Updated 1 December 2020
This is who I think is Francois Xavier Meteyer beside who I think is Clara Niquet smiling.
There’s nothing wrong with being wrong when you are searching for distant relatives. If you don’t start somewhere, then you won’t find anything.
What’s the best way to start Season 1 of the Metayer family?
With Episode 1 – Summer of 38 of course.
Let’s start here in Rochester. I am sure we are in Rochester, New York, and almost sure it’s late summer 1938.
The world is at peace in the summer of 38…well most of the world.
On this photo, Thomas Oscar Meteyer is posing for a family photo. He’s the tall young man third from the left.
Collection Thomas Oscar Meteyer’s family
Tom has no idea he will find himself six years later sitting in the cockpit of a P-51B at Steeple Morden in England just a few days after D-Day.
– What are you looking at Lieutenant?
– I’m looking at an old photo taken in the summer of 1938 in Rochester with my parents and…
Or Tom has no idea he’ll be flying to Poland in a record hop protecting B-17s…
That newspaper clipping was part of the collection of memorabilia belonging to the family of Thomas Oscar Meteyer.
This is also part of the collection remembering what Tom did in WWII…
Thomas Oscar Meteyer’s daughter had also shared this wedding photo of her father’s parents in 1905.
She had given me permission to share them on Our Ancestors II, and now she’s most interested in finding out who were all these people on that family photo.
She was hoping someone would help her to identify all of them.
Since we could not wait for someone to find this blog and help her, I had decided to let my alter ego use his little brain cells to solve this case.
Detective William Murdoch of the Toronto Constabulary
Station House 4
These were the clues Thomas Meteyer’s daughter had written on the photo…
She had of course identified her father.
She had also circled her father’s parents Ernest Darius Meteyer and Josephine Munding.
Ernest Darius Meteyer
Then she had circles two men, one on the left and one on the right.
Who could they be, and who were all the others?
Detective Murdock started with this hypothesis.
Ernest Darius Meteyer and Josephine Munding wanted a photo to be taken so they could celebrate four generations of Meteyers and Mundings.
It would seemed plausible that the two other older persons on the right near Josephine Munding were her parents John Munding and Margaret Ritz.
Since Thomas was on that photo, and had his arm on his someone’s shoulder it was also plausible it was his brother Paul Arthur Meteyer wondering if he should smile or not at the photographer.
Paul Arthur Meteyer
Paul Arthur Meteyer was born on June 6, 1924. Since Thomas was born on September 18, 1918, Thomas would be 19 going on 20 in a few weeks, and his brother Paul would be about 14 years and three months old.
Paul would have put his arm around his nephew David Holloway Meteyer. David was born in 1929 and was the son of Clarence John Meteyer, Thomas and Paul’s older brother.
David’s mother was Helen Hollway. He would have been about 9 years old on this photo making it impossible that that photo was taken in 1933.
David Holloway Meteyer
Clarence John Meteyer
That’s the only possibility that my alter ego can think of that the photo was taken in 1938 if David’s parents were in the back on the right.
These people would have been celebrating four generations of Meteyers: Robert L. Meteyer, born on December 21, 1936, would be sitting on his mother’s lap.
Robert’s paternal grandfather Ernest Darius Meteyer was behind, and Robert’s paternal great-grandmother Clara Niquet would be in front of her son Ernest.
Sadly Clara Niquet died on September 15, 1938. That photo must have been taken earlier in September or even a little before that.
In front of Josephine Munding would be her mother Margaret Ritz.
Behind Margaret Ritz would be Margaret’s husband Joseph Munding.
How do I know all this? Both were on this photo taken in 1916 where Margaret Ritz and John Munding were with their daughter Anna Martha Munding in the middle.
Anna Martha would be also on the 1938 photo on the extreme right.
My alter ego figures most of Ernest Darius Meteyer and Josephine Munding’s children were on the 1938 photo.
Edith Meteyer would be on the left of Thomas…
This would leave Ernest Charles behind his father, and then Catherine, but has to be validated.
Finally Victor Sylvester Meteyer, Robert L. Meteyer’s father, would be kneeling on the right looking at his boy.
The only one missing would be Norman Meyeter probably the one who had taken that photo.
This leaves us with two unanswered questions: who were the three children in front, and who was the man beside Ernest Darius Meteyer?
The answer is probably here with the montage my alter ego made comparing two men who looked so much alike.
One was taken years earlier in 1914 in Montreal.
To be continued next Sunday…