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Title Abstract of Title to the North 50 feet of Lot 3, of Replat of Sorensen Terrace, Nassau County, Florida.
Object Name Deed
Scope & Content Abstract by Fernandina Title & Abstract Co., Nassau County, Fernandina, Florida.
Parcel of land in Nassau County, Florida:
N. 50 feet Lot 3 according to the replat of Sorensen Terrace, a subdivision of part of Lot 1 and Lots 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 of block 259 in City of Fernandina, according to official maps or plats of said City (as lithographed and issued by Florida Railroad Company in 1857; revised, enlarged, and reissued by Florida Town Improvement Company in 1887 and 1901) according to Plat Book 2, page 59, of the Public Records of Nassau County, Florida. This abstract of title covers that period of time commencing with the earliest available records and ending on the 15th of May,1948.
101 items including:
Item No. 1. Description and drawing of a portion of the replat of Sorensen Terrace.
Item No. 2. Map of Fernandina, 1857. Amelia Island, Florida.
Plat of Town of Fernandina, recorded in office of Clerk of Circuit Court (Nassau County, FL). No date when recorded and no certificate attached. Plat shows Block 259 to be divided into Lots numbered 1 to 10.
Item No. 3: Plat of City of Fernandina 1887, recorded in office of Clerk of Circuit Court (Nassau County, FL). No date when recorded and no certificate attached. Plat shows the City of Fernandina, The North End of Amelia Island, Ocean City, Citrona and Cashen Grant. Plat revised, enlarged and reissued by the Florida Town Improvement Company in 1887. Plat shows Block 259 to be divided into Lots numbered 1 to 10.
Item No. 4: "Plat of the City of Fernandina, showing the North End of Amelia Island Ocean City, Citrona, and the Cashen Grant. Plat filed on October 1st, A. D. 1901 in the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court Nassau County, Florida. Plat signed by the Florida Town Improvement Company by Samuel A. Swann, Resident Manager, as the revised and corrected plat of the City of Fernandina, Also signed by the Fernandina Dock and Realty Company by A. P. Murphy, Manager. Original Plat made in 1857, revised, enlarged and reissued in November 1887 and again revised in July 1901, by the Florida Town Improvement Company. The above plat shows Block 259 to be subdivided into Lots 1 to 10 inclusive."
Item No. 5: "According to the official plat on file in the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Nassau County, Florida, Lot 2, Block 259, City of Fernandina, is located in Section 22, Township 3 North, Range 28 East.
Said plat shows Section 22, to contain 100 acres and to be the D. Fernandez Grant. Plat refers to Report 1 Claim 102."
Item No. 6: "American State Papers, Vol. 4, page 428. Claim No. 102. Domingo Fernandez Vs. The United States, for 100 acres of land. American State Papers, Vol. 4, page 428. Claim No. 102.
Domingo Fernandez Vs. The United States, for 100 acres of land.
Memorial.
To the Honorable, the Commissioners appointed to ascertain claims and titles to land in East Florida. The Memorial of Domingo Fernandez, by his Attorney, Farquhar Bethune, respectfully showeth that your Memorialist claims title to a tract of land containing one hundred acres, situate on Amelia Island, bounded on the North by other lands of your Memorialist, on the East by John McClure's land, on the south by Isabelle Jardine's land, on the West by Amelia River, which title your Memorialist derives from a Grant made to him by Governor White on the 21st day of August 1903. In virtue of the Royal Order of the 19th of October, 1790: for which tract after cultivating it for more than (10) Ten years, your Memorialist obtained a title in fee simple from Governor Kindelan, dated the First of September, 1813, which title is hereunto annexed, marked A. The Plat and survey if this tract is in the archives. Your Memorialist further showeth that he is now in actual possession of said land, and was so at the time of the cession, and for many years previous: and that he is an inhabitant and resident of East Florida. All which is respectfully submitted, etc.
(signed) Domingo Fernandez By his Attorney, Farquhar Bethune. (Here follows translation of the Royal title by Governor Kindelan, dated the first of September, 1813).
DECREE Domingo Fernandez Vs. the United States, for 100 acres of land. The Board having ascertained the above to be a valid Spanish Title, do confirm the same accordingly.
August 17, 1825."
Item No. 7: "American State Papers, Vol. 4, page 280.
