1815: William VALENTINE senior, either born around 1815 on Levuka, Ovalau, or from Chile, or USA?

About 100 years ago William Valentine arrived in Levuka; and fathered a dozen children from three mothers. He partnered with some high-ranked Fijian women, as did his son, William Valentine, Junior.
Family researchers worldwide, seek Valentine: Posts on personal sites and Ancestry.com now appear from all over the world, seeking more about Valentine St. The Fijian maternal-gene records go back, beyond 1815, but by 2009, no detail was available about William Valentine Snr – oral records describe him variously as “born in Chile”; or the “Butcher’s boy from New York”.
Speculation based on name of first child: The Western habit of the time was often to name the first child after the name of the parent.  The name of Valentine Snr ‘s first child in Fiji was  Lydia. If Valentine Snr had a role in naming  the child , then this may offer a little information – The name Lydia suggests the relics or connections to a classical British education as  the name, from the   Assyrian ‘Luddu’, was an Iron Age kingdom of western Asia Minor located generally east of ancient Ionia in the modern Turkish provinces of Manisa and inland.  Its population spoke an Anatolian language known as Lydian. Lydia was later the name for a Roman province.
From Canada: Seruwaia Sanday BC, Canada wrote “I am researching my husband’s family tree, his grandmother was a McComber. A Valentine married into the McComber Family. William Valentine, was the father of William Valentine (the one that married Adi Sereima Bolavou). ….Williams father was William, born around 1815 on Levuka Ovalau.
Born in Chile, South America. or the USA? In October 2007, fijianbanshee Posted “My greatgrandmother was Cordelia Valentine whose parents were William Valentine and Adi Kasanita Likutabua (she was one of his 11/12 children from 3 different wives. Some information I have on William Valentine which was passed on to me as follows:
– William Valentine came from Chile, South America, a butcher by trade and was born in 1815.
– He was married in 1836 in Levuka.
William Valentine’s three wives: He had children by at least three women:
– a Ra lady;
– his married wife – probably Adi Kelera of Batiki or Nairai of Lomaiviti Group;
– His second mistress was Adi Kasanita Likutabua born in 1820 of Verata Ucuni Vanua, Viti Levu;
– Their first child was Lydia Valentine born in Levuka Ovalau in 1837. Adi Kasanita was probably 16 years old then.
– Second was Cordelia Martha Valentine who was born to them in 07/06/1841 in Levuka. She was married to Mr Augustavus Petersen from Smalem, Sweden. “Cordelia had some 11 or 12 brothers and sisters from 3 sets of mums for instance in 1841 there were 3 children born to Mr William Valentine. In fact he did register all his 11 or 12 children of 3 different mothers”.
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  1. Hi. I’m a direct descendant of one Emma Valentine who married my g.g. granddad Robert Aitcheson. Their daughter Elizabeth married my g.granddad Nicholas Bennion. Acoording to our records Emma Valentine had 3 sisters-Charlotte, Lydia & Bertha. Could Lydia be named adter William Valentine’s first child?Appreciate any information. In addition, if anyone has any info on Bennion Family, I would appreciate it.According to my nana,(Ella Hill-Bennion) she remembered seeing a blacksmith’s shop belonging to bennions in Levuka when she was a young girl.Thanks.
    Regards
    ella bennion jnr

    • Hello Ella
      Good to hear from a Valentine; there are many Valentine descendants in Fiji. If you provide some birth dates perhaps I can make some connections for you.

