Although eleven settler (pobladores) families became the founders of Los Angeles in 1781, a twelfth settler, Antonio Miranda Rodriguez, a 50-year-old "chino" (reportedly born in Manila and likely a Filipino) and widower, was also supposed to settle the new pueblo along with the other families. Accounts differ as to whether Rodriguez had either one or two daughters. In the case of two daughters, one may have died before the family set out for Alta California with the pobladores in early 1781. As the pobladores party made their journey north, they stopped in Loreto in Baja California, where Rodriguez’s 11-year-old daughter, Juana Maria, fell ill to smallpox. He elected to remain behind in Loreto so that she could recuperate. Again, accounts differ as to whether the daughter survived her illness or died there in Loreto. Whatever occurred, Rodriguez remained in Loreto for two years, working there as a gunsmith. In 1783, rather than continuing on to Los Angeles, Rodriguez was reassigned to settle at the presidio (military fort) in Santa Barbara, possibly in service as a soldier, to serve there as the armorer.
Sources: Historical Lecture by Eloisa Gomez Borah, Santa Barbara, 2004;
and The Los Angeles Plaza - Sacred and Contested Space by William David Estrada, 2009;
and Los Angeles Under The Spanish Flag - Spain’s New World by William M. Mason, 2004.