What is known nowas the Snow property, in the present block #5 was
once formed as follows:
1. On Puente's 1764 map it was in block P and was divided into
five different owners, with the map numbers 205, 206, 209,
210 and 211.
2. On Rocque's 1784 map it was in block 17 and was divided into
two owners, with the map numbers 127 and 139.
3. You will see in the drawing below Puente's numbers: 205,
206, 209, 210 and 211 and Rocque's numbers(17 and
J. A. Cubenas
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1. 1764 Puente map shows:
#205: House of stone of Dn. Juan de Mata Pgres, .. . 20 x 29
2. 1765 Moncrief map shows: Mr. Fish.
3. Mr. Fish account book says: "No entries," but we can read
on Reel 5, lestamentary Proceedings: "Florida, N. 14 Year 1808:"
Florida, E. l Year 1808--"Incidents to the proceedings of the
meeting of creditors caused by the death of Jesse Fish; soliciting
Don Bernardino Sinchez in the name and as one of the heirs of
Dona Josefa de Torres, his grandmother, that Fish must satisfied
to him the products resulted of the two houses of the property of
the aforementioned at the time that Fish had rented them."
Note: So you can see that although ir. Fish didn't sell the
houses, he rented them.
h. 1788 Rocque map shows:
#127--House of masonry and flat roof, in fair condition, rented
by D. Bernardino Sanchez to Juan Joseph del Toro, with its lot.
5. 1790 Quesada's List.
#27--Rubble-work masonry house of Josefa Espinosa with deed.
6. 1802 Incidents to the proceedings of meeting of creditors caused
by the death of D. Jose Fish: D. Jose Sanchez claiming as
testamentary executor and one of the heirs of Doia Josefa
Espinosa, already dead, the amount of four hundred and
forty seven peses five and one fourth reales.
Testament of Doria Josefa de Espinosa,
a. Place and date;
St. Augustine, OGt. 6, 1797.
1st. Yt. I declare have been married and having had
the veiling ceremony according with the orders
of our Holy Fother the Church with D. Juan de
Mata PErez, who died about twenty-two years
ago, having been married to him about thirty,
without any heirs,
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4th. Yt. I declare that I possess as my properties
one fourth of a house located in this City on
the Calle Real (Royal Street) which was inherited
from my dead parents, but from the whole of it
must be reduced the arches and columns which are
new and were made as supplements by Dn. Jose
Sanchez my nephew, this is what I manifest in
order to be recorded.
c. Different Notes:
Don Juan de Mata Pirez had been a pilot; he had given
nothing into his marriage, and he had recorded his will
in Havana leaving his profits to his wife as his heir.
Source: Testamentary Proceedings, microfilm Reel 5,
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1. 1764, Puente Map shows two houses.
#206. Houses of stone of Domingo Pgrez 16 3/ x 21
2. 1765 Moncrief Map shows: Mr. eek.
3. Mr, Fish account book did not register Domingo Perez's name.
h. 1788 Rocque Map shows:
#128--Two stories masonry house, in fair condition, owned by
Dr. Juan Leslye; with Deed and land that it cites.
#129--House of thin wall, of tabby and posts, with wooden
second story and other interior partitions of same (2ood),
in fair condition, owned by Josef Pons; with Deed and land
that it cites.
$. 1790 Quesada's List.
#28--Rubble-work masonry house with lot of Juan Leslie
#29--Rubble work masonry house with lot of Jos6 Fonze
(Pons?) with deed.
6. 1791 Escrituras, 12 January 1791
20 December 1792
P. 303 v. Sale. Oct. 10 John Leslie--Domingo Reyes coquina
house on St. Charles St., with a store of wood on same lot;
bounded by said street, behind by Calle Marina, S by his own
home and another King s lot, N. by Josefa Espinosa and Jose
Cabachicha. Lot, #387 linear yds. valued at one real the
Block 5, Assessor's Inventory 28
7. 1791 Escrituras, 12 January 1791
20 December 1792
P. 305 v. Sale. Oct. 10 John Leslie--Jose Gomila,
coquina house and lot on St. Charles St., 330 varas.
House of coquina bounded in front by said street, behind
by King's house where Jose Ponce lives, S. by Jose Ponce
(Ninorcan), N. by house sold this day to Domingo Reyes.
Block 5, Assessor's Inventory 29
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#209 House of stone of Salvador de Porras
14 x 19 1/2
2. Mr. Fish account book says: (No name recorded)
3. 1765 Moncrief Map shows: Mr. Walton.
4. 1788 Rocque Map shows
#138--Timber-frare house with one interior partition of
masonry, in fair condition, owned by Don Juan Leslyej with
Deed and land that it cites.
