Westerly Journies







[John L. Stephens, Dep. Panama, April 17, 1856 Arr. San Francisco, May 1, 1856, 2. PM Capt. Robert H. Pearson, Esq.]

List copied and alphabetized from imperfect microfilm image. All spellings subject to interpretation. Unreadable characters are shown in brackets.

Allen, A.T. 
Allen, J. 
Allen, L.J. 
Allen, Mr. 
Arthur, Wm. N. 
Bailey, Mrs. E. 
Baker, Mrs. J.C. 
Ball [or Bull], D.M. 
Barkhouser, H.C. 
Barnard, B. 
Barrow, Mrs. A..M. and daughter
Bartof, Mrs. A. and child
Bigger, Master 
Billings, J.H. 
Bl[ai]sdel, Mrs. S. 
Bogre, Madame
Booker, Mrs. S.  
Boyd, L.A. 
Boyd, M.D. 
Bradley, C. E. 
Brown, Mrs. R. and two children
Brown, S.J. 
Buckingham, S. 
Buel, Mrs. G.A. and two children
Bull [see Ball]
Burgess, H.S. 
Burr, J.J. 
Cameron, Jas.
Cameron, Mrs E. and three children
Carey, Mrs. M.
Carter, Chas. E. 
Carter, Jno C. 
Cealbert, Miss C. 
Chamberland, Mrs. 
Clark, Miss J.S. 
Clark, Miss S.F. 
Clark, Mrs. and child
Cohen, B. 
Coleman, Chas. 
Conlon, Mrs. E. and child
C[r]ask, Dr. [
Craven, J.H. 
Creigh, Judge 
Crown, Capt. 
Cuban[t]s, G. and lady
Daggett, Mrs. M.A. and son
Damp[?]tre, Mrs. and child
Danforth, E. 
Daniels, Mrs. M. 
De Krafft, Lt J.C., U.S.N
Depue, N. 
Dinklefield, L. 
Doble, A. and lady
Dockstatler, Mrs. M.A. 
Doggett, J.W.
Doggett, W.C. and lady
Donaldson, D. 
Dorr, R.S. 
D[zi]ck], Mr. 
Earle, Mrs. D.N. 
Ellard, Miss 
Ernst, Mrs E. and child
Evans, Mrs. D.M. 
Fay, Miss C. 
Fay, Mrs. S. 
Fernandez, M. 
Fields, Jno. 
Flagg, Jas. and Lady
Gardner, Capt. H.D. 
Garther, J.W., lady and child
Gates, Chas A. 
Geo. Kuitt
Gilmore, J. and lady
Gordon, G., lady and child
Gray, Miss E. and friend
Gray, Dr.T.V. 
Gray, Rev. W.M.
Greathouse, R. 
Green, B., lady and seven children
Greenbow, Mrs., child and svt
Gross, C. 
Gross, G. 
Guthrie, Mr., lady and two children
Haehl, J. and lady
Hall [or Hull], B.F. 
Hall, E. 
Hamer, Mrs. G.W. 
Hammond, W. and lady
Hardy, C.H. 
Harrigan, J. 
Harvey, Wm. 
Hastings, Mrs. and child
Haulstedt, Mr. 
Haven, W. 
Haxturn, Lt. M.J., U.S.N. 
Hazard, G.A. 
Heiser, Mr. 
Hendree, J.W. 
Hilton, Mrs. S. and infant
Hircher, Mr. 
Howe, G.E., lady and child
Hoyt, J.D., Lady and sister
Hoyt, Miss H. 
Hudson, C. 
Hull [see Hall]
