February 5, 196h
Mrs. Robert H. Paul, Jr., President
National Society of the Colonial Dames
of America in the State of Florida
1840 Donald Street
Dear Mrs. Paul:
I was pleased to have a copy of the resolution passed at the
January Board Meeting of the Colonial Dames, recommending the change
in the name of your house to the Ximenez-Fatio House. I thihk that
this would be a significant act, adding great interest to the house
and avoiding future confusion.
I believe you have received the report with respect to the
archaeology on the site of the house you recently removed. Perhaps
sometime it can be considered possible to reconstruct this building.
For the moment, the landscaping of the area will be an important
addition to the appeal of this distinguished residence.
Earle W. Newton
FEB 5 19
The following Resolution was passed at the January, 1964
Board Meeting and the January, 1964 Membership Meeting of the National
Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Florida:
WHEREAS Six of the foremost historians and archaeologists of
this Country, namely, (I) Mr. Wm. Murtaugh. Executor-Director
of the National Trust for Historic Preservation; (2) Dr. Hale Smith
of the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, Florida State
University; (3) Mr. Earle Newton, Executive Director of the St.
Augustine Historical Restoration and Preservation Commission;
(4) Mr. Robert Steinbach, Archaeologist, also with the St. Augustine
Historical Restoration and Preservation Commission; (5) Mr. Albert
Manucy, National Park Service; (6) Mr. Jerry Dodge, Director of the
Cummer Gallery of Art, and Mr. Edward Weeks also of the Cummer
Gallery of Art, have recommended that the name of our Museum
House in St. Augustine be changed from the Fatio House to the
Ximenez-Fatio House, because of the fact that Andres Ximenez
built the house in the year 1798 and he and his descendants lived in
the house for 33 years, while Miss Louisa Fatio lived in the house
only 20 years from 1855 to 1875, and
WHEREAS Don Francisco Felipe Fatio never lived in our House but
lived in a house that he built on the present site of the Wax Works
WHEREAS the plans of the St. Augustine Historical Restoration and
Preservation Commission provide for the construction of Don
Felipe Fatio's House near the vicinity of the Wax Works Museum,
which house will be named the Fatio House, with the result that
there would be two Fatio Houses in St. Augustine.
NOW, THERE FORE, We, the members of this Board hereby approve
of the change of the name of our Museum House in St. Augustine from
Fatio House to the Ximenez-Fatio House; and we, the members of this
Board, do hereby recommend that the members of this Society at their
next meeting pass a resolution approving the changing of the name of
the Fatio House to the Ximenez-Fatio House and do take such other
steps as may be expedient or necessary in their opinion to effectuate
this change in name.
I, INTERESTING INFORMATION
(Fr n The Records in Congressional Library) FEB 5 1964
The builder ofk Ximenez-Fatio House, Andr9Ximenez, states in his First
Will of October 19, 1802 that he is a merchant in the city of St. Augustine, Florida. Also
that he is the legitimate son of Miguel and Rosa Clavero, and that he is a native of the
city of Ronda in the Kingdom of Granada.
He 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 pro-
created our legitimate children, Jose, Miguel, Rosa, Francisco and Antonio - -". The
last two children died between the dates of his First and Last Wills (October 19, 1802 -
April 10, 1806). He states "I declare that when I contracted said marriage neither one
of us contributed any capital to it, and that the existing estate was acquired during- s-aid---
marriage. 1" In his last Will he states, "I commend my soul to the same God and Lord,
who from nothingness gave it to me, reared, and redeemed it with the infinite courage of
His most precious blood, by which merits I beghumbly 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 in his 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
out-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 pur-
chased some of the merchandise from.Andres -Ximenez' estate.
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; Josef age 10 and Rosa, age 8 be outfitted in black for the
period of mourning. 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 named executors.
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.
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 the Society. ..
Copy of the Original:
Signature of Andres Ximenez on his Will, October 19, 1802
ANDRES XIMENEZ born April 27,- 1753, in Ronda, Kingdom of Granada1 U 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 at
the age of 53 in 1806. Juana died at the age of 26.?