Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: Block 10 – Lot 1
Title: "Old Spanish Treasury"
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Title: "Old Spanish Treasury" Corner of St. George Street and Treasury St.
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: Block 10 – Lot 1
Physical Description: Research notes
Language: English
Creator: Johnson, Alberta
Publication Date: 1938
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: VID00041
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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Don Jose de Prado was treasurer

Don Jose do Prado was treasurer

(#48 Index of Spanish Cedulas)

('10 Inddx of Spanish Gedulas)

From report of Don Diego do Quiroga. Gov. and Captain General of
this city and its provinces, 6th, day of December 1689,,depositio n
of Juan Antonio do Hillescas, master-Joiner, states in part, having
been suzronod with other workmen and officials to examine the
said houses of his Lor Icp'sI residences, they haeio looked at and
examined it and have found it required to have replaced new
timbers, props, upper courses of stone (refers to Covcrnme.nt House)
and made the walls of the first story of coquina and the second of
thin partition walls and the roof of shingles, as-is done in this
Post because the roof it has is rotten and leaky. jouse of the
ioysai Treasurer bein c f the same kind are very old and rotten
(Translated by Miss Spofford from photostats in Library of Congress)
Also "Decree concerning the Royal Hu~ses and their repair" Dec. 5,
1639, Don Diego de Quilrci y Losada, in his report declares that
"whereas when he came to this port he found the Royal houses, as
well as His honor's own residence and likewise those of the account-
ant and treasurer, very dilapidated and almost completely unin-
habitable, he thereupon made an agreement with the Royal officials
to repair them". In the deposition of Juan de Sota is mentioned
the house of the Treasurer, Don Fernandez de Avila.
Above notes from translation by Miss Spofford of photostat copies
of Spanish documents from Archives in Seville, Spain, made for
the Historical Society of St. Augustine.

From translation by Dr. Wendle of a letter in collection of
Buckingham Smith, New York historical Society, made for Historical
Society of St. Augustine; A report of the Governor on Jan. 6,1703,
after the attack on St. Augustine by Moore in 1702 "It would be
well for your Majesty to send some drafts payable in "exico to
build a parish church, a convent and church for the Monks of St.
Francis, houses for the royal governors and royal officers".

Index of Cedulas refer to 209 pesos for rebuilding the churches
and houses ruined by the English.

Index of Cedulas shows that there were seven royal codulas that
treat about the repairs of the church, convent and houses that
burned. Cne of 1721 tells of fin:chine the Convent of.St, Francis.
From these one concludes that in 1702 only the wood-work was
destroyed and the houses then rebuilt on the coquina walls put
in in 1690-1695..-






Notes Alberta Johnscn
November 1938

Corner St.Gecrge Street and Treasury St.

Notes from Miss E.L.Wilsonts Collection

Francisco Menendez born in Florida 1601, Treasurer 1622-1643.
Lowery Colll. anu. Div. L.C* Vol. Vlf, 1621-1657: June 16, 1642
Don Francisco ,enendez 'Marques tells that he was a grandson of
Cen. Pedro Monendez Marques, who was a nephew of Pedro Kcnondez
de Aviles* Hef has served for twenty years as treasurer and
asked to be relieved as steward of provisions.


1751- The Treasurer was Don Juan Estevan do Pena, and his salary; 470
pesos. (Translation by isls .:.L.':ilson from "Cfficials in St.
Au-.ILtine 1751).

.76 From notes made from transcription "Colonial Records England
C0.. 5549, p. 313, "a:inu. Div. L.C. Don Juan Estevan de Pena,
Treasurer officer of the Royal Revenues for his Catholic '-i.jesty
certifies with the Gov. Don Molchor Felin to the transfer of the
eighteen large estates of the Spaniards to Don John Gordon and
Jesse Pish."

1788- :ap of de la Rocque- #l41, Block 18, shows ground floor.

1793- Transfer of Cathedral lot gives "old Treasury" as north boundary.

IV71- Escrituras (Webb :c.:iorisl Library)
p.359 ilov. 2, 1791 Domingo Docdriquez de Leon to --Sanchez, sells
coquina house and lot on St. George -t. which is west boundary-
Juana Perpall on south, lane from the 'a'i"na, north; lots of the
.-ra~-ser and of Jose Peso do Durgo on east, north-scuth 53 yds.
east-west 43 yds.

