Voyage to California (19) and (20) – John Jackson Lewis – January to March, 1851

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"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.


The sea smooth to day and the weather very pleasant. The only curiosity to day, worthy of notice, was the fin of a shark, projecting above the water. A more extended view, his honor would not vouchsafe us. At the noon observation we were said to be very nearly in the latitude of old Guatemala. Distance 239 miles.

The weather pleasant, and sea smooth to day. Some high peaks visible among the mountains on the coast this morning. Distance 202 miles.


During these two days the weather has been very pleasant and…

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2 comments on “Voyage to California (19) and (20) – John Jackson Lewis – January to March, 1851

  1. Judy Guion says:

    Thank you for the re-Blog, Maureen. I’m happy to share my family’s stories with your readers.


    • I’ve just embarked upon, what I hope will be my final move. I am finding it all very traumatic and today am utterly exhausted. I keep exhorting myself to keep going, but it isn’t easy. Reading my online posts has given me a lift.


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