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Death Aboard Ship from New Orleans
Posted by: karen mohr (ID *****4676) Date: October 21, 2003 at 19:43:04
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An old letter from 1849 has come to light, about my ancestor Isaac DONSHEA and his family who sailed from the port of New Orleans on September 6, 1849. The letter, dated Oct. 20, 1849 from Acapulco, Mexico, reveals that Isaac DONSHEA became ill on the voyage (presumably to California) and died only 10 days later, on September 17, 1849. The author was a fellow passenger. He also mentions a letter from Panama. Many of the words are unfortunately illegible. I'd be grateful for info or advice on how I can find any information about this voyage, Isaac DONSHEA's death, his burial location, his family and the ship. Also, which port would the ship from New Orleans have been closest to on the 10th day of its journey? Does anyone know where / how I can find this information? Thank you so much for any information or advice! Karen Mohr, mohr@buffnet.net


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