Monday, August 27, 2012

Mappy Monday - Spanish Land Grant

Spanish Land Grant to Spicer Christopher, my 4th gr grandfather,  for 100 acres on Talbot Island in 1807. (Courtesy Florida Memory Archives )

Spicer Christopher was the son of John and Martha Watson Christopher.  He married Mary Greenwood, daughter of William and Elizabeth Bryan of land in what is now Nassau County, including all of Talbot Island.  He had fine cattle, pedigreed mares, and raised horses.  He was a Protestant but under the Spanish rule had to swear allegiance to the Spanish Monarch, and turned Catholic. 

He died in 1811 and asked to be buried by the rites of the Church of England.  He left his wife half of his livestock, 29 slaves, and the right to live on any of his plantation for life. 

Son John Bluet Christopher got five slaves and the San Christobal Plantation on the St. Johns River. Son William Bluet Christopher got five slaves and the Old Town Homestead on the St. Marys.  Lewis got five slaves and the north half of Talbot Island called San Carlos.

Daughter Elizabeth who married John Houston 1st, my 3rd great grandparents, got the south half of Talbot Island called Santa Maria Plantation. 

All in all, Spicer owned and operated five plantations. "Old township" on the St. Mary's; Santa Maria at the mouth of Nassau River; Isabella Plantation, now known as Punta de Hazzard or Point Hazzard; San Carlos, North of and near St. John's River still called San Carlos.

Source: Helen B Hodges;Helen Jones Smotherman: June Elvington Smith in "Pioneers of Florida's First Coast" Vol I pg 118 compiled by The Southern Genealogist Exchange Society.

1 comment:

  1. My husband and I enjoyed this post very much. He is a Spaniard and never studied American History. It fascinates him that Florida was not part of the USA until 1818. We had to check Wikipedia twice to get our timeline straight to go along with your post. He went to high school in Puerto Rico and took me there to see Ponce de Leon's house. After that the mud huts at Plymouh Plantation never seemed impressive after seeing a walled city with castles built in San Juan 100 years earlier!

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