Biography of Maria Guadalupe (Regalado) Benitez
My name is Maria Guadalupe (Regalado) Benitez. I was born and raised in East Los Angeles, California. I am the middle child of Richard Regalado Sr. and Arabella Rafaela (ALVARADO) Regalado. My Older Brother was Richard Regalado Jr. and my Younger Brother is Joseph Anthony (Tony) Regalado Sr. I attended Rowan Avenue Elementary, Stevenson Junior High, and Garfield High School, and graduated from East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park, California. My Mother’s family came to California in 1769, four of the Soldados, who came with Father Serra and Portola from Baja California, were my Mom’s ancestors. They were Jose Antonio Yorba, Pedro Amador, Juan Bautista Alvarado, and Juan Ismero Osuna. Other of my Mom’s ancestors came to California with the De Anza Expedition, and the Rivera y Moncalva Expedition. Mom’s Father was Frank Alvarado and her Mother was Loretta Beltran de Alvarado. It is through my Great Grandmother Velesarda Machado (Grandpa’s Mother) who married Juan Ignacio Alvarado that we are descendents of Luis Quintero. Grandma Velesarda Machado was the Daughter of Jose de Jesus Machado and Lugarda Osuna widow of Jose Maria Alvarado. Her Father Jose de Jesus Machado was Son of Josef Manuel Machado Jr. and Maria Serfina Valdez, Maria Serfina Valdez was the Daughter of Eugenio Valdez and Maria Sebastania Quintero. Maria Sebastiana Quintero was the Daughter of Luis Quintero and Maria Petra Rubio de Quintero. Luis Quintero was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco. He married Maria Petra Rubio in Los Alamos, Sonora. They with their seven children came to California with the Rivera y Moncalva Expedition, arriving at Mission San Gabriel on July 22, 1781. He was a tailor by trade and not a farmer. So on September 4, 1781 he and his family joined 10 other families and the 4 Soldados and their families and set out from the Mission to found the city of Los Angeles. In 1782 he petitioned to leave the City of Los Angeles to join his Daughter and Son in law to found Mission San Buenaventura, and then Mission Santa Barbara, where he and his wife died and both are now buried. So this is how I was qualified to be a member of Los Pobladores 200, and I have been a member in good standing since 1986. I have served as Past President, temporary Treasurer and Past Secretary, and am currently serving as President in 2011.
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