In search of Passenger list of the ship Napoleon leaving Liverpool in May 1839 arriving Quebec in June

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Hi - my 2nd Great Grandfather, James Patton, is reported to have arrived in Quebec on the 9 Jun 1839 on the ship Napolean which left Liverpool on 11 or 12 May 1839. I can't locate a passenger list but would like to confirm it and to determine who James was traveling with since he was only 10 years old at the time. Nothing is known about James by any source I can find before he arrived in Canada. He is believed to have been born in Ireland. Any help would be appreciated.
WikiTree profile: James Patton
in Genealogy Help by Stuart McCormick G2G3 (3.5k points)
I have discovered a lot about [[ Patton-6253 | James Patton]] since I posted this question, including: where he was from (Clones, County Monaghan, Ireland), who his father was ([[Patton-6431 | James Patton]]), probably who his mother was (Sarah Armstrong) and some of his siblings. Still no luck on the transport to Canada but lots more threads to pull now. Any help appreciated.

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You may be able to locate some information (or a lead) regarding the Vessel & Passengers of the "Napoleon" on the following link.

Good Luck!

~Brian Kerr
by Living Kerr G2G6 Pilot (311k points)
selected by Living Kerr
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The  National Museums-Liverpool Website has an article on passenger lists at

It says, in part:

Britain made no attempt to record its emigrants or other passengers during the 19th century. The National Archives (PRO) holds some record of aliens arriving in British ports, from the late 18th century onwards amongst its Home Office records, eg HO 3 contains returns of alien passengers made under the Aliens Act, 1836, by masters for voyages made between 1836-1869 (except 1861-1866). Another possible source of information could be the passenger lists of HM steam packets carrying passengers to, from and within the Mediterranean area, 1831 to 1834 (ADM 30/35). (For further information consult the National Archives leaflet, Passenger Lists Domestic Records Information 56 available on line at

Most records of passengers leaving the UK have not survived or are hidden amongst records of colonial departments. For example, registers of passengers travelling to New England, Barbados and other colonies for 1634-1649 and 1677, can be found in the Exchequer: King's Remembrance: Registers of Licences to pass beyond the seas (E 157). Passenger lists for America in the 1630s can be found in Colonial Office records (CO 1), which also includes registers of cabin passengers emigrating with the New Zealand Company, 1839-1850 (CO 208). (See the National Archives leaflet, Passenger Lists Domestic Records Information 56 available on line at

by George Fulton G2G6 Pilot (499k points)
Thanks George. Not great news but it is nice to know what can be found and what can not be found.

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