(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.
There was a heavy fog during the night and the vessel was stopped for a time, for fear of getting aground on some of the numerous islands or rocky shoals in the vicinity. The weather to day is cloudy, cold and disagreeable. We have been sailing near the coast to day. Some of the mountains, inland, appear to be covered with heavy timber; the hills near the shore with grass or wild oats. There is a very perceptible improvement in our fare to day. Distance from San Francisco, noon, 195 mi., Distance sailed 210 mi.
This morning a heavy fog obliged the vessel to lie to for a while before daylight, and the day continued for the most part cloudy, cold and disagreeable. The hills near the coast appear to be covered with grass, and at a considerable distance inland we can distinguish forests of trees on the mountains. Distance to-day 210 miles; distance from San Francisco,195. We passed between some islands and the coast to-day. They appear to partake of the character of the coast, being rocky, rugged and hilly.
Tomorrow I’ll post another segment about My Ancestors. This one is about Alfred Beck Guion, son of the Rev. Elijah and Clara Maria de los Dolores Marina de Beck Guion.
Next week, a week of posts from Reminiscences of Alfred D Guion, Grandpa’s story in his own words from the beginning.