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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