5. 1790 Quesada's List
#37--Wooden house with lot of Juan Leslie with deed.
6. Making a review of the Testamentary Proceedings of Reel 4,
under the nare of Leslie, Robert, who was brother of Juan,
and Reels 7 and 9 under the name of Leslie, Isabel,
daughter of Juan, (who appears in three difference docu-
ments) nothing can be found about Juan Leslie's properties,
1. 1764 Puente #211 House of stone of Francisco Espinosa 18 x 17
2. Mr. Fish account book does not register his name.
3. 1765 Moncrief map shows: Mr. Hopkin
4. 1788 Rocque map shows: #139 two
$. 1790 Quesada's List #27: Rubble-work masonry house of Josefa
Espinosa with deed.
1764 Puente map #210 shows:
1. House of riprap of Don Francisco de Castilla. 13 x 24
2. Mr. Fish account book does not record his name.
3. 1765 Moncrief map shows: Mr. Meek.
4. 1788 Rocque map shows:
#139 two story masonry house, in fair condition, owned by
the Crown and serves as storeroom for Don Miguel Isnardy.
5. 1790 Quesada's List V#38 (add 156 e/4 xx.) P. 210, 211 R. 139
Rubble-work masonry house with lot of the King occupied
by Francisco Xavier Miranda, bounded N. by a cross
Street, S. by hcuse and lot of Juan Leslie, W. by house
and lot of Josefa Espinosa, E. by Marine St.
19 (N-S) x 16 1/2 v. 1/2 xx. per sq. v. 156 3/ '
Rubble-work masonry wall 34 x 4 (sides)
2xx per sq. v. 340
IRbble-work masonry wall 24 x 4 (front and back)
2 1/2 xx. per sq. v. 200
Rubble-work masonry walk of center 4 x 4 x 1/3 v.;
1 1/2 xx. per sq. v. 24
Boundary walls of rubble-work masonry 13 x 2;
1 1/2 xx. per sq. v. 39
For rubble-work masonry stairway 64
For a stone chimney 56
Another rubble-work masonry division 4 x 4 v.;
1 1/2 xx. per sq. v. 24
For another stone chimney 48
For doors, windows, floor, roof and balcony 478
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1756 Testamentary of Diego de Espinosa (Testamentary
Proceedings, Reel 1, 198 p.p.) etc.
Source: Testamentary Proceedings, Diego de Espinosa, SAHS
Library, Reel 1, 198 pp.
U. 1756 Testamentary of Diego de Espinosa
Francisco Espinosa, son of Diego (p. 5)
In writing to the Governor and Captain General of May 18, 1756, Josefa de Torres,
widow of Diego de Espinosa and mother of Francisco de Espinosa, promotes the testa-
mentary in which it is established among other things:
First, placed for inventory were the houses of the abode of said widow which
are of stone covered with shingles with its corresponding lot.
Yt. placed for inventory were the houses that are found on the street called
the principal St. in which lives the referred to Juan Perez de Mata which are of
stone with flat roof and with its corresponding lot.
Yt. placed for inventory a small house of stone that is found on the Marina and
borders with the aforementioned houses.
5. 1790 In the writings of July of 1790 directed to the Governor and Captain
General Francisco Xavier Miranda alleges that the descendants of the
old owners having returned that the house be turned over to them
while His Majesty determines.
His allegation is founded on:
a. He is the husband of Dona Andrea de Espinosa, niece of Francisco
who abandoned the house in the evacuation in 1764.
b. In 1784 the house was abandoned by the English without document
of any type being made.
c. He adds the house was inhabited by Don Enrique (or Guillermo)
Miranda obtained the use of the house by edict of the 19th of
August of 1790. The Governor demanded the presentation of the
document that accredited the possible rights of his wife to
property of the house for subsequent proceedings.
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6. 1791 Miranda did not present the documents and the house was bought at
public auction by D. Jose Fernandez for Don Jose Cobachicha for
7. 1802 Antonio Espinosa, son of Francisco, arrived from Habana, by a writing
of May of 1802 alleges that: "His Majesty has found it fitting to
resolve by Royal Order of March 1, 1791 in Article 8 of the Plan
that formed the general administration of Havana, that it be restored
to the Floridian families the possessions with their lands which they
had prior to their departure from here, proceeding the corresponding
production of evidence."
8. 179L Don Jose Cobachicha sold to D. Antonio Berta on August 2, 1794, to
whom D. Antonio Espinosa reclaims the amount (or value) of the house.
9. 1803 In July of 1803, the proxies (or attorneys) of D. Antonio Espinosa
and of D. Jose Cobachicha settle the lawsuit for half the value
agreed to, the house remaining in the possession of Antonio Berta.
