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Title: Re: Cut of suggested restoration in Sept. 26th record p. 6
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: B8-L1 Benet House
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Creator: Barnes, Eleanor Phillips
Publication Date: 1962
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Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
65 Saint George Street (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Benet House (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
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SenAmhber 97, 1992


Re: Cli* of s)rrp ,steRd lptoratrnr 1n Sntr. o9t4 Inecord.
n. 6.

The TLFPT doe of the nbo t

This wonld bhe ac"s HHnnml4ta or th-e noltp-h s 'i*. WMar of
1)63, 1770s, 1 Pva...ln onre th-~is vacant.
Part of the lot p wb<'@ 'hp lnctr tr +rk hoIue
a little farther nob on St. GCeore.


The a"t4+t '1q enmenptii on pIvos ft a 1--t of a house
ahl, a 14tlle too cle% tn i-Op n rnpr.
Tn 1763 thiFs was locV "H"'H n this nartic.lar spot
'(as te lot of 5an Pa+-i4eo.

Diirinr the pR-itiQ h perier t-hbs i ya tIne Albprmarle Bloack,

Sol. s mowsi;t +vapAnt

Mnnc eoaf shows it varCnt al8o, in the hands of J i. Fish.

Tn 17PP or Rocm iat ps 4 11] vacant btA bloncrinyr to honse
No. g6, In RI. Nn. 9.rie r- cai t' ru no to corfuse
tct two .I"cks. On" wbhih hou eq the ol9 Weinstein proner.ty
anra bphe rnfe r'sc s -e street on THnol us a. I tell Tou this
as in 17PP: The oli A1bemarlp Dilck was No. 9.
The l hbpP(Aeinstein) wam 11. 14 in 17PP and
the Grpnvilloe Bloc' in Brit, iav.b
but
Tn (the numbers wlbch we ni in f-lklinp
of the locks rno)
'I. 4 was Bl. 9

8. 9 "?' Bl. 8.
And Ibat is rn r-ea'rn fo cmotion to those
who 'o not reills there thnps]

At arv rate n 17FC it w"uld he the house of Father
Thomnas Hassett Vnown as ho, 66 in Bl. 9..(after 1790 changed
to P1. P) This is t"e tip of a h'ruse you show to the left
cf 4} aist'' corcer-tirn in ae Pecord,







The middle and right of the artist's conception:


1763, Puente, BI. "K'

On the corner (Weinstein) was Dofa Manuela Dias, No. 147.

There was a space between and No. 14 belonged to Don
Manuel Garcia y Fuentes.

Note: Background on Garcia.

Sept. 5, 1740 Don Manuel Garlea y Pentes married
Theresa de Valdarama.

He was not a native of St. Agusfi ne but was "of
Torregillas". Gave his parents' names. Father was
a Garsla and mother was ^na de Puentes.

Theresa was a native of S4. Augstine, daughter
of Don Thowoa- de Valdarama and Theresa de Barga.

The Valdawama marriage tookV lave August 31, 1699.
Here it was stated that Thomas was son of Francsco
de Contreras and Maria Belen. This I knew was correct,
And here is how it happened.

Maria Pelen (and there was only the one Belen family
here) married Contreras pre 1661 and had several
children, Thomas being born in 1673, the year she married
2nd, Jose de Valdarama. Contreras must have died while
she was pregnant and she married Valdarama at once.
The rest of the children used both names as they grew
up and married, both Contreras and Valdatama but Thomas,
knowing only the latter as father, ,sed only Valdarama.
I suppose without his marriage I would have thought,while
making the Index, that he was really Valdarama's son.

A side light of all fths is right in the middle of your
area. Julian Belen(possibly brother to #aria) married and
had a daughter, Jiana, who married the Fngllsh prisoner
who remained in St. Aciiqstine all his life, William Carr,
My main interest (originally) was that its my own family.
My second brush with this group came when I did the property
book for the City Gate, F rniture Co. And my third meeting
with all this came where I discovered t)he route of the appraiser
in 1-OP, after the 1'02 seige. That whole block today...
the furtTntnre cornany, the parking lot, the children's toy
shop firo Orange to St. George belonged to the Belen's or
to the Car-Valdarama-Belen's I should say. And Valdarama's
step-grand-dasghter, the Belen-Contreras grand-daughter, had
the same spot in 37PR.










