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McTeers From Delaware/New York,USA

Updated April 21, 2013

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MCTEER FAMILY HISTORY (BY HAROLD S. MCTEER JR.)

McTeers from Delaware (All living in Seaford/Georgetown) Children of Harold Jr. d.o.b. 1/24/1931 and Byrd H, Schmidt, d.o.b. 10/8/34 dec'd 2011 married 5/30/53 .Harold Jr. remarried Janie McCabe 5-3-92.
McTeers have a direct documented ancestor in " William McTeer". William came from Ballymagaughey ( Information from family oral history) County Down in the early 1800's and married a "Jemima", (whose
( Maiden name unknown) from New York...Their son William Henry McTeer was born in N.Y.1836- d. 1920. He Married a Margaret Hunt from Poughkeepsie N.Y (b.1838-d.1920) and they had two sons, William James and Smith (b.3-17-1873 in Poughkeepsie N.Y. d .3-4-1933) Smith married Hattie Leers, in N.Y. (b.3-2-1886 in the Bronx N.Y. d.8-19-1972) and they had one son, Harold S. McTeer (b.4-10-1907 in New Rochelle N.Y. d.3-13-1973) Harold married Amy Guenin in N.Y. (b.6-30-1906 in the Bronx N.Y. d.1-4-1989)and they had two sons, Harold Jr.(b.1-24-1931,in the Bronx N.Y.) and William George, (b.8-11-1932 in the Bronx N.Y. d.6-11-1966).
Actually, the "First" McTeer, "James" (who is the common ancestor of most of the McTeers in the United States) came from County Down in about 1730. He died in his 89th year,therefore his birth was in 1697. On shipboard to the colonies, his wife and all his children died. He remarried a Margaret Anderson... and most of the McTeers in the U.S. are descendants of this union. It is most likely that the common ancestor "James " is related to the William McTeer who is our ancestor who came to the U.S. at a later date. McTeers are located in all parts of the U.S and Canada, however Cumberland County PA. and Blount County Tenn. seemed to be the areas where the early McTeers settled..There is also a Native American connection which is documented..." William McTeer died at Ft Gibson Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory on 20th May 1863 of wounds suffered while he was a soldier in co E 3rd Reg, of the Indian Home Guards..He married a CO-LO-NES-KEI Who died before her husband.They had two children, William , who died in 1876 and Mary born in July 1858 living in Tahlequah, Cherokee Nation in 1879." In a "Final Statement" dated 11 April 1865 a "Death Certificate" was issued in lieu of a discharge described this soldier as a farmer born in the Cherokee Nation , 5'6" tall with a dark complexion, black hair and black eyes. He is listed as 40 years of age, but the document is unclear as to whether this was his age at the time of his death of when he enlisted ,on the 16th of September 1862 near Baxter Springs Kansas.
these records (Compiled Military records; Civil War Pension records Min C 191-894)...There is also some family connection to another "Native American". William Henry McTeer's son William James McTeer's grandchildren ( the Wright and Braun families)were told that their great grandmother was "Native American".This is said to have to have been William McTeer's wife's(Margaret Hunt)relatives,However ,this connection has not been fully established. Further investigation of "Family Lore" received from the Grandchildren(The Wright and Braun Families) of William James McTeer and his wife, the Widow Elizabeth Steinbach (-nee Campionni-aka Campioni aka Campionne ) indicate that the "Native American" connection is Pocahontas' cousin (Algonquin tribe).In any event there are many "Cherokee cousins" NOTE: THE NAME "MCTEER"WAS ORIGINALLY PRONOUNCED "Mhac an t'Saoir"of ERIN
This summary was written by Harold Smith McTeer Jr.,
ABOUT THE AUTHOR.. Born in the Bronx, BA Western Md College.Grad work criminology U of Md. Capt Inf CBR instr during the Korean War. Caseworker at Md Trng School, Probation Officer Balto Co, Supt of Gen German Childrens Home. Rehab Trng DIr Goodwill Ind. Counselor, Dean of Students,Del Tech..Resides in Seaford with his wife Janie. vol Del Tech Baseball mentors Seaford Schools

