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Title: DeMesa-Sanchez House - Preliminary Historical Report November 1977 (16 pages)
Series Title: Herschel Shepard Project Files
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Language: English
Donor: Shepard, Herschel ( donor )
Publication Date: 1977
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Folder: 7704 DeMesa-Sanchez House
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Preliminary Historical Report on the DeMesa-Sanchez
(Spanish Inn) Site

B-7, L-6, St. Augustine, Florida

with Chain of Title Appended













Michael Scardaville
November 1977





'Preliminary Historical Report on the DeMesa-Sanchez
(Spanish Inn) Site
B-7, L-6, At. Augustine, Florida
Without Chain of Title Appended



I. FIRST SPANISH PERIOD

A. 1763

1. Owner: Antonio de Mesa

a. employed as.Shore Guard, a minor position
in the Royal Treasury

b. born in Veracruz, Mexico

c. married in 1746 to Geronima Santollo of
St. Augustine

d. fathered 7 children, 4 girls and 3 boys

e. went to Havana, Cuba in 1763 with his family

f. died in Havana before 1770


2. Lot

a. 11 varas N-S x 71 varas E-W
(31.6 ft. x 195.2 ft.) one vara = 33 inches

b. bounded on south by tabby house owned
by infantryman Lucas Escovedo on a lot
measuring 18 varas x 71 varas

(1) section of tabby structure located today
on Lot 6: see expansion of lot to the
south in 1835 & 1874 (total = 15.4 ft.)


3. Structure

a. stone house

(1) construction materials of all houses in St.
Augustine: 36% stone, 41% tabby, 23% wood

b. rectangular

c. one story


II. British Period (1764-84)

A. 1764-1768

1. owner: William Walton


a. head of William Walton Co. of New York City


Appendix 1 1





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(1) export company contracted to supply St.
Augustine from 1726-1754

(2) earned 200,000 pesos annually from Florida
trade

(3) citizens of St. Augustine contracted debts
of over 25,000 pesos with company by 1763

(4) Jesse Fish served as factor for the company
in St. Augustine at end of First Spanish Period

b. fourth largest property owner in St. Augustine in
early British Period (1765)

(1) solely or jointly owned 10 lots & 23 buildings

(a) relationship of debts to the company and
property ownership

(b) speculator and absentee proprietor

c. died in 1768

2. lot

a. 11 varas x 71 varas

b. same as DeMesa: 1769 Jeffery map shows Walton house
bordered on south by Escovedo's tabby structure

3. structure

a. through 1769, same as DeMesa

b. Walton made no alterations


B. 1768 1771

1. owner

a. lot & building reverted to British crown

C. 1771 1784

1. .owner: Joseph Stout

a. employed as government surveyor

b. petitioned governor for land and Gov. Grant granted
lot and building in 1771
Appendix 1 2










(1). one of 12 grantees in St. Augustine in 1771

c. left St. Augustine in 1784

2. lot

a. 12 varas x 86 varas (33 ft. x 236.5 ft)

b. lot enlarged by vara (16.5 inches) to the south
and 15 varas (41.25 ft.) to the east

3. structure

a. one story t L vW %t*k

b. roofed with shingles (tejamani)

c. no additional architectural details in documents


III. Second Spanish Period (1784-1821)

A. 1784 1803

1. owner: don Juan Sanchez

a. August 11, 1784 purchased property from Joseph Stout
for 450 pesos

b. employed as Chief Master Caulker of the Royal Works
with 420 pesos annual salary

c. born in Puerto Real, Andalusia, Spain

d. married in Cuba to Maria del Carmen Castaneda
of St. Augustine

e. fathered two girls

f. died in 1802

B. 1803 1832

1. owner: heirs of don Juan Sanchez

a. Maria del Carmen Castaneda, wife (inherited one-
half of property)

b. Maria de los Dolores Sanchez, daughter (one-quarter)

c. Maria del Rosario Sanchez,.daughter (one-quarter)


Appendix 1 3















C. Lot

1. 12 varas x 86 varas

2. same as Stout

D. Structure

1. 1788: Rocque Map and Key

a. 3 room stone house with an outbuilding (kitchen) to
the east and a loggia to the south

(1) no documentary evidence as to who added additional
rooms and outbuilding

b. construction materials of all houses in St. Augustine: 43%
stone, 7% tabby, 50% wood

