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EDWARD S. WILLEY TELEPHONE
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February 26, 1975
Mr. J. Rodney Little,
State of Florida
Department of State
Division of Archives, History
and Records Management
Dear Mr. Little:
You will find the answers to your questions asked in your letter of October 31,
1974, attached. For easier reading, I am also attaching a copy of your questions.
As you will notice, considerable new material and quite a change in the chain of
title has been brought out by the research prompted by your questions.
Assistance in obtaining this information has been given by Mrs. Arana and Mrs.
Beardon, of the St. Augustine Historical Society Library; Mr. Steinback, of the
Historic St. Augustine Preservation Boardand Mr. Hiram Favor, former St. Johns
County Clerk of the Circuit Court. Any variations in spelling of names, etc.,
are as in the original documents.
In addition to changing the chain of title in our original application, I'd like
to make another correction: on the second page of the application, seven lines
down, delete the word "asbestos" and insert the word "slate" (shingles).
Recently I received a photograph of General Hardee, C.S.A., who was the owner of
the building from 1855 until his death, in 1873. -If you wish a copy, or any more
history of General Hardee, please let me know. Also, I have a photo of the house,
taken about 1870, if you're interested.
I hope the attached answers are adequate. If you need any more information, just
ask, and I'll do my utmost to get it for you. Thank you very much for your pat' .:
ience and cooperation in this matter.
STATE OF FLORIDA
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XXKF MKIJWj-JE ROBERT WILLIAMS, DIRECTOR
SECRETARY OF STATE DIVISION OF ARCHIVES, HISTORY, AND
Dorothy W. Glison RECORDS MANAGEMENT
October 31, 1974
Mr. Edward S. Willey
279h St. George Street
St. Augustine, Florida
Dear Mr. Willey:
We would like to thank you for your application to include
the Dummett House on the National Register of Historic Places.
In reviewing the nomination several questions have arisen con-
cerning specific details about persons associated with the house
as well as the house itself. It is our opinion that before
forwarding the application to the Florida Review Committee,
further research needs to be done. Enclosed is a list of specific
problems which we have found.
It would be of considerable help to our office for you to
pursue the research on these questions. The addition of the new
information to the nomination form will only improve the chances
of its acceptance. As it is at this point, the lack of compre-
hensive research on the building would more than likely hinder
the acceptance of the nomination. It is necessary to be as
complete and thorough as possible.
Should you not be able to read Spanish in dealing with the
East Florida Papers, make copies of the relevant documents and
send them to us. We canL translate them for use in the nomination.
Thank you for your cooperation and patience.
Questions concerning the nomination of the Dummett House which
need further research:
1. Who was Gaspar Garcia and what was his position in St.
Augustine? It has been brought to our attention that a
Testamentary Proceeding on Garcia is contained in the
East Florida Papers. These papers are on microfilm at
the St. Augustine Historical Library.
2. Who was Rafael Saavedre de Spinosa? This is the man from
whom the property was purchased in 1795 according to the
Escrituras, 1798, page 387.
3. Who was Mateo Guadarrama? There is also reported to be a
Testamentary Proceeding concerning him in the East Florida
Papers. All three of these men need to have biographical
sketches compiled on them.
4. The St. Augustine Preservation Board has an 1833 map which
shows the Dummett House. We would like a copy of the
portion showing the house in order to include it with the
5. The Historic American Buildings Survey notes that there
were alterations to the structure in 1842; please check
into this further.
6. The original and subsequent owners is very good except for
the fact that you do not show how Rafael Saavedre de Spinosa
acquired the property before 1795. This information is
needed to complete the chain. We also need specific citations
of book and page for the ownership documents on all deeds.
THE DUMMETT HOUSE
A slave named Thomas.
Another, Juan Bautista, Baptised.
Maria de los Delores, not baptised, slave.
Juan Antonio Guadarama, Nephew of the said Mateo Sotero of 32 years.
Josef Dulset, son of Pedro and of Maria Secret, bachelor of 32 years. Associated."
The Guadarramas were Godparents to no less than twenty-one children, including
Faustina and Rafael Saavedra, which shows that they were held in high esteem in
the community. Guadarrama was a businessman and evidently a speculator in real
estate. He died while on a business trip to New York City in 1804-05, and was
buried in the churchyard of St. Peter's Catholic Church in that city.
4. A copy of the 1833 map is enclosed.
5. The "Notes on alterations and additions" in the Historic American Buildings
Survey is in error. Colonel Dummett died on August 31, 1839, and the statement
that he rehabilitated the building in 1812 is, therefore, incongruous. No doubt
additions have been made to the building before those performed by John Wilson
in 1888-90, but there is no record of them.
6. A check of the Alvarez book, "Transfer of City Lots", in the files of the St.
Augustine Historical Society Library, and a thorough review of the records in the
St. Johns County Court House reveals the following chain of title, which corrects
that submitted in our original applicatetion for inclusion in the National Regist-
er of Historic Places: '
1791-Gaspar Garcia took title on May 16, 1791. Bundle 320, Page 51, East Florida
1795- September 10.-Rafael Saavedra de Espinosa. Bundle 370, Page 97, E.F.P.
1795- November 20.-Mateo Guadarrama. Bundle 370, Page 142, E.F.P.
1798- October 5.- Gines de Oliva. Bundle 371, Page 387, E.F.P.
1802- June 12. Juan Ruggiero (John Rogers) purchased the property from the heirs
of Gines de Oliva. Bundle 373, Page 264, E.F.P.
Bundle 370 is missing from the East Florida Papers. The iscrituras of Oct-
ober 5, 1798, lists the transfer from Guadarrama to Oliva and also records
all of the foregoing transactions and their dates.
The Alvarez Book shows Ruggiero as owning the property in 1821. Then the St.
Johns County Records list the following transfers and dates
1824- June 29.- Dirk Fleishman bought the property. Deed Book "E", pp. 108-10.
THE DUNMETT HOUSE
1837- September 2$.- Aaron Jones bought the property at an auction held by U.S.
Marshal Joseph S. Sanchez to satisfy debts of Dirk Fleishman. Deed Book
"N", pp 129-130.
1838- October 10.- Thomas H. Dummett.- Deed Book "O", pp 410-11.
1845- April 3.- Anna M. & Sarah J. Dummett.- Deed Book "F", p 39.
1855- May 21.- William J. Hardee.- Deed Book "P", pp 416-417.
1888- May 1.- John L. Wilson.- Purchased from heirs of William J. Hardee. Deed
Book "LL", pp 712 through 716.
1923- April 7.- EdFar A. Pilgrim & Daisy E. Henderich.- Purchased from the Est-
ate of John L. Wilson.- Deed Book 49, PP 363-364.
1925- May 19.- Anna May Graham.- Deed Book 58, pp 355-356.
1948- October 7.- Ralph 0. Moody.- Deed Book 175, p 573.
1954- October 1.- Henry L. Konrad.- Deed Book 2141, p 51.
1973- July 25.- Edward S. & Gertrude P. Willey.- Deed Book 235, p 851.
Prepared by ':
Edward S. Willey