I have no background on Vanuela Rui yet but will give It
to you when I find it.
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Next came the British,

This block was called the Grenville Block,

Jesse Fish lists "thebeirs of Don Manuel Garcia"
No. 977 in his Account Boor.

Tis property passed to Spencer uann and James Irpp for
a time. (south of Weinstein)

Manuela Ruii on 4pe corner is not listed so I asswme
she either sold or gave up her place. The fact that
the government owned it later showed that it was not
in private ownership or up for sale. It was used for
the stables of the Governor and the government.
Fver thing was called "the king's" so this was called
the stables of the king" in 178. (and later)


And now we come to the Pnd Spanish period.

On the lP 8 Map these two places were in Block 14

No. 100 was the stables of the ring in charge of Don Man el
"Almanza.

No I01 was house of Juan Carrera in which lived Diego
Carrera. It is listed as Dieon Carrera, house of his
father and from the translation, a house given this
Juan by Governor Tonyn. (British period)

By 1790 this block's number was changed to Bl, 9.

(not to be confused with the block across street n Hypollta
known in 178P as No. 9 but now in 1790 known asa o 8)

There is quite a story attached to this place (the Carrera
House) called today the Slater or Poujoud.








4

Diego Carrera was son of Juan Garrera.
He was born in Minorca in 1763 and
came to Florida with his parents and the
Minorcan Colony in 178R. (Altho we call it
the Minorcan Colony and it has beeb referred to
as such, the British never used anything but the
Greek settlement)

In 1777 during the rebellion and the trek to British
Augustibe, Diego was 14 years old. His father was
a Rum seller and at this time must have Joined
Tonyn'a East 'lorida Rangers or did some other service
for the Governor which was repaid in a house or houses.

I knew Juan Carrera had owned the little stone house
down near the gates(where the park and gift are today
acro fror Oldest wooden School bouse) and I knew
he had sought confirmation of this as a gift for services
rendered(Escrituras, No. 26P) so I assumed when doing
my family history[He was my great rand several times
removed] that this is where the Rum shop was..near the
gates.

However, Census 17 3 gives Juan with a store on St.
George. And it was not the house near the gates for
he did not move into it until after his 2nd marriage.
1785. So it was this other place we call Slater today.

For on the Census 3787, this place(this very house)
Bl. 14, No. 101, was in the hands of Dimgo Carrera
being given tohim b his father, and adiudged to be
the one which Governor Tonyn gave him for services
rendered. Now as it happens, Diego got married Dec.
1787 so this may be the reason why Papa ave him this
shop and house. And for the same reason why he, J&an,
living near the gates for over two 'ea-s, let his foster
son and relative, Josef Carrera have the little place
near the gates(as guests) and moved over to his 3rd house
on Spanish Street in back of the Oldest wooden school house.

This Juan Carrera is the same ond who built the house
over on the corner of the Bay and Circle about which I
have written you before.

At any rate, I think what we have here is the old Garcia
Hew of stone, possibly second floor of wood( if any)
passed thru the hands of the Britishers until it rested
with the British Governor, who gave it away to Carrera
as part payment of his services rendered. Later, for
some unknown reason the Spanish Governor did not agree
with this, and Juan had to seek confirmation of one of
his houses, the one near the rates. Then suddenly Diego
realizes that the home he always thought was his.....






5..
is..in reality...not his at all...but now adjudged to
be a house....(one of many) of the king and going up
for auction in 1791.

Mot to be outdone, DieFg bids it in, May 4, 1791..
Ese, No. 126.

Diego had presumably come to this place sometime after
1777. Was reared here, had it passed ori to him by his
father(he was the eldest son "f the 1st wife)..and
surely thought it was his...

So It became hs' house and as late as 1793 on the
Census he was living there. HIs wife was Clara
Maria Paxety(Paeettt) daughter of the I~AIM ,
Andres Paxety. (The Italian fro Flor-nce)
In 178 Andres was listed as wigmaVer with a house
on Genrres Street as w~11 as land and another house
outside city.
In 17F7 Andr a was living in a rented honse next to
the father. son Thomas(Hassett)...so he was next
'to Father Hassett &n the block irst north of this
'Bl. 14.

By 1793 he was living with Diego Carrera, his son-in-law.
(in th1 house in question) Sincp there are two shops
in this house I have often wondered if Andres plied his
trade here whilh Diero or Juan, his father, used one
side for the Rum shon. Can ynu picture all this?
Dieke was listed as a Calker at one time.
Later Andres bnupht a plantation called "Wueva Mosquitoes"
on the North River and Guano Creek. He died at the age of
76 In March 1P3P.