 
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  • MAUDE BRIANT GUENIN (5 KB)
    MAUDE BRIANT GUENIN, (b.8-26-1885 d.5-4-1956), Maternal grandmother of the author, daughter of I. Halsey Briant and Frances Hallum (aka Hallem) was born in New York. She married WIlliam G. Guenin Sr., Pictured above. She was a homemaker and the mother of 9 children. She lived most of her life in the Clausen Point Area of New York. Maude Briant Guenin was also an active member of the "Sons and Daughters of Liberty". "Grandmom" was a lover of animals , and her home was always open to anyone who needed a "Home" , and several "Foster" children were welcomed into the Guenin "Home" over the years...
  • FAMILY LIST - COURVASIE-GUENIN (225 KB)
    dates of birth and death of Courvasie-Guenin Family members dating from the French Revolution their emigration to Germany the United States up to the present day
  • FRANCES HALLUM BRIANT (4 KB)
    FRANCES HALLUM BRIANT,(AKA Hallem), Maternal great grandmother of the author, was the wife of I. Halsey Briant (No photo available). From all indications, both were native New Yorkers, however little is known of the dates of their births and deaths. The picture of Frances Hallum was found in the Family Bible , placed there by Amy Guenin McTeer (mother of the author) Picture identified as Frances Hallum (Hallem) by Arlene Florence Guenin jarvis ( aunt of the author and "Matriarch" of the "Guenin" Family)...
  • FAMILY OF HAROLD S. MCTEER JR. (AUTHOR) (13 KB)
    ALL OF THE MCTEER CHILDREN LIVE IN DELAWARE. FOUR OF THE FIVE LIVE IN SEAFORD AND ONE IN GEORGETOWN DE. THEY ARE THE PARENTS OF 9 CHILDREN AND THE OLDEST, BONNIE IS A GRANDMOTHER WITH TWO GRANDCHILDREN.MCTEER CHILDREN ARE EMPLOYED IN THE FIELDS OF EDUCATION, TRANSPORTATION, CHEMICAL PROCESSING, UTILITIES,AND BUILDING CONSTRUCTION.TOP ROW : LEFT TO RIGHT HAROLD lll, JOHN, JAMES BOTTOM ROW :LEFT TO RIGHT, BONNIE , JEANNIE. GRANDCHILDREN,BOB JOHNSON,KEN TICE,HAROLD 1V,MIKE,CHRIS,DANIELLE,CAMRYNN,JADEN MADELYNN MCTEER.STEP CHILDREN, ROGER JOHNSON, TRACY SCOTT,GREAT GRANDCHILDREN ROBBIE, SAMMY JOHNSON,KATELYN TICE,KEN TICE 111,STEP GRANDCHILDREN,CAMRYN DOWNES ,JOSH , MEGAN MELONEY, CARLEY JOHNSON
  • ADOLPH GUENIN - MATERNAL GREAT GRANDFATHER (4 KB)
    ADOLPH GUENIN- Maternal Great Grandfather of the author was born on January 8, 1852 died march 12 1912.
  • SMITH MCTEER (4 KB)
    SMITH MCTEER, (b.3-17-1873 d.3-4-1933), Grandfather of the author, was born in Poughkeepsie New York the son of WIlliam Henry McTeer and Margaret Hunt, and Grandson of WIlliam McTeer from County Down Ireland and Jemima ( m.n. unknown ) was a railroad engineer with the New York New Haven and Hartford Railroad.,as was his brother William James McTeer, father of Emma and Anna (Wright)
  • ANNA RUHL GUENIN - MATERNAL GREAT GRANDMOTHER (4 KB)
    ANNA RUHL GUENIN, Maternal Great Grandmother of the author.
  • HATTIE LEERS MCTEER (7 KB)
    HATTIE LEERS MCTEER, (b.3-20-1886 d.8-19-1972), grandmother of the author Harold S. McTeer Jr., wife of Smith McTeer, was born in New York City . She was a Homemaker and ran a boarding house in the Bronx N.Y., across the street from the Westchester Square Hospital. Her Father was Charles "Karl" Leers and her mother was Margaret Seelig. Pictured with Grandma McTeer is her great grandchild Bonnie.(taken in 1954)
