Valentine Thomas HITCHINGS
Valentine was born at Berkshire, England.
His 1st marriage was to Mary. The date & her maiden name are unknown.
There was one child from that marriage who died in infancy.
His 2nd marriage was to Rosa Cheer (born at Havelock Nth in 1856) in 1872.
They had six daughters & three sons.
Two sons, Ernest & Lionel served in WW1. Also two son-in-laws, henry Davies & Eric Fraser.
Valentine started as a leaseholder in Riccarton around 1865. By 1887 he was a farmer at Karere. By 1900 he was farming in Levin, retiring around 1914.