* You can take yonr pick. He was "of Naples, of Florence,
of Trespani, of Liorna"...Ptc..





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Sentembhe 97, 1992


Re: Cut of s~~nr tedr nestoration in Sn*, P1t. h record.
n,. 6,

The TLFT side of the nhon^.

This wold be across HynPl4ta on the north, side. Mans of
1763, 1770's, 17PP...all showed this vacant.
Part of the lot twhch lhloncnar to th-e house
a little farther no+ith on rt. Gneop,.


The Rat 'sfm cnCeeotin gives ist a bit of a house
bhit a little too close to he corner.
Tn 1713 this was Bloc "H", and this narticular spot
.as the lot of San Patf-iCo.

hD~rin the British erioin thAis was the Albemaile Block,

ape ol1s shows It vacant

Mononref shows It vacant also, in the hands of J. Fisb.

Tn 17PP on Roc.nne t is still vacant fit belonninp to hose
No G, in Bl. No 9.. je ne cait'cn yr,- nrO to confuse
t two locks. One which housed t he old Wpinstein pronerty
and the mpne scross the street on Hvnol ta. I tell vou this
as in 17P8: The old Alhbmarle oblck was No. 9.
The other(A'instein) was BI. 14 In 17PP and
the Grpnville Bloc' in Britimh davs.
but
Tn 17o (the numbers which wpe n- in talVinp
ofr the blocs now)
l1. 14 was Bl. 9

PF. 9 Bl. 8.
And that ,s nI reason foe caution to those
who do not realize these things]

At arv rate in 17PP It would he the house of Father
Thomas Hassett known as No. 66 in Bl. 9..(after 1790 changed
to B. 8) This is the tip of a house you show to the left
of th artist's conceyti on in t' e Record.







The middle and right of the artist's conception:


1763,.Puente, Bl. "K"

On the corner (Weinstein) was Dofa Manuela Diaz, No. 147.

There was a space between and No. 14P belonged to Don
Manuel Garcia y Fuentes.

Note: Background on Garcla.

Sept. 5, 1740 Don Manuel Garcia y ,en.es married
Theresa de Valdarama.

He was not a native of St. Augustine but was "of
Torregillas". Gave his parents' names. Father was
a Garcia and mthetr was Ana de Fuentes.

Theresa was a native of St. Auprstine, daughter
of Dnn Thomas de Valdarama and Theresa de Barpa.

The Valdarama marriage tono place Auprst 31, 1699.
Here it was stated that Thboas was son of Francisco
de Contreras and Maria Belen. This I Tnew was correct.
And here is how it happened.

Maria Belen (and there was nrly the one Belen family
here) married Contreras pre 1661 and had several
children, Thomas being born in l~73, the year she married
2nd, Jose de Valdarama. Contreras must have died while
she was pregnant and she married Valdarama at once.
The sest of the children usri both names as they grew
up and married, both Contreras and Valdatara but Thomas,
knowing only the latter as father, used only Valdarama.
I suppose without his marrialae T would have th*ught,while
making the Index, that be was really Valdarama's son.

A side light of all this is ri0ht in the middle of your
area. Julian Belen(po.s bly brother to ~aria) married and
had a daughter, Jnana, who married the Fngllsh prisoner
who remained In St. Augustine all his life, William Carr.
My main interest (originally) was that its my own family.
My second brush with this group came when T did the property
book for the City Gates Ptrniture Co. And my third meeting
with all this came where T disc covered the route of the appraisers
in 10P, after the 1702 seige. That whole block today...
the furniture cnasny, the parkrin lot, the children's toy
shop from Orange to St. George belonged to the Belen's or
to the CO-Valdarama-Belen's I should say. And Valdarama's
step-grare-darnhter, the Belen-Contreras grand-daughter, had
the same spot in )7PP.





3


I have no bacukround on ranuila Ruir yet but will give it
to yrui when I find 4t,


Next care the Pr4~tsh.

This block was call.d thr Grenville Block.

