Dear Ms. Twiss,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
Until 1820, the U.S. Federal Government did not require captains or masters of vessels to present a passenger list to U.S. officials. As a general rule, there are no NARA passenger lists of vessels arriving before 1820. Customs officials at each port did maintain lists of vessels arriving at the port. The National Archives has these customs records for the Port of New York beginning in the year 1789 under NARA Microfilm Publication M1066 (27 rolls) but nothing prior. Often to locate passenger arrival records for immigrants arriving before 1820, you must rely on printed sources.
We searched WorldCat and located the books Passenger and immigration lists bibliography, 1538-1900 : being a guide to published lists of arrivals in the United States and Canada, and Ship passenger lists : New York and New Jersey, 1600-1825 that may contain information about your ancestor’s immigration. Please check for the nearest library having a copy. Some of the lists from these publications have been digitized and are available on Ancestry. There may be a fee for using Ancestry. Instead, please check for access at your local library as many library systems subscribe to these sites, making them free for their patrons.
In addition, we suggest that you search these web pages: Ships Passenger Lists to USA by Year of Arrival and the Passenger Lists of Ships to New Netherland/New York 1700-1799.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!