Report 1. Register of claims to land not exceeding 3,300 acres of land, which have been confirmed by the Commissioners for the District of East Florida. Report dated at St. Augustine, December 31st, 1825: Signed by the Commissioners.
Claim No. 201. Claimant Domingo Fernandez under Royal Title of September 1st, 1818, for one hundred acres of land conceded by Governor Kindelan under Grant of 1790. Surveyed by George J. F. Clark on Amelia Island, March 1st, 1817."
Confirms claim of Domingo Fernandez to tract of land numbered 102 in Nassau County.
Copy of Last Will and Testament of Mary Fernandez, widow of Domingo Fernandez.
Bequeathed to Stephen D. Fernandez (son) Carrie, Nancy, and Thomas (Negroes).
One-half of her property on Amelia Island and Pine Island, slaves Mary, Lewis, Joseph, Melinda and her "issue", were bequeathed to George Stewart, to be placed in trust for the sole use of Elizabeth Stewart (George's wife). Upon her death, Elizabeth's heirs would split equally these lands and slave. George Stewart was barred from selling this inheritance or using it to pay any of his debts.
Bequeathed to John L. Villalonga and his heirs 1/2 of her lands owned on Amelia Island (including Yellow Bluff Plantation, its structures, furniture, and equipment), 1/2 the lands on Pine Island, and slaves Elo, Clpox, and Bob. Said inheritance is to be placed in trust for the sole use and benefit of John's wife, Mary C. Villalonga. Upon Mary's death her children would be left with equal divisions of the inheritance, with the exception that son Julius would inherit, in perpetuity, Yellow Bluff Plantation and its associated properties. John Villalonga was prohibited from selling this inheritance or using it to pay any of his debts. In addition, John was charged with caring for two old Negro slaves, Tony and Billy.
Bequeathed to grandson, Julius Villalonga (son of John and Mary C.), slave Cecelia and her "issue". Cecelia could be sold by Mary C. if necessary.
Bequeathed to Stephen D. Fernandez, George Stewart, and John L. Villalonga three town lots located in Fernandina.
Bequeathed a mare named Sally to Miss Manuela Dominarchy.
Lastly, Mary Fernandez requests that her debts be paid from the proceeds of Yellow Bluff crops. If these funds are not sufficient, each of the heirs is to pay his proportional share of the debt before taking possession of the bequeathed property.
John L. Villalonga is designated as executor of the will.
No. 10: "Petition of John L. Villalonga, Executor of the estate of Mary Fernandez, deceased, to sell interest of minor, Julius A. Villalonga in and to half interest in the lands on Amelia Island, together with other property. Recorded in Book "D" page 212 under the date of April 26th 1854."
No. 11: "Petition of George Stewart, natural guardian and trustee, by his attorney, M. Queen McIntosh to Judge of the Circuit Court Eastern District of Florida, to sell the interest of his wife and her children in and to lands on Amelia Island. Recorded in Book "D" page 208 under the date of April 26th 1854."
No. 12: "State of Florida Duval County"
"IN THE MATTER OF THE PETITION OF GEORGE STEWART AND JNO L. VILLALONGA, ETC."
"Personally appeared before McQueen McIntosh, a Notary Public, Felix Livingston, who being duly sworn maketh oath that he is editor of a certain newspaper published in the Town of Jacksonville entitled the "NEWS" and that the foregoing notices have been regularly published therein once a week for five weeks last past. FELIX LIVINGSTON Editor of the "News"
"Sworn to and subscribed before me this 13th September 1851. McQueen McIntosh [,] Not. Publ. Eas. Cir. Florida.
Recorded April 26th 1854, in Book "D" page 214 Clerk's Office of Nassau County."
Item No. 13: "IN THE MATTER OF THE PETITION OF GEORGE L. STEWART, GUARDIAN ETC. AND OF JOHN L. VILLALONGA AND ETC.
Personally appeared before me, Thomas Douglas, Judge of said Circuit, George C. Powers, who being duly sworn says that the notices hereunto annexed - one signed by George Stewart, Natural Guardian and Trustee and the other by John L. Villalonga, Natural Guardian and Trustee were published in the newspaper called the "NEWS" for four weeks consecutively. That he is head workman in the office of said newspaper - the said newspaper being a public newspaper regularly published every week in the Town of Jacksonville, East Florida.