Jesse Fish lists "tbeheirs of Don Manuel Garcia"
No. 9" 4n his Account Book,

This rroperty pased t1o rnnrnco 'ann and James aipp for
a time. (soith of Weinstein)

Man ela ir on *-e corner is nnot- listed so I assinme
she eif4+t r sold or gave up her place. The fart t~at
the gov rnr~nt owned it later showed that It was not
in private ownership or up for sale. It was sed for
the stables of the Governor and the government.
Fvervthing was called "the king's" so this was called
the stapless of the king" in 17PP. (and later)


And now we come to the ?nd Snanish period.

On the 1P8P Map these two places were in Block 14

No. 100 was the stables of the riIng in charge of Don Mannel
Almanza,

No. 101 was house of Joan Carrera in which lived Diego
Cprrera. It is listed as lDego Carrera, house of his
father and from the translation, a house given this
Jian by Gove nor Tonyn. (British period)

By 1790 this bloc's number was changed to BI. 9.

(not to he confused with the block across street on Hy~olita
known in 17PP as No. 9 but now in 1790 known as ho. )

There is quite a story attached to t1is place (the Carrera
House) called today the Slater or Poujoud.











Diego Carrera was son of Juan Larrera.
He was born in Minorca In 1783 and
came to Florida with his parents and the
Minorcan Colony in 178P. (Altho we call it
the Minorcan Colony and It has beeb referred to
as such, the British never ,tsed anything but the
Greek Settlement)

In 1777 during the rebellion and the trek to British
Augustihe, Diego was 14 years old. His father was
a Rum seller and at this time must have joined
Tonyn's East Florida Rangers or did some other service
for the Governor which was repaid in a house or houses.

I knew Juan Carrera had owned the little stone house
down near the gates(where the park and pift are today
across from Oldest wooden School house) and I knew
he had sought confirmation of this as a gift for services
rendered(Escrlturas, No. 288) so I assumed when doing
my family history[He was my great grand several times
removed] that this is where the Rum shop was..near the
gates.

However, Census 1783 gives Juan with a store on St.
George. And it was not the house near the crates for
he did not move into it until after his 2nd marriage,
1185. So it was this other place we call Slater today.

For nn h+e Census 17P7, this place(this very house)
Bl. 14, No. 101, was in the hands of Diego Carrera
heing given to him by his father, and adjudged to be
the one whnch Governor Tonyn gave him for services
rendered. Wow as it happens, Diego got married Dec.
1787 so this may be the reason why Para rave him this
shop and house. And for the same reason why he, Juan,
living near the gates for over two nears, let his foster
son and relative, Josef Carrera have the little place
near the gates(as guests) and moved over to his 3rd house
on Spanish Street in back of the Oldest wooden school house.

This Juan Carrera is the same one who built the house
over on the corner of the Bay and Circle about which I
have written you before.

At any rate, I think what we have here is the old Garcia
Home of stone, possibly second floor of wood( if any)
passed thru the hands of the Britishers until it rested
with the British Governor, who gave it away to Carrera
as part payment of his services rendered. Later, for
some unknown reason the Spanish Governor did not agree
with this, and Juan had to seek confirmation of one of
his houses, the one near the pates. Then suddenly Diego
realizes that the home he always thought was his ....







5..


is..in reality...not his at all...but now adjudged to
be a house....(one of many) of the king and going up
for auction In 1791.

Not to be outdone, Diego bids It in, May 4, 1791..
Ese. No. 126.

Diego had presumably come to this place sometime after
1777. Was reared here, had It passed ori to him by his
father(he was the eldest son nf the ]pe wife)..and
surely thought it was his...

So it became his house and as late as 3793 on the
Census he was living there. His wife was Clara
Paria Paxety(Pacettl) daughter of the WN"S ,
Andres Paxety. (The Italian from Florence)

In 17P Andres was listed as wigmaier with a house
on George Street as well as land and another house
outside city.
In 17R7 Andres was living in a rented house next to
the father. Lon Thomas(Hassett)...so he was next
to Father Hassett An the block lust north of this
Bl. 14.

By 1793 he was living with Diego Carrera, his son-in-law.
(in thb house in question) Since there are two shops
in this house I have often wondered if Andres plied his
trade here while DiePo or Juan, his father, used one
side for the Rum shop. Can yii picture all this?

Dieeo was listed as a Calker at one time.

Later Andres bought a plantation called "Wueva Mosquitoes"
on the North River and Guano Creek. He died at the age of
76 in Varch lR18.



* You can taie yovr picr. He was "of Naples, of Florence,
of Trespani, of Liorna"...etc..


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