Voyage to California (14) – John Jackson Lewis – January to March, 1851

Another fascinating read for the keen amateur historian

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

(1) John Jackson Lewis, (2) Edith May (Lewis) Rider, (3) Marian Faith (Rider) Irwin, (4) Marian Dunlop (Irwin) Guion, (5) Judith Anne Guion.

The following are transcriptions of John Jackson Lewis’s diary and journal of his voyage to California in 1851. He was travelling  from New York to visit his older brother William in San Jose.


This morning we found that the captains and agents of the several steamers advertised, had combined to keep up the price of passage and we were refused our tickets at the stipulated price. A little fuss was made, and some high sounding words spoken, but no beneficial results followed. The Tennessee, New Orleans, and Antelope are all advertised to sail tomorrow. I and two others took a walk on the beach this morning. We saw a number of beautiful shells, and the remains of a young shark that had been washed up by…

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2 comments on “Voyage to California (14) – John Jackson Lewis – January to March, 1851

  1. Judy Guion says:

    Maureen, Thanks for the re-Blog. I just love it when I can read the story of an individual’s journey through a period of history. I’m happy to share my family’s stories with your readers also.


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