Subscribed and sworn to Geo. C. Powers before me this 2nd day of October 1851. Tho. Douglas [,] Judge etc, etc."
Item No. 14: "Order issued out of the Circuit Court at St. Augustine, on August 18th, 1851, appointing Felix Livingston as Special Master in the matter relating to the petitions mentioned in the foregoing items. Signed by Tho. Douglas, Judge, etc., etc. Recorded April 27th 1854, in Book "D" pages 215-216, Clerk's Office of Nassau County."
Item No. 15: "Report of Felix Livingston as Special Master showing that the sum offered for the interest of minor children of John L. Villalonga and of George Stewart in and to certain tracts of land mentioned in the foregoing order is a fair price for same.
Signed by Felix Livingston, Special Master e[tc].
Recorded April 27th 1854 in Book "D" page 217 of Clerk's
Office."
Item No. 16: "Oath of Felix Livingston that he will faithfully perform the duties imposed upon him as Special Master in the matter of application of John L. Villalonga guardian of certain other minor children and George Stewart guardian of certain other minors for leave to sell the interest of said minors in and to the Yellow Bluff Plantation and other property.
Sworn to and subscribed before I. V. Garner, Clerk C. C. D. C. under date of August 20th, 1851.
Recorded April 27th, 1854, in Book "D" pages 217-218 Clerk's Office of Nassau County."
Item No. 17: "Affidavit of George S. Seton a witness that he s well acquainted with the two tracts of land known as Pine Island and the Yellow Bluff Plantation, situated on Amelia Island which were lately sold by John L. Villalonga, Guardian etc., and George Stewart, Guardian etc., to Joseph Finegan. That he believes the price $5,400.00 paid or to be paid by said Finegan to be far more than said tracts of land are worth.
Sworn to and subscribed before Felix Livingston, Special Master, August 20th, 1851.
Recorded April 27th, 1854, in Book "D" page 218, Clerk's Office of Nassau County."
Item No. 18: "Affidavit of John M. Pons that he believes the price offered for said property to be the full value of said lands and more than the value of the interest of said minors.
Subscribed and sworn to before Felix Livingston, Special Master, August 20th, 1851. Recorded April 27th, 1854, in Book "D" pages 218-219, Clerk's Office of Nassau County."
Statements on Fernandez land sale
Item No. 19: "Supplementary affidavit of John M. Pons that when he testified on August 20th, last, he intended to say that he considered the price $5,400.00 offered by Mr. Finegan to be the full value of all the interest of said minors.
Subscribed and sworn to before Tho. Douglas, Judge etc., etc., November 25th, 1851.
Recorded April 27th 1854 in Book"D" page 219 Clerk's Office of Nassau County."
Item No. 20: " Affidavit of Stephen D. Fernandez a witness that in his opinion the sum of $5,400.00 agreed to be paid by said Finegan is more than the full value of said land.
Subscribed and sworn to before Felix Livingston, Special Master August 22nd 1851.
Recorded April 27th 1854, in Book "D" pages 219-220, Clerk's Office of Nassau County."
Item No. 21: Order issued out of the Circuit Court Eastern Circuit State of Florida, September 16th, 1851, referring the matter back to Felix Livingston as Special Master and directing him to make a more full report and also directing said Special Master to take testimony in regards to the value of the Eliza or Louisa Plantation and report to the court whether the sum of $5,400.00 mentioned in his original report is as much as the lands conveyed are worth including the Eliza or Louisa Plantation.
Signed by Tho. Douglas, Judge etc., etc., Recorded April 28th 1854, in Book "D" pages 223-224, Clerk's Office of Nassau County."
Statements on Fernandez land sale
Item No. 22: "Supplemental report of Felix Livingston as Special Master showing that he has further examined John M. Pons, one of the witnesses in this matter heretofore examined, and that the said witness is of the opinion that the said sum of $5,400.00 is the full value of all the said tracts of land including the said Eliza or Louisa Plantation and that he intended to convey that impression in his former deposition.
Signed by Felix Livingston, Special Master, etc.
Recorded April 28th , 1854, in Book "D" pages 224-225, Clerk's Office of Nassau County."
