Voyage to California (26) – John Jackson Lewis – January to March, 1851

Not difficult to feel yourself there, on the ship, more than a hundred years ago. Exciting stuff indeed,

"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.


Cape St. Lucas in sight this morning, weather clear and cool so that a cloth coat could be borne very comfortably all day.  Nearest land at noon, Cape St. Lucas, distant 28 miles.  Distance sales 218 miles.


Weather clear again this morning, but cool enough to make a coat quite comfortable all day.  The wind is fresh, bracing and invigorating, and makes me feel more like myself again.  Cape St. Lucas has been in sight most of the day, distance at noon 28 miles.  Distance accomplished 218 miles.  Something new introduced into…

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2 comments on “Voyage to California (26) – John Jackson Lewis – January to March, 1851

  1. Judy Guion says:

    Maureen – Thank you for sharing this story of my great-great-grandfather and his wild adventure.


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