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The "Dodge-Watkins" Houses: From the Fleanor P. Barnes file.
A study of the area, only about one third of the block.
Bounded east by St. George, south by Cuna and west by Spanish.
1763: Puente, Sq. "D".
No. 67: Houses of Arrivas(no need repeat here)
No. 68: House ofAntonia de Avero( no need repeat, have her basic)
stone house, 15v x 35 v.
No. 69: Masonry houses of Antonio Jose Rodrigues, 23 vx 70v
Rodriguez married July 27, 1719 (Ph. 315, CPR)
to Maria Manuela RodrlIuez. He was son of Jose
Antonio Rcdriguez and Gertrude Morales. She was
daughter of Auristin Rodriluez and Maria Agfuar.
His father.."of Seville"..Her father "of Grenada"..
Both mothers were natives.
No. 70: Jose Sanchez de Ortigosa, stone house, 16v x 46v.
This is the corner.
Sanchez Ortigosa married Jan. 18, 1714(Ph. 284 CPR)
Juana Thedora Ferez. He died 1750, she 1761.
He was of Rhondo, Spain(Ronda) 'rey were parents
of the well known Ffancisco Xavier Sanchez of
both British days and 2nd Sp. days. Also grandparents
of the other 6anchez boys in town during 2nd Sp. period.
Bernadino, Nicolas and Jose. (Being sons of J.S. de 0. Jr.
brother of P.X.)
Note: Both these families, No. 69 and No. 70 are
known as Firat Florida famili s and have descendants
in town. EPB..
Thus stood this section In 1763 when Juan Elixio de la Puente
took the head count.(or house count)
BRITISH PERIOD..Rainsford Block
Mr. Fipp was on the site of No. 68 above. Property in question.
de Solis: 1766
If you will study these last two as much as I have you
will note that both had different ways of drawlnp houses.
You will note soTe were in checkred fashion on d S nli
and some were solid and partly solid orn 9ery.
Fir C:': ce..e (-s
of wood. At least we known theO? meant to cronv~ a anrremns,.
1788 Rocque: Sq. 7.
No. 41 James Paras or Santiago Prados.
On the lot of Jose Peso de BIurao(he was In planting
partnership w:th him)
No. 42: STONE HOUSE and kitchen of wood
Don Antonio Fernandez In charge. (Antonia de Avero's
son in law) If you use Rocane Measurements Tyo will
get exactly 15 v. for t'e n-a measurement.
It is well here to look at the block for a moment as other
names often appear as south neighbor of the house we seek.
Behind Jaime Prados on Cuna was Sebastian Coll, Rafael
Hernandez was next on Cuna, Pedro Llul was next to him and
Pedro de Cuena was on corner. Spanish and Cina. All these
properties could be said at one time or another to be south
border of ours(Dodv~-Wp'a re)
All these people were "of the MinorcangrouT"...
Spain had returned in 1783 after 20 years of Pritish
ownership. The Minorcans had come in 1768 to New Smyrna and
in 1777to St. Aug.
SANTIAGO PRADOS was of Minorca, was 50 Tears old
on the 1786 Census. No. 66.
Wife, his second wife to be exact,was Margarita Vivas
and of the ape of 37, He had been married to Prancesca Prats.
Hence the mix up and various ways of spelling his name.
Prados is mentioned on the Census ,f 17P7 as well, was a
Catholic, wife and child, had a house or let belonpInp
to Pepine( pet name for Jose Peso de Burpo)
Prados listed in 1783 and In 1793 as well.
Still there on Tax list of 1790. Bl. 12, No. 105.
He is important as he was father in law of both Francisco
Arnau and Pedro Pucha who figure p-ominently In this rarticul1ar
area of "Dodge Watkins".. (See Father Camps, tr. pages 3, 19
also RIKJXMXCNX Censns 1793, No. 145)
Tax list of 1790: Bl. 12, No. 304
Small coquina hose and lot belonpine to the king...UTJjess
kitchen of wood..Bounded:
n.. heirs of Arrivas
s. Jaime Prados
e. St. Geo.
w. Spanish St.
23v x 71 v. It had NOW...since 1788 to 1790 picked up
P varas of the Prados property or more soectficallv the
de Burgo lot..No. 41.
1991: RAe. No. 119. Juan Sanche rsb 'n this property.
Juan Sa. n"'" its r r;>d -1'2?yi7
jiar. 1- t
mov -us.* o-v. iwrvernor wnile conrirms this property
to hers of Juan Sanehez. No. 104, Bl. 12, same measurements.
1803, Ne. 332v. Mrs. Sanchez sells one half to Juan Parades.
The south 11 and one half varas. She told
hew property was adjudged to her by her
deceased husband with a HOUSE BUILT by him.
But she sold the south half ..the lot..with
some type house on it. (possibly part of that
old wooden kitchen house) Draw 15 v. add 8 frem
from the south lot..then split the 23 varas
in half (on the 1788 map) and you have the old
kitchen on or close to the south half.
1813 March 4. Ese. llv. Marin, acting for Juana Parades
sells to Pedro Pucha THIS SOUTH half, with a HOUSE
built by her father...This is the so called Dodge.
Rightly titled now the PARADES HOUSE, 1803.
Some 22 days later. Esc. 29v. Mrs. Sanchez sells the north part
with WOODEN HOUSE to Pedro Puoha. So now Pedro has both places.
Gaspar Arnau had been renting from Mrs. Sanchez before she sold.
Juan Baptista Parades married Elizabeth Ridavets, Dec. 19, 1786.
He is listed on the Census of 1786. Juan Baptista Payeres.
Of Majorea. He had a daughter, Juana, 18 months old,
Wife was Elizabeth Ridavets of Minorca. She was 28, he was
31 and a sailor.
Pedro Pueha was of the Minorcan Colony. On the 1783
Census as a bachelor, on the 1786 Census with wife, Prancesca
Pretee, daughter of Jaime prados/Pretos. (No. 82, 1786)
1820 Pedre Fueha was Atill owner of the houses.
By 1834 Stephen Arnau was listed as owner. (grandson of Santiago,
Jaime Pradea, son of Francisco Arna who married Prados, da-ughter
It is only sensible to assume that it was Pucha who took both
the houses and made them tito one house. He was the only
owner who had TWO(not too old house) side by side. Recall Sanchez
built his on the north half after 1791. Paredes built his on the
south half in 1803. HE DID NOT BUY HALF A HOUSE AND BOARD UP A DOOR.
HF BUILT A HOUSE...IRO~. Thereffer the "an who joined the two had
to be Pucha. And the persons w nting to separate the two by
cementing the doors had to the "EXT owners..the Arnaus...after 1820
and pre 1834.
No matter..,you still have in that area the old 2nd Spanish
House, the PAPEDES HOUSE, 1803..and the SANCHEZ HOUSE, 1791-1801.
NOT THE RODRIGUEZ HOUSE NOT THE AVERO HOUSE....But the
JUAN SAN5 lT7S'2...-
Maybe the two(if ever they are owned solely) could be called
the Puoha house, 1813 but the PAREDES and the SANCHEZ, the JUAN Sanchq
is more correctly the proper title. NEVER..the Rodriguez.
It was Arnau(the Watkins or old Juan Sanchez place) until 1865 or
1866 then to my grandfather, Roscoe Perry. He was a Yankee who
was stationed here with the l1hConn. in the days of the Civil
War. Grandma was a Minorcan rirl. They married Oct. 185.
J. 67 Pwa t errl first hto ~ a
Ja.n. 461h867 Perrr sold to 'Vary S1TrTs-.*
And ea the "Dodge"-Paredes
and they in turn to James
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