Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s

SS Sierra Nevada

January 4, 1856
Captain James H. Blethen
From San Juan del Sud, Nicaragua


Friday Morning, January 4, 1856, Daily Alta California, San Francisco



Steamer Sierra Nevada, Blethen, from San Juan del Sud; mdse and passengers to C. K. Garrison.

Arrival of the Sierra Nevada

No Message and no Speaker Yet!
By Pacific Express Company

The steamer Sierra Nevada arrived from San Juan del Sud this morning between twelve and one o'clock. The following is her memoranda and list of passengers.


Steamship Sierra Nevada, J. H. Blethen, Esq. , commander, sailed from San Francisco Dec 5th, at 2:30 P. M., for San Juan; 12th, at 9 A. M., stopped at Manzanillo, sailed at 10:30 A. M.; arrived at San Juan 17th, at 8 A. M.; sailed from San Juan 22d Dec. at 1 P. M., with 315 passengers, 60 of whom are ladies and 20 children -- all well. 27th passed steamers Sonora and Cortes bound down; at 4 P. M. , 235 miles to northward of Acapulco, spoke U. S. steamship Massachusetts, bound for San Francisco -- all well. Stopped at Manzanillo at 12M., and sailed at 1:30 A. M. 3d inst. , at 1 P. M., spoke steamer Sea Bird.

The Isthmus is entirely healthy, and the crossing in good condition. The company have now finished the wharf at Virgin Bay. The steamers land and embark passengers from it. The great inconvenience of transferring passengers from the shore to the steamers in small boats is now entirely done away. Nicaragua is quiet. I have to record the death of Mrs. M. Jewett of New York. She died 28th Dec., at 10:30 A. M.  

Sierra Nevada arrived at 1 A. M. this morning.

By the Sierra Nevada, we have New York papers to the 10th December, three days later than were previously received, and New Orleans papers of the 12th.  

EXTRA MAIL FOR CALIFORNIA. -- An extra mail for California and Oregon was to be dispatched by the steamship St. Louis, to leave Norfolk on the 13th of Dec. with the Ninth Regiment of U. S. Infantry. Connection was to be made at Panama with the steamship Oregon, and also an extra steamer, both of which leave immediately for San Francisco and Oregon.  


The New York Herald of the 10th says:--

Vigorous opposition and low rates is again the order of the day of the rival lines to California. It is understood that the agreement recently made between the two companies has ceased to exist, and that the Panama Company are now determined to carry the passengers, and submit to no compromise. We advise all Californians to avail themselves of the opportunity now offered for procuring a passage for comparatively nothing.

January 7, 1856, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

Just received per steamer Sierra Nevada,

Set with Pearls

With Pearls

Fine Garnet Ear-Rings,
Richly Set with Pearls.

Together with many other New and Rare articles of the Latest Style and Pattern.

No. 28 Montgomery street, corner California


Merchandise and passengers to C. K. Garrison


Alhofe, J.
Alhofe, M. , and wife 
Allen, M. and wife
Allen, Mr. And wife
Angel, Dr. E. C. , wife and sister (Surname difficult to read. )
Arwin, T.
Baker, Mrs.
Balm, L. E. , wife and child
Barber, A.
Baxter, A. J.
Beach, C. L. , wife and child
Becker, S. and wife
Bellison, E. and wife
Bradbury, A. J.
Bradley, J. and wife
Brady, M. D. and wife
Broodway, A. M.
Brown, J. P.
Buonside, R. H.
Burton, C.
Carpentier, Gen. H. W.
Carthright, A. B. , wife, mother and child
Chapin, O. , wife and child
Clung, J. M.
Coleman, D. H.
Combs, Hon. T. M.
Cordu, Mrs. and four children
Dartmund, Mrs. and two children
Dennis, Mr. and wife
Dickey, M.
Donohu, W. W. (Correct. May be Donohue. )
Dunn, J.
Edgar, Miss
Ellen, Mrs.
Ellis, A. D.
Eunn, J.
Fallen, Mrs. R.
Felch, M. P.
Felch, W. A.
Ferlocku, M.
Fisher, R.
Folson, O.
Foot, Dr. E. , wife and two children
Forty, A. J.
Gilbert, T. A.
Goddard, Mrs. C. R. and child
Green, E. S.
Guevren, L. and wife
Haringer, J. and wife
Harrington, B. S.
Harrington, Mrs. and child
Hart, Mrs. M. and child
Harvy, G. N. , Wells, Fargo & Co. Mess.
Head, D.
Hiedman, P. and wife
Higgins, J. N. and child
Hitchcock, A.
Hoage, B.
Hoage, Miss S.
Hoage, R.
Hoage, S. , wife and three children
Hoage, Mrs. S.
Hopkins, C. S. , wife and child
Hughes, Thos. And wife
Hun, F. H.
Inge, J.
Jackson, J. and wife
Jaret, E. , wife and child
Johnson, O.
Keenan, P.
Kelley, Miss M.
Kennedy, Miss J.
Kennedy, Miss R.
Kennedy, Mrs. E.
Kennedy, P. J.
Knight, C. C.
Labowdette, A.
Labowdette, G.
Lewis, J. and wife
Lewis, Miss J.
Lind, A. O.
Loerison, S. A.
Loop, S. J.
Lynch, C.
Mahon, J. and wife
Martin, O.
Masters, W. J.
Mathis, E. A. (Surname might be Mathia or other. )
McFarland, P.
Melbourn, G.
Moage, M. and wife
More, A. P.
More, P. A.
Morgan, C.
Mose, Miss
Mrs. S. English
Nehl, Miss H.
Nelson, A. , wife and two children
Nelson, O.
Nichols, S.
Nichols, S.
Nooman, M.
Nutt, Miss A.
Paymlee, A. H.
Pelham, N.
Philbrook, S. S.
Prescott, S. B.
Ramsgate, H. J. (Might be R. H. Ramsgate)
Reily, G. and wife
Relten, G.
Richards, M. and wife
Riker, Mrs. A.
Roberts, W. R.
Shaw, O. B.
Shaw, S. S.
Showmaker, C.
Smith, E. B.
Smith, J.
Smith, L.
Smith, L. and wife
Sortee, J. and wife
Tanguay, Miss J.
Taylor, R. D.
Torony, T. D.
Trapadeau, J.
Watkins, J. , wife and child
Webb, Mr. and wife
Willard, M.
Williams, G. B. , wife and child
Williams, Mrs.
Williams, Mrs. M.
Wilson, J.
Wince & Co. , Mess.
and 200 in the steerage.

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