Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s


SS Tennessee

Arrive San Francisco

June 20, 1850
Captain Cole
From Panama


June 10, 1850, Tri Weekly Alta California, San Francisco

Arrival of the Steamer Tennessee!

Threatened Dismemberment of the Cabinet.

The steamship Tennessee, Captain Cole, arrived at her anchorage, at this port this morning, at 8 o'clock. We have received by her a portion of our correspondence, and files of papers from the United States to the 13th of May, and from Europe to the 27th of April.

The Tennessee left Panama on the 30th ult. And arrived at Acapulco on the 6th inst. She left for San Francisco on the 9th, thus running the whole distance in 18 days.

There were upwards of 2000 persons on the Isthmus (Image: Isthmus of Panama, 1800s), waiting a passage to San Francisco, when the Tennessee left.

Isthmus of Panama. 1800s.

She brings 487 passengers, 26 of whom are ladies. Three steerage passengers died on the way up: E. C. Seabrey, of Yarmouth, Me., Nathaniel Thomas, of Middleboro, Mass., and Madison Peller, of Union District, South Carolina - all under 30 years of age, and the first two married.

Among her passengers are Commodore Macaulay, U.S.N., who has been sent out, we understand, to take command of the United States squadron in the Pacific; Mrs. Albert Williams, lady of Reverend A. Williams of San Francisco; Dr. Bureaud Rofrey, a distinguished French physician; S. Staats Taylor, who comes on to establish a banking house in connection with Jaudon & Co., of New York, and four Hungarian officers, who took a prominent part in the late Hungarian insurrection.

The Steamship California left Panama on the 1st of June and reached Acapulco on the 8th inst., the day before the Tennessee left; she may therefore be expected in a day or two. The French barqueGustave with a larger number of passengers for San Francisco, also put into Acapulco on the same day. The Steamer Isthmus on her downward passage to Panama left Acapulco, three days before the Tennessee arrived there. A steamer, supposed to be the Oregon, passed the Tennessee to the northwest with top-gallant sails all set on the 11th inst., at 4 o'clock A.M.

The political news brought by the Tennessee adds but little to our previous information of the course of events at Washington. Congress is still "pursuing the even tenor of its way," doing nothing.

California has not yet been admitted into the Union and but faint hopes are entertained that she will be this session. Mr. Clay, the chairman of the Compromise Committee of thirteen, presented the report of that Committee to the Senate on the 8th of May. A brief discussion arose on its presentation, which resulted in the report and the bill founded upon it being ordered to be printed. The bill was taken up the next day, read a second time, and made the special order for Monday the 13th ult. - the day the steamer left for Chagres. There were various opinions entertained as to the chance of its success in the Senate. Some well informed persons were satisfied that it would obtain 33 or 34 votes. Conjecture, however, was quite at loss, in the event of its passage in the Senate, as to what will be its fate in the House of Representatives.

The Benton and Foote Committee, and Thomas Ewing's Committee on the Galphin claim, were shortly expected to make their reports.

A serious riot occurred at Panama, on the 23d ult., in which four men lost their lives - two natives and two Americans. The Echo gives a long account of the affair, from which we will extract tomorrow...

On the 22nd April, the steamboat Belle of the West, running from Cincinnati to St. Louis, when opposite Florence, Indiana, took fire, and was completely destroyed. She carried about 250 passengers, with a crew of forty in number. Upwards of forty persons lost their lives by the disaster.

On the 5th of May, another steamboat disaster occurred off Grand River, by the steamer Commerce, by which 38 men out of a detachment of 350 British troops were lost.

Yellow Fever at Rio Janeiro was still making great mischief. Many Americans had fallen victims. The U.S. Ship Lexington was there on the 28th of March, with most of her crew down with the epidemic. The Emperor had a severe attack. . .

"All the vessels of the Cuban Expedition have sailed and without doubt, are at this moment, hovering on the coast of Cuba! There is every reason to believe that the next advices from Havana, after the date, May 11th, will bring us news of the successful landing of the patriots, and the actual commencement of their struggle for Independence! . . .