  • FAMILY OF WILLIAM GEORGE MCTEER SR. (45 KB)
    Recent Family reunion at "Disney".Pictured (Top Row) Beth, Roy, Billy, Ruth, Nate.(Middle Row) Doreen, Harmony, Julie holding Mackenzie, Lorie, Joel, (Bottom Row) Heather, Mickey, Brittany, Kristen. Missing from the photo. Jessica Nicole, born 9/30/2000.
  • HAROLD S.MCTEER SR. AND AMY GUENIN MCTEER (7 KB)
    HAROLD SMITH MCTEER SR.(b.4-10-1907 d.3-13-1973) AND AMY FRANCES GUENIN MCTEER,(b.6-13-1906 d. 1-4-1989) Parents of the author, Harold S. McTeer Jr. and WIlliam George McTeer Sr. , Harold Sr. was Supt. of the Underground Division with the Westchester Lighting Co. (Forerunner of Con Edison ) in Mount Vernon, New York. He was a member of the Hiawatha Lodge, Masonic order. Amy was a homemaker,active in Volunteer work with the PTA (N.Y.State President) and member of the Minnehaha Chapter #227 of the Eastern Star, and an officer in the Son's and Daughters of Liberty. The Picture of Harold and Amy was taken at the Wedding of Harold Jr. in 1953..
  • GUENIN - COURVASIE FAMILY HISTORY ( NARRATIVE ) (48 KB)
    FAMILY HISTORY was taken from the "Guenin" Family Bible and translated from German to English by Martha Kessler,neighbor of Harold and Amy ( Guenin) McTeer of Mount Vernon New York, parents of the author of this "Homepage" (Harold S. McTeer Jr.)
  • WILLIAM GEORGE MCTEER SR. (6 KB)
    WILLIAM GEORGE MCTEER (b.8-11-1932 d. 6-11-1966), Brother of the author Harold S. McTeer Jr., son of Harold S. McTeer and Amy Guenin McTeer,Husband of Ruth (m.n.Cowen), father of Doreen, Beth Anne, Lorie and WIlliam Jr, grandfather of Harmony, Nathaniel, Joel, Heather, Kristen, Brittany, Mackenzie and Jessica , was a graduate of Edison High School. and a member of The Order of Demolay. "Bill" was a Fireman with the 546th Engineering Fire Fighting Company in Korea and was on the scene during the "Pusan Fire". He was a Crew Chief at the Main Fire Station and took an active part in fighting the disastrous Pusan Fire. After his discharge he was an engineer with "Con Edison" and very active in local Citizen Band and Ham Radio clubs. He resided in Ossning with his wife Ruth and their four children until his untimely death at the age of 33. He is buried at Kensico Cemetery in the town of Mount Pleasant in Westchester County New York, along with his father Harold S. McTeer Sr. and his mother, Amy Guenin McTeer ( In THE GARDENS OF THE APOSTLES).
  • WILLIAM GEORGE GUENIN SR., (43 KB)
    WILLIAM GEORGE GUENIN SR., (b. 10-15-1882 d.9-29-1963) son of Adolph and Anna (Ruhl) Guenin and Father of Amy (Guenin) McTeer is the Grandfather of Harold S. McTeer Jr, the Author of this page. "pop" Guenin ,a native New Yorker and early member of the "Wheelman" (Bicycle organization) , and a "Patriarch" of the "Sons and Daughters of Liberty". He married Maude Briant on May 5, 1904 At 4 East 229th St. Williamsburg by Rev. E.R. Perry of the First Presbyterian Church of WIlliamsburg N.Y. "Pop Guenin was born on Oct 15 , 1882 (12:00 p.m.) in New York. He was employed by the Dept of Sanitation of the City of New York. He was the father of 9, children, Amy Frances, Maude Elvira, Wilhelmina, WIlliam G. Jr. Silas, August, Maude Irene, Harold Halsey, and Arlene Florence.
 
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