Item No. 23: "Affidavit of John M. Pons a witness in this matter having been heretofore sworn to wit: on the 20th of August last, further deposeth and saith that he is acquainted with a tract of land situated on Amelia Island in Nassau County, Florida and known as the Eliza or Louisa Plantation which is embraced in the purchase made by Messrs. Bellechasse and Finegan of George Stewart as Natural Guardian of his minor children and of John L. Villalonga as Natural Guardian of his minor children. That said Louisa Plantation lies adjoining the Yellow Bluff Place and was taken into consideration when said deponent estimated the value of said Yellow Bluff Plantation in his former affidavit. That he considers the sum of $5,400.00 to be the full value of all the places named in the deeds of transfer from said Villalonga and said Stewart to said Bellechasse and Finegan, to-wit the Yellow Bluff, the Eliza or Louisa and the Pine Island tracts of land. Sworn to and subscribed before Special Master, September 29th 1851. Recorded April 28th, 1854, in Book "D" page 225, Clerk's Office of Nassau County."
Statements on Fernandez land sale
Item No. 24: " Affidavit of Stephen D. Fernandez a witness heretofore sworn and examined in this matter on the 20th day of August last, further deposeth and saith, that he is acquainted with a tract of land bequeathed by Mary Fernandez to George Stewart and John L. Villalonga in trust etc., and especially with the tract of land called Eliza or Louisa Plantation. That said Eliza or Louisa Plantation is situated on Amelia Island adjoining Yellow Bluff Place and was taken into consideration by said deponent when he estimated the values of the said Yellow Bluff Plantation, that he considers the sum of $5,400.00 to be the full value of the said Yellow Bluff, the Eliza or Louisa and the Pine Island tracts of land.
Sworn to and subscribed before Felix Livingston, Judge of Probate, Duval County, October 2nd, 1851. Recorded April 28th, 1854 in Book "D" pages 229-230, Clerk's Office of Nassau County."
Item No. 25
Affidavit of James T. O'Neill that he is well acquainted with the lands of Mrs. Mary Fernandez late of Nassau County, deceased, known as the Louisa or Eliza Plantation and Yellow Bluff Plantation situated on Amelia Island in the County of Nassau and that he attaches the same value to each tract of land and that the value of the two tracts of land would be the same. Subscribed and sworn to before Tho. Douglas, Judge etc., etc. November 15th 1851.
Recorded April 28th 1854 in Book "D" page 230. Clerk's Office of Nassau County, Florida."
Order of sale of Fernandez land
Item No. 26
"Order issued out of the Circuit Court Eastern Circuit State of Florida under date of November 26th, 1851, authorizing and empowering George Stewart, Natural Guardian and Trustee of said minor children to-wit; George Stewart, DeWitt Clinton Stewart, Walter Stewart and E. Tracey Stewart, to sell and convey by deed to be duly executed all the estate right title and interest of the said minor children in or to the said tracts of land (the Yellow, the Eliza or Louisa and the Pine Island tracts) and each and all of them and their and of their appurtenances at and for the said price or sum of $1,983.00 to the said Bellechasse and Finegan.
Signed by Tho. Douglas, Judge, etc., etc.
Recorded April 29th, 1854, in Book "D" pages 231-233 Clerk's Office, Nassau County, Florida."
Item No. 27
"Bond of John L. Villalonga as Guardian and Trustee in the matter of the sale of the interest of Julius A. Villalonga and Leonilla D. Villalonga in and to certain real estate the property of said children lying and being in the County of Nassau. With James T. O'Neill and Francis D. Pons as sureties, in the amount of $6,834.00.
Recorded May 2nd, 1854 in Book "D" page 234 Clerk's Office of Nassau County.
Order of sale of Fernandez land
Item No. 28
"Order issued out of the Circuit Court Eastern Circuit Court State of Florida under date of November 26th, 1851, authorizing and empowering John L. Villalonga as Trustee and Natural Guardian etc. to sell all the interest and estate of Jane C. Villalonga and the said Julius A. Villalonga and Leonilla Villalonga in and to the said tract or parcel of land, to-wit: The Yellow Bluff, The Eliza or Louisa and the Pine Island Tracts and every part and parcel thereof for the sum of $3,417.00 to Bellechasse and Finegan.
Signed by Tho. Douglas Judge etc., etc.
Recorded June 2nd 1854 in Book "D" pages 235-238. Clerk's Office Nassau County, Florida."
