ST. AUGUSTINE HISTORICAL RESTORATION AND PRESERVATION COMMISSION
P. O. Box 484 46 St. Georg St.
ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA
Present block 28, lot 1
1. 176L In Puente's and Jeffrey's time the lot appears as a part of the Plasa.
2. 1788 In Rocque's time the whole section of the block appears like a lot
with the following note written on it. fLot of private property as shown
by its foundations." ("lan de proniedad particular que marcan sus cimientos.)
3. 1790 Cuesada's list sayd: Not~hing.
4. 1798 -On Sent. 2 --
To be informed by .he 1Major Engenear (Sg.) hiite.
The map of the city that shows that for tne formation of the Main Plasa
should continue the line of the house where lived Captain of the
Grenadiers, Don Gines Oliva, following to the E. until reaching the
line of the street in which lives Dn. Francisco Patio, remaining by this
mean, after the houses had been built, forming the front of the Plasa that
faces the S. and as the lot solicited by the supplicant has enough exten-
sion to build two houses building one in the following of the line of the
street of the Hospital giving its widest front to the Plaza, and another to
the end that joined with the street of Un. Francisco Fatio, in the same way
with its widest front at the same lace will t eautify much more than if
would only one be built and the rest of the lot would be fenced.
If you think to give this lot it would result in some day that if the
room that serves as the entrance of the commisary, which door is at the N.
of the building it would be necessary to open another corresponding to the
street of the Hospital and to close the one that is open today causing an
inconvenience as the floor of the house where the pharmacy is higher than
the level of the street, they can not make a door corresponding to this
without forming a grade of three or four steps that would facilitate the
going up and in the case of doing it the street would be with this imper-
fection and perhaps it would be a bother to the going of carriages because
the street ij too narrow in this part.
In order to take care of any wrong doing and to save now the cost of
opening new 'ioors to these offices, it could provisionally be left between
them and the lot a street four or five varas wide and by this means open
the nass for communication with them and verified the establishment of the
Hospital on a place more retired from the center of the city the land that
forms the provisional street could be united tc the rest given to the
sur licant, what is as I may iriformn, etc. etc.
August 6 1798
(Sg.) i~dro Diez Berrio
No. 76 To the Governor
Dn. Antonio Matanzas, graduate captain and only assistant of this Presidio -
with function of Sargento Mayor with iuch respect makes present to Your
Lordsrir that he finds himself in nee- of a lct to b'ild a house where to
live and having news that the one between the 'laza and the rooms of the
PHarmacy and the accountant fcr tre Ho.oital i" 'oinin te be given, I ask for
it although it be a nalf in case it ciUllu not be the whole.
Favor that I hope to have frcm tne ,niown Justice of Your Lordship.
St. Aurjstine, Oct. Ist, 179?.
The lot, on which to build a house, solicited from Your Lordship by
Captain ''ayor Assistant of this 'residio, Ln. Antonio Matanzas, was given
by your Lordshir by Decree of 7 of the last month (Sent.'I to Dr.. Thomas
Traver and in tne writing last -rpsented ,to your Lordshin asking for it and
was given the Decree of "'our Lordship to be informed, I made it saying that
for the formation of *he Dlaza must be .continued the line of the house where
lives Ca-tain of the ';renadiers, Oin. Gines .liva, following to the beach
to join the line of the street where ln. Francisco Fatio lives, saying as
well that instead of one house as Traver hafd proposed to build would be built
two in order to give the lot enough extension building one following the
line of the street of the Hiosnital giving its widest front to the Plaza and
building the other tr the end that joins with.the street of Fatio; and as
the othpr, with its widest front to the "laza with the end to avoid fences
that in any way :contribute tc its beautifying, adding what I thought Droperly,
to make a oravis onal street to the bac' to rive communication to the
comptrollership and i'harmacy of the Kinri in order to excuse expenses to open
new doors for tnese office,. Thait this is wnat T can inform Your Lordship
to fulfill your orior order in order to serve your Lordship to determine
what would be pleased you. L-.. ugustine, Occt. 1, 1798
(Sp.) Pedro Diaz Berrio
5. (?) Sold by Estate of thomas :'raver to Fernando de la Maza Arredondo.
Source: Alvarez index to deeds. St. Augustine Historical Society.
Note: Dr. Thomas Travers came to St. Aupustine with his regiment, (he was
surgeon in the British Army'i wh-e t.he province of Florida passed to the
British Goverrjnent. *4hen the "rcvince was agair passed to the Spanish,
the British troops were removed, but Jr. Thcmas Pravers remained in the
practice of his 'ofession, and was for many years the leading physician
of that city, celebrated fcr nis skill and eminent virtues,
source: What I Know of the Travers Family. M. ':. eid. Fernandina, 1882
(T,. A g it i e i s t cr "-,1 t-.ity typescri)
6. 1834 Clements survey shows:
Original claimant: Thomas Travers
Present claimant: C. and J. Horton
7. 1840 John S. Horton drawing #17 shows: S. M. dakeman
8. 1846 Jan. 27. Seth M. Wakeman was proprietor of City Hotel.
Source: Florida Herald and Southern Democrat
9. 1850 Census Seth M. Wakeman. Age, 42, Merchant from Connecticut
has grocery story in City Hotel.
10. 1855 May 7, Seth M. Wakeman married Ann S. Horton, as his second wife.
Source: Tririty Church.
11. 1880 Oct. 22, Gillmore map shows:
Lot of Fernando de la Maza Arredondo Jr. (See the drawing enclosed.)
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