Passengers at the Port of San Francisco: 1800s

SS California

Arrive San Francisco

July 7, 1853
SS California
Captain R.L. Whiting
From Panama


Daily Alta California, July 8, 1853
Ten Days Later by Telegraph

The P.M.S. Co.’s steamer California, Captain Whiting, arrived yesterday morning from Panama, with mails and passengers that left New York on the 6th ult.

The names of the passengers by the California will be found in another column.

The steamer California, with the regular mails of June 6th from New York, left Panama on the 20th ult., at 3-1/2 P.M., arriving at Acapulco on the 27th at 7-1/2 A.M., and left at 3-1/4 P.M. Arrived at San Diego July 4th, at 2 P.M., and left at 6 P.M. Arrived at Monterey 6th, at 4 P.M., and left at 4:40. On the 26th, south of Acapulco, passed steamer Golden Gate, bound down. Left at Panama, steamers Cortes, Isthmus and Republic; the former to leave for San Juan, in the Nicaragua Line, on the 21st inst.

The news by telegraph from New York is to the 13th ult.
Via Acapulco, dates are received from New Orleans to the 14th of June, and from New York per telegraph to the 13th. By the latter the arrival of the Pacific at New York is announced, with dates to June 1st. We believe this the shortest time yet made from the East to San Francisco.

Our supplies of papers were received in the following order: Wells, Fargo & Co., Berford & Co., Adams & Co. To the latter we are indebted for correspondence and private dispatches.

We have again to thank Purser Isaacs of the California for his extreme attention and assiduous efforts in behalf of this office. To this gentleman our readers are indebted for the later New York telegraphic news procured at Acapulco.

This news was brought by the steamer Texas, to Vera Cruz; having left New Orleans on the 14th June, arriving at Vera Cruz on the 18th. It came across Mexico in the Courier’s bag, reaching Acapulco on the 26th, the evening before the California touched in.


Dates from Panama by the California are to the 20th ultimo.

The roads across the Isthmus are undergoing extensive repairs. A loan of $30,000 has been raised by the government, and the Governor himself had left Panama with a large detachment of laborers. The passengers of the Union and Georgia, and among them many ladies, rode from Cruces to Panama in five hours, and no detention of baggage. The large number of 200 mail bags reached Panama in 30 hours from Aspinwall. The entire repair of the road has been guaranteed by the government on the 1st of August. Already some of the worst spots are repaired the balance of the road will be put in order as fast as men can be had to work. A contract has been entered into with Mr. Edward Allen, to put a part of the road at this end in proper order, which we presume will meet with strict attention.

The Panama Star of the 20th says:

We learn with much pleasure, of the progression of Aspinwall. Within the past three months, no less than twenty-seven houses have been built in that city. The natives and foreigners are living in the greatest harmony business is tolerably good, the city looks prosperous and respectable, excellent police arrangements are in force, and all are satisfied with their present government regulations.

To add to this, Aspinwall now boasts of a considerably influx of the fair sex, and at a Ball given to his Excellency whilst there, no less than twenty-two ladies, foreigners and natives were present, and several others were expected, but were unable to attend.


The news by the California is quite important. The main feature appears to be the ordering of a detachment of American troops to take possession of the Mesilla Valley, and lively apprehensions are felt, and with good cause, that a war will be the consequence. It is not likely now that the administration will recede, and the Mexicans are determined to fight rather than yield the valley, as may be seen by reference to the Mexican news. Their statesmen committed themselves completely when it was reported several weeks since that the United States had abandoned her claim, although they appeared to be determined before.

The territory in question is a worthless little spot about thirty miles square, not worth half the cost of sending a detachment of troops to take possession of it. By the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the Boundary Commission was to be guided by Disturnell’s map; but on examination it appeared that Disturnell’s map was incorrect, and that El Paso is about 30 miles further south than had been supposed. Commissioner Bartlett and the Mexican Commissioners agreed upon following the map, incorrect as it was. The other American Commissioners dissented, and the troops directed to take possession are to hold the territory until it may be decided unto whom the valley may belong.

But General Trias already has possession, claims it as Mexican soil, and threatens destruction to the rapacious Northerner who may venture to place foot upon it.


Among the cargo were new books, which were sold through LeCount & Strong and Cooke, Kenny & Co. They included Poems, by Alexander Smith; Wild Jack; or, The Stolen Child by Caroline Lee Hentz; American Game In Its Season, by Henry Wm. Herbert, author of Frank Forrester’s field Sports, etc.; The Race for Riches, and some of the Pits into which the Runners fall,, by Wm. Arnot; The Slave Trade, Domestic and Foreign. Why it exists, and how it may be extinguished. by H.C. Carey; the Forth British Review, Edinburgh Review,, and a new supply of Harper’s Magazine for June. Also:

Messrs. J. G. Wyman & Companys

Newest and Most Fasionable Styles
Just received,

Through in Thirty Days!
Adams & Co.’s Express
at the new store of
No. 151 Montgomery St.,
Naglee’s Building between Clay and Merchant Streets.


