José Manuel Machado
José Manuel Machado was born in 1754, but details of his life before joining the Spanish army are unknown.
Machado came as a corporal of the Leather Jacket Company to garrison the Presido of San Diego in 1782. During his many years of service he advanced rapidly in rank holding many military offices. He commanded the military guards at Mission San Luis Rey and Mission San Diego. He was involved in the founding of the mission stations at Las Flores, Pala and Temecula.
In 1808, Machado was married at the age of 52 to María Serafina de La Luz the daughter of Eugenio Valdez a fellow soldier from the garrison at Los Angeles. In the following years they would have 15 children.
Following Mexican independence from Spain, Machado was a loyal officer of the Mexican army and administered the garrison rancho of the San Diego Presidio, later the Rancho de la Nación. For loyal service he was granted the Rancho El Rosario in 1827 on lands of the in Misión El Descanso in Baja California. During the early 1830s he became a citizen of the new pueblo of San Diego where he built a one story adobe house for his family below the presidio, on what became 2724 Congress Street. In 1836 he was a Regiador (city councilman) in the ayuntamiento of the San Diego Pueblo.
- Genealogy of the Machado Family, Vol. XLI, No. 3, Historical Society of Southern California Quarterly, from Orin M. Zink, The Machado-Stewart Family and Their Home, The Journal of San Diego History, SAN DIEGO HISTORICAL SOCIETY QUARTERLY, Winter 1969, Volume 15, Number 1, Rita Larkin, Editor
- Rosemary Masterson, The Machado-Silvas Family, The Journal of San Diego History, SAN DIEGO HISTORICAL SOCIETY QUARTERLY, Winter 1969, Volume 15, Number 1, Rita Larkin, Editor.
- Jose Manuel Machado from findagrave.com, accessed May 21, 2014