June 4, 1963
Genealogieal background of Pradncia da AmiSre, No. 84, 1763
Lucas ZcgTd., No. 83, 1763, Puent
VW will do Prudenoia Ansures first although both have the
easa original background.
They were distant cousins having a mutual great grandfather
several time removed.
Oar records of marriages begin in 5L as well as our baptisms.
hrefore it is impossible to give the earliest marriage date
ea the let ancestor as it probably happened before tI~t year.
So we start with:
1602.............,,*...........Juana Saballos y Nelendes was
born. ML, U
She was the daughter of Juan
Seballos and Luisa Nelendes.
COIMBIT: This couple were listed
in the earliest baptisms with 4
Every record had to be processed
to got their fall names. O one
the first nam would be blotted
out and the ne*t record would
give the full name and half the
mothezb. Finally one record gave
it properly as I should judge the
However, added proof of the names
ceam after Juana married.
Assignent 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
** Catalina, 1622
Eufemia, from her marr. record in
Bias and Catalina above carried on the line.
Catalina will bring us down to Prudencia de
Ansures and Bias will take us to Lucas Escoredo.
We continue now only with CATALINA as we are
doing the ANZURES side.
1622... .. ..... .... ... *6* *.
1636... ............. ......0000000
Catalina Seballos Cabrera born.
Nov. 21 Ph. 96.
She called herself Cabrera at
times and Ceballos/Saballos
Catalina married, June 9,
Ph. 11, Bartolome Velasques.
Written "ye Laquera" once.
This couple had but a brief
married life. Only two children
show. Bartolome, Jr. 1636 and
Assirgment No. 2............. -3-
.Maria Veslaques 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
Velasques showed on later
Maria Velasquez married,
October 6, 1653 Ph, 38
COMMENT: This couple only
had 4 known children.
Note: On the Runied House List
of 1702 Francisco de Duenas is
No. 3. This is very close to
th31 house area near the Fort.
Catalina de Duenas is born.
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
1707........................Maria Francesca de Torres married
August 30, 1707, Ph. 250
Mateo Ansures. I fail to find his
death record but in 1746 August 1
P Burials, the wife died being
widowed" of Ansures already.
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Mateo Ansures was not given a birthplace on the
marriage record. This couple left (in my records)
only 6 children to be listed.
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 Ansures is born.
June 15, Ph. 135
1742.........................Prudencia married Dec. 1st.
Ph. 184 Alonse Dominguez of
COMMENT: Prudencia's brother,
Antonio Gregorio married 1752
I could find no children in
the baptisms at all for Prudencia
and Alonso Domingues and only one
in the burials. Thursday, Jan.14,
1745, child six months old. But no
baptism for it in August of 1744.
AIisansnt No. 2.
Essentially he has the same origination as Prudencia
Ansures. He has the magic of the name of Melendes
thru the couple Juan Saballos and Luisa Melendes.
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 Bias Cabrera, their
son. So we begin with Bias having covered the earlier part
in the Ansures run down.
1621................ *.......Blas Cabrera was born,
Feb. 21, Ph. 89
1658........................Blas Cabrera married Ph. 55
Isabel limenes, widow of
This couple seemed to have 6 children:
-and the direct line
Josewha, born pre 1663
Documented from her
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.
I repeat he was No. 60 on the
Ruined House list and I place
this area about where the Convent is
Assignment No. 2.
The Adjutant Andres Escovedo seemed to have fathered five
Juan Andrea, from Burial record. Died No. 10, 1754
Wife was Rosa Marie Nieto
Pedro, 1686...........died 1751, wife was Rosa Angulo
possible daughter ?
1682..........................Phelipe de Escovedo is born.
1706..........................Phelipe de Escovedo married
Josepha 'de los Reyes y Solana
I found 5 children:
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
Sanches and had as a mather a girl
from the Solana family, too. For
Josepha de los Reyes y Solana was
Don ucas de los Reyes'daughter by
Antonia Solana. She was daughter of
the Adj. Alonso Solana, sister of
Don Manuel de Solana, the Deputy Governor
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 6ast side.
Before we go into this complex situation we must place here
the children of Lucas Escovedo and Maria Narcissa Sanchez
So far I have on file just three children.
Joseph, June 16, 1738
Phelipe, March 4, 1740
Maria, December 18, 1744
Lucas Escovedo was related to Prudencia Ansures, 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 Melendes-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!
Aasignment No. 2.
SANCHEZ de ORTIGOSA as it connects with Escovedo, No.
83, Sq. "EB Puente, 1763...... and the story of the
Tou have seen that Lucas Escovedo married Narcissa
Sanches 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
Peres. January 18, 1714, Ph. 284
He was from the city of Ronda in the kingdom of Valeieia
in Spain and she was a native of the city, a fourth generation
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 Alvares 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.
1695..........Betrothal and marriage of Juan Lorenso Peres
Platioo and Josepha Mexia Lansarote...July 5,
This stated that Juan Lorenzo, SILVERSMITH,
was of San Lucar de Barrameda Castile, Spain.
Son of Domingo PEREZ de SANTIA6O 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)
Geronimo de Leon
Adj. Don Lorenzo Salvador
Isador de los Reyes
Thomas de Mora and many persons..
Assrgn nt No. 2: -9-
Juana Perez y Lansarete 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
Josepha, 1717, married 1736 Alonso Rodrigues Jacinta-
Arsian. He died 1742
married 2nd Juan Martin Escovedo 1744
Narcisa, 1719, married 1736 Lucas Escovedo
Francesca, 1722, married 1737 Pedro Delgado
Joseph Jr., 1724, married 1756 Antonia de Espinosa
Joachin, 1727, Must have died in infancy
Lucas, 1729 Puzzel 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
1987 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 Peres. When they left here in 1763 they owned Ho. 90, "F"
1763 Puente. She was widowed when she returned with her "
nieces and nephews who immediately fell beneath the influence
ot their rich uncle, Francisco Xavier Sanchez, their father's
brother. The Don Francis of the "wild life".
Assienaent No. 2:
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.
Lst, 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
2nd: There is the Spanish custom of building close to relations.
3rd: 'here is the eldest son, head of the house, so prevalent in
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.
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 marriedare 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 Ist cousin of Narcissa's husband.
Narcissa had married Lucas Escovedo and Josepha married his
cousin, Juan Martin Escoaedo.
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-a 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
joAuin 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....
Assignment No. 2..
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
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 Framcisco 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 Sanches.
Don Francisco Xavier, regardless of what he was, owned so much
of St. Augustine at odd times that it is unbelieablel
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...ol 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 p~posed
Complex leading to this man for as you restore throughout the
town you will run into him over and over.
I use this to show you the locations.
OLD ST. AUGUSTINE
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 ano-her 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 hoad of cattle.
Don Francisco Sanchez son of Josef (Sanchez) and Juana Perez
Da M--ia de Carmen Hill, his wife, daughter of Teofile (Hill) and Theresa
Rafaela daughter 5 years
Manuel (Brother of Rafaela) 3 years
Francisco- (Brother of Rafaela) 1 year