Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s SS Brother Jonathan
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Arrive San Francisco

August 16, 1853 
Captain Baldwin 
From San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua


16 days from San Juan. 

Tuesday, August 16, 1853, The Daily Alta California, San Francisco

From the Atlantic States and Europe.
Opening of the Crystal Palace Interesting Foreign and Domestic matters

The Nicaragua steamer Brother Jonathan, Capt. Baldwin, arrived this morning, 13 days from San Juan del Sud, with passengers and express matter twenty-six and a half days from New York!

The following is the memoranda of her trip, furnished us by the Purser:
The steamer Brother Jonathan, G. H. Baldwin, Commander, arrived this morning, 13 days from San Juan del Sud, and 26 days from New York.

Nicaragua - Panoramic Map

August 10th, 3 P.M. saw an American ship twenty miles off cape ST. Lucas bound to the southward, too far distant to make out her name. August 15th, 12 ( )M. off Point Eseres ( ) passed steamer Goliah, bound to San Diego. The B. J. has experienced head winds with a heavy sea all the way from Cape San Lucas.

Passengers per steamer Brother Jonathan, hence for New York, crossed the Isthmus from steamer to steamer in 36 hours. The macadamized road is in most excellent order; the passengers crossed the 12 miles in two hours.

Our dates from New York are to the 20th, and from New Orleans to the 22nd. Adams & Co. were the first to supply us with papers. We have to thank the Wells, Fargo & Co., and Gregory and Bedford for favors.

F.C. Gray, Esq., formerly Alderman of this city, committed suicide on the 16th of July, in Westchester county, New York.

Walker Fearn, of Mobile, has been appointed Secretary of Legation to Brussels.

The Indians have been very troublesome of late about the falls of St. Anthony. The Sioux and Chippeways are at war, and never let any opportunity slip of attacking each other.


Bailey, Mrs. Mary and child
Baker, A. W. 
Baker, E. N. 
Bates, J. S. 
Bevins, John
Blumenthal, A. 
Blynn, Patrick
Boyle, Morris
Brown, J. and Brown, L
Brown, Mr. and wife
Byrns (Byrne), P. O. 
Byron, J. B. 
Calloway, J., wife and two children
Carlow, Mrs. R. 
Carrington, F. A. 
Carter, Chas. 
Cody, M. 
Cody, Miss M. 
Cohen, D. 
Colburn, Mrs. S. and servant
Collins, Miss Ann
Daniels, David
De Courcy, Dildreth (entry not clear) 
Dildreth, De Courcy (entry not clear) 
Dimon, James
Drews, L. wife and child
Dunning, Mrs. 
Edson, Daniel
Edson, Henry
Evans, W. 
Ewing, R. E. 
Fell, W. and wife
Fleisman, B. 
Fleshman, B. 
Francis, A. 
Frankman, S. A. 
Fuller, Chas. 
Gallagher, E. B. 
Gallagher, James
Gallagher, Miss Ann
Garland, Mrs. Harriet
Gassart, W. 
Glauber, H. 
Grant, Mrs. and sons
Hicks, J. 
Hinton, J. 
Johnson, G. S. 
Jones, S. D. 
Jones, W. H. 
Keadle, G. 
Kennedy, Mary
King, A. 
Linsey, J. wife and three daughters
Lithaner, J. L. 
Lombard, Mrs. 
Lynch, Thos. 
Mathias, L. 
Maxfield, W. C. 
McAlein, R. 
McColgan, J. 
McGenney (McGeeney, McGeaney), D. N. 
Meyer, D. and wife
Meyer, Weo W ( )
Moll, Mrs. and child
Moorehead, R. 
Morgan, A. G. 
Munroe, J. B. 
Murphy, G. 
Murphy, W. 
Neutzel, Chas. 
O Grady, Denis
Reinstein, L. 
Richardson, E. H. 
Rickman, Mrs. 
Riefer, J. 
Rogers, W. A. 
Rose, Mrs. and child
Rynn (Ryan), Miss Bridget
Sands, Ann
Santon (Santos), W. M. 
Sawyer, J. 
Sheppard, C. L. 
Smith, Mrs. and child
Snead, T., wife and child
Solomon, D. and servant
Spencer, J. 
Stiles, R. 
Sutter, J. N. and dog
Suttle, G. H. 
Sweetland, B. R. 
Thornton, A. 
Umy, W. S. 
Valentine, Mrs. L. and child
Van Streetan, B. 
Weisner, Mrs. Mary
114 others Total, 229 passengers; 49 women 19 children.

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