My inquiry concerning the origin of a man "in the old days", in Fiji, called "Valentino", commenced about a year ago, via this medium. The inquiry is in behalf of my boss, a direct descendant within the Mitchell clan from the Qamea, Taveuni, Matagi, and Laucala islands region in northern Fiji.
The man nick-named "Valentino" was known more generally as "Old Man" Valentine. It is uncertain as to whether he migrated to Fiji from South America, possibly Europe (Italy), perhaps from elsewhere.
My boss also wants to know when "Old Man" Valentine arrived in Fiji.
He married a Fijian blue-blood from Verata named Adi Liku Tabua.
(There is talk that he was, at one time, married to a woman named Beddoes, possibly, also, to a woman named McCumber.)
"Old Man" Valentine a.k.a. "Valentino" and Adi Liku Tabua had a son named William Valentine.
William Valentine married a blue-blood too: Adi Sereima Bolavu.
Among the children of William and Adi Sereima was a daughter Emmaline "Emma" Valentine.
The said Emma Valentine married Frank Mitchell.
Among Emma and Frank's offspring was a daughter born May 21, 1912 named Lucille Sereima Loloma Mitchell. She migrated to Hawaii in in the early 1930s, was married to Hawaii-born Patrick William F. Hickey, Jr., the union producing five (5) children, including therein a son named Michael Mitchell Hickey.
The same Michael Mitchell Hickey is my boss. In his effort to compile a genealogical chart of his mother's side of the family, for his 14-year-old granddaughter "Talei", he has hit "a cold trail" in the person of the mysterious "Valentino" a.k.a. "Old Man" Valentine. Legend has it that the handle "Valentino" in this case was inspired by the big screen heartthhrob of the era Rudoph Valentino. This can only mean the period in question was...perhaps...the 1910-1930 span?
Mr. Vicary, kind sir, I know this information will probably do little, or nothing, to aid and abet your search for your beloved ancestor, but, should your investigation turn up anything along the trail, pertaining to "Valentino" a.k.a. "Old Man" Valentine, then, and in such event, don't forget this file. Please!
Sa vinaka vaka levu Turaga.
Aloha and best wishes,