Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: Block 12 – Lot 18
Title: [Letters to Mr. Newton]
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Title: Letters to Mr. Newton
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: Block 12 – Lot 18
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Language: English
Creator: Barnes, Eleanor P.
Publication Date: 1963
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Folder: Sanchez de Ortigosa B12-L18
Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
60 Saint George Street (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Sanchez de Ortigosa House
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Coordinates: 29.895848 x -81.313221
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June 5, 1963

Memo: To Mr. Newton

Monday I sent in the report known as
Assignment No. 1.

I am in the middle of Assignment No. 2
and I have uncovered another Complex.
Because it came about during (and because)
the research on No. 84 and No. 83, 1763
Puente and because it dropped right into
the area about which I spoke to you many
months ago, I will add it to Assignment No. 2.

It is important enough to satisfy anyone and
has definite possibilities. It concerns the
Sanchez families on which I worked many years
ago and on which I have reams of information.

I suggest you wait for few days before considering
other properties to purchase until you get this
second assignment.

I have told Mr. Wolfe about the new Complex possibility
and suggested he confer with you after you have had
time to digest it.

I have also found Mrs. Gonzales brother in the same
neighborhood. I expect to hasten this report to you
and hope to get it to you Thursday or Friday.

/ J

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June 7, 1963

Mr. Newton:

True to my promise here is the Assignment No. 2.
With it you will find the new SANCHEZ de ORTIGOSA COMPLEX.
This covers Prudencia Anzures and Lucas Escovedo, the
properties just north of Gonzales.
Assignment No. 3 will give you run down on the Capt.
Don Lorenzo de Leon and connect the places as far as is
possible with the 1763 map. It will, in addition, give you
an account of how I worked this appraiser's route and the
comparisons which compel belief that I am on the right track.
It is placed ahead of the rest of Cuna as I think you should
know these things in advance and as quickly as possible. We have
wasted so much time already. By that I mean........getting this
kind of information in your hants.......
Expect Assignment No. 3 in about a week if all goes well.

The Sanchez section is, by far, the
most important.....Read carefully.

/ ,EPB..

June 4, 1963


Genealogical background of Prudencia de Anzures, No. 84, 1763
Puente, Sq. "E".


Lucas Escovedo, No. 83, 1763, Puente
Sq. "E".

We will do Prudencia Anzures first although both have the
same original background.

They were distant cousins having a mutual great grandfather
several times removed.

Our records of marriages begin in 1594 as well as our baptisms.
Therefore it is impossible to give the earliest marriage date
on the 1st ancestor as it probably happened before that year.

So we start with:

1602...........................Juana Saballos y Melendez was
born. 2hb_17

She was the daughter of Juan
Seballos and Luisa Melendez.

COMMENT: This couple were listed
in the earliest baptisms with 4
Josef, 1597
Juana, 1602
Diego, 1609
Maria, 1611

Every record had to be processed
to get their full names. On one
the first name would be blotted
out and the nett record would
give the full name and half the
mothers. Finally one record gave
it properly as I should judge the
photostat does.

However, added proof of the names
came after Juana married.


Assignment No. 2.



1619......................Juana Seballos married, October 12, Ph. 33
Geronima de Cabrera of Havana.


His birthplace did not come
out until the baptisms of the
children were listed.

This couple had 10 known children.
Juana used "Seballos" on the 1st,
"Melendez" on the next two and
then alternated in calling herself
by first her father and then her
mother's names.

Bias, 1621
** Catalina, 1622
Antonia, 1630
Eufemia, from her marr. record in
child, 1632
Geronima, 1634
Maria, 1636
Juana, 1640
Nicolas, 1638
child, 1643

Bias and Catalina above carried on the line.
Catalina will bring us down to Prudencia de
Anzures and Bias will take us to Lucas Escovedo.
We continue now only with CATALINA as we are
doing the ANZURES side.

Catalina Seballos Cabrera born.
Nov. 21, Ph. 96.
She called herself Cabrera at
times and Ceballos/Saballos
at times.
Catalina married, June 9,
Ph. 11, Bartolome Velasquez.
Written "ve Laquera" once.