June 11, 1850, Tri Weekly Alta California, San Francisco


The arrival of this steamer yesterday morning produced a tremendous excitement, and hundreds blocked out to her to meet friends and expected relatives. On her decks, what with very large numbers of passengers and the crowds from the shore there was the most insufferable jam we have ever mixed in for some time.

Much disappointment was manifested when it was ascertained she had no mails, but it was in a measure allayed by the knowledge that the California with any quantities of letters and newspapers might be expected in a couple of days. Every one consoled themselves with "There is a good time coming boys, wait a little longer."


Passengers by the SS Tennessee, Daily Alta California, June 20, 1850.Land in California.California History, Spanish-speaking California, miners and mariners. 
Abbott, E. N. 
Abbott, H. N. 
Abell, E. S. 
Akin, G. W. 
Aldridge, Dr. 
Allen, A. 
Allen, A. J. 
Allen, J. 
Andrews, J. H. 
Archibald, J. R. 
Archibald, P. W. 
Argo, W. 
Arter, C. M. 
Arther, J. D. 
Atwood, B. E. 
Bachelor, J. M. 
Baldwin, E. 
Barker, N. N. 
Barnes, Mrs. 
Bates, D. 
Beale, Lieut. 
Beals, H. C. 
Beatty, D. 
Bell, Mr. and Mrs. 
Bell, Mrs. 
Bernard, J. 
Berri, J. 
Berridge, J. 
Berry, Mr. and Mrs. 
Birdseye, C.G. 
Blake, J.F. 
Boudinot, W. 
Briggs, A. 
Briggs, S. 
Briggs, S. 
Brockett, G.W. 
Brooks, D. C. 
Broughton, J. 
Brown, Capt. 
Brown, E. W. 
Brown, H. 
Brown, Major 
Bryan, Judge H. 
Bryant, J. Y. (Or J. V. Bryant) 
Bryant, W. F. 
Buck, Dr. W. S. 
Buck, W. D. 
Burrington, A. 
Butterfield, S. 
Caldwell, Dr. 
Campbell, C. 
Campbell, J. C. 
Carson, Dr. 
Carville, W. 
Casement, H., Jr. 
Casson, Dr. 
Cathcart, G. L. 
Cayeloff, A. (Might be Caycloff) 
Chandler, R. 
Charnley, H. 
Chase, Major 
Chauriteau, Fred (Might be Chauritean) 
Christien, N. 
Cipher, S. 
Coayne, A. 
Cohn, H. 
Coit, W. H. 
Collier, C. W. 
Collyer, W. C. 
Cook, Capt. 
Cook, H. 
Cormick, Dr., U.S.N. 
Cowdrey, J. B. 
Crockett, Mrs. 
Cross, O. W. 
Culver, A. B. 
Cummings, Mrs. 
Curtiss, J. S. 
Dangberty, J. 
Dargin, L. W. 
Dart, W.S. 
Davis, Mr. and Mrs. 
Dean, A. H. 
Dean, J., Jr. 
Deems, L. 
Delany, Captgin (As typeset, but probably should be Captain) 
Denning, R. 
Dennison, Mrs. 
Depommier, J. 
Dexter, W. S. 
Dodge, A. 
Dods, W. B. 
Doherty, George O. (Might be George O'Doherty) 
Downing, E.W. 
Duhie, J. 
Duhie, J. j(Might be Dunie or Dubie) 
Duryee, Capt. 
Dwinelle, S.H. 
Eastard, J. 
Eddy, S. 
Edwards, H. B. 
Edwards, J. 
Edwards, J. S. 
Emorick, A. 
Empey, S. 
Esanhart, H. 
Fairbank, J. H. 
Fairbank, J. W. 
Fairchild, S. W. 
Fairfax, Count 
