Damico, John - how did he get to New Zealand
John Damico married my great grandmother in Dunedin, New Zealand. The marriage took place in a Roman Catholic Chapel 29 December 1863. He was 24 years old, and a miner. She was Mary Sarah Jamieson, aged 18 years. They travelled from Dunedin to the goldfields of Central Otago by dray. They slept under it at night. That is the last record of him until Mary Sarah married again in the eighties. There was a statement on her marriage certificate that she was a widow, as from 7 April 1877. I do not know why this would appear on a certificate, especially so exactly, unless perhaps there was a wait of seven years, or something, for him to be declared dead. Has anyone else ever seen that on a marriage document? Mary Sarah ended up in Waikaia, Southland, New Zealand. My grandmother appears to have been her first child. Edited 2016 to say that a child, Joseph, was born in 1864 to Mary and John Domico. (Note different spelling) The baby died a few weeks later. The marriage broke down quite soon afterwards.
I would like to know how John Damico got to New Zealand or if he left here. The name Damico could be Italian, where, I am told that it is as common as 'Smith'. Or this name could be Portuguese. I say this because there is a vague connection with Portugal.
The witnesses to John Damico's wedding in 1863 were Joseph P. Cesere, and Ann/Tom Kemp (I cannot read the name clearly) Edited 2016 to say the name is probably Tom Kemp. There was a Thomas Kemp aboard the Aldinga from Australia in 1862/63.
Mary Sarah Jamieson (born c1845) came to New Zealand in her teens with her mother Sarah Jamieson, nee Macdonald, so it could have been as late as 1863 that they travelled to NZ, possibly through Australia. I have wondered if they were all on the same ship. Joseph Cesere was listed as the Master of the Aldinga (or a word like that) and then there is the word 'Restaurant', but I wonder if that is related to the other witness. Mary could write and so could Joseph, but Tom could barely manage, and John used a cross for his siganture.
I have wondered if John Damico was a member of the crew of a ship. Where can I get information about that?
I know that there was a ship named Aldinga, one of two, that plied the waters beteen Australia and New Zealand frequently, with our post. Edited 2016 to state there was a place in Australia called Aldinga about 45 miles from Adelaide. In New Zealand there is a place called Aldinga in the Old Man Range.
One aunt, born in the 1880s, said, 'Oh that'll be the Jamaican.' Nothing else. Subsequent research shows that that connection probably applied somewhere else though.
The name Damico is quite common in the USA, but the entries that I have seen are all too late for our John.
Any suggestions welcome. I've been in front of this brick wall for forty years.