(1) of all wood structures, 84% were worthless huts

c. Sanchez house listed in good condition

(1) only 21% of extant masonry houses were listed in
good condition

d. second floor over one of the first floor rooms, probably
the western most room

e. according to map title, the map and key reflect housing
situation as of April 1, 1788

f. in Stout sale to Sanchez, no mention of partial upper
story

g. conclusion: Sanchez added second floor over front room

2. 1791: Book of Mortgages

a. second floor completed over entire structure, except
outbuilding

b. roofed with shingles

3. 1802: Inventory and Appraisal

a. calculate configuration

b. appraised value of house and kitchen: 2380 pesos


Appendix 1 4






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IV. American Period (1821 ff.)

A. Owners

1. 1832

a. Lewis G. Melizet (Havana) and John M. Melizet
(Philadelphia).purchased property from Maria del Carmen
Castaneda and daughters (Havana) for price of $1,000.00

2. 1832 1977

a. 21 owners

b. building served as residence, boarding house, barber
shop, antique shop, restaurant, tearoom, artists studio

B. Lot

1. 1832

a. 12 varas x 86 varas

b. same as 1771 1835

2. 1835 1874

a. 36 ft. x 256 ft.

b. addition of 3 ft. to the south and 19.5 to the east

3. 1874 present

a. 47 ft. x 159 ft.

b. addition of 11 ft. to the south and loss of 97 ft.
to the east

C. Structure

1. 1893 1899

a. building assumed approximate present configuration

b. owner was Frederick Sulzner who used first floor as
a music shop from which he sold pianos and organs


Appendix 1 5














Chain of Title


The following is a chain of title to Block
Florida.


7, Lot 6 in St. Augustine,


Map and Key


January 22, 1764


Antonio de Mesa


Description of house: "stone house"
Lot: 11 varas N-S x 71 varas E-W
Source: Juan Joseph Elixio de la
Puente, "Plano de San
Agustin," Block E, Lot 82


Map


Royal Grant


March 1, 1765


1771


Mr. (William) Walton

Source.: James Moncrief,
St. Augustine)


Governor


to

Joseph Stout


Lot: 12 varas N-S x 86 varas E-W
Source: East Florida Papers,
Escrituras, 1784-1787, Bundle
366, fols. 26-28


August 11, 1784


James Stout

to

Juan Sanchez


Sale price: 450 pesos
Description of house: "masonry
house with shingles"
Lot: 12 varas N-S x 86 varas E-W
Source: EFP, Escrituras, 1784-1787,
Bundle 366, fol. 26


(Plan of


Deed










Estate of Don Juan Sanchez


Deed
(Executed
in Havana)


April 15, 1832


to

Maria del Carmen Castaneda, wife
(one-half)
Maria de los Dolores Sanchez,
daughter (one quarter)
Maria del Rosario Sanchez, daughter,
(one quarter)

Appraised value of house and kitchen
(July 21, 1802): 2,380 pesos
Source: EFP, Testamentary
Proceedings, 1801-1802, Bundle
306Q15, fols. 4-6v



Maria del Carmen Castafeda & others


Lewis G. Melizet, resident of Havana,
merchant
John M. Melizet, Philadelphia,
merchant

Sale price: $1,000.00
Lot: 12 varas N-S x 86 varas E-W
Source: Public Records of St. Johns
County, Deed Record (hereafter
cited as DR), Book I & J, p. 295


June 3, 1835


John M. Melizet & wife and Lewis G.
Melizet


to

James C. Lisk, Baltimore


Sale price:
Lot: 36 ft.
Source: DR,


November 9, 1837


$1,000.00
N-S x 256 ft E-W
Book N, pp. 48-49


Charles Lisk and Charles Lisk, Jr.,
State of New York, executors of the
estate of James C. Lisk


to

Seth K. Gifford, Camden
South Carolina


Deed


Deed


Will


May, 1803









Deed (cont.)