Item No. 29
"Bond of George Stewart as Natural Guardian and Trustee in the matter of the sale of the interest of his children George A. Stewart, Dewitt Clinton Stewart, Walter F. Stewart, and E. Tracey Stewart in and to certain real estate the property of said children lying and being in the County of Nassau. With James T. O'Neill and Francis D. Pons as sureties in the sum of $3,966.00.
"Recorded June 6th, 1854, in Book "D" pages 238-239 Clerk Office, Nassau County, Florida."
Order of sale of Fernandez land
Item No. 30
"George Stewart, Trustee and Natural Guardian for His Children, VIX: George Stewart, DeWitt Clinton Stewart, Walter Stewart, and E. Tracey Stewart.
TO
Jno. D. Bellechasse and Joseph Finnegan, co-partners doing business under the name and style of Bellechasse and Finegan
1. Kind of Conveyance. Deed
2. Date of Conveyance.--1851.
3. Date of Filling. April 27, 1854.
4. Recorded in Book "D" page 220.
5. Consideration. $5,400.00
6. Words of conveyance. Grant, bargain, alien, remise, release, transfer, assign, convey and confirm unto the said Bellechasse and Finegan, their heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns.
7. Habendum clause. To have and to hold the said tracts or parcels of land described as aforesaid and the appurtenances unto the same belonging with the remainder and remainders, reversion and reversions, rents, issues, and profits thereof, unto the said Bellechasse and Finegan, their heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, to their only sole and proper use, benefit and behalf forever.
8. Execution
(a) Signed: Geo. Stewart.
(b) No seal
(c) Witnesses: E. D. Tracey; W.R. Harris, J. P. Nassau
County.
WHEREAS, one Maria or Mary Fernandez, late of County of Nassau in and by her last WIll and Testament (said will and testament being of record in the office of the Judge of Probate of said Nassau County) devised to the said George Stewart certain lands to-wit, one half of a certain tract or parcel of land known as Eliza or Louisa Plantation, and one half of a certain other tract or parcel of land known as Pine Island (which said tracts or parcels of land hereinafter more fully described) in trust for the sale use and benefit and behalf of Elizabeth wife of said George Stewart, and daughter of the said Maria or Mary Fernandez for and during the term of the natural life of the said Elizabeth, with the remainder in fee to the children of the said Elizabeth. And WHEREAS the children of George Stewart and his said wife Elizabeth living at the date of this indenture, are, George Stewart, DeWItt Clinton Stewart, Walter Stewart, and E. Tracy Stewart. And WHEREAS the said George Stewart, trustee as aforesaid and his said wife Elizabeth have granted, bargained, sold, conveyed and assigned to the said Bellechasse and Finegan, all the estate, right , title, interest , claim, and demand whatsoever at law and in equity of them the said George Stewart and his said wife Elizabeth, in and to the tracts or parcels of land aforesaid. And WHEREAS the said George Stewart, trustee and natural guardian, for his said children, believing it to be of advantage and benefit to his said children in conformity of the statute in such made and provided, has applied to Honorable the Judge of the Circuit Court of the Eastern Circuit of Florida, and as Chancellor exercising the general Chancery powers asking leave to sell and dispose of the interest and estate of his said children in and to the tracts or parcels of land aforesaid to the said Bellechasse and Finegan. And WHEREAS, the said Judge and Chancellor by an order under his hand bearing the date the day of in the year of our Lord One thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty-one
(which said order being of record in the office of the Clerk of the circuit Court of said County of Nassau, reference thereunto being had will more fully appear) has authorized and directed the said George Stewart, trustee and natural guardian, as aforesaid, to sell and dispose of the said tracts or parcels of land together with all the interest and estate of his said children therein.
Conveying: ALL that tract or parcel of land lying and being on Amelia Island in the said County of Nassau known as Eliza or Louisa Plantation containing six hundred and twenty-one acres more or less, and bounded as follows: On the North and East by a creek called Hogan on the south by lands of various persons, and on the West by waters and marshes of the said Island of Amelia (which said tract or parcel of land being described in certain conveyances executed from John Carnichan and Peter Mitchell to the said Maria or Mary Fernandez, and said conveyances being of record in the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of the said County of Nassau reference thereunto being had will more fully appear) and also a certain other tract or parcel of land known as Pine Island.