Farnhorn, J. (Might be Farnham or Farnhem) 
Fenwick, B. 
Ferris, R.H. 
Field, E.M. 
Fitzgerald, Jesse 
Flint, E.P. 
Foot, Col. 
Foote, Starr 
Ford, E. 
Ford, I.H. 
Fornet, Major C. 
Freeman, J. 
Freeman, J. 
French, A. 
Frost, H. 
Fuller, E.R. 
Fuller, J. 
Fulton, S. 
Fulwider, J. 
Furniss, C. 
Gale, P.T. 
Garretson, C. 
Garretson, J. 
Gates, C. C. 
George, A. J. 
Gibbs, Mrs. 
Gillespie, Mrs. D. 
Gillespie, R. D. 
Gilman, J. T. 
Glen, Capt. 
Goodman, J. H. 
Gordon, Lieut G. H., U.S.A. 
Graham, W. H. 
Green, G. T. 
Green, J. 
Grover, W. S. 
Gunnell, T. A. 
Hackett, J. H. 
Haight, H. 
Hamilton, F. 
Harris, R. R. 
Hart, G. W. 
Hart, W. 
Hathway, A. 
Hawk, H. 
Hedges, E. 
Heller, Moses 
Henderson, B. F. 
Herb, J. (Might be Herh) 
Hildreth, J. 
Hine, N. M. 
Hix, Andrew 
Hoogdon, A. P. 
Hopkins, Samuel A. 
Hopkins, W. G. 
Horna, J. 
Hoskin, T.S. 
Houghton, J. P. 
Houston, J. B. 
Hubbard, H. P. 
Hull, P.P. 
Hungerford, Dana 
Hurd, A. H. 
Hyenne, Louis (Might be Hyeune or Hyenue) 
Ingells, J. 
Inhoss, Julius 
Jackman, J. B. 
Jacks, Pulaski 
James, Col. 
Jarrell, H. C. 
Jennings, W. H. 
Jewett, E. 
Jewitt, G. D. 
Jones, L. J. 
Jones, W. C. 
Jordan, G.W. 
Karafiat, Theadore 
Keeler, E. H. 
Kelly, J. 
Kelly, W. 
Kennedy, J. 
Kerr, H. 
King, J. L. 
King, John 
Kirby, J. B. 
Kitchen, A. B. 
Kupe, Bernhart 
Laird, J. 
Lawrence, J. A. 
Lebouche, Max 
Ledovrett, J. 
Lee, G. 
Lee, T. J. 
Lehman, J. 
Levevre, J. 
Lewis, L. F. 
Lisk, E. 
Lockett, J. M. 
Lockwood, D. W. 
Loomis, (Might be Charles B. Loomis)
Loomis, H. 
Loskin, A. 
Loughi, J. 
Love, R. 
Ludwig, P. 
Lutphen, D. 
Lutz, T. 
Lyon, M. F. 
Mable, P. T. 
Macaulay, Commodore 
Manning, J. 
Marchant, F. 
Marston, Mr. and Mrs. 
Martin, J. D. 
Martin, John 
Martin, W. 
Martin, W. C. 
Mather, W. F. 
Mayler, J. 
McBridge, B. F. 
McClelland, D. 
McClelland, W. 
McClellen, S. 
McConnell, S. H. 
McDurmut, David A. 
McGary, Edward 
McGregor, J. 
McIlvaine, A. 
McIlvaine, H. 
McIlvaine, I. L. 
McIlvaine, W. 
McKinstrey, J. E. 
Merrill, A. P. 
Meyer, M. H. 
Miller, F. 
Montgomery, C. 
Morcom, E. 
Morgan, H. P. 
Morony, J. C. 
Morrell, C. 
Morril, D. (Might be Morrin or Morrill) 
Morse, Dr. 
Morse, I. H. 
Morzenthau, M. 
Mosher, H. 
Moulder, A. J. 
Moulton, J. H. 
Mount, C.E. 
Mourse, Wm. And Bro. 
Mowrey, C. 
Mudge, T. A. 
Nash, J. W. 
Nichols, A. C. 
Nickilis, (Might be Nickihs or Nicklhs) 
Norwood, C. 
Nott, Dr. 
Nyr, Mr. and Mrs. and child 
Page, F. W. 
Parry, J. 
Pascal, Dr. P. 
Patten, H. 
Payerriere, J. 
Pearce, L. K. 
Perkins, S. 
Peterson, J. P. 
Phillips, W. W. 
Plaisted, E. 
Polack, Leopold 
Poole, T. P. 
Porter, 2 Misses (Correct. Listed as 2 Misses Porter) 
