DeMesa-Sanchez House - Preliminary Historical Report on the DeMesa-Sanchez (Spanish Inn) Site November 1977 (17 pages)

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DeMesa-Sanchez House - Preliminary Historical Report on the DeMesa-Sanchez (Spanish Inn) Site November 1977 (17 pages)
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Herschel Shepard Project Files
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Shepard, Herschel ( donor )
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Folder: 7813 DeMesa-Sanchez House

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Spatial Coverage:
North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- St. Johns -- St. Augustine

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University of Florida
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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












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. 1 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




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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





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(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

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 Castadeda
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)







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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











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
Castaieda 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








Chain of Title


The following is a chain of title to Block 7, Lot 6 in St.
Augustine, Florida.


January 22, 1764


March 1, 1765


1771


Antonio de Mesa


Description of house: "stone"
Lot: 111 varas N-S x 71 varas E-W
Source: Juan Joseph Elixio de la
Puente, "Plano,. de San
Agustin," Block E, Lot 82



Mr.' (William) Walton of William
Walton Cbo, New York

Source: James :.:oncrief, (Plan of
St. Augustine)


Governor James Grant


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, 1784-17~7,
Bundle 366, fol. 26


Map and
Key


Map


Royal
Grant


Deed











Will May, 1803


Estate of Don Juan Sanchez


to

.'aria del Carmen Castaneda, wife
(one-half)
Maria de los Dolores Sanchez,
daughter (one-quarter)
Maria-del Rosario Sanchez, da-ughter
(one-quarter)

Appraised value of house and kitchen
(July 21, 1802):. 2380 pesos
Source: EFP, Testamentary
Proceedings, 1801-1802, Bundle
306Q15, fols. 4-6v









Deed.
(Executed in
Havana)


Maria del Carmen Castaneda & others


Deed


Deed


Foreclosure J
of Mortgage,.
Sale at auction


June- 3, 1835


November 9, 1837


anuary 23, 1844


Lewis G. Melizet, resident of
Havana, merchant
John M. Melizet, Philadelphia,
merchant
Price': $1,000.00
Lot: 12 varas N-';x 86 varas E-W
Source: Public Records of St. Johns
County, Deed Record'(hereafter
cited,as DR), Book Ij& J, p. 295


'John M. Melizet & wife and Lewis Go
Melizet

to

James C. Lisk, Baltimore

Sale price: $1,000o00
Lot: 36 ft. N-S x 256 ft. E-W
Source: DR, Book N, pp. 48-49


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

to

Seth K. Gifford, Camden, S BIKXK[t]3
South Carolina

Sale price: $1,800.o00
Lot: 36 ft. N-S x 256 ft. E-W
Source: DR, Book N, pp. 53-54.


SJohn Beard, U.S. Marshal
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to

John G. Bedell

Price: $500o'00
Source: DR, Book 0, p. 609


April 15, 1832


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January 27, 1844


John G. Bedell

to

Ann Hurlbert


Sale price: $550o00
Lot: 36 ft. N-S x 256 ft E-W
Source: DR, Book, p, 610


Mortgage


January 27., 1844


Ann Hurlbert


,to


John G. Bedell

Amount:'$350o00
DR, Book, po 611.


March-1, 1851


Ann Hurlbert


to

'Mary Allen, wife of Darius Allen

:Sale price: $500.00
Lot: 36 ft. N-S x 256 ft. E-W
Source: DR, Book, p. 225



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May 8, 1867


,Darius Allen and his wife Mary Allen


to

Mary.A. Strischka


Sale price: $1,150o00
Lot: 36 ft. N-S x 256 fto E-W
Source: DR, Book R, ppo 491-492


Deed


Deed


Deed









Agreement m:y 8, 1867 Betw een Darius Allen, Carpenter
and

Mary A. Strischka

That the said Darius Allen, for
So 150 dollars, Dromises and
agrees to place in tenantable order,
on or before the first day of Aususl
1867, the House and Lot which the sz
said Mary A. Strischka has this day
purchased from him o and also tc
repair, and place in proper kn~itia
condition, the fences around said
premises, .-o
Source: 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 Coo,
deceased

to

Louis B. Pacetti

Sale price: $200.00
Lot: ".. the. Eastern end of a loi
or parcel of Land that was
conveyed by Darius Allen and his
wife to Miss Mary Strischka .
.*,ay 8, AD. 1867 .

