Thomas Wrightington

Thomas Wrightington

Thomas Wrightington

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Thomas Wrightington (c. 1797–July 8, 1853) was an early settler of San Diego, California.

Thomas Wrightington was born c. 1797 in Massachusetts. He was a shoemaker from Fall River, Massachusetts and moved to San Diego in 1833.He came with Abel Stearns on the Ayucucho, while Stearns continued up the coast to Los Angeles.Wrightington was probably the second American settler in San Diego, after Henry D. Fitch.Wrightington was naturalized as a Mexican citizen in 1838. He served as a volunteer in the Mexican-American War.

Wrightington marriedJuana Machado Alipas, a widower with three children anddaughter of José Manuel Machado,one of the first soldiers at the Presidio of San Diego and Serafina Valdez.She was born June 1814. They had 3 sons and 1 daughter.

Juana Machado Alipas de Wrightington, along with being a wife and mother,often rode with Father Ubach into the back country to visit the Indian rancherías and to check conditions. Her neighbors called her the "Florence Nightingale of Old Town."

Wrightington served several offices under the Mexican and American governments.During 1844 and again during 1847–March 1848 he wasSuplente (Substitute Justice of the Peace or Mayor) of San Diego Pueblo.

Wrightington lived in the adobe built by her wife's first husband, Damasio Alipas around 1830. Wrightington added a wing in 1852. The adobe still stands in Old Town State Historical Park, in the west corner of the town square, and is open to the public as a...
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