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Valentine Harrison

Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: Bedworth, Warwickshire, England
Death: September 25, 1868 (76)
Napier, Napier City, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
Place of Burial: Napier, Napier City, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Son of Frances Harrison and Anne Harrison
Husband of Jane Harrison
Ex-husband of Sarah Harrison and Grace Harrison
Father of William Harrison; Thomas Harrison; Alfred Valentine Harrison; George Harrison; <private> Harrison and 2 others

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On November 14th 1807 Valentine enlisted in the Royal Navy as a Marine Boy at the age of 15 years and obtained his discharge on March lst 1816. During his time in the Navy he served in the flagship HMS Bellerophon ( during the Napoleonic Wars. On December 24th 1816 at Leire, in Leicestershire, he married Sarah, the widow of John Fawkes who had died on February 16th 1814 at the age of 35 years. We have no information as to where their second child, Thomas, was bom on April 11th 1822, but it was probably in the London area. There is a lapse of some 16 years from the birth of Thomas to the time when, as we leam from Thomas' diary, another son, Alfred Valentine, was bom to Valentine on December 10th 1837 at Alphington near Exeter, in Devonshire Upon enquiry at Alphington we find from the Register of the Parochial Church there that: "Alfred Valentine, son of Valentine and Grace Harrison, baptised December 25th l837". From this it is assumed that Sarah, Valentine's first wife, had died some time between 1822, when Thomas was born and Valentine‘s marriage with Grace. According to Alfred Valentine himself his mother, Grace, died soon after he was born. Before Valentine left for New Zealand in November 1840, he married Jane Ebbsworthy and they had a son, George, who was 9 months old when they sailed from Plymouth in the ship "William Bryan" on November 19th 1840. Those who embarked were Valentine, father, aged 45 years. Jane (nee Ebbsworthy) his third wife, aged 35 years. Thomas, son of Sarah, Valentine’s first wife, aged 19 years. Alfred Valentine, son of Grace, Valentine's second wife, aged 3 years, George, son of Jane, Valentine's third wife, aged 9 months. William, Va1entine‘s eldest son, had, ere this, married Harriet Wells. They had two children, William and Harriet, before they, in their tum, sailed for New Plymouth in the ship "Timandra" on November lst 1841. Valentine and his family lived for a time at Waiwakaiho, near New Plymouth, where a son, Frederick, was born on February 12th 1844, and a daughter, Fanny, on April 17th 1846. In the meantime William and Thomas, the two oldest sons, had settled on farm lands at Omata some 7 or 8 miles to the south of New Plymouth. In or about October 1846 Valentine travelled overland on foot from New Plymouth to Auckland in company with William Newman and others. Upon arrival at Auckland Valentine and Newman were the first to join the Constabulary then in process of formation under Captain Atkins, according to Valentine's son Alfred Valentine. Valentine's wife, Jane, together with Alfred, George, Frederick and Fanny went from New Plymouth to Auckland (presumably Onehunga) by a small coastal trading schooner. Thomas' diary informs us that his father, Valentine, later lived with, or worked for a missionary, the Reverend Maunsell, at Waiuku in the Auckland Province and we further learn from Edwin, a son of Alfred Valentine, that Valentine senior's wife, Jane, was killed by the Maoris at Waiuku by the Maoris while the menfolk were in the fields, She was buried in the Grafton Cemetery, Symonds Street, Auckland. In 1849 or 1850 Valentine took Alfred Valentine, George, Frederick and Fanny to California, USA, during the gold strike there. We understand that William Newman and his young Maori wife accompanied them, the Maori girl acting as nursemaid for Fanny who, of course, was only about 3 years old when they sailed from Auckland. They are reported to have done very well at the diggings before returning to New Zealand, via Australia, two years later. It is said that Valentine, together with George and Frederick paid a visit to England, after returning to New Zealand from California for the purpose of taking possession of an estate, or property of some kind, which Valentine had presumably inherited as the husband of deceased Jane (nee Ebbsworthy).

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Valentine Harrison's Timeline

April 17, 1792
Bedworth, Warwickshire, England
December 20, 1817
Age 25
Leire, Leicestershire, United Kingdom
April 11, 1822
Age 29
Bedworth, Warwickshire, United Kingdom
December 10, 1837
Age 45
Alphington, Devon, England
Age 46
February 1840
Age 47
St Thomas, Devon, England