Foreclosure
of Mortgage
Sale at Auction


November 9, 1837




January 23, 1844


Sale price: $1,800.00
Lot: 36 ft N-S x 256 ft E-W
Source: DR, Book N, pp. 53-54



John Beard, U.S. Marshal

to

John C. Bedell

Price: $500.00
Source: DR, Book 0, p. 609


January 27, 1844


John C. Bedell


Ann Hurlbert

Sale price:
Lot: 36 ft.
Source: DR,


January 27, 1844


$550.00
N-S x 256 ft. E-W
Book, p.610


Ann Hurlbert

to

John G. Bedell


Amount: $350.00
Source: DR, Book, p. 611


March 1, 1851


Ann Hurlbert


to

Mary Allen, wife of Darius Allen


Sale price:
Lot: 36 ft.
Source: DR,


May 8, 1867


$500.00
N-S x 256 ft.
Book, p. 225


Darius Allen and his wife Mary Allen


Mary Strischka


Deed


Mortgage


Deed


Deed


E-W










Deed (cont.) May 8, 1867 Sale price: $1,150.00
Lot: 36 ft. N-S x 256 ft. E-W
Source: DR, Book R, pp. 491-192



Agreement May 8, 1867 Between Darius Allen, Carpenter

and

Mary A. Strischka

"That the said Darius Allen, for
150 dollars, promises and agrees
to place in tenantable order, on or
before the first day of August, 1867,
the House and Lot which the said Mary
A. Strischka has this day purchased
from him. and also to repair, and
place in proper condition, the fences
around said premises .
Source: Public Records of St. Johns
County, Miscellaneous Records, Book
A, p. 180



Deed August 21, 1874 Christine Smith, J. M. Strischka &
Lizzie M. Smith, heirs of Mary Strischka,
late of St. Johns Co., deceased

to

Louis B. Pacetti

Sale price: $200.00
Lot: the Eastern end of a lot
or parcel of Land that was conveyed
by Darius Allen and his wife to Miss
Mary Strischka May 8, A.D. 1867.

Lot described as:
"Begin at a point where the fence on
the east boundary of the lot of
Dronecia (?) Dunham intersects the
fence on the south side of the lot
now granted and conveyed, and from
said point running eastwardly along
the south boundary line of this said
lot 96 feet 6 inches be the same more
or less, to the west boundary line of
a lot formerly belonging to Domingo
Circoply thence northwardly along said


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Deed (cont.)


August 21, 1874


west boundary line of said Circoply
forty feet more or less thence west-
wardly along the north boundary line
of the lot now granted and conveyed
ninety-six feet six inches be'the
same more or less, thence southwardly
forty eight feet more or less to the
place of beginning. It is hereby
agreed and understood that a line
running northwardly across the lot
now granted and conveyed in a line
with the fence on the East boundary
line of the lot of Dronecia Dunham
is to be the west boundary line of
the lot now granted and conveyed."
Source: DR, Book U, pp. 614-615


January 5, 1885


Josephine M. Strischka, executrix of
last will of Mary A. Strischka, (et al)


to

Bartolo F. Oliveros


Sale price:
Lot'! 47 ft.
Source: DR,


January 16, 1885


$2,000.00
N-S x 159 ft. 6 inches E-W
Book BB, p. 516


B. F. Oliveros & wife (Caroline M.
Oliveros)


to

Elizabeth Wallace


Sale price: $3,000.00
Description of house: "stone-house"
Lot: 47 ft. N-S x 159 ft. E-W
Source: DR, Book DD, p. 173


May 11, 1885


Elizabeth Wallace, widow, St. Johns Co.

to

Susan E. Meyers, Orange Park, Clay Co.


Sale price:
Lot: 47 ft.
Source: DR,


$2,800.00
N-S x 159 ft. E-W
Book EE, p. 429


Deed


Deed


Deed









May 5, 1886


Susan E. Meyers, widow, St. Augustine

to

B. C. Maxwell, London, England


Sale price: $4,500.00
Lot: 47 ft N-S x 159 ft. E-W
Source: DR, Book GG, p.72


April 21, 1892


Bernard C. Maxwell and Alice C.
Maxwell, his wife, London, England

to

Frederick Sulzner, St. Johns Co.


Sale price:
Lot: 47 ft.
Source: DR,


May 9, 1905


$1,750.00
N-S x 159 ft. E-W
Book TT, p.138


Sallie Sulzner and Margaret Sulzner,
each unmarried, St. Johns Co.

to

Mary McMicken Strobridge, wife of
Wm. M. Strobridge, County of Hamilton,
Ohio


Sale price: $3,500.00
Lot: 47' x 159'
Source: DR, Book 9, p. 212


December 20, 1911


Mary McMicken Strobridge, wife of
Wm. M. Strobridge, Hamilton, Ohio

to

Lawerence Wischert, St. Johns Co.


