Lot 8, Block 13: BENET STORE
City of St. Augustine
THE ST. AUGUSTINE HISTORICAL RESTORATION
AND PRESERVATION COMMISSION
THE SAINT AUGUSTINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Mrs. Eugenia B. Arana, Translator
Mrs. Doris C. Wiles, Compiler
B L 0 C K 13 1923 City Map
1764 Puente Map # 100 Blk G 1790 Quesada Inventory # 111 Blk 13
1765 Moncrief map Mr. Walton 1834/5 Clements Survey # 1 Blk 13
British: No. 4 Box Block 1905 City Map: Lots 8-9-10
1788 Rocque Map #72 Blk 10 B.A. Masters store
1764 Tabby house of Francisco de Puentes N-S 23 varas x E-W 73 varas.
1765 Puentes was evidently indebted to Walton & Company. No sale
found to or by Jesse Fish
1785 April 12: East Florida Papers, Escrituras 366/229-31
Sale: Jane [Juana] Ward to Marcial [Matias] Pons
House and lot of St. George Street. Carlos Howard
certifies a concession in perpetuity by Governor
Patrick Tonyn, 14 April 1783, to Juana Ward of a lot
and its edifices on the west side of Calle San Jorge,
known as No. 4 Box Block, bounded
North with lane called "de la Saya" [Cuna Street]
South with lot of George Rolfes*
East with St. George Street
West with Spanish Street
*Rolfes must have been a tenant, Nothing listed for him as
owner in this block.
Re: Jane Ward: Wilbur Henry Siebert, LOYALISTS IN EAST
FLORIDA, 1774 to 1785, Vol. II, Records of their claims
for losses . p. 279
No. 97: Jean Ward: House and lot in St. Augustine h150
Moderately valued. No other compensation than W30
for which it was sold after the cession.
"1788 Rocque Map: No. 72 Blk 10: Wattle & daub house in fair
condition, owned by Matfas Pons, with deed.
1790 Quesada Inventory: No. 111 Blk 13: Wooden house with lot
of Marcial Ponze.
1817 Escrituras, Quaderno 2, pp. 67-72 [LC photostat Nos. 4788-4791]
Will of Matfas Pons. States he was son of Francisco Pons and
Agueda Uguet, both deceased; his wife Juana Vila, and his
Da. Antonia, married to Francisco Marin
Da. Agueda, married to Francisco Canto
Lot 8 Block 13
Being gravely ill but of sound mind and judgment and perfect
memory [usual references to faith in the Holy Trinity, etc.[
1. Commits his soul to Almighty God and wishes to be buried
in the Parish cemetery.
2. Masses for his soul.
3. Declares he was married and veiled with Juana Vila and names
his legitimate children of this marriage, all of legal age.
4. He brought no capital to the marriage.
5. Declares his estate to consist of
a. A plantation situated in Moultrie with its buildings
for which he has title from the government;
b. Another plantation or orchard with an orange grove
back of the Governor's house and the swamp, bounded
north with land of Bartolome de Castro y Ferrer, composed
of a few acres, also with title from the government;
c. Also a stone and wood house with a store of
victuals and provisions [viveres y comestibles] situated
in St George Street that goes to the Land Gate, with its
corresponding lot, bounded:
East with said street
West with lot of his son Don Francisco
South with house of the heirs of Dn. Manuel Bendicho
.North with the lane that goes to Tolomato
6. 1 negro called C sar
1 negra called Marfa
20 bee hives
and the furnishings of the house.
7. Various creditors
8. Owes Da. Clara Petrus, widow of Francisco Arnau, 230 pesos.
9. Names Don Francisco and Don Pedro his executors with full
power of disposition; names his four children as heirs,
and revokes former wills and codicils.
The will was signed 27 March 1817 by Juan Villalonga. The.
testator could not sign because his hand shook and his eyesight had
failed. Witnesses: Juan Villalonga, Ram n Rogero and Domingo
Cercopoly, before Juan de Entralgo, Government Secretary.
