Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: Block 2 - Lot 1, Lot 2, Lot 5
Title: Letter to Mr. Chester E. Benet from Susan R. Parker
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Title: Letter to Mr. Chester E. Benet from Susan R. Parker
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: Block 2 - Lot 1, Lot 2, Lot 5
Physical Description: Correspondence
Language: English
Creator: Parker, Susan R.
Publication Date: 1989
Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
33 Charlotte Street (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine -- 33 Charlotte Street
Coordinates: 29.895702 x -81.311668
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Bibliographic ID: UF00090499
Volume ID: VID00004
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: B2-L2

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June 9, 1989

Mr. Chester E. Benet
32 Lee Drive
St. AugustineBeach, Florida 32084

Dear Chester,

I Went over to the courthouse this morning, but was told that you
were on vacation. The HSAPB staff archaeologist, Stanley Bond, has been
excavating a coquina foundation with a tabby floor at 33 Charlotte Street.
He has also found the foundations for two large hearths.

As this property was in your family for quite along time, I wondered
if you had any information, written or remembered, that may help in our
investigation of the building that at one time stood there. None of the
documentary research has yielded anything to indicate a coquina building.
Luis Atana suspects that it may have been the site of the fort's blacksmith
forge from about 1793 to 1806, but he too cannot definitely link it to that
piece of ground.

If you have any information, especially old pictures
the lot and its buildings, we would certainly appreciate
with us. I have included a brief listing of items about


Susan R. Parker

or photos, about
your sharing them
the property.


(904) 825-5033 (SUNCOM) 865-5033


1788 Based on later-named adjacent property owners or occupants,
it appears that this property was vacant at the time of
Mariano de la Rocque's map of St. Augustine (see Rocque #59
Bartolome Lopez, who 2-1/2 years later is listed as east of
Quesad Inventory #7)

1790 #7 Crown lot in the possession of Diego Hernandez Eno
mention of buildings] measuring 12 varas north-south, 39
varas east-west. Bounded on north by Crown lot occupied by
Juan Paredes, who built a wooden two-story house on his
property; south by Crown lot in possession of Mateo
Laurencio; west by San Carlos Street; east by Bartolome
Lopez assessment: 468 reales <"Quesada Inventory" Bundle
320, East Florida Papers)

1797 #7, Block 2 Diego Hernandez of St. Augustine sells to
Estevan Beneto above-described parcel of land (only mentions
lot (solar))
1824 "Division of Estate of Esteben Benet" ...To widow,
Catharine Benet: Frame house and lot on Charlotte Street for
$800... Deed Book N, page 257, St. Johns Co. public records

1838 Catalina H. Bennett to Joseph Bennett: House and lot
measuring 12 Spanish yards north-south and 39 Spanish yards
east-west, situated in City of St. Augustine bounded west by
Charlotte Street, north by lot formerly of Juan Paredes, now
of heirs of Mary Pacetty; south by lot formerly of Mateo
Laurencio, now occupied by Samuel Wilkinson; east by land
formerly of Thomas Andreu now of Stephen Benet S800

1886 City Directory listed Joseph and Agatha Bennett residing at
corner of Charlotte & Orange Sts.

1850, 1860, 1870 U.S. Census listed Agatha Bennett living in
household of Ignacio Lopez (her father), who was a

1899 Sanborn Fire Insurance shows entirely new structure from that
shown on 1893 map. Both were listed as "frame". Earlier
house sited right on Charlotte Street and approximately same
dimensions of recently excavated foundations.

1916 Will of Agatha Benet bequeathed Lot 2 & 2A in Block 2 to "my
beloved grandsons Chester E. Benet and Clarence J. Benet,
who are brothers and sons of my deceased son, Stephen
Benet..." (Probate Files, St. Johns County Courthouse)

1924 City Directory listed Grace Benet, widow of Clarence,
residing at 33 Charlotte St.

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