General José de Fábrega

My Great, Great, Great, Great, Grandfather

By Sophia Kinnear
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José Pedro Antonio María de Fábrega y de las Cuevas was born to Captain Battalion Grenadier Fixed Carlos Fábrega and Dona Antonia de las Cuevas y Alvares on October 19, 1774 in Panama City Panama. He grew up in a military and political environment in Panama City. In 1777, at only three years old, his father got a license allowing José to be appointed to the degree of cadet. By 1797 Fábrega was already lieutenant, by 1812, captain of militia, by 1815, lieutenant colonel, and by 1821, Colonel of the National Army of the Kingdoms of Spain and commanding general and governor of the Isthmus of Panama. On September 14,1803, he married María del Carmen de la Barrera Muñoz, from Lima, Peru, with whom he had 11 children. He was remembered as a loving father by his children; 8 of whom had their own children, including my Great Great Great Grandfather, Eustacio.
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Family Tree; Down to Me

Carlos Fábrega+Antonia de las Cuevas and Alvarez

-Parents of

Joseph Pedro Antonio María del Carmen de Fábrega y de las Cuevas +

María del Carmen de la Barrera Muñoz

-Parents of

Eustacio Fábrega+Serafina Ayala

-Parents of

Sebastián Fábrega+Dolores Guevara

-Parents of

Mercedes Fábrega +Laurentius Dekker

-Parents of

William Dekker+Margaret Casey

-Parents of

Colleen Dekker+Dominic Kinnear

-Parents of

Sophia Kinnear

What Other Events did he Witness?

Much of my ancestor's life was dedicated to his country. He witnessed the revolutions of the colonies of Spain in Central America, But most personally, the fight for independence of the colony of Panama.

The Independence Of Panama

Where did he fit in History?

By 1821, much of Central America had declared independence from Spain. The calls across Panama for independence were spreading and small rebellions and groups of patriots were popping up all over Panama. Colonel José de Fábrega called the patriots to Panama City on November 20, 1821. Here he held a meeting to discuss the future of Panama. The meeting ended with the request of the consultation of all the people of the provinces to coordinate the revolution and the open showing of unity and want for independence. Then, on November 28, José de Fábrega proclaimed the Independence of Panama from Spain and the union of the Panamanian nation to the already independent nation of Colombia. Once Panama became completely independent from Spain and was accepted by Colombia, José de Fábrega was appointed governor and commander of the province of Panama and later promoted to brigadier general by Simon Bolivar, president of Colombia . Even after independence, on both the battlefield and government office, Fábrega contributed to the birth of Panama as an independent and it's own nation.


In 1832, General José de Fábrega returned to the city of Santiago de Veraguas, where he remained as governor until 1835. He was elected senator to Congress in 1837 and 1838. He died on March 11, 1841. General José de Fábrega has always been remembered as a man who led Panama to independence and a revolutionary leader of that era. Most of his life was dedicated to helping his homeland.