This couple had but a brief
married life. Only two children
show. Bartolome, Jr. 1636 and
Maria, 1639(?)

1622................. ............

1636 ...... ............. ... .......

** **

Assignment No. 2............. -3-

1639........................Maria Veslaquez is born.
April 10, 1639, Ph. 197.

This is an "in doubt"
record. It is very badly
translated. But the name
spelled as above and as
Velasquez showed on later

1653....................... Maria Velasquez married,
October 6, 1653 Ph. 38
Francisco Lopez(Gomez?)
de Duenas
COMMENT: This couple only
had 4 known children.
Diego, 1658
Francisco, 1663
*Catalina, 1667
Juan, 1670
Note: On the Runied House List
of 1702 Francisco de Duanas is
No. 35. This is very close to
the 31 house area near the Fort.
1667....................... Catalina de Duenas is born.
1686....................... Catalina de Duenas married
Oct. 7, Phs. 166/167
Antonio de Torres, the natural son
of the Adj. Manuel de Torres.
This couple had but two children.
Maria Antonia in 1690 and Maria
Francesca in 1691.

1691........................Maria Francesca is born, Index, 1691.
Ph. 79

1707........................Maria Francesca de Torres married
August 30, 1707, Ph. 250
Mateo Anzures. I fail to find his
death record but in 1746 August 1,
Ph. 62, Burials, the wife died being
?widowed" of Anzures already.



Mateo Anzures was not given a birthplace on the
marriage record. This couple left (in my records)
only 6 children to be listed.

Maria, 1711
Maria, 1713
Antonio &
Francisco..twins, 1716
Maria, 1719
Prudencia, 1726.
I do not understand the lapse
of years in having children.
I can understand the name "Maria".
This often happened when children
died. Our second section of burials
begins in 1720 so we would miss these
Prudencia was listed as Phedencia and
Pheliciana. But her marriage record
gives her full name and parentage.
1726............. ............Prudencia Anzures is born.
June 15, Ph. 135

1742........................Prudencia married Dec. 1st.
Ph. 184 Alonzo Dominguez of
COMMENT: Prudencia's brother,
Antonio Gregorio married 1752
Maria Munoz.
I could find no children in
the baptisms at all for Prudencia
and Alonso Dominguez and only one
in the burials. Thursday, Jan.14,
1745, child six months old. But no
Baptism for it in August of 1744.

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Assignment No. 2. -5-


Essentially he has the same origination as Prudencia
Anzures. He has the magic of the name of Melendez
thru the couple Juan Saballos and Luisa Melendez.
He has Juana Saballos, their daughter, as shown on page
1. He has the mating of this girl with Geronimo Cabrera
in 1619, and his great grandfather was Blas Cabrera, their
son. So we begin with Bias having covered the earlier part
in the Anzures run down.

1621........................Blas Cabrera was born,
Feb. 21, Ph. 89

1658........................Blas Cabrera married Ph. 55
Isabel Ximenes, widow of
Pablo Carmona.

This couple seemed to have 6 children:
Isabel, 1663
Francesca, 1665
child 1667
Juana, 1670
Manuel, 1673

-and the direct line

Josepha, born pre 1663
Documented from her
marriage record.

Before we go on to her let
me say that on the 1702
Ruined House list Bias Cabrera
was No. 61 and his daughter, Josepha
with her husband was No. 60.
Leading one to believe they lived
next door.

1679........................Josepha Cabrera married
the Adj. Andres de Escovedo.
Ph. 135/136
I repeat he was No. 60 on the
Ruined House list and I place
this area about where the Convent is

** **

Assignment No. 2. -6-

The Adjutant Andres Escovedo seemed to have fathered five
Juan Andres, from Burial record. Died No. 10, 1754
Ph. 204
Wife was Rosa Marie Nieto

Francesca, 1680
Phelipe, 1682
Pedro, 1686...........died 1751, wife was Rosa Angulo
possible daughter ?

