Voyage to California (24) – John Jackson Lewis – January to March, 1851

An aspect of family history that is granted to few of us; all the more reason for readers to take advantage of the unique opportunity afforded in these posts – and a big thank you to Judy Guion for making it possible.

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

(1) John Jackson Lewis, (2) Edith May (Lewis) Rider, (3) Marian Faith (Rider) Irwin, (4) Marian Dunlap (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.


To- day there was such a general washing and cleaning up that I lay in my berth most of the day to be out of the way.  A portion of the crew were busy lowering yards and making other preparations for crossing the mouth of the Gulf of California, where rough water is occasionally experienced.  The wind blows quite fresh this evening.  Some kinds of provisions are becoming scarce on board and we have less variety on the steerage table than formerly.  There is consequently some complaint among the passengers.  Distance 205 miles.

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2 comments on “Voyage to California (24) – John Jackson Lewis – January to March, 1851

  1. Judy Guion says:

    Maureen – Thank you for sharing my post about John Jackson Lewis and his trip to California. I’m pleased that you want to spread his story farther than I could.


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