    • Try a specific search at this link. This earch sample was what I got for “Bennion” http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/igi/search_igi.asp
      Results for: Bennion, Southwest Pacific
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      International Genealogical Index / Southwest Pacific – 41
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      1. ANNA MARIA BENNION – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Female Birth: 1893 Suva Viti Levu, Fiji, Pacific Islands
      2. BRIGITTE EVA LENA BENNION – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Female Birth: 26 JUN 1980 Lautoka, , Fiji, Pacific Islands
      3. Buna Bennion – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Female Birth: 1895 Navua, Fiji, Pacific Islands
      4. Buna Bennion – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Female Birth: 1895 Navua,Namosi, , Fiji, Pacific Islands
      5. Buna Bennion – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Female Birth: 1895 Navua, Fiji, Pacific Islands
      6. ELLEN BENNION – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Female Birth: 16 AUG 1905 Suva Viti Levu, Fiji, Pacific Islands
      7. Emmaline Bennion – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Female Birth: 06 SEP 1921 Navua, Fiji, Pacific Islands
      8. Emmaline Bennion – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Female Birth: 06 SEP 1921 Navua, Fiji, Pacific Islands
      9. Emma Elizabeth Bennion – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Female Death: 22 JUN 1922 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
      10. Emma Elizabeth Bennion – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Female Death: 22 JUN 1922 Melbourne East, , Victoria, Australia
      11. FLORENCE BENNION – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Female Marriage: 30 JAN 1896 Kasavu,Rewa, , Fiji, Pacific Islands
      12. Florence Bennion – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Female Birth: 1900 Navua, Fiji, Pacific Islands
      13. Florence Bennion – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Female Birth: 1900 Navua, Fiji, Pacific Islands
      14. Florence Bennion – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Female Birth: 1900 Navua, Fiji, Pacific Islands
      15. Jack Bennion – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Male Birth: 23 APR 1926 Rarawai,Ba, , Fiji, Pacific Islands
      16. Jacob Kaukura Kavea Bennion – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Male Birth: 28 DEC 1903 Aitutaki, , Cook Islands, Pacific Islands
      17. JESSIE BENNION – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Female Birth: 1891 Suva Viti Levu, Fiji, Pacific Islands
      18. John Stuart Bennion – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Male Death: 06 JUN 2002 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
      19. MARYANN BENNION – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Female Birth: 1895 Suva Viti Levu, Fiji, Pacific Islands
      20. MARYANN BENNION – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Female Marriage: 17 JUN 1915 Suva Viti Levu, Fiji, Pacific Islands
      21. NICHOLAS BENNION – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Male Birth: 24 OCT 1897 Navua Viti Levu, Fiji, Pacific Islands
      22. NICHOLAS BENNION – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Male Marriage: 11 JUN 1917 Vanua Levu, Fiji, Pacific Islands
      23. Robert Bennion – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Male Birth: 1850 , Fiji, Pacific Islands
      24. Robert Bennion – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Male Birth: 1850 , Fiji, Pacific Islands
      25. ROBERT BENNION – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Male Marriage: 1872 Suva Viti Levu, Fiji, Pacific Islands
      26. Steven Bennion – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Male Birth: 08 JUN 1930 Rarawai,Ba, , Fiji, Pacific Islands
      27. Steven Bennion – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Male Birth: 08 JUN 1930 Rarawai,Ba, , Fiji, Pacific Islands
      28. TANGIANAU-O-HUEINA BENNION – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Male Birth: 18 MAR 1946 Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Pacific Islands
      29. TEOKOTAI BENNION – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Male Birth: 16 AUG 1916 Aitutaki, Cook Islands, Pacific Islands
      30. Teraenui-O-Ngati-Kaura Jacob Bennion – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Male Birth: 08 MAR 1929 Aitutaki, , Cook Islands, Pacific Islands
      31. TETUA-O-TE-AU BENNION – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Female Birth: 02 NOV 1948 Rerotonga, , Cook Islands, Pacific Islands
      32. Tetuaoteau Anne Bennion-Wiapo – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Female Birth: 02 NOV 1948 Aorangi, , Cook Islands, Pacific Islands
      33. Toru-Atua Jacob Bennion – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Male Birth: 1931 Aitutaki, , Cook Islands, Pacific Islands
      34. WILLIAM BENNION – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Male Birth: 1873 Suva Viti Levu, Fiji, Pacific Islands
      35. William Bennion – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Male Marriage: About 1888 Tamanua, Navua, Fiji, Pacific Islands
      36. WILLIAM THOMAS BENNION – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Male Birth: 25 APR 1889 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
      37. WILLIAM BENNION – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Male Marriage: 1890 Suva Viti Levu, Fiji, Pacific Islands
      38. WILLIAM BENNION – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Male Marriage: 11 OCT 1904 Kandavu, Fiji, Pacific Islands
      39. WILLIAM THOMAS BENNION – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Male Marriage: 19 NOV 1913 Methodist Church, Hemmant, Queensland, Australia
      40. WILLIAM GEORGE BENNION – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Male Birth: 24 JAN 1919 Hemmant, Queensland, Australia
      41. William George Bennion – International Genealogical Index
      Gender: Male Birth: 24 JAN 1919 Hemmant, Queensland, Australia

    • Hi ella, I am likewise tracing back to a g.g.granddad Robert Aitcheson and Emma Valentine – my great grandmother was Helen Aitcheson, their daughter. Having run aground on the Spowart side of our Levuka family history, would love to be able to link Robert and Emma back one generation – have you been able to go back further?

      • Do you mean “Oct 3 1843 Emerlin daughter of William Valentine, Ovalau,”
        Try the search “Oct 3 1843: four children of William Valentine Senior baptised at Wesleyan-Methodist Chapter” on this site.

  2. Hi there, I am a descendant of the Valentines..Old man “Bilo” (William Valentine – Valentino (people believe sailed from Chile to FIji, was in New York previously and dropped the letter “O” in the surname, which made the name become Valentine instea of Valentino.
    I am from the line where old man Bilo marries Adi Kelera from Batiki (yes Bilo also has children to other ladies) From Adi Kelera, Old man Bilo has a son Stephen (Who marries a lady from Beqa called Louisa Jackson) & a daughter Lydia (who marries a McComber) My great grandfather Frank is the son of Stephen, then my grandmother is form this line. Any further information please email me at tbackhousesmith@gmail.com

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