1682..........................Phelipe de Escovedo is born.
Ph. 60

1706.........................Phelipe de Escovedo married
Josepha 'de los Reyes y Solana
Ph. 244

I found 5 children:
Antonia, 1707
Lorenzo, 1709
Theresa, 1711
*Lucas, 1714
Josepha, 1715

1742........ .................Don Phelipe Escovedo died.
Nov. 7th, Ph. 286 Made Will..
Lucas and Lorenzo inherited
and were executors.

1714......................... LUCAS ESCOVEDO was born.
Jan. 20, Ph. 200

1736........................ Lucas married Narcissa
Sanchez de Ortigosa .Ph. 146
Aug. 27th. Marked betrothal.
COMMENT: And here we have the
beginning of a COMPLEX. This
Sanchez family is the 2nd oldest
documented in the country.
The Solana is the oldest documented
today. Lucas married into the
Sanchez and had as a mother a girl
from the Solana family, too. For
Josepha de los Reyes y Solana was
Don Lucas de los Reyes'daughter by
Antonia Solana. She was daughter of
the Adj. Alonso Solana, sister of
Don Manuel de Solana, the Deputy Governor

ga **

Assignment No. 2... -7-

and sister of the all powerful Escribano, Don Juan Solana.
Also Aunt of the well documented priest, Father Juan Jose
Solana, who appears in hundreds of parish records.
Also first cousin to two other well known priests, half Solana
and half Leturiando. Fathers Domingo and Alonso de Leturiando.

Lucas had a good solid background! For I am speaking of
his grandmother and her family.

Then right across the street at No. 70, 1763, Puente was (Sq."D")
the Sanchez de Ortigosa home. So Lucas only had to take his
bride from the west side of St. George to the east side.

Before we go into this complex situation we must place here
the children of Lucas Escovedo and Maria Narcissa Sanchez
de Ortigosa.

So far I have on file just three children.

Joseph, June 16, 1738
Phelipe, March 4, 1740

Maria, December 18, 1744

Summing up:
Lucas Escovedo was related to Prudencia Anzures, his next door
neighbor. He had a group of inlaws across the street, his cousin
had married his wife's sister and he was even distantly related
to Mrs. Pedro Gonzales on the corner thru the Alvarez side.
His grandmother had numerous relatives, clustered together
in all sections of the town. Mostly the south St. George and
present day Aviles Street area, also south Marine and Charlotte.
In brief he had scads of relations as he was a Melendez-Seballos-
Cabrera-Ximenes-Escovedo-de los-Reyes-Solana and he added millions
of relations when he took to wife a lady from the Sanchez family!

** **

Added note on Lucas Escovedo:

Since his grandmother was a Solana I give their

You will recall Lucas Escovedo's mother was Josepha de
los Reyes. She was born 1683, the daughter of Lucas de
los Resyes and Antonia Solana. This couple were wed
in 1679 and either veiled or re-newed their vows in
They had 11 children. The epidemic which struck down so
many hundreds in 1727 took Mrs. Lucas de los Resyes and
two of her children. It wiped out a good many of the
Solana family.

It is possible that the house of Lucas de los Reyes was never
damaged(maybe one of the 20 or 30 they said was left) as he
is not on the ruined house list of 1702. Unless he was living
in one of the houses of his father-in-law, Adj. Alonso Solana
who is listed as No._ 5.

Prior to Mrs. Lucas's death-he passed away. 1722.

Antonia Solana was the daughter of the Adjutant Alonso
Solana, really a Jr. altho after the death of his father,
and the birth of his son, Alonso, he used Sr. and his son was called
Jr. Also his father was called the Adj. and he the Ensign until his
father died then he was called the Adj.

She was born 1661 to this Alonso by Dona Antonia Jacinta.

Adj. Alonso and the Jacinta girl were married in 1644.
Alonso was born 1620, the son of Alonso Solana and Francesca

This first Alonso was married in 1619 and he was born 1597
and confirmed 1606.