1819: Testamentary Proceedings [East Florida Papers] Reel 14,
Inventories and assessments of the estate which has remained:
on account of the death of Don Matfas Pons and Dofa Juana VilaV
Lot 8 Block 13
Inventory and assessment that we, Don Francisco, Don Pedro,
Da. Agueda and Da. Antonia Pons, legitimate brothers and sisters,
and of age, made of the estate which has remained on account of
the death of our parents, Dn. Matfas Pons and Da. Juana Vila,
Wooden house located on St.George Street.
First were assessed and inventoried
1600 ft. of beams and rafters at 25 pesos
2000 ft of boards at 30
40 wooden mouldings, 30 feet long at 3 rr.
16 squares of frames and sheathing at 7
7 squares of mouldings and shingles at 5
Floor with 500 ft. of boards at 5 pesos esquadra
100 pounds of nails at 2 rr.
8 pairs of hinges at 6 rr.
Sheathing, shelves and counter
Stone house contiguous to the above
mentioned and located on the same lot.
First were inventoried and assessed 7 esquadras
of stone wall at 20 ps.
7 squares of tabby wall at 10
Kitchens of the aforementioned
For 800 feet of boards
Posts, beams and rafters
Framing and planks
2 doors with hinges
75 pounds of nails
Lot and fruit trees of the
aforementioned two houses.
For 1,080 varas of the lot
12 orange trees at 10
4 orange trees at 8
5 orange trees at 4
1 huckleberry [bush] and various small orange trees
Lot 8 Block 13
Lot back of the old Government House
For 6 acres of land with its orange trees, fences, etc. 550 pesos
1834: Clements survey:
Lot 1. Original claimant Matfas Ponts
Present claimants: Heirs of Matfas Pontes
1838 19 December: St. Johns County Records, Deed Book N p. 401
Power of Attorney from Francisco D. Pons, of Fernandina,
Nassau County, Florida, to Antonio Alvarez. Pons, as
executor of last will and testament of Matfas Pons, deceased,
to sell lot bounded:
East by St. George St, N-S 63 feet
North by Cuna Street, E-W 161 feet
West by lot of Francis Pons 64 feet 6 inches
South by lots of Jose Andreu and Alberto Rogero
and other property, of the estate.
1839 26 March: Deed Book N p. 402:
Deed from Francisco Pons, Peter Pons, et al., to Peter Benet
Peter Pons, Francisco Pons, Antonia Marin and Marfa del Carmen
Ruis del Canto Andreu, heirs of Matfas Pons, deceased, to
Peter Benet,[bounded same as in p/a above]
which said premises belonged to and were part of
the real estate of the said Matias Pons, ancestor
of the parties of the first part . .
Signed by Peter Pons
by Antonio Alvarez, attorney
Maria del Carmen Ruis del Canto Andreu
by Peter Pons, attorney
1840 13 October: City Council Minute Book: Peter Benet applied
for leave to remove his Retail Liquor Shop from the southeast
to the southwest corner of George & Cradle [Cuna] Streets.
1903 14 August: St. Augustine Evening Record
The work of tearing down the old Benet house, corner of Cuna
and St. George St., was begun yesterday preparatory to erecting
a new building on the premises. It is one of the many old
landmarks that are gradually disappearing. [More, regarding
new building, Bernard Masters, owner.]
Lot 8 Block 13
Agueda Antonia Ponz married Francisco Antonio Ruiz del
Canto on February 14, 1801. Maria del Carmen Ruis del
Canto Andreu is obviously their daughter.
'Prior to his purchase from the Pons heirs of lot 8, Pedro
Benet must have had his store for several years in his
house across the street.
In 1827 he had $450 stock in trade, on which he paid $5.00
tax, and a license to sell retail liquors in the years 1827,
1828 and 1829 and 1830. In 1830 his stock in trade amounted
to $499. The Shop licenses cost him $16 a year; real estate 37-1/24.
[Tax Collector's Report]
Pedro Benet died in 1870. From 1871 until 1883 J. R. Benet
held occupational licenses, usually listed for keeping
"a store" or for "goods, wares and merchandise." In 1872
the license was to sell wine and malt liquors; in 1882-3
for tobacco and "segars".
In the St. Augustine News, April 16, 1887, there is a notice
regarding an order to sell real estate of the Estate of
Pedro Benet, by H. S. Teasdale, Administrator.