That photo is more than 105 years-old. It was shared in 2009 by Thérèse Métayer, my father’s cousin. Thérèse’s father, whose given name was also Édouard, was Juliette’s brother. Juliette was my father’s mother. I hope this is not too complicated.
Going back to this photo…
My father died in 1995 and I had no more contact with his family.
When I got reunited with my father’s family back in 2009, I met my father’s cousin Thérèse Métayer. She was the one who shared this old photo and copied what was on the back.
Toute la famille Métayer (à droite grand-père Édouard, grand’mère Angelina, le jeune homme ressemble à l’oncle Joseph et devant je ne les connais pas.
The whole Métayer family (on the right grandfather Édouard, grand-mother Angelina, the young man looks like uncle Joseph and in front I don’t know them.
Who wrote what was on the back?
Thérèse was clearly not the one because she would have told me. It was one of Édouard’s other grandchildren, but which one was it?
I have not found out who he or she was yet…
In 2009, Thérèse was happy to be reunited with her father’s past as well as her grandfather’s. But remembering the past can be somewhat painful.
So painful I guess what Thérèse had cut ties since 2010. The last time we saw her was when she had invited us for supper in her apartment.
Not everything is shared on Our Ancestors. Some anecdotes are funny, but some stories are best to be untold.
One funny anecdote Thérèse told me someone had told her was how her grandfather Édouard would bring the fire station horses into the house to get to the stable in the backyard for the night. Remember that Édouard Métayer was a fire captain, and I guess he could bring his beloved horses with him.
His daughter once had clean the floors and she had to clean them all over again.
Thérèse’s father probably the one who told her that anecdote about his father.
This is a photo of Édouard once again probably taken around 1925. He is the man wearing the white hat and has a cigar.
His wife Angelina Renaud is probably there with three of their children. The other man with the mutton chops is unknown.
I tried to figure out who he was but hit a brick wall.
Identifying people on old photos has been one of my obsession since 2007 when I saw old photos on my mother’s side of her family.
Everytime someone was sharing old photos since 2007 I would add them on my family tree and I would start finding who those people were and who were their ancestors and descendants.
This is how my family tree grew and grew.
This is one picture that was shared by someone else that I can’t remember. His or her ancestor was also a Métayer.
This is Arthur Métayer, Elzéar’s brother. I know all about Arthur Métayer and his children and even his grandchildren. I believe one of his descendants had shared several old family photos in 2011. I will probably share them here later and I hope you won’t get addicted…
Next time, more about the 1914 photo and who I thought were the three men in front.