Bartolome Juan Josef Villalonga (1789-1825 /?1 Born Saint Augustine)
Son of Juan Villalonga and Mariana Cardona--both of Minorca
Married Maria Acosta--but no record of marriage turned up.
Juan Ladislao (1817- ?) He married Jane Fernandez and they had at least
one dhild, Leonila Dominga, born in 1843 and baptized in 18h5 at
Maria de los Dolores Bibiana (1818- ?) She must have died as an infant or
young child because when her father died in 1825 only the son is mentioned
as surviving him.
No information turned up on Bartolome Villalonga's occupation etc.--although there is
information available on his father.
Apparently the first mention of Bartolome' Villalonga's house on Lot 6, Block 13
is in the will of his father, Juan Villalonga, which is dated January 2, 1821. The
pertinent part is as follows, but contains no description of his house.
I declare that the lots where a children Margarita and Bartolome have
built their houses are part of the flot of- the stone house that belongs
to me but which I had granted to them so that they could build their
homes under the boundaries marked by their fences.,
The houses of Bartolome" Villalonga and his sister, Margarita Acosta, may have been
built between 1790 and 1821 since the Quesada Inventory (1790) lists only one house
(# 113) belonging to Juan Villalonga.3 However, in 1820 the property north of
Bartolome'Villalonga was sold and the boundaries of this property (lot 7, block 13)
were described as follows:
bounded north with house and lot of Matias Pons, West with lot of Alberto
Roye /Roger7 South with Tot of Bartolome Villalonga, and measuring N-S
17 varas, E-Tl 4 varas.
Consequently, it 'is uncertin V.exactly:whei.Bartoloe :Villalonga built his. house.
Bartolome Villalonga apparently died in 1825. His wife Maria A. Villalonga out
a notice in The East Florida herald dated September 6, 1825. It read as follows;
Six weeks from the date hereof I shall apply for Letters of Administration
on the Estate of Bartolome Villalonga late of St. Johns County, deceased..
Unfortunately, the papers relating to his estate are apparently no longer extant--they
could not be located at the Courthouse which has some gaps in its records.
Maria Acosta Villalonga, the widow of Bartolome Villalonga, married Francisco Pons,
the widower of Mariana Villalonga Pons (sister of Bartolome Villalonga), in 1830
In 1837 Francisco D. Pons, his wife, Mary A. Pons, Juan L. Villalonga and his wife,
Jane, sold Bartolom' Villalonga's property (block 13, lot 6) to.Mary M. Andreu
for twelve hundred dollars. The Deed Record describes the property as follows:
All that Lot or parcel of Land with a Dwelling House and out Houses
belongings ? 7- situate lying and being in Said City of S. Augustine
County of S. Johns Territory aforesaid, bounded as follows- On the East
by S George Street: on the WeStreeyt Sn the Street: on the North Lot of
Joseph Andreu; and on the South by Lot of Margaret Acosta, measuring in
front North and South seventeen yards and eight inches; and in depth
East and West twenty or thirty /Z7 three yars-!
Mary M. Andreu was the wife of Joseph Andrew /Andreu] who in 1834 wned the Ortega
House (block 13, lot 7) immediately north of Bartolome Villalonga.
Mrs. Andreu for Andrew/ sold the property to Mary Merced Zehnbauer with the
"Dwelling House and Out-Houses" in 1851 for four hundred dollars. There is a
second sale to Mary Zehnbauer from "ary Andreu for the same property for five
hundred dollars in 1854.
The only description of Bartolome Juan Josef Villalonga's house that turned up
was from an archeologist's report. It is as follows:
The heirs of Batholeme Villalonger /Bartolome Juan Josef Villalonga7 lived
in the middle building, which dated to the second Spanish period, but at
least one wall was the same age as that of its northern neighbors
Steinbach's crews have found. This building, at least two stories, had
about four rooms on the first floor.
1. See Juan Villalonga genealogy; Saint Johns County Coourtusse ./lorida7,
Deed Book K, pp. 302-05, June 1, 1834.
2. Library of Congress, East Florida Papers, Escrituras, Quaderno 1, p. 30,
Last Will and Testament of Juan Villalonga of Minorca, January 2, 1821. Also see
Site History, Lots 5-6-7, Block 13, pp.1-2.
3. See Site History noted above p. 2.
4. See Site History, Lot 7, Block 13, p. 13.
5. East Florida Herald (Saint Augustine), Tuesday, October 18, 1825, p. 1.
6. See Juan Villalonga genealogy.
7. Saint Johns County Courthouse Floridaj, Deed Book M, p. 439, March 15
8. Saint Augustine Historical Society, Biographical File (source is 1850 Census).
9. Saint Johns County Courthouse FloridaJ, Deed Book P, p. 239, August 13,
1851; Saint Johns County Courthouse FloridaJ, Deed Book P, p. 359, April 5, 185h.
10. Sunday Record and Times-Union August 20, 1967. Also see Site History,
Lot 8, Block 13 (Benet Store7. The folder at the Saint ^ugustine Historical Society
contains the clipping from the above-cited newspaper.
Joyce Elizabeth Harman
Historic Saint Augustine
October 25, 1972