Juan Yustegue and Companions, November 12, 1727, St. Augustine

Names:                 Five natives:

                             Juan Yustegue and wife Soledad,

                             son Antonio;

                             master quarryman Rafael

                             assistant Apolonio

Date:                    November 12, 1727 (?)

Place:                   Nombre de Dios Chiquito, St Augustine

The English Colonel Palmer and Creek allies assaulted the mission of Nombre de Dios Chiquito, just south of San Marcos castle in St Augustine.  Five Indians did not flee and instead tried to put out the fire to their mission

“…whose names, were Antonio, which was their baptismal name,  and two other Indians who were old Christians  and worked as mason officers, their trades and baptismal names being the master stonemason Rafael, who had been involved in the construction of the Fort and Castle of San Marcos, and his assistant, named Apolonio, and they all died because they were trying to put out the fires that were already lit, and then the Creek Indians fell upon them and started wounding them with arrows and knives, and finally murdered them with the axes, then tore off the skin and the hair from their heads, and, once they were dead, they were all grabbed and their bodies thrown to the fire that was consuming everything.”

“…these Indians now intercede for them before our Lord God in heaven.”