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N. 16. Testamentary of Diego de Espinosa.
In Florida, on 3 of Sept. of 1756 years, before me the Government Scriber,
Bartl.me Perez, Master Carpenter, said that in virtue of the nomination
having made to him of third appraiser of the houses left by the death of
Diego de Espinosa, which he has accepted and sworn, he has made the said
appraisal as follows:
Big house where the widow lives.
--First I appraise crossbeams and main pieces in eight p8
--Gt. fourteen beams from the floor at six xx. each
--Gt. five posts (supports) from the dining room at
three xx.s each
-Gt. the crossbeam of the said dining-room, ten xx.s
--Gt. twenty-four legs of (tiseras) at four xxs. each
--Sixteen ribbons at four reales each one
--Qt. eight hundred twenty eight (828) tajamanies at
one and a half real each one
--Gt. twenty five boards from the little upper
floor at four xxS
--Gt. one small window, eight xx.8
--Gt. the door of the (terral) (rear?) and the small
balcony in (?)
--Gt. the door of the upper bedroom, four p
--Gt. the balcony of the street and the door in fourth
10 p. Lxx
1 p. 7xx
Ip. 2 xx
155 p.s 2=x
12 p.S hxxs
8 p S
272 p! (?)
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(Sum from the back)
272 pA 3 xx.
-Gt. the staircase with its door, seven pi 7pS
--Gt. a small window in six xxs
--Gt. fourth two boards of the floor at five reales each one 26 pi
-Go. eighteen boards of the partition of the bedroom
at two reales each k p"
--Gt. the small posts (supports) and the beams of
.the framing in two pS 2 1p
-Gt. the door of the parlor in six p. 6 p!
--Gt. the door of the bedroom in four p! 4 p4
-Gt. the window of the street, ten pf 10 p!
--Gt. two said inserted in twenty xxI 2 p!
--Gt. the door of the bedroom that goes to the dining
room in four p 4 p.
--Gt. one said in the partition of boards in three p. 3 p'
--Gt. three windows of the bedroom in three p and four xx 3 pi
fourteen beams at three xxs.
seventeen boards of the flat roof at three xxf
two doors and one small window in twenty xx?
fifty-nine boards at three xx?
seventy nine boards at five xxs
one dozen of taborets in twenty-four p8
a round table ten p!
-Gt. ninety beams at rhee xx beam
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s5 p 2 xx
6 p! 3 xx
2 ps U xx
22 pS 1 xx.
h9 p, 3 xx
65 p. 4 xx
33 p. 6 xx
499 2 xx
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House of flat roof
(Sum from the ?front)
--Gt. eighty two boards at (?) reales each one
--Gt. the two doors of the cellar dining and street in
six p! both
--Gt. the two of the corner in four p
--Gt. one small window in ten xx
--Gt. the small door that goes to the cellar in two p
--Ct. the big door of the street, five p!
--Gt. large door four p! four xx
--Gt. the door of the parlor three ps
--Gt. the door of the bedroom in four p?
--Gt. one window that front the dining room in three p.
--Gt. fence and kitchen all in thirteen p
Small house of the Marine
--Gt. two main pieces and two crossbeams at six xx5 each
--Gt. fourteen beams of the floor at 4 xxm each one
--Gt. two llars of the partition at three xx each one
--Gt. four cross pieces of the partition at two reales
--Gt. seven (tiseras) (scissors?) at four reales
each pair (crossed supports for beams)
-Ct. three small supports and the crossbeam of the
dining-room in seven xx.
--Gt. four ribbons and the rooftree at two reales each one
--Gt. thirty six boards of the floor at two reales each one
--Gt. sixteen said (boards) of the partition at three
reales each one
--Gt. the staircase at three p.
--Gt. the balcony with its door, six p.
--Gt. the door of the partition, six xx?
--Gt. the small window three xx
--Gt. the door of the parlor three p? four xx
--Gt. for the one of the partition of the bedroom
on the groundfloor two pS
--Gt. the one that goes to the patio of the bedroom
in three p5
--Gt. one small window at eight xx
--Gt. the door of the sea and window in six p!
--Gt. kitchen and fence in five p?
--Gt. the door of the patio of the marine in eight xx
499 p? 2 xx
3 p8 xx
And the cited BartolomA Perez certifies under oath he has made that
this appraisal is made according to his loyal knowledge and
understanding and be signed about what I certify.
.(Signed) Bartome Perez
Before me ??