Huestis, D. 
Humphreys, J.P. 
Hunter, Miss 
Hustin, J.W. 
Hustin, M.A.
Hutton, Mrs.
Hyers, Mrs. H. and infant
Hyers, W.  
Jenkins, Mrs. and daughter
Jerome, Isaac
Johnson, Mrs. E.J. 
Jones, Mrs. 
Jones, Mrs.  and four children
Jones, Mrs. E.  and child
King, Mrs. 
Knox, J.F. 
Ladd, W.H. 
Lamb, C. 
Lambert, Mrs. Thos. W. and child
Laraway, W. S. 
Lee, J.P. 
Lee, Mr., lady and child
Lester, Mr. and lady
Levy, B. 
Lowrey, G.W. and lady
Marsh, W.J. 
Martin, [?].M. 
Mc Creary, Miss 
McCrea, Lt. E.P., U.S.N
McCreary, A.F. and two brothers
McCreary, B 
McCreary, B.F.
McGiden, Miss S. 
McKennen, H. 
McLeod, Mrs. and child
Meper, Miss L. 
Milbouron, Madame
Milliken, D.B. 
Mitchell, H.K. 
Mitchell, Mrs. R. 
Moore, J. 
Moore, S.W. and five children
Morris, Wm. 
Morrison, J. 
Morrison, J., wife and child,
Moses. B. F. 
Murphy, Mrs. 
Murphy, Mrs. and two children
Newell, M.
Orr, Mrs. E. 
Padelford, Mrs. 
Parkell, H.H., lady and servant
Parker, Jos. 
Patterson, W.L. 
Pe[ll]e, C. 
Pepper, G. 
Pepper, W.H. 
Philips, A.H. 
Philips, Miss C.J. 
Phillips, T. 
Pierce, Capt. W. 
Pierce, J.W. 
Porter, Mrs. 
Price, J.
Price, Mrs. 
Proctor, Mr. 
Purdy, J.B. 
Ra[g]an, J.T. 
Reading, Maj. P. B., lady and svt
Rias, Mrs. and infant
Rogers, Mrs. P.E.T., infant and servant
Rosenthal, J. 
Russell, L.W. 
Russell, Mrs. 
Sabatie, Mrs. 
Schmidt, M. 
Scruggs, J. 
Seely, D.W. and lady
Shaffer,  J. 
Shields, Geo 
Shook, H. 
Slo[s]sen, E. 
Small, Mrs. 
Smith, J.T. 
Smith, Miss C. 
Smith, Mrs. and four children
Smith, R. and lady
Stackpole, C.H.
Stackpole, Mr. 
Stanley, Miss 
Storm, S.V. 
Street, J.L.
Tarise, Madame
Tew, H.W. 
Thompson, Miss 
Thompson, Mr. 
Thompson, Mr. and lady
True, J. 
Tyree, A.J. 
Van Dyke, J., lady and child
Van Vleer, Mr  and lady
Vance, Miss H. 
Vreeland, J. and son
Walker, J. lady and four children
Wallace, B. 
Waters, Capt. W.C.
Waters, H.N. 
Wells, [Mrs.] R. 
W[?]cagar], J. 
Wilbur, G.B. 
Wilder, N.C. 
Wilderspear, [?].W. 
Wilkins, W.G. and lady
Williams, E.E. 
Willis, E.P. 
Willis, R.P. 
Wilson, Mrs. 
Wilson, Mrs. 
Wilson, Mrs. and three children
Winchester, Mrs. F. 
Woosley, Miss 
Wright, J.A. 
Wright, G. 
Wright, G.B. and lady
Wright, J.N. and lady,
Yoemans, A.B. 
Zottman, H. 