Amount: $10.00 o.v.c.
Lot: 47' x 159'
Source: DR, Book 23, p.


Deed


Deed


Deed


Deed








November 14, 1912


November 16, 1912


October 12, 1949


October 12, 1949


Lawerence Wischert, St. Johns Co.

to

Margaret A. Mullaney, St. Johns Co.

Sale price: $4,000.00
Lot: 47' x 159'
Source: DR, Book 24, p. 111


Margaret A. Mullaney, St. Johns Co.

to

Lawerence Wischert, St. Johns Co.

Amount: $3,500 with 8 per cent
interest rate per annum
Source: Public Records of St. Johns
Co., Mortgages, Book U, p. 159



Margaret A. (Mullaney) Butler, St
Johns Co.

to

Thomas G. Wiles and Doris C. Wiles,
his wife, St. Johns Co.

Amount: $10.00 o.v.c.
Lot: 47' x 159'
Itemization of personal property in
the dwelling
Source: DR, Book 181, pp. 249-250


Thomas G. Wiles and Doris C. Wiles,
St. Johns Co.

to

Margaret A. Butler, St. Johns Co.

Amount: $25,000 with 4 per cent
interest rate per annum
Source: Mortgages, Book 89, pp.i355-3(


b


Deed


Mortgage


Deed


Mortgage


0









Deed September 26, 1952 Thomas G. Wiles and Doris C. Wiles,
St. Johns Co.

to

Marguerita Phillips, Germantown, Pa.

Amount: $10.00 o.v.c.
Lot: 47' x 159'
Itemization of personal property in
the dwelling
Source: DR, Book 119, pp. 508-510



Lease August 5, 1954 Margerita Phillips, lessor,
Philadelphia

to

Walter B. Fraser, lessee

Sum rent: $36,000 with monthly
installments of $300 cash
Option to buy: $35,000 cash
"Lessee shall have the right to make
such alterations and changes in such
parts of the buildings as he finds
necessary for his purposes, especially
the right to repair or rebuild the
roof of the Spanish Inn building and
to convert a window on the north side
of the Spanish Inn building into a
door leading into the patio of the
Governor Salazar's mansion, at his
own expense, provided, however, that
such alterations shall not in any way
injure the buildings or depreciate
their value. .
Source: DR, Book 212, pp.387-389



Assignment April 15, 1958 Walter B. Fraser
of Lease
to

Gerald Horton Bath, Palm Beach Co.
Florida

Assumes lease contract between
Marguerita Phillips as "Lessor"
and Walter B. Fraser as "Lessee"
dated August 5, 1954
Source: DR, Book 243, pp. 314-316





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September 13, 1963


Marguerita Phillips, Philadelphia


to

Gerald Horton Bath


Sale price: $35,000 "With all
furniture, fixture, equipment and
personal property more
particularly described in Mortgage
to Mrs. Margaret A. Butler."
Lot: 47' x 159'
Source: St. Johns County Public Records
Official Records (hereafter cited as
OR), Book 46, p.657


September 30, 1963


Gerald Horton Bath and Lotta H. Bath,
his wife

to

The Exchange Bank of St. Augustine

Amount: $35,000 with 6 per cent
interest rate per annum
Source: OR, Book 46, p.659


Satisfaction
of Mortgage


December 23, 1965


Gerald Horton Bath and his wife
Lotta H. Bath


December 23, 1965


The Exchange Bank of St. Augustine

Amount: $35,000
Source: OR, Book 80, p.602



Gerald Horton Bath and his wife Lotta
H. Bath

to

St. Augustine Restoration Inc.

Itemization of contents and antiques
identified
"All furniture manufactured in Spain,
all being handmade and some being
antique."
Source: OR, Book 80, pp.603-609


Deed


Mortgage


Deed





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December 23, 1965


May 31, 1977


Mortgage


St. Augustine Restoration Foundation,
Inc.

to

Board of Trustees of Internal
Improvement Fund, Historic St.
Augustine Preservation Board


St. Augustine Restoration, Inc.

to

The Exchange Bank of St. Augustine

Lot 6 of Block 7, structures and
contents
Amount: Total mortgage $50,000
Less.chattel $25,000
Real Estate $25,000
with 6 per cent interest rate
per annum
Source: OR, Book 80, pp.610-614


Deed