Saml 
Nibleck, R. C. 
O Donohue, Patk (Probably an abbreviation for Patrick) 
O Neal, J. H. (Might be O Neall) 
Ohlms, D. 
Olyphant, J. M. 
Openshaw, J. 
Otis, P. 
Ourden, J. P. 
Paige, Calvin 
Paige, T. 
Parker, R. 
Parkinson, W. H. 
Patterson, B. 
Payne, C. C. 
Perry, C. E. 
Peters, W. J. 
Phillips, R. R. 
Phyffer, P. 
Pierce, H. B. 
Polhemus, J. L. 
Popper, D. 
Porter, A. 
Price, G. 
Quimby, Mr. 
Quimby, Mrs. 
Raymond, A. 
Rexroad, E. 
Rhodes, Wm. 
Rice, T. D. 
Rickertson, Capt. B. 
Rioton, T. H. (Might be Ricton) 
Ripley, H. 
Rivers, T. 
Robertson, Mrs. 
Robinson, G.M. 
Robinson, Miss 
Robinson, Miss R.H. 
Rogers, O. 
Rosenbaum, F. 
Russell, G. J. 
Sandford, A. 
Sandford, B. R. 
Schofield, James 
Scraggs, Mrs. Julia E. 
Shafer, D. 
Shane, W. 
Shelden, H.P., Adams & Co Messenger 
Sheldon, R. 
Shufeldt, John 
Shumwap, S. W. 
Sims, Robt 
Smift, Miss E. (Possibly a typographical error. Her name follows A. Swift on the list) 
Smith, C. 
Smith, D. W. 
Smith, J. 
Smith, J. R. 
Smith, William 
Solomon, L. 
Speere, S. S. 
Stark, John 
Steel, J. 
Stein, S. 
Stewart, P. 
Stewart, P. 
Stodden, J. 
Stoors, J.T. 
Stowe, A.W. (Might be Slowe) 
Sutliff, J. (Might be Sutluff) 
Swasey, G. B. (Swasey and Swazey were listed as noted herein) 
Swazey, G. B. 
Sweeney, Rev. J. A. 
Swift, A. 
Taylor, E. D. 
Temosi, L. 
Thomas, E. S. 
Thomas, T. A. 
Thompson, A. M. 
Thompson, C. W. 
Thompson, Miss 
Thyen, J. H. 
Tieveman, A. 
Tool, J.H. 
Trimble, W.D. 
Truedell, P. 
Twist, L. F. (First initial difficult to read) 
Vail, W.D. 
Vasant, J. 
Wadham, W.L. 
Wait, Chas 
Wandell, B.B. 
Warner, J. 
Watkins, A. 
Watson, D. 
Weatherly, J. 
Weaver, E. 
Weeks, J.L. 
Weller, J. 
Westerly, A. 
White, Asa 
White, G. H. 
Whitehorn, R. L. 
Whitman, J. 
Whitney, Lyman 
Whitney, Mrs. Geo 
Whitney, Mrs. W. J., two children and two infants 
Whitney, W. J. 
Whitten, John 
Wicks, O. 
Wilder, H. (Might be Wider) 
Wilkins, J.A. 
Wilkinson, J. S. 
Willet, R. H. 
Williams, J. 
Williams, Miss M. C. 
Williston, H. C. 
Wise, R. W. 
Wise, S. H. 
Wood, G. 
Woods, Col. H. W. 
Woodward, M. 
Wooley, O. S. 
25 women, 7 children. Total 342

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.

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