HISTORIC ST. AUGUSTINE PRESERVATION BOARD
M E H O R A N D U M
DATE: Octobe:r 17, 1490
TO: Bruce! Piat.ek
FROHN Sus.an Parker .'U
RE: "Socldier in the: Streett"
It is my understanding via you that it is no longer the research
section's responsibility to produce narrative for presentation by
live interpreters or label copy. That will be done by the
interpretive section. It is our responsibility to w 9M set forth
the pertinent resource, or to provide primary materials with an
assessment of them. If would like this to be clarified, and
thereafter that any staff whom that procedure would effect to be
made aware of it.
I was aware of the soldierr" grant, but it its midst we were
diverted to focusing on job descriptions, performance plans, etc.
Also this new directive of a hierarchical and truncated agency
came into effect. I knew that my time was a match in the
"soldier" grant, however, I was also called upon to work of the
treasure chest portion of the discovery room grant. I was not
aware that my time was not a match for it. So I have spent my
time on what I perceived to be a more pressing project, but one
that did not have my time written into it.
On to the specifics; The information disseminated regularly by
the Spanish Quarter about general St. Augustine history and the
role of the soldiers should give enough background information.
I am attaching a biographical sheet on Infantryman Gomez, but
let's remember that Gomez himself is not of prime importance but
merely a vehicle for what we wish to say. You will note that
Gomez is listed as in the artillery in 1752, but as an infantry
soldier in 1770 as an "ezile" in Cuba. I am guessing that it was
decided some time ago to use his infantry classification in order
to contrast him with his neighbor, Gallegos.
Suggested secondary materials are:
Luis Arana, "The Private Soldier in Florida, 1762-1763" (November
7, 1975) included in the training manual supplement
Juan Marchena Ferndndez, (Luis R. Arana, translator], "The
Defense Structure of East Florida, 1700-1820" El Escribano
21 (1984) 37-52.
Luia R. Arana, "The Spanish Infantry, The Queen of Battles in
Florida, 1671-1702" Nastersa Thesis, University of Florida,
1960. Note: Some of the procedures described in this
thesis had been changed by 1740, but it still provides much
about aoldierinq in S*. Augqa..tine.
Lorenzo Joseph Gomes [also spelled Gomez] Born or Baptized September 2, 1733 in
Parents Pedro Gomes of the Archbishopric of Ersija [?] Erisa [?] Eussa [?],
Sevilla, Spain. Pedro Gomes was in the artillery in 1752. Forty-
nine years old at that time--he had served since August 2, 1721.
The 1770 document (cited below) lists him as an infantry soldier
and states that he died in Havana.
Getrudis Perigurino [?] (must be error for Rodriguez). Two out of
three Cathedral Parish documents give her name as Maria Gertrudis
Lorenzo [y Rodriguez] of Saint Augustine, daughter of Francisco
Lorenzo of France and Michaela Rodriguez of Saint Augustine, while
the third document gives her names as Getrudis Perigurino [?].
She was born in 1712 in Saint Augustine and married Pedro Gomes on
March 12, 1727. 0A -- -s. -s ~- ,, E *A
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Nicolasa born 1/7 -30-,o ,
Lorenzo born 1733 E -7
Manuel 'born 1736
Manuel Antonio born 1740
Jacinto Maria and Joseph Maria Jacinto (twins) born
Francisco born 1747
Marriage Lorenzo Joseph married Catharina [Catarina]
She was a native of Saint Augustine and
Perdomo and Ana Castaneda.
Perdomo on February 11, 1754.
the daughter of Francisco
Joseph Perdomo, Nicolasa Gomes
Simon de Hita
Juan Urisa, Friar
Maria Catarina born 1754
Antonio Joseph born 1758
Maria de la Trinidad born 1759
Lorenzo Gomez [Gomes] was an Infantry soldier. In a 1766 document (see below) he
appears on a list of individuals and heads of families, who are found without
position, destination or work. The document gives the position the person former-
ly had in the Presidio of Saint Augustine--in the case of Lorenzo, the infantry.
The 1770 document (cited below) also lists him as an infantry soldier.
SOURCES: Cathedral Parish Records; Saint Augustine Historical Society Biograph-
ical File; Don Joseph Antonio Gelabert, Representative of the Council
of the Indies to the Crown, 1752, 186 pp., University of Florida,
Stetson Collection, AGI 87-1-14/2, Santo Domingo 2604; Don Juan Joseph
Elijio de la Puente, to [?], May 8, 1770, 70 pp., University of
Florida, Stetson Collection, AGI 87-1-5/4-5-6, Santo Domingo 2595;
Don Jose Elixio de la Puente to Don Antonio Maria Bucarelli,
September 26, 1766, 51 pp., University of Florida, Stetson
Collection, AGI 87-1-5/3, Santo Domingo 2595.
Joyce Elizabeth Harman
Historic Saint Augustine
December 11, 1972