(From The Records in The Congressional Library and
The-Public Records of St. Johns County, Florida)
Andres Ximenez, the builder of our Ximenez-Fatio House, states in his First Will of
October 19, 1802 that he is a merchant in the city of St. Augustine, Florida,' that he is the
legitimate son of, Miguel and Rosa Clav ro, and that he is a native of the city of Ronda in the
Kingdom of Granada.
He also states that "I. was married and veiled according to obligation of our Holy
Mother Church with Dona Juana Pellicer, deceased, from which marriage we have had and
procreated our legitimate children, Jose, Miguel, Rosa, Francisco and Antonio - -". The
last two children died between the dated of his First and Last Wills (October 19, 1802 and
April 10, 1806). He- states "I declar that when I contracted said marriage neither one of us
contributed any capital to it, and that the existing estate was acquired during said marriage. "
In his last Will he states, "I commend my soul to the same God and Lord, who from nothing-.
ness gave it to me, reared, and redeemed it vith the infinite courage of His most precious
blood, by which merits I beg humbly to Him to take it to its eternal rest among His.chosen
ones. . "
Andres Ximenez purchased his property in 1797. He built his house in 1798. He
states inhis will "I declare in the said house I have a grocery store and a billiard table with
everything pertaining to it -- --". On this property he also built a kitchen and two Qut-houses,
a wooden privy and a woodshed. And in addition, he owned the lot across the street. On this
lot he had a kitchen and a "little house, measuring 7-1/2 feet X 12 feet and- 7 feet high. This
was rented to a mulatto named Marcelino Espinosa. Espinosa purchased some of the mer-
chandise from the Estate of Andres Ximenez.
In his Last Will of April 10, 1806, at which time he was too ill to sign his name, he
states that "he owns one mulatto woman named Rosa, over thirty years old ---." He wished
upon his death "to be shrouded in the robes of (the Order of) our Seraphic Father St. Francis
and buried in the cemetery of the Parish Church ---". He requested that his three children:
Miguel, age 13; Jose, age 10 and Rosa, age 8 be outfitted in black for the period of mourn-
ing. Andres Ximenez died April 17, 1806. His heirs owned this property for thirty-three
years. Antonio Llambias built his coffin. Santos Rodriques, storekeeper at the Fort, and
Gregorio Suarez (his brother-in-law), Assistant Pharmacist of the Royal Hospital, are
Maria Juana Pellicer Suarez, sister of Juana Teresa Pellicer Ximenez, cared for
the children temporarily. Eventually Francisco Pellicer, their grandfather, master car-
penter and leader of the Refugees from the New Smyrna Colony who came to St. Augustine,
took over as guardian for the children.
Andres Ximenez, born April 27, 1753, in Ronda, Kingdom of Granada, married
Juana Teresa Pellicer in St. Augustine in 1791. 'She was born in New Smyrna in 1776. She
was 15 years old when she married Andres who was 38 years old. Their first child was
born in 1793. She had had 5 children before she died sometime before 1802. We do not
know the date of her death. Andres died in St. Augustine, Florida, at the age of 53 in 1806.
From 1855 to 1875, Miss Louisa Fatio occupied the Ximenez Fatio House. She was
the granddaughter of Francis Philip Fatio I, an outstanding and prominent citizen in St.
Augustine. The family records state that he "bought a large stone house on the Bay".
During the twenty years that Miss Louisa occupied her home on Aviles Street, it was an
Inn. Many distinguished writers and artists were among her guests.
In 1939 the property was purchased by the National Society of Colonial Dames of
America in the State of Florida. In 1958 the adjoining Pfeiffer property was purchased by
Copy of the Original:
Signature of Andres Ximenez on his Will, October 19, 1802.
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