Abraham, W.
Ackerman, C., wife and two boys
Anderson, James
Aransibo, J.
Augustus, C.
Baker, L.
Baker, Mrs. and child
Bartlett, N.
Barton, Wm.
Batta, M.
Bawley, Y.
Bishop, A.
Bishop, P.
Blake, J.
Blake, W., U.S.A.
Bleyhoff, W.
Blythe, J.
Boyce, W.
Brainard, Mrs.
Brainard, W.
Brennan, Mrs. , child and servant
Broker, C. (Might be C. Breker)
Brown, Mrs.
Brown, P. and wife
Brown, P.O.
Bumbleton, H.
Burrell, Miss
Burton, Jas.
Caffran, C.
Caffray, Miss
Camden, R.
Coffin, Mrs.
Coffin. A.
Corzett, A.
Corzett, G. (Difficult to read. Looks like Cornet and with a missing letter. Given that it s followed by Corzett, presumably it s the same)
Curtis, James
Datrich, S. (Might be S. Ditrich or S. Detrich)
Dauber, J.
Davenport, B.
Davidson, C.
Davidson, J.
Davis, T.
Delgear, C.
Delgear, M.
Deloring, Mr.
Dickson, H.
Dillon, J.
Dirks, L., wife and two infants
Donahue, Mr.
Donnelly, M.
Doty, J.B.
Dunlap, J.
Englander, A.
Euelle, Mrs. (Might be Mrs. Euslie or Mrs. Euclie)
Farewell, W.
Flover, B.
Flynn, G.
Flynn, Mary and two infants
Fodlansbeee, S. (Might be Fodansbee or Fodanobee. Difficult to read.)
Fowler, Mrs. and child
Fowler, R.
Gardner, N.
Gary, W.
Gerebler, S.
Gesell, J.
Giffing, I.
Gondman, H. (Might be Gonelman or Goneman)
Grant, Geo.
Grant, Mrs. (two Mrs. Grants are listed)
Grant, Mrs.
Grass, G.
Hallock, J. (Middle initial difficult to read. May be "Y")
Ham, Wm.
Hare, A.
Harm, C.
Harrison, G.
Hauchett, Mrs.
Hecker, B.
Hedyan, J.
Hesser, M.
Hessor, F.
Heuston, H.
Heuston, J.
Higgins, Mrs.
Higgins, Sam
Hill, Jas
Hock, A.
Hockstador, J.
Hofmirs, Mrs.
Hogan, Ed
Horton, F.
Houck, L.
Howard, George
Howard, Hon. Volney
Howell, A.
Humelman, D.
Israel, Sam
Jackson, A.
Jackson, C.
Jackson, F.
Jamison, A.
Johnson, H.
Karylunan, S.
Kegg, Mrs.
Kegg, Tras
Kelly, J.
Kelly, M.
Kelly, Mary
Kick, J.
Kick, Mrs.
Kick, T.
Knapp, Mrs.
Kneeland, G.
Koller, F.D. (Might be Kohler, Kobler or other variation.)
La Frank, P.
Labin, Thos.
Lands, G.W.
Lands, J.
Lands, R.
Lewis, C.
Liscom, Chs
Loring, Mr. and Mrs.
Loring, Mrs.
Lowell, Mrs.
Lowell, N.
Ludeke, C.
Ludwig, J.
Maloy, J.
Manor, F.A.
Marks, H.
Marsh, J.
Martin, N. (Might be N. Marvin)
Mason, Col. J.
Mason, W.M.
McDonald, J.
McDonough, J.
McEntosh, J.
McFlerr, H.
McGrath, Miss
McGray, M.
McGurns, B.
McGurns, J.
McKee, J.
McLaughlin, C.
McMinn, M.
McMinn, Miss A.
McMinn, Miss J.
McNam, Mr. and wife
McVenuas, Stockuall, J. (Might be J. Stockuail)
Michell, D.
Mittuyer, F.
Morrison, P.
Murdock, J.
Musits, A.
Myer, F.
Navarro, A.
Neal, H.O. (Might be H. O Neal)
Nichol, J.
Niel, A.
Niel, M.
Norris. J.
O Donnell, G.
O Keefe, M.
Osgood, C.
Palcolles, M.
Pape, Capt. (Pape difficult to read and may have another letter, such as Papel)
Pardee, Col.
Parphinet, S.
Pasy, I.
Patterson, T.
Peabody, J.
Peabody, Jno
Pearce, George
Pearce, Miss
Pembroke, J.
Perine, L.
Petoris, J.
Petoris, Mrs.
Pick, Mr. and Mrs. and two children
Pick, S.
Pilsbury, L.
Pohl, A.
Pratt, T.
Redflald, Joel
Reso, N.
Ridder, W.
Roberts, Hy
Roberts, Jno.
Roberts, Jrs.
Rochester, N.W.
Rodgers, Mr.
Scott, Chas.
Scott, W.S.
Seaman, G.
Sepplan, M.
Shannon, O.
Shay, S.
Sherwood, W. (The Alta spells this Sherwoood presumably a typographical error)
Shotwell, B.
Simmons, Mrs.
Slam, C. (Might be C. Stam or C. Sam or C. Siam)
Smith, A.
Smith, H.
Smith, Mrs.
Snow, Mrs.
Snow, S.
Sordurfroy, H.
Spring, D.
Starniels, Jno.
Stevens, C.
Storres, A.
Storrs, W.
Strong, Jacob
Strong, Robt.
Strong, Sam l
Sturgeon, C.
Swain, Wm. ("S" of last name missing, but Swains are on other passenger lists)
Taggart, Miss
Taylor, Mrs.
Thayer, C. and son (Is this the C. Thayer of the ship C.A. Thayer at The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park )
Titus, Mr.
Tolley, Jas
Tudbush, J.
Vandewater, Mrs.
Wagner, J.
Wagner, Miss
Wagner, Mrs.
Weadon, Col. Chas.
Weaver, E.
Weaver, O.
Weber, A.
Weman, W.
White, Jas.
Whitman, Mrs. E.
Wilcox, James
Wilcox, Mrs.
Williams, H.
Willis, Mrs.
Willis, W.R.
Winslow, C.
Woodruff, A.
Woolsey, Mrs. and Mrs.
Wyieman, Mrs.

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