Passenger List - Ship Iowa
As shown by the first page of it's passenger list (left), the Ship Iowa left
from Havre, France and sailed to New York City, arriving on September 1, 1840.
Typically, such a voyage took thirty to fifty days depending on winds and weather.  Note
that the names of the Peter Meyer (spelled Mayer in the list) and his family appear on the first
page, along with those of Peter Hahn and his family.  Both families settled in Sheldon,
though the Hahn family later moved to Buffalo.  The Thanisch family is listed on page five
Sailing Ship Iowa|
Passenger List - Page 1
On this voyage, the Iowa carried 351 passengers, of which 31 occupied cabins and 320 traveled
in steerage.  Only well-to-do passengers could afford cabins, which were located on the
quarter deck and which provided reasonably comfortable accommodations.  Most families,
however, traveled in steerage, located on one or more decks below the main deck.
Steerage generally provided minimal accommodations, including wooden bunk beds, a few
toilets, no privacy and poor food.  Bunk beds were stacked two or three high along the
hull, while the middle of the deck was variously used for luggage, cooking, eating and other
activities.  Lack of sufficient toilet facilities, sea sickness and putrid air made the voyage
extremely unpleasant.  Such were the conditions our ancestors endured to start their new
The Meyer and Thanisch families traveled in steerage.  Enlarged images of their entries are
Mayer Family - Page 1
This detail from page 1 of the passenger list shows the family of Peter Mayer, ancestor of the
Meyer family of Sheldon, New York and surrounding area.  Peter and Mary traveled with
seven children: Maria, Peter, Catharina, Nicolas, Michel, Maria, Jacob and Magdelaine.
Note the unusual spelling for the some names on the list.
Thanisch Family - Page 5
This detail from page 5 of the passenger list shows Johan Thanisch, ancestor of the Tharnish
family of Bennington, New York and surrounding area.  Johann traveled with his mother,
Lucia Ketter, who is listed under her maiden name.
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