Also all the estate, right, title, interest, claim or demand whatsoever at law or in equity or him the said George Stewart and of them the said children of the said George and the said Elizabeth of in or to any and all other tracts or parcels of land lying, being upon the said Island of Amelia and devised in and by the said Will to the children aforesaid.
Saving and reserving at all times from the grant and conveyance above made a certain five acre lot of land being a portion of the Eliza or Louisa Plantation which said lot of land was sold and conveyed by the said Maria or Mary Fernandez in her lifetime to the government of the United States and upon which said lot of said land a light-house is standing at the date of this indenture and which said lot of land is expressly understood as not included in this conveyance."
Order of sale of Fernandez land
Item No. 31
"John L. Villalonga, Trustee and Natural Guardian for His Children, VIZ: Julius A Villalonga and Leonilla D. Villalonga
TO John. D. Bellechasse and Joseph Finnegan, co-partners doing business under the name and style of Bellechasse and Finegan
1. Kind of Conveyance. Deed
2. Date of Conveyance.--- 1851.
3. Date of Filling. April 28, 1854.
4. Recorded in Book "D" page 226.
5. Consideration. $5,400.00
6. Words of Conveyance. Grant, bargain, sell, alien, remise, release, transfer, assign, convey and confirm unto the said Bellechasse and Finegan, their heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns.
7. Habendum Clause. To have and to hold the said tracts or parcels of land described as aforesaid and the appurtenances unto the same belonging with the remainder and remainders, reversion and reversions, rents, issues, and profits thereof, unto them the said Bellechasse and Finegan and their heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, to their only sole and proper use, benefit and behoof forever.
8. Signed: John L. Villalonga (L.S.)
9. Witnesses: E? D. Tracey; Wm.R. Harris, J. P. Nassau
Co.
10. No acknowledgement.
WHEREAS, one Maria or Mary Fernandez late of County of Nassau in and by her last will and testament (said will and testament being of record in the office of the Judge of Probate of said Nassau County) devised to the said John L. Villalonga certain lands to-wit: one half of a certain tract or parcel of land known as Pine Island and also the settlement and plantation known as Yellow Bluff (which said tract or parcel of land hereinafter more fully described) in trust for the sole use and benefit and behoof of Jane C. wife of said John L. Villalonga, and daughter of the said Maria or Mary Fernandez for and during the term of the natural life of the said Jane C. with the remainder [in] fee to the children of the said Jane C. to be equally divided amongst the children of the said Jane C. with the exception of aforesaid Yellow Bluff settlement and plantation specifically devised to the said Julius A. Villalonga. And WHEREAS the children of the said John L. Villalonga and his said wife Jane C. living at the date of this indenture are Julius A. Villalonga and Leonilla D. Villalonga, and WHEREAS the said John L. Villalonga, trustee as aforesaid and his said wife Jane C. have granted, bargained, sold, conveyed and assigned to the said Bellechasse and Finegan all the estate, right , title, interest , claim, and demand whatsoever at law and in equity of them the said John L. Villalonga and his said wife in and to the tracts or parcels of land aforesaid, and WHEREAS the said John L. Villalonga, trustee and natural guardian, for his said children, believing it to be of advantage and benefit to his said children in conformity to the statute in such case made and provided, has applied to Honorable the Judge of the Circuit Court of the Eastern Circuit of Florida and as Chancellor exercising general Chancery powers asking leave to sell and dispose of the interest and estate of his said children in and to the tracts or parcels of land aforesaid to the said Bellechasse and Finegan, and WHEREAS, the said Judge and Chancellor by an order under his hand bearing the date the day of in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-one (which said order being of record in the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of said County of Nassau reference thereto being had will more fully appear) has empowered, authorized, and directed the said John L. Villalonga trustee and natural guardian as aforesaid to convey, sell and dispose of the said tracts or parcels of land together with all the interest and estate of his said children therein.
