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A COMPARISON TEST CASE: By Eleanor P. Barnes
This is the way the names on the
1763 Puente map, in certain areas, compare with
the 1702 Ruined House list of names.
It was an accidental approach and
made possible only because of my knowledge of
the relationships. This only one of the areas
that I have researched thoroughly. I have spotted
cases all over the historic area.
In 1702 the town, but for a few houses,
was left in Ashes. The Spanish Governor ordered the
houses NEAR the fort area burned. The list leaves
no doubt in our minds regarding the 31 owners. We
KNOW that these houses were within 750 feet of the
Castillo and we know that the one given specific
mention, Melendez-Rodriguez, was not the 1st they
surveyed as he was 24 on the list.
We are aware that this house was SOUTHWEST
of the Fort gates and we assume the houses were not all
We are equally sure that another house given
mention, Pueyo, from which the British shelled the Fort
was beyond this area slightly as it was number AA.
I am certain that the list-finally
considered acceptable in 1708 and sent in to the
Spanish Government-was not the firstlist. I feel sure
it may have been DATED 1708 but that it was looked into
much earlier. I have recently found an indication that
a man alive in 1702 was dead over four years when the
appraisals were made and his name is on the list in the
form used for living owners.
I assume they used a form as when a man
had passed away it was listed "heirs of"....otherwise the
name of the living owner.
It is reasonable to assume they made their
start at the gates for if they began at the water and ended
at the gates, it would mean a two block walk to get back
to the point of a continued count.
The comparisons of 1702 and relatives in
1763 add substantiation to this belief. For example in this
area alone(north end to Cuna) I spotted four places that
compared favorably even before I began serious research
and found this whole block "A" neatly divided between
the grandchildren and great grands of the TWO men listed
as Nos. 8 and 9 in 1702. WILLIAM CAR and JOSE VALDARAMA.
That would have been sufficient
to convince me that I was correct in assuming the route
start was at the gates but just inside these gates to
the east was Bl. "B" and here Don Alvaro Lopez de Toledo
held the first lot in 1763 while in 1702 his FATHER, Don
Sebastian Lopez de Toledo was No. 1 on the list.
Granting that we were moving south
on St. George and arriving at a middle point in the 750
feet semicircle(imaginative) we come to (in 1763) the
exact area where you are today. The so-called SALAZAR
stares us in the face, the ARRIVAS is in front of it.
And No. 15 is Penalosa.........grandmother of the
'63 owners! Middle point in the walk!
Beyond that we come to 21 the home
of Don Francisco Menendes and since the area had to end
near Cuna(the last inch of the 750 feet) and since Don
Francisco preceded the house given specific mention, 2?,
Rodriguez-Melendez, we assume one was on one side and the
other on the other side of Cuna in a general direction
of southwest..I suppose Al and Luis gave this some thought
in placing it on the map in this general area. Conjecture
or no, I feel certain Al would not deliberately try to fool
anyone about anything so important. Then when you realize that
the appraisers were moving out of the31 house area.............
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and must get the owners listed in a full block, perhaps
on both sides of the street, before they reached Pueyo,
you can readily see that they must pass at least a few houses
and in fact 14...32 to 41.....10 houses .......to reach
No. 44, the Juan de Pueyo House. This should be very near
Hypolita and even past it...
Then another indication was a double-
barreled one. Nos. 45 and 46.....1702
The Governor's houses
Don Lorenzo Horruytiner
In 1763: The Governor's mansion
The grandson of Horruytiner(Lindsley House)
Today: "he Post Office
The Lindsley House..
I can spot many more for you but I have done serious research
only on two of the blocks so far. But I have more than enough
to convince anybody that I am on the right track.
Please attach this to the COMPARISON
of BLOCK "A", 1763.... Car-Valdarama of 1702.
Sent prior to ASSIGNMENT No. 3.
No. 33, A..1763 was HALF BROTHER t- No. 28 A., 1763.
Not the uncle......
No. 33: A...had wife...Victcria Munos/