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In Florida, on the 3 of September of 1756, before me, the Government
Scriber, Juan del Pozo, Master hason, said that in virtue of the nomination
having made by the third appraiser cf the houses left by the death of Diego de
rg-inoea, which was accepted and sworn to, he has made the said appraisal as
BIG HCOUS ~iL.-1 THEi WI-JO. LuES
--First (J) fifty varas of wall of the south at twenty pesos vara 125 p.
--Gt. sixty varas of wall of the band of the north at twenty
pesos vara 150 p. \
--Gt. thirty-two varas of wall of the rear part of the band
of the south-east at (?) 80 p.
--Gt, thirty-two and a half varas of wall of the rear part of
the Sast band at twenty xx vara 81 p. 2 xx.
--Gt. twelve varas of wall of the staircase of the inside
(cajon) at nine xx vara 13 p. I xx
W42 p. 6 xx
Sum of the back
442 p. 6 xx
-Gt. nineteen varas of (tabique) of the upper partition at
eight xxs vara
-Gt. ninety-eight varas of the stair landing at one and a
--Gt. nineteen varas of the East wall of the kitchen at
twelve xx~ vara
--Gt. eighteen varas of the north band wall of the said
kitchen at eight x~x vara
--Gt. seventeen vara6 of wall of the rear part of the south
at eight xx vara
--Gt. eighteen varas of wall of the kitchen (?)
--t. forty-two varas of flat roof of the kitchen at two xx vara
--Gt. the piece of material that
(Sum from the front)
corresponds to the feanc of the street with six varas at six
--Gt. five pirogues of working stone at nine pesos
--Gt. one pirague of (?) in six pesos
--Gt. ei. :-ty (hangaes) of liwe at two xx
-Gt. the oven of the kitchen, six p.
--Gt. in the front twenty-one varas of four pesos vara (each)
of the place where the said house is situated, with eighty-
seven varas to the back
18 p. 3 xx
28 p. 4 xx
10 p. 4 xx
606 p. 4 xx
t p. I xx
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House of flat roof
--Gt. oe hundred and three varas of main wall from the
West band at twenty--xx vara
--Gt. one hundred and three varas of the (caoeon) of the
house of the East band at twenty sx vara
-Ct. twenty-two varas of wall that correspond to the
dining room at twenty xx vara
--Gt, fourty-four varas of the rear part of the south
band of the house at twenty xx vara
--O. nineteen and a half varas of the partition of the
parlor and the principal bedroom at eight xx vara
--Gt. tnevnty two and a half vara8 of the partition of the
division of the sequinn) and parlor at eight xx vara
--Gt. T'wnty varas of the wall cf the dIninin-rcom, from the
East band at ci'-ht xx vara
-Gt. forty varas of the ncrth band wall at twenty xx vara.
--Gt. t.enty-two and a half varas of the partition of the
division of the sasuan and the stone at eight xx vara
--Gt. Ti.c-ty varas of wall of the division of the dining room
and the cellar at twenty xx: vara
--Gt. twenty two and a half varas of the rear part of the
cellar of the East band at twelve reales vara
--Gt. iatrial (?) twelve pesos
--Gt. twenty and a half varas of partition of the division of
the stone and store room at twelve xx vara
-Gt. fifty-eight varas of floor and ( t ? dege) and stone
at one real vara:
--Gt. the material of the floors of the parlor and two bedrooms
--Gt. bhe material of the flat roofs four pesos
-Gt. nineteen varas of the front at four p. vara and
twenty-oijht of the back of the lot of the said house
19 p. xx
22 p. 4 xx
9h8 p. ? xx
30 p. 6 xx
7 p. 2 x
2 p. 4 xx
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Small house of the Marine
--IY. twenty six varas of wall of material of (hatercia)
at twelve xx vara (one third?)
--It. thirty varas of the North wall at twelve xx vara
--Yt, twenty two varas of the rear part of the East of
material of oyster at five xx vara
(Sum from the back)
--It. nineteen varas of the rear part of the East of
stone material at twelve x vara
--Tb. twelve varas of the rsfaubo ? toat belongs to that
wall at twelve reales vara
--YI. four varas of the staircase box at eight reales vara
--YIt eighteen varas of materiall of the East fence of the
said house at eight resales vara
--It. another piece with twenty vara from the South band
at eight xx vara
--Tt. thirty varas of flocr at one real vara
--It. nineteen varas of the front and seventeen of the
back of the lot where is situated the said house at
three pesos vara
13 p. 6 xx
97 p. 6 xx
97 p. 6 xx
28 p. xx
247 p. ?xx
And the sited Juan del Pozo certifies under oath he has made that this
appraisal is Eade according to his loyal knowledge and understanding and he did
not sign because he said he does not know how, to which I certify.
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