His parents were Vincente Solana and Maria Viscente of Havana.
Married July 4, 1594 by Diego Scbbar 3e Sambrana, Chaplain of
the Fort and town of San Agustin. This is on the 1st page of
our first records of marriages and Vicente is noted as a "native
of La Vila"....(this could mean a place in Spain but has been
taken by scholars to mean the Indian Village as compared to the
town of the day)
His family is an old one...this Lucas Escovedo!
His great uncle was the Deputy Governor of Apalache
Another great uncle was the Escribano and his cousin, Juan was
killed at Ayubali in 1702 while trying to save a priest.

Footnote: Two of his grandmother's brothers married two of his grandfather
sisters. 4 Solana-de los Reyes marriages

** **

Assignment No. 2. -8-

SANCHEZ de ORTIGOSA as it connects with Escovedo, No.
83, Sq. "E" Puente, 1763...... and the story of the
Sanchez family.
You have seen that Lucas Escovedo married Narcissa
Sanchez de Ortigosa in 1736.
The Sanchez de Ortigosa family originated in Florida
just prior to 1714. We find the first listing in the
marriage of Jose Sanchez de Ortigosa to Juana Theodora
Perez. January 18, 1714, Ph. 284
He was from the city of Ronda in the kingdom of Valencia
in Spain and she was a native of the city, a fourth generation
native girl!
1602..........Diego Alvarez married Helena Gonzales, Ph. 11.
1627...........Michaela Alvarez, their daughter, was born. Ph. 125
1644..........Michaela married Phelipe de Santiago of Seville.
Ph. 9 June 14.
1649..........Elena de Santiago y Alvarez was born, Ph. 12
1672 -1674....Elena was betrothed and married or married
and veiled to Alonso Mexia de Lansarote, native
of San Lucar. Ph. 97
1678...........Josepha Lucia de Lansarote was born, Nov. 18th.
Ph. 179

1695..........Betrothal and marriage of Juan Lorenzo Perez
Platico and Josepha Mexia Lansarote...July 5,
Ph. 208.
This stated that Juan Lorenzo, SILVERSMITH,
was of San Lucar de Barrameda, Castile, Spain.
Son of Domingo PEREZ de SANTIAGO and Domingo
de Santiago, silversmith of the "Barra" of this
presidio(should be translated properly)
and Josepha Mexia Lansarote daughter of Lt. Alonso
Mexia Lansarote deceased and Elena (de Santiago)
Alvarez. Witnesses:
Geronimo de Leon
Josef Perez
Adj. Don Lorenzo Salvador
Isador de los Reyes
Thomas de Mora and many persons..

** **

Assignment No. 2: -9-

Juana Perez y Lansarote was born 1696, May, 10. Ph. 21
Sponsors were Capt. Juan del Pueyo and his wife, Manuela.
Miss Wilson assumed in translation that this said "Platico
de la Barra" and put down silversmith. This document should
be properly translated.
As has been stated she married Jose Sanchez de Ortigosa in
1714. They had nine children.
Ana, b. 1715, married 1749 Manuel Delgado
died 1752.
Josepha, 1717, married 1736 Alonso Rodriguez Jacinta-
Arsian. He died 1742
married 2nd Juan Martin Escovedo 1744
Narcisa, 1719, married 1736 Lucas Escovedo
Francesca, 1722, married 1737 Pedro Delgado
died 1753

Joseph Jr., 1724, married 1756 Antonia de Espinosa
Joachin, 1727, Must have died in infancy
Lucas, 1729 PuzzKel to all. Mother left him out
in burial statement 1761. Yet he
was here, one of the Mounted Dragoons
in 1763. Disappeared after.
Juana, 1734 married 1749 Manuel Rodriguez Jacinto
Francisco Xavier, 1736, Remained during British period
Married during 2nd Spanish period
1W87 Maria del Carmen Hill
Best known as his descendants
cover the town and state.
Note: Those who did not die left for Cuba and never returned.
Only the children of Jose, Jr. and Antonia Espinosa came
back with their mother's sister, Josepha de Espinosa Mrs.
Juan Perez. When they left here in 1763 they owned No. 90, "F",
1763 Puente. She was widowed when she returned with her
nieces and nephews who immediately fell beneath the influence
of their rich uncle, Francisco Xavier Sanchez, their father's
brother. The Don Francis of the "wild life".