1,04- Escrituras in Webb Ze:norial Library-briefs by Diss Wilson form
pp423 original Spanish documents in office of Judge of St. Johns County:
424 Confirmation of title by.Cov. White to Francisco Xavier Sanchez,
house and lot #89. block 10: house of coquina and. lot of the King,
occupied by Joacquin Sanchez. House and lot 89, 'block 10 by deed
from Don Domingo Rodriquez de Leon Nov. 2,1791; bounded on south
by house of the King used as a school; other boundaries as p.359,

1803 Spanish Assessor's Inventory (translation Webb Demorial Library)
#89, block 10, house of coquina and lot belonging to the King,
occupied by Joacquin Sanchez and several others, which is called
the old Treasury, bounded on the front by the street leading to
the Puerto de Tierra (County Gate) on the north by a cross street,
on the south by the lot of Juana Perpall, east by Francisco,Sanchez,
2279 teals Coquina, front and back 42 yds. in length, 5 in height,
# yd. thick 3 sections of walls 16 yds. long, 4 high; wall of the
patio 32 yds. long, 5 high. 4 other partition walls 22 yds. in
length, 5 big, .,1/3 thick. Another wall of the patio 19 yds, in
length. 2 sections of wall of kitchen 10 yds. in length, 4 hign,
1/3 thick 4 chimnies, 9 drain tiles, to that which relates to the
woodwork doors, windows, floor and roof; total 4889 reals.
1Noto;; that Don Charles .Howard toos the house at public sale of
Royal properties. Another; That on 'ay 10,1791, deed was issued
in favor of Don Domingo Rodriquez de Leon. Another; that Don D.R.
de Leon recorded deed of sale Nov. 2, 1791 in favor of Sanchez.
I Jotes of Miss E. L. Wilson.
In American State Papers, Public Lands, Vol. 4, p.496. In Testimony
(about 1835) the wardens of the RIman Catholic Church versus the
United States, asks for confirmation of title to a lot of land
in the city of St. Augustine and upon which the church and school
house now stands, the lot is bounded north by Jos. h.i Hernandez
and heirs of Peso de Burgo. F.X.Sanchez died about, 1807, and
since that date the old Treasury =must have been transferred to
I 1ernandez. miss 'Wilson also states she has becn unable to find


7 any references to this property during the English period.

Diligent search through the St. Johns County Archives so far has
failed to locate a deed to this property to Fernandez. In the
docd books and court files are records relating to mortgages,
power of attorney, deeds and agreements between Jos i. hernandez
and Daniel Griswold as to partnership and management of St.Joseph'
Plantation but no specific connection of iernandez i1ith this par-
ticular piece of propriety.

1833- St. Johns County Archives Deed Book "M",p.170
.Iortgage- Daniel Griswold and IMary, his wife to James Heilbron
(of South Carolina) mortgages as security for bond payable March
5, 1838, "it being the same house fornorly used as Spanish
Treasury" with description of boundaries. Satisfaction of
Mortgage, May22, 1838.'

1833- Deed Book "N" p.2, Deed iEcilbron to Griswold.

1837- Deed Book "N" p.156 Deed of James Eeilbron and wife to Seth S.Peck.

1837- Deed Book "N" p. 441. St. Johns County Archives
Iay 28, Deed Saiuel Griswold and wife to Seth S. Peck
"All that certain lot of land with the dilapidated buildings
thereon, bounded west by St. George St, south by Catholic Church,
east by lets of Hodick and L-anson, north by cross street; the same
premises as formerly used as Spanish Treasury. (Subject to
raortgago to James lieilbron of Charleston, the party of the second
part to pay).
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In Leed Book "M" p.48 is recorded the Diploma of Dr. Seth S. Peck,
signed in New London, Conn. 1812, by John R. Watrous, President
of the Connecticut Medical Society and Samuel H.P.Leo, Thos. Colt
and John C. Miner, Ex Commirttee for the County of New London.
Dr. seth Peck was a practicing physician in St. Augustine for
many years and as far as is known, opened the first drug store in
this town in the part of the old treasury building now used by
the Women's Exchange as a shop.

By the will of Miss Anna Burt, the grand-daughter of;:Dr. Peck,
the title to this property went to the City of St. Augustine, a
deed of gift to be used as an ante-bellum museum.

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