Post, J. A. 
Potter, J.C. 
Price, Lieut., U.S.N. 
Quinn, Captain 
Rambauer, T. 
Randall, S. 
Randolph, Mrs. and servant 
Randolph, W. F. 
Rankin, J. 
Ray, J.H. 
Raymond, A. C. 
Raymond, C. H. 
Raymond, T. 
Read, H. 
Read, J. 
Reed, L. F. 
Reynolds, R. L. 
Rheen, J. H. 
Riley, G. 
Riofrey, B. G. and son 
Robertson, D. M. 
Robinson, A. 
Rockwell, J. 
Root, W. A. 
Ross, J. M. D. 
Rowe, Mrs. 
Russell, Mr. and Mrs. 
Sampson, P. H. 
Sanders, Judge 
Sanger, W. P. 
Saunders, J. H. 
Sawin, Mrs. 
Sawyer, W. 
Sewell, L. R. 
Seybert, J. 
Seymore, W. 
Shaw, R. G. 
Shelley, J. Q. 
Sigler, R. 
Simmons, Capt. B. 
Simmons, Capt. N. P. 
Simmons, G. W. 
Sisson, D. 
Skeggs, J. L. 
Smart, W. 
Smith, J. P. 
Smith, Mr. and Mrs. 
Snow, J. 
Soule, J. 
Sparks, J. 
Sparr, O.M. 
Spear, G. 
Spear, J. 
Spear, T. 
Squire, J. Hopkins (Listed as J. Hopkins Squire) 
Stanley, H. A. 
Stealey, G. 
Stearns, G. H. 
Stephenson, D. 
Stow, E. 
Swarts, W. 
Swetland, C. 
Swett, I. W. 
Syles, C. S. 
Tallmadge, D. P. 
Tannahill, J. 
Tate, D. 
Taylor, Knowles and son 
Taylor, P. 
Taylor, S. S. 
Thomas, E. 
Tilden, A.W. 
Titcomb, J. H. 
Treadwell, J. P. 
Van Gulpin, Mr. and Mrs. 
Walker, J. T. 
Wamball, S. 
Wentworth, W. 
West, G. 
Weston, D., Jr. 
Wethered, Hon. John and servant 
Weyld, J. 
Wheeler, C. T. 
Wheeler, D. 
Wheelock, A. G. 
Whitmore, F. M. 
Wilcox, R. W. 
Williams, H. W. 
Williams, L. 
Williams, Mrs. 
Williams, Mrs. A. and two children 
Wills, Mrs. 
Wilson, H. T. 
Wood, Col. 
Wood, W. W. 
Woods, H. A. 
Woods, R. P. 
Worthley, S. 
Wright, C. A. 
Wright, H. 
Wyley, C. D. 
Wyman, J. E. 
Wynans, Raymond 
Young, J.
Young, W.
Young, W.
Zimmerman, Levi


July 1, 1850, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

$100 REWARD -- Lost from the steamer Tennessee, on her late voyage from Panama to this port, the following articles of baggage, viz: one trunk, marked Edmund Randolph, San Francisco; one trunk, marked Mrs. Wills, and one large black trunk, marked on the top Dr. Nott, and on the end W. Walker.

Also, one bundle containint bedding and a lady's dark blue saddle cloth. Also, one India rubber carpet bag, containing books and papers. The first named of these trunks contains some daguerreotypes and a small lot of family silver, both of which are highly valued by the owner. The two remaining trunks contain effects and papers, the loss of which while they greatly embarrass the losers, are of no use to the holders.

The above reward will be paid for the whole or a proportion for my part thereof. Apply to Mr. Parker, St. Francis Hotel.

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