--and 782 passengers in steerage.
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News Article:


Massacre of the Passengers of the Steamer Illinois


The Latest News from Nicaragua


By Freeman and and Company's Express

The Pacific Mail Steamship Company's steamer John L. Stephens, Capt. Pearson, arrived about two o'clock P.M. yesterday,--fourteen days from Panama, bringing us dates from New York to April 5th--sixteen days later; and advices from Europe to March 19th--eleven days later than previous advices. We are indebted to the Purser for the following memoranda and passenger list:


The Pacific mail steamship John L. Stephens, Robert H. Pearson, Esq., commanding, left San Francisco March 20th, with passengers, mails and treasure. Arrived at Acapulco at 11 A.M. on the 29th, and sailed for Panama at 2 P.M., where we arrived at 10 1/2 P.M. Passengers, mails and treasure all crossed the Isthmus and left Aspinwall on the 5th. The steamer America, Captain Wm. Hudson, arrived at Panama [Aspinwall] on the 5th from New York.

The Nicaragua Transit Company's steamer Cortes arrived on the evening of the 6th, having in two the clipper ship Daylight, which she brought from San Juan del Sud. Her passengers and treasure were to leave in the next mail steamers for New York and New Orleans. The Isthmus continues healthy and the railroad the entire distance is in most excellent order.

The steamship Illinois, from New York, April 5th, arrived at Aspinwall on the 15th at 8 A.M. Her passengers and mails were immediately forwarded to Panama where they arrived early in the afternoon of the same day. Every preparation had been made by the Company's agent to embark them on board the steamer [Stephens] without delay, but owing to the extreme low tide, a short detention was unavoidable, during which a quarrel arose between some steerage passengers and the natives, which very shortly became a serious riot, the natives killing and robbing the passengers. As near as can be ascertained, between forty and fifty passengers are missing, fifteen of whom are known to be killed, several others were badly wounded, and others stayed behind to take care of their friends. Fifteen wounded passengers came on board, all of whom are doing well. The steamer's way-bill and other papers were destroyed during the melee, which renders it impossible to give the names of those missing. The steamer was detained on account of that riot twenty-four hours. At the time of our leaving Panama everything was quiet,__the government forces being employed in guarding city.

Left Panama on the 12th, at 5 P.M., with 1138 passengers and 350 bags of U.S. mails. On the 20th encountered sever gale from the north, which lasted sixteen hours. Arrived at Acapulco on the 23d, at 10:30 P.M. and left at 3:30 A.M. on the 24th. Since leaving Cape St. Lucas, experienced a succession of head winds. Arrived off the Heads at 1:30 P.M. this day. During the voyage there has been very little sickness on board and no deaths.

[Passenger list appears here in article. The article continues:]

The Cortes Did not Stop at San Juan

The steamship Cortes left San Francisco at three o'clock, P.M., March 20, 1856. On the 21st at seven o'clock A.M. spoke and boarded steamship Uncle Sam, from San Juan del Sur. On the 1st of April, met the Golden Gate and was boarded by a boat from her. Same night, at nine o'clock, arrived at San Juan del Sur, but apprehending danger to the ship at that port, got under way and proceeded, with the ship Daylight in tow, to Panama, at which port arrived on the evening of the 6th of April, where the passengers (all well) would be transported to their respective destinations, by the way of Aspinwall. SAM'L LEE, Purser, Panama, April 13, 1856

Riot on the Isthmus....Fight between the Natives and Passengers...Twenty-five Americans Killed and Twenty-seven wounded

John L. Stephens
Off the Heads, May 1, 1856

EDITOR OF THE HERALD:--At 5 o'clock, P.M. April 15, a disturbance took place near the Railroad Depot Panama, between a steerage passenger and a native about ten cents. Weapons were drawn, parties took sides and it ended in a general attack by the Natives on the neighboring American Hotels and on the Depot, with machettes, clubs, stones, and fire-arms. The military were called out to quell the riot and commenced firing by volleys on the crowd of passengers in the Depot for nearly two hours. The soldiers and mob then rushed into and attacked the unresisting and wounded, plundered the dead and the living and the baggage: broke open the Railroad Company's safes.

The riot lasted till about midnight. So far as known 25 Americans are killed and 27 wounded, of whom 15 are on the J.L. Stephens, getting better. Some $20,000 worth of baggage money and valuables were plundered. The Cortes passengers (from San Juan, on the 20th of March) are at Panama. Some of them were killed or wounded. All was quiet when the J.L. Stephens left at 3 P.M. on the day following the massacre.
Your ob't serv't, Geo. Gordon

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