** **

Assignment No. 2: -10-

To get a full picture of the family we must "freeze" them
at 1750 prior to the death of the father.
Here is where you get your complex picture. 1st, the mother
and father are in the family home with three single sons.
The daughters are all married. We can spot where three of the
daughters are living and we assume that the spot which Jose, Jr.
occupies as head of the family after the death of parents in
1763 would be the old home.

1st, there is the legend that the family lived down in this section
in the very early days borne out by the positions of four of the houses
in 1763.
2nd: There is the Spanish custom of building close to relations.

3rd: There is the eldest son, head of the house, so prevalent in
those days..

4th: There is the death of the father preceding the mother by
eleven years which places added responsibility upon Jose Sanchez de
Ortogosa, Jr. Note his LATE marriage. Young men married at 20 or 21.
Jose, Jr. married at 32. I think anyone will concede this corner
of Cuna and St. George is the logical place for the 1st home.
Northwest corner.

The Sanchez homestead extends from St. George to Spanish about
196 feet more or less. It has a frontage of 45 feet more or less
unless he owned more than we know. Daughter Francesca was living
at the other end of the lot on the corner of Spanish Street.
Perhaps there was a garden and grove in between.
If one came out the gate and walked not more than ten steps one would
be in the front door of the house of daughter, Narcissa, who lived
just across St. George a little north.

By the same token if one-while at daughter, Francisca's on Spanish
and Cuna, the northeast side,---wanted to step over to daughter
Juana's house, one would just cross the street called Spanish, about
five steps and there on the northwest corner, having same footage
in front and about 200 feet towards the Campo Santo(Cordova St. area)
was house of Juana and her husband. Could it have been a continuation
of the old man's original holdings? (before a pathway cut thru)
On the 1763 map the numbers are 43-C, 83-E, 70 and 71 -D.

Assignment No. 2:

The three boys are in the old homestead, the three girls
are within"spitting" distance, one son is dead, and two girls,
tho married),are unaccounted for as to houses at the moment.

Josepha had married Alonsa Rodriguez Arsian, uncle of Juana's husband.
It is documented in the burial records that Uncle Alonsa was killed
at the hands of the enemies in 1742.

Then Josepha married the 1st cousin of Narcissa's husband.
Narcissa had married Lucas Escovedo and Josepha married his
cousin, Juan Martin Escodedo.

I would wager they lived near the rest of the family but
because of the death of the men it was hard to trace them.
I think Josepha owned property up in 369-m in the south
end of town but that may have been a hold over from the
Rodriguez Arsian union.

Ana is an equal puzzle. Her husband was a Delgado and this
family lived in the north end of town but where I cannot say.
If Manuel was in service then Ana may have lived on the
"compound" as I call it.

Jose, Jr. had six years to go from 1750 before he married.
But his bride of the future may have been with her brothers
in 211-P 1763. Puente.. That is on the bayfront up near the
Plaza, north side. About where the Snow home is today I think.
(from memory) Sebastian de Espinosa was a soldier, one of the
8 who remained. (for a time by order of the Governor) and
Francisco de Espinosa married Don Laureano's daughter, Francesca
de Solana. The de Espinosa parents were gone so it was a logical
place for the future Mrs. Jose Sanchez de Ortigosa, Jr. to be in
1750, six years prior to her marriage.

I can visualize a house of documents, beautifully done from these
photostats showing the full history of the families.

I can see a lovely Spanish garden in this Sanchez-Ortigosa Complex
Joiiing two stone houses. I can see things in these houses that
Don Joseph, Sr's occupation could afford to add. He was a Privateer
for a time and there should be in our Library a letter of Nov. 1738
in which Governor Montiano lauds him as almost a savior of our town.
It seems he was out preying in the lively waters off our coast
when he stumbled into a pink with 9000 arrobas of rice which was
intended for Hamburg. Apparently it feed both troops and the
"entire neighborhood since Oct. 28 on Roscas"...The Governor added
since Jose wanted to quit privateering that he had arranged to
buy up the sloop and arm it, rig it..etc....


