Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: Block 10 – Lot 1
Title: [Notes on Dr. Peck house]
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Title: Notes on Dr. Peck house
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: Block 10 – Lot 1
Physical Description: Research notes
Language: English
Publication Date: 1968
Copyright Date: Public Domain
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Box: 4
Divider: B10 L1 - Dr. Peck History
Folder: Block 10 Charlotte St.
Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
143 Saint George Street (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Dr. Peck House (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Peña-Peck House (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine -- 143 Saint George Street
Coordinates: 29.893507 x -81.312774
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Bibliographic ID: UF00094115
Volume ID: VID00085
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: B10-L1

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October 11, 1968

March 12, 1821 Iaria del Carmen Sanchez Dewees, Felipe
Dewees, and Jose Simeon Sanchez sell
house to Joss Mariano Hernandes
February 5, 1833 James Heilbron th Daniq. Griswold -
indenture for ~lO
May 28, 1837 Daniel Griswold to Seth S. Peck --
subject to mortgage held by James
June 29, 1837 James Heilbron to Seth S. Peck -
completion of mortgage

Jose Mariano Hennandez acquires the house from Philip
Dewees, his wife IMaria del Carmen Sanchez, and her son Jose Simeon
Sanchez ~arch 12, 1821.
S"a house of ou property that at the present time consists
SAc of some walls of stone covered with shingles and very deteriorated,"
(v "we sell the said house and lot with its entrances, etc., free of
all incumbrances, etc., for the amount of' 1600 k;os." (see East
/ lorida Papers, "scrituras, 1821.)
^ The Hernandez claim to house and lot was not recognized
by the United States government when they took over the Jast
^1 Florida territory. (see Soanish Land Grnts in Florida, volume I
unconfirmed claims, p. 167.) It is not clear though why this claim\
& i. was rejected because, in the description, it goes on to say "title
derived fron a bill of sale, 3/12/1821, to Joseph M. Hernandez fro/
Philip Dewees -- on file in the archives kept by William Reynolds.
,(sees American Stat Papers, volume VI The u-~o Lands, p. 113)
No specaiic record can be found o/ who odns the house
or what happens to it in the next --years. It is not shown
whether the Hernandez claim was accepted later by the United States
or the house j and lot were sold. In 1828 "a lot of General Joseph
IM. Hernandez" is used as the west boundary in a transfer of property
from John i. Sanchez to John T. Hedrick. (Deed Book "H" p. 160)
In 1825 Joseph Hernandez formed a partnership with Mathew
J. Keith for the management of a sugar plantation at the head of ,
the Matanzas River called St. Joseph's. This partnership -
dissolved ;.:ny 12, 1831, and Keith took a mort place from -
to Daniel S. Griswold. Hernandea owed money to numerous persons in
connection with the operation of the plantation --among them Daniel
S Griswold. Some action in connection with this debt could possibly
e n th transfer of ownership of the house fron Hernandez to
Griswold/,I but a thorough searching of newspap rs, deed books and
court case has not uncovered the actual transaction,/(Note added
by biss am ly L. 'ilson in her Notes from Dccd Books folder in the
St, August ne Historical Society, "This must have been included in
one of the transfers of Hernandez of all of his properties.")

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,Later, in 1835, Hernandez took a loan of .38,000 from the Union
Bank of Florida to pay off his creditors -* but by this time the
house was in someone else's name. (For a more complete recording
of these transactions aees St. Johns County Deed Books or a
summation in Florida Historical Quarterly, 1956 57, volume 35,
pp. 31334!4. "The 2arly Sugar Industry in Florida* by wilbur
The next recorded action concerning the house is an
nd n. from James Heilbron of South Carolina to Daniel S.
S-~. of East Florida in consideration of the sum of ,~1100.
SThe indenture is dated February 5, 1833, but is not recorded
until November 20, 1837 at the request of Seth Peck. (sees Deed
Book "N" p, 2) On March 5, 1833, a mortgage is recorded -- Daniel
Griswold to James Heilbron for $11iJ on this house -- due March
5, 1838. Marginal note records this as paid May 22, 1838. (sees
Deed oBook m" p. 170)
-L1aiYniel Griswold sells "a certain lot of land with
Dilapidated building theron" to Seth S. Peck, M.D, on May 28,1837,
for $350,00 -- subject to mortgage held by James' eilbron, (see:
Deed Book "M" p. 44tl) /r. Peck becomes full owner of the property
June 29, 1837 a-uporhis payment of 3918 to James Heilbron to
complete the sqrtgage held. (sees Deed Book "N" p. 156)

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