PROGRESS OF RESEARCH ON BLOCK 10, LOT 1, ST3 AUGUSTINE
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1791 um ing doodi uet/de on buys house from Howard
1791 0isco avier Sanches b from do Leon
1807 lia del Camen. SnoCh. wife of Francisco Xavier Sanches,
Inherits the use ? Frpanoisco Xavier sanchez
1813 -Maria del caIaen Sincheg Dewea her husband,* i noDowell
and Maria Carmen delC nsachez's son M inches.
inherit the house from Maria del Carmen 3anche
1821 Maria del Carmen Sanchez Dowses and Felipe Dewess and Jose
Slimeon Sancies ...-..th h- a to Jogse ri'Pano,, U-desj
1833 Jages Helb on and wife Hariset satL-to Daniel L, Griswold
1837 Daniel L, Grieawld and wife t 4 to jSth S. tPek. M.,
1841 Sarah Lay Peck inherits house at death of Dr. Seth Peek.
1879 gay &. cI and eb cca Pck inherit house from Sarah Lay
Peeks ItWOL^eW/r/a/ "7^/C? /T/ Z
1910 ary L. Pek inherits whole interest in house at Rabeeca's
1912 Anna # BuRt inherits house from Mary L. Peaks 4*ta1i l Fk' kA/T
1931 City of St. Augustine be&goaehd house bL Anna G. Burt
Breaks in Documentation,
-There is considerable confusion in the dating and substan-
tiation of the Eritish period from 1763 1783 as the information
,Ql was Sained following 1783 and had to do with disputed titles in
- British courts and with qu secret trust agreements,
Then there is a clear break from Hernande'*s ownership in
S1821 to thaltof eilbrn in 1833. Beyond this there is a question
S as to the enumberancoa the transfers from Heilb~rn to Griswold
"to Peck in the years 13 Mo sa,.----f = f
Further, the will of Seth Peck indecipherable and-its
disposition of the house is largely inferred from later ownership
of the house by his wife and her heirs.
The record is clear from 1791 at the Quesada sale through
1821 with the purchase of Hernandes And it is clear froe Sarah
Lay Pock in 1879 to its bequest to the city in 1931.
The oywnrship of the house after the death o Sarah Lay Peck
is as follows$ Dr Seth Peck passed the house o to his wife rrs.
oarah Lay Peck*. Fis. Peck kept the house and t en passed it on
to her daughters r:y L. Peck and Rebecca Peck. They in turn
passed it on to Ann G. Burt who willed the property to the city
under the condition that it be maintained as an antebellum house
and that if razed o otherwise destroyed the property be turned
over to the Florida National Bank of Jacksonville, her trustee.
Some confusion e ists as to the course of ownership follow-
in; Dr. Peck's death. \ ie will of Mrs. Sarah Lay Peck was not
entered into the public records until 1912, 33 years after her
dea&t As her w persona property, other than minor
bequests to her son and andchildren to her daughters iMary L.
and Rebecca Peck, a -pub tatement -i e and the two daugh-
ters quietly became tacit owners of the property.
However, on the death of r:ary L. Peck, the~,irviving daugh-
ter of Sarah Lay Pock, the property we-to-pass to the granddaugh-
ter of Sarah Lay Peck, Anna G. Burt. And in order for the property
to pass, Anna had to probate the will of her grandmother, her
aunt and her uncle (Dr. John E. Peckk. Thus in 1912 she does
probate the wills of Sarah Lay Peck, ry L. Peck, and John E.
Peck and thus, as closest surviving heirc es the owner of
all the non-assigned property descendent from 3~ Lay Peck to
Mary L. Peck, the last of the St. Augustine Pecks toie f
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SThis assumption as to the pasoag-e fror Seth to 3arah is base.!
on sarah's having it after Seth's death and John's not having it.
ThO~N44ct of the matter should come out on examination of Seth's
Too, taxes paid as part of expenses in final settlement in pro-
bate of Sarah's will show her to be owner.
Further, the following quote from S-eth's will shoves the house
to have passed fror, him to his wife, ie., "...residual of my re-.
and personal estate including lot and dwellin;, in which we live,
furniture and all other estate nct already bequeathed, and de'bt
from brother John Peck as per annex schedule." 2~ gcs.-...
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There is, in addition to general documentation the accumulation
of clippings now on file at the Historical Society library. It is
of interest, although it is not particularly accurate.
Items from ,-'Awpacr articles--
House rebuilt 1690-95 of stone to replace earlier wooden struo-
Partially destroyed during Governor Moore (of 3. C.) attack on
the city in 1702. Wooden sections added after that date.
1803-house listed in King's name and made of coquina. Sold in
1804 to Francisco Xavier Sanchezs
House remodeled in 1832 (including tearing out of the east wing)
following the purchase by Dr. Seth Peck of Old Lyme, Conn. Wide
boards for floors and doors were shipped from New England (1835-42
Seminole War made it impossible to obtain building materials in this
vicinity.) Furnished with many colonial antiques including some that
were part of Mrs. Sarah Peck's dowry* Dr. Peck used downstairs south
room as a doctor's office and the northwest room for his apothecary
Miss Anna G. 3urt, granddaughter of the Seth Pecks, occupied the
house following the death of her aunts--Missss Mary and Rebecca Peck.
She willed the house to the City of St. Augustine. Miss Burt died
in the same roon as she was born jk and is buried in the family plot.
(She tried not to publicize the long background of the house. Would
not let anyone dig in the garden without her presence because she was
afraid that someone would uncover buried treasure.)
From newspaper articles in the Historical Society folder on The
Spanish Ire'urer's House,
St. Aurustine Record Feb. 19, 1939
Feb. 11, 1962
Mar. 12, 1961
June 27, 1968
Miamli Herald June 8, 1958
Article on background prior to 1690 not included--st. Augustine Record
April 9, 1942.
pictures checked in St. Augustine Historical Society
Burt House-good interior made in 1930's
Cathedral (before 1887 fire)-rear of church with Burt Ifouse in
foreground. (no negative number) Roof low pitched
St. George street South of Treasury Street- negative number 2292*
and number G59*
fin and about St. Augustine Florida" :.arch 1886, Information raout
the same as in the photo file,
SThese may be the photos that proved later to be immediately to the
south of The Burt House on St. George Street. If ao they are not of the