Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: Block 8 - L 12, 14, 16
Title: Historical report of lots 14 & 15, Block 8
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Title: Historical report of lots 14 & 15, Block 8
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: Block 8 - L 12, 14, 16
Physical Description: Report
Language: English
Creator: Parker, Susan R.
Publication Date: 1990
Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine
Coordinates: 29.895678 x -81.312084
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Bibliographic ID: UF00091361
Volume ID: VID00004
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution.
Resource Identifier: B8-L12

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What is approximately the northeast quadrant of present-day

Block 8 of the City of St. Augustine was a single lot during the

second Spanish period with small structures of boards. The 1764

map of the town by Juan Joseph Elixio de la Puente (Figure 1)

indicated no structures in this area. This part of the block

would have been particularly vulnerable to potential destruction

arising from any military threats to Castillo de San Marcos.

Based on measurements from the Puente key, this northeasterly

part of the block was not in private ownership. The contemporary

map (1763) by the Spanish engineer, Pablo Castell6 (Figure 2),

does, however, show buildings in the area of the northeast

corner. Likewise, the British map made in 1765 by James Moncrief

shows a house made of wood located right on the corner.

The first documented owner of this area is a married couple,

Joseph Ales (also listed as "Eldes" and "Perles") and his wife,

Maria Pons, members of the town's Minorcan group. This property

measured 120'6" on Charlotte Street, 178'6" on the "alley" [Cuna

St.], on the west, 149' and along their common boundary with the

deceased Thomas Clark, 74'6" [sic].

Joseph de Aguirre, owner of the lot in 1785, stated that the

prior owner of the house and lot had been the same Eldes, who

apparently resumed ownership from Aguirre after some financial

"adjustments." Shortly after Eldes' death in 1792, his widow

sold the house and lot to Pedro Rodriguez de Cala for 330 pesos.'

Both the map made by Mariano de la Rocque in 1788 (Figure 3)

and documents relating to the ownership of the property indicate

small buildings of wood. Rocque's map shows three buildings,

while the narrative documents state only "a house of wood with

its lot situated on Charlotte Street purchased from a British

subject." The Eldes family lived in present-day Block 7 along

Charlotte Street in a house measuring 14' on Charlotte St. and

18' deep. Their personal documents do not reveal their use for

the property in Block 8.2

There are no further documents for this parcel during the

colonial period. The absence of transactions is substantiated by

the 1835 Clements map. It lists Jane Rodriguez, probably a

relative of Pedro Rodriguez de Cala, as the owner of the lot.

Susan R. Parker
HSAPB Historian
September 14, 1990

'Will of Jose Ales, 1792 February 11, East Florida Papers
(EFP), Bundle 368, p. 379; Deed From Juan Centas in the absence
of her husband, Peter Nevett, to Pedro Rodriguez de Cala, 1792,
EFP 368, P. 370; deed from Maria Eldes, widow, to Pedro Rodriguez
de Cala, 1792 April 15, EFP 368, p. 406. The measurements for
this transaction are stated in feet and inches, not varas.


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