-Lot described as:
"Begin at a point where the fence
on the east boundary of the lot oj
Dronecia .(?) Dunham intersects
the fence on the south .side of th(
Slot now granted and conveyed, and
.from said point running east-
wardly alone 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 lo1
formerly belonging to Domineo
Circoply thence nothwardly alone
said west boundary line of said
Circoply forty feet more or less,
thence westwardly along the north










Deed (continued)


Deed


August 21, 1874


January 5, 1885


boundary line of the lot now
granted and conveyed ninety-six
feet six inches be the dame more
or less, thence southwardly forty
eight feet more or less to the
place of beginning. It is hereby
xdarxst~xa 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 t!
west boundary line of the lot now
granted and conveyed."
Source: DR, Book t, ppo 614-615



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


to

Bartolo F. Oliveros


January 16, 1885


Sale price: $2,000.00
Lot: 47 ft. N-S x 159 ft. 6-inches
E-W
Source.: DR, Book BB, p. 516



B.F. Oliveras & wife (Caroline M.
Oliveras


to

Elizabeth Wallace


Sale price: $3,000
Description of house: "stone house"
Lot: 47 ft. N-S x 159 ft. E-W
Source:.DR, Book DD, p. 173


Deed


S_s


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May 11, 1885


May 5, 1886


Elizabeth Wallace, widow, St. Johns
Co.

to

Susan E. Meyers, Orange Park, Clay
Co.

Sale prices $2800
Lot : 47 ft. N-S x 159 ft, E-W
Source: DR, Book EE, ~p 429



Susan E. Meyers, widow, St. Augusti,


to

B.C. Maxwell, London, England

Sale price: $4,500
Lot:- 47 ft. N-S x 159 ft. E-W
Source: DR, Book GG, 5p'. 72


rApril 21, 1892


May 9, 1905


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


Frederick Sulzner, St. Johns Co.

Sale price: $1,750
Lot: 47 ft. N-S x 159 ft. E-W
Source: DR, Book TT, p. 138


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

to

Mary i-icrMicken Strobridge, wife of
Wmo M. Strobridge, County of KM
Hamilton, Ohio


Sale price: $3,500
Lot: 47' x 159'
Source: DR, Book 9,


p. 212.


Deed


Deed


Deed


Deed










December 2Q 1911


.xry V~. cken Strobridge, wife of
mo ', Strobridge, Hamilton, Ohio

to

Lawrence Wischert, St. Johns Coo


Amount: $10,00 oVoC.
Lot: 47' x 159'
Source: DR, Book 23, p.


November 14, 1912


Lawrence Wischert, St. Johns Co
to

Margaret -A. Mullaney, St. Johns Co.


Sale rice: $4,000
Lot: 47' x 159'
Source: DR, Book 24,


p. 111


Mortgage


November 16, 1912


'...rgaret A. Mullaney, St. Johns Co.


October 12, 1949


Lawrence Wischert, St. ,Johns Co.

Arrcunt: $3,500 with 8 per cent
interest.rate per annum
Source: 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.vco
Lot: 47' x 159'
Itemization of personal property in
the dwelling
Source: DR, Book 181, pp. 249-250


Deed


Deed


Deed










Mortgage October 12, 1949 Thomas Go Wiles and Doris C. Wiles,
St. Johns Co.
to

Margaret A. Butler, St. Johns Co.

Amount: $25,000 with 42 per cent
interest rate per annum
Source: Mortgages, Book 89, pp.
S-355-361



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

to

Marguerita Phillips, Germantown, Pa

Amount: $10o00 o.v.c.
Lot: 47' x 159'
Itemization of personal property in
the dwelling
Source: DR,-Book 199, pp. 508-510


Lease August 5, 1954 T. arguerita Phillips, lessor,
Philadelphia

to

Walter B. Fraser, lessee

Sum rent: $36,000 with monthly
installments of $300 for ten year
Option to buy: $35,000 cash
"Lessee shall have the right to ma5
-such alterations and changes in
such parts of the buildings as he
f'inds,'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 hi
Sown expense, provided, however,
S, that. such alterations 'shall not
S. any way injure'the buildings or
depreciate their value .
Source: DR, Book 212, pp. 387-389









Assignment
of Lease


Deed


..'alter B. Fraser


September 13,i1963


Gerald Horton Bath, Palm Beach Co.,
Florida

Assumes lease contract between
Marguerita Phillips as "Lessor"
and Walter Bo Fraser as "lessee"
dated August 5, 195h
Source: DR, Book 243, pp. 314-316



Marguerita Phillips, Philadelphia


to

Gerald Horton Bath


Sale price: $35,000 "with all
furniture, fixtures, equipment ar
:personal property more.
particularly described in Mortgas
to Mrso Margaret A. Butler
Lot: 47' x 159'
Source: St. Johns County Public
Records, Oficial Records (here-
after cited as OR), Book 46,
p. 657


Mortgage


September 30, 1963


Gerald Horton Bath and Lotta Ho
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


April 15, 1958









Satisfaction December 23, 1965
of Mortgage


Deed


Mortgage


December 23,,1965


December 23, 1965


Serald Horton Bath and his wife
Lotta H. Bath
to

The Exchange Bank of St. Augustine

Amount: $35,000
Source: OR, Book 80, po 602



Gerald Horton Bath and his wife
Lotta H. -Bath
to

St. Augustine Restoration, Inco

Itemization of contents and
antiques identified
SasrEaxxtxiaxRyxSakx yXIpERxf .fi 29
"All furniture manufactured in Spain
all being handmade and-some being
antique."
Source: OR, Book O0, pp. 603-609



St. Augustine Restoration, Inc,.


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


May 31, 1977


St. Augustine Restoration Foundatior
Inc.

Sto

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


Deed


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