This regular post about a single family with many links to the family tree is as fascinating an unscrolling of history as it is compulsive reading.
(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.
Wind pretty high, the sea rough, and I see-sick and lying in bed most of the day. At one time, while leaning over the guards, I saw a number of very pretty little rainbows in the spray thrown up in front of the wheel. Distance 234 miles.
This morning, the wind was blowing quite a gale, and the sea pretty rough: – as a consequence, I have suffered pretty severely from sea-sickness nearly all day, and remained in bed a good deal of the time. While on deck this morning, I witnessed…
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