Antonio Espejo

Antonio Espejo was the son of Bartolo Espejo of Malaga, Spain. There is little known about his background or when he arrived in Mobile.

He worked as a Royal Carpenter at Fort Tombigbee. He arrived in Mobile and married Catalina Plock (also found as Block). According to Hamilton he also ran a bakery and a brick-yard.

He received Spanish land grants in and around Mobile. The Espejo Tract was granted to him in 1803-1804, twenty by forty arpens, and at the time was a league west of the Mobile city limits.

He died in the Yellow Fever outbreak of 1805 and was buried at the Spanish Cemetery in downtown Mobile. His body doesn’t seem to have disintered and moved to Church Street Cemetery when it opened.

He had three children with Catalina: Antonio Jr,; Gertrude, who married Richard Tankersley; and Catherine, who married William I. Ingersoll. Catalina Espejo re-married after he passed away and is buried at the Tankersley Lot in Church Street Cemetery.

Espejo Street, in Mobile, is named after him and Catherine Street was named after his wife Catalina.

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