September 24, 1971
Dr. Vietor A. Ribera
New Roehelle, N. Y. 10801
Dear Dr. Ribera:
Ina response to yuer letter of September 17 requesting information on the
family of Juan do Ribers, I an happy to provide what *east information
there is available.
The key to the Blixio de la Puente ap of 1764 shovews lot 63 of block "D)"
as a *easa de piedra do Juan Ribera." Its dimensions are 16 varas north
and south and 35* varas east and west.
The followil cannot positively be eonnected with the Jumn do Ribero
family, but records indicate that iu 1740 one Pedro Tomas do Rivera was
an able-bodied private in the Cavalry Company. His wife wes Rosa de lee
Reyes y do la Cruz. No marriage record has been feoud to say they were
married in St. Augustine. They had throe sonS; all claimed to have been
born in St. Auguastine, yet asno baptism has been located for any of them.
Two sons married ia 1758: Antonio married Rosa de Antile on May 81 and
Praoeiseo Xavier married Maria do lo Dflores barba on Auguat 2.
Juas, who might have boes the owner of this hoose, evidently married in
Cuba after 1764 as there is no record of their marriage here and no
record of his wife, Lore-as Rames.
The Testamentary Proceedings show that Lereasa Ramos, through her attor.
ney Juan de Pierra, made a claim to a Jesse Pinb for a balaame due her
deceased husband in the amount of 225 pesos and four reales.
The husband, Juan, stated to be a native of St. Augustine, died in
Guamabasea, Cuba at the age of 40 years on September 7, 1771. They had
three children, Pedro Tomes who died at the age of about 25 on December 29,
1798, native of Gusanbaeoa, and was buried there.
One daughter, Maria Aaa, single in 1808; another daughter, Naria Teools,
who was married to Fraineasee atias, U*eatenant of Infantry (Cuba).
Dr, Victor A. Ribera
September 24, 1971
From Escritura., 1802, p. 878. Vill. October 21, Maria Oliver, wife of
Je*e Mas, divorced 12 years ago. All her property now shared with Juan
River, Captain of a laumnh, small house of wood bounded north by Pedro
RBdrigues de Cala, east by Royal St. (present St, George St.), south by
lane of Las Naguas, vest by Luis Matair. Bought of Lorenxo Cape
November 20, 1800. Block 7, Assessor's Inventory 82,
Escrituras 1802, p. 432. Will. December 80, Juan Rivero, baeholor,
owns with Mary Oliver small wooden house, eto. (see ante p. 21 entry
under p 8378 6f document). Block 7, Assessorts Inventory 52.
6-erituras 1815, 17 Will, February 18, Jaan Ribere asd wife own wooden
house' and let bounded north by Pedro Rodrigues do Cala, east by royal
read to the Castle, south by a aross street alliedd de las 'Nagua, west
by heirs of Manuel Lopeps Block 7, Tax 52.
I regret there is not more data on the family and their place of origin
in 'Spain, however, someday it may turn ap in an unexpected place. In
the meantime you must visit St. Augustine to see the house and the
little Spanish oity where the Riberas lived.
Rita H. O'Brieu (Mra,)