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Assignment No. 2.. -12-

So we have quite a family here. Young Lucas must have
died or displeased his mother. He is not mentioned as one
of the heirs in her Will which the burial record states
she made.
Yet in 1763 Puente lists him as one of the 8 ordered to remain.
Of course, as a soldier he may have been sent away.

But brother Francisco Xavier certainly stayed! Reams could be
written about this man whom I have used in every pageant (as
a character) since 1940.

He was in hot water with the Governor on occasion for his
alleged dealings with the cattle thieves, and wrote a stirring
defense of himself on one occasion.

He had a "taffy colored" mistress, several children by her
all of whom he saw were properly married. I wish to add hastily
that it is from his legitimate wife that his descendants are
here today. I CAN PROVE THIS!

When the Catholic influence came back Don Francisco must have
seen the error of his ways(and I guess Dona Josepha de Espinosa
prodded him, too, with the young nieces and nephews present)
and in 1787 he married the prominent Maria del Carmen Hill,
whose sister married General Jose Mariano Hernandez.
Then he arranged marriages between his two NEPHEWS with TWO of
her sisters as well.

He reared a fine family, all well known, all property owners,
among whom is the noted Col. Jose Simeon Sanchez.
Don Francisco Xavier, regardless of what he was, owned so much
of St. Augustine at odd times that it is unbelievable!
He was once the owner of houses known as historic today, the
Llambias House, the Old Spanish Treasury, the Jones House of Marine
Street, also the site of the present Court House, and on the
Quesada list he is down for six places. He had a hacienda, I
know, and I attach a mimeo I had in my file for yours...of his
1787 listing on the Census record. This was quite a romantic
figure in his day!

So you see you have such a good solid foundation for a proposed
Complex leading to this man for as you restore throughout the
town you will run into him over and over.

Census 1787

Francisco Xavier Sanches: Native of Florida, his Religion C.A.R. He is un-
married with three sons and five daughters. His occupation Farmer and he has
a store in a house of his, with its' lot, in the Street of San Carlos, and
four others, also his, with their lots; two of them in the cited street, an-
other on Marina toward the Quartel and other where the Accounting Office is
at present, all are registered in the Archive of the Government. He also
has another with its' lot, in the Alley of St. Patrick, which Don Manuel
Almansa at present inhabits, under British documents. He has sane thousand
acres of land in the Plains of Diego, under authentic British Documents,
and some five hundred acres, with permission of the Governor, on the St.
Johns River. He has fifty-one pieces slaves p. (Photosat 3.). One of them
a Christian son in (?) Havana called Cayetano. He has living on the cited
Hacienda of San Diego an Englishman called Robert Andres, his Religion Protes-
tant, married, with a son and a daughter. This one has ... pieces slaves,
his property. The informant (Sanches)likewise has living with him a free
parda Beatrice. He has from a hundred to a hundred and ... horses and about
three hundred head of cattle.

Census 1793
No. 214

Don Francisco Sanchez son of Josef (Sanchez) and Juana Perez
56 years

Da M--ria de Carmen Hill, his wife, daughter of Teofile (Hill) and Theresa
23 years

Rafaela daughter 5 years

Manuel (Brother of Rafaela) 3 years

Francisco- (Brother of Rafaela) 1 year

59 Slaves

Where do you start?
Complete valuation maps of the existing city lots
and buildings have made it immediately possible for
the Commission to determine the areas of high valua-
tion, where the cost of land acquisition would be
prohibitive and the lower-valued property where
-poor business conditions and future slums exist. In
the areas of substantial blight, restoration may pos-
sibly move faster with the aid of federal funds. In
the high valuation areas, restoration will have to await
a period when existing buildings will have outlived
their usefulness and have been substantially depreci-
ated. With this information and the location of the
largest group of standing historic buildings in mind,
the area close to the ancient city gate was selected as
"Redevelopment Area 1." ______

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