CONVEYING: All that tract or parcel of land lying and being on Amelia Island, in the said County of Nassau known as Eliza or Louisa Plantation, containing six hundred and twenty-one acres more or less, and bounded as follows: On the North and East by a creek called Hogan on the south by lands of various persons and on the west by waters and marshes of the said Island of Amelia (which said tract or parcel of land being described in certain conveyances executed from John Carnichan and Peter Mitchell to the said Maria or Mary Fernandez, and said conveyances being of record in the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of the said County of Nassau reference thereunto being had will more fully appear. ALso a certain other tract or parcel of land known as Pine Island and also a certain other tract or parcel of land known as the Yellow BLuff Plantation containing two hundred and fifty acres consisting of two tract of land granted by the Spanish Government to one Domingo Fernandez one containing one hundred and fifty acres and the other one hundred acres, Yellow Bluff Plantation being bounded as follows on the North by Alligator Creek and Eliza or Louisa Plantation on the East by Louisa Plantation on the South by lands belonging to Richard Lang and on the West by Amelia River.
Also all other tracts or parcels of land lying and being upon the said Island of Amelia and devised in and by said Will to the Children aforesaid. Saving and reserving at all times from the grant and conveyance above made a five acre lot of land being a portion of the Eliza or Louisa Plantation which said lot of land was sold and conveyed by Maria or Mary Fernandez in her lifetime to the government of the United States and upon said lot of land a lighthouse is standing, saving and reserving also a 1 acre lot of land being center of enclosure now occupied and known as family graveyard and which lots are not included in this conveyance."
Order of sale of Fernandez land
Item No. 32
"George Stewart, Trustee and Natural Guardian of his children viz: George Stewart, DeWitt Stewart, Walter Stewart, & E. Tracey Stewart. To John. D. Bellechasse and Joseph Finnegan, co-partners doing business under the name and style of BELLECHASSE and FINEGAN
1. Kind of Conveyance. Deed
2. Date of Conveyance.--- Nov. 27, 1851.
3. Date of Filling. July 12, 1854.
4. Recorded in Book "D" page 239.
5. Consideration. $5,400.00
6. Execution:
(a) Signed: George Stewart (L.S.)
(b) Two witnesses, one of which is J. P. Nassau Co.
7. No acknowledgement.
WHEREAS, one Maria or Mary Fernandez late of County of Nassau in and by her last Will and Testament (said will and testament being of record in the office of the Judge of Probate of said Nassau County) devised to the said George Stewart certain lands to-wit: One half of a certain tract or parcel of land known as Eliza or Louisa Plantation, and one half of a certain other tract or parcel of land known as Pine Island (which said tracts or parcels of land are hereinafter more fully described) in trust for the sole use and benefit and behoof of Elizabeth wife of said George Stewart, and daughter of the said Maria or Mary Fernandez for and during the term of the natural life of the said Elizabeth, with remainder in fee to the children of the said Elizabeth, and WHEREAS the children of the said George Stewart and his said wife Elizabeth living at the date of this indenture, are, George Stewart, DeWitt Clinton Stewart, Walter Stewart and E. Trac[e]y Stewart, and WHEREAS the said George Stewart, trustee as aforesaid and his said wife Elizabeth have granted, bargained, sold, conveyed and assigned to the said Bellechasse and Finegan, all the estate, right , title, interest, claim, and demand whatsoever at law and in equity of them the said George Stewart and his said wife, in and to the tracts or parcels of land aforesaid. And WHEREAS the said George Stewart, trustee and natural guardian, for his said children, believing it to be of advantage and benefit to his said children in conformity of the statute in such made and provided, has applied to Honorable the Judge of the Circuit Court of the Eastern Circuit of Florida and as Chancellor exercising general Chancery powers asking leave to sell and dispose of the interest and estate of his said children in and to the tracts or parcels of land aforesaid to the said Bellechasse and Finegan. And WHEREAS, the said Judge and Chancellor by an order under his hand bearing the date the 26th day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-one (which said order being of record in the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of said County of Nassau reference thereto being had will more fully appear) has authorized and directed the said George Stewart, Trustee and Natural Guardian, as aforesaid to sell and dispose of the said tracts or parcels of land together with all the interest and estate of his said children therein.
Grant, bargain, sell, alien, remise, release, transfer, assign, convey and confirm unto the said Bellechasse and Finegan their heirs, executors, administrators and assigns.
All that tract or parcel of land lying and being on Amelia Island in the said County of Nassau known as Eliza or Louisa Plantation, containing six hundred and twenty-one acres more or less, and bounded as follows, On the North and East by a creek called Hogan on the south by lands of various persons and on the west by waters and marshes of the said Island of Amelia (which said tract or parcel of land being described in certain conveyances executed from John Carnichan and Peter Mitchell to the said Maria or Mary Fernandez, and said conveyances being of record in the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of the said County of Nassau reference thereunto being had will more fully appear) and also a certain other tract or parcel of land known as Pine Island together with all and singular buildings outbuildings, improvements, offices, ways, water courses, privileges and appurtenances unto the said foregoing tracts or parcels of land belonging or in anywise appertaining with the remainder and remainders, reversion and reversions, rents, issues and profits thereof, and also all the estate right, title, interest, claim, and demand whatsoever at law or in equity of him the said George Stewart trustee and guardian as aforesaid and also all the estate, right, title, interest, claim or demand whatsoever at law or in equity of them the said children of the said George and the said Elizabeth of, in and [un]to the aforegranted and described tracts or parcels of land by reason of said devise also all the estate, right , title, interest, and claim or demand whatsoever at law or in equity of him the said George Stewart and of them the said children of the said George and Elizabeth 0f, in or to any and all other tracts or parcels of land lying and being upon the Island of Amelia and devised in and by said will to the children aforesaid. TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the said tracts or parcels of land described as aforesaid and the appurtenances unto the same belonging with the remainder and remainders, reversion and reversions, rents, issues and profits thereof unto the said Bellechasse and Finegan their heirs, executors, administrators and assigns to their only sole and proper use, benefit and behoof forever.
Saving and reserving at all times from the grant and conveyance above made a certain five acre lot of land being a portion of the said Eliza or Louisa Plantation which said lot of land was sold by the said Maria or Mary Fernandez in her lifeitme to the Government of the United States and upon which said lot of land a lighthouse is standing at the date of this indenture and which said lot of land it is expressly understood is not included in this conveyance.
Also all other tracts or parcels of land lying and being upon the said Island of Amelia and devised in and by said Will to the Children aforesaid. Saving and reserving at all times from the grant and conveyance above made a five acre lot of land being a portion of the Eliza or Louisa Plantation which said lot of land was sold and conveyed by Maria or Mary Fernandez in her lifetime to the government of the United States and upon said lot of land a lighthouse is standing, saving and reserving also a 1 acre lot of land being center of enclosure now occupied and known as family graveyard and which lots are not included in this conveyance.
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Catalog Number 2012.155.001
Collection AIMH
Accession number 2012.155
Caption Abstract of Title N. 50 feet Lot 3
Number of images 20
People Baker, Hinton J.
Barnwell, Woodward
Bellechasse, Jno. D.
Brady, P. R.
Call, George W.
Clarke, George J.
Cole, Archibald H.
Dickerson, Edward N.
Dimonarchy, Manuela (Miss)
Douglas, Thomas
Farquhar, Bethune
Fernandez, Maria
Fernandez, Mary
Fernandez, Stephen D.
Fernandez, Domingo
Finegan, Joseph
Fishler, Morris
Jardine, Isabelle
Kelly, John J.
Kindelan (Gov.)
Livingston, Felix
Mayer, Frank
McClure, John
McIntosh, McQueen
McRae, John
Moore, Mabel
Neff, Florida Yulee
Niehaus, M. S.
Noble, Nannie Yulee
Partin, D. A.
Phillips, E. L.
Pons, John M.
Powers, George C.
Read, Margaret
Seton, George S.
Sorensen, Einar N.
Sorensen, Georgia
Soutter, James T.
Steil, Arthur
Stewart, DeWitt Clinton
Stewart, E. Tracey
Stewart, Elizabeth
Stewart, George
Stewart, Walter
Swann, Samuel A.
Tiliakos, Pete
Villalonga, John L.
Villalonga, Julian
Villalonga, Leonilla D.
Villalonga, Mary C.
White (Gov.)
Williams, Arthur T.
Williams, Isabella M.
Yulee, Charles Wickliffe
Yulee, David L.
Search Terms Sorensen Terrace
Block 259
Abstract of Title
Fernandina Title & Abstract Co
Florida Railroad Company
First National Bank of Fernandina
Ocean City Realty and Investment Company
Gulf Life Insurance Company
Florida Town Improvement Company
Citrona and Cashen Grant
Amelia Island Ocean City
D. Fernandez Grant
American State Papers
East Florida
Pine Island
Yellow Bluff Plantation
Eliza or Louisa Plantation
Subjects Land subdivision
Slavery
Slaves
Classification Land description