The name Métivier name is very old and appears
to have been derived from the French word métive (harvest)
and the Latin words messis aestiva (summer harvest).
Jean François Métivier (son of Nicolas François
Métivier) immigrates to the newly formed French province
of Quebec, Canada.
Medard Métivier, third son of architect and builder,
Louis Gideon Métivier, Sr., relocates to Mackinac
Island from Montreal via Rochester, New York and Grand Rapids,
Louis Gideon Métivier Jr. (born in Montreal around
1820) and his new bride, the former Sophia Granger (born in
Acadia about 1826) book passage on a sailing vessel down the
St. Lawrence River to the port city of Toronto on Lake Ontario. By
horse drawn wagon, they travel north to Georgian Bay and sail
into Lake Huron for the small landing at Mackinac Island. Soon
thereafter, Louis Gideon becomes engaged in making barrels
in which to store salted fish from the burgeoning commercial
Louis Joseph Métivier is born to Louis Gideon and Sophia.
Francis (François) Métivier, the eldest of the
sons of Louis Gideon Métivier Sr., arrives at Mackinac
with his wife Lucie. Nearing their seventies, Louis Gideon
Sr. and his wife, Marie, arrive at Mackinac Island around 1847.
Louis Gideon Métivier, Jr. moves to Cross Village,
builds a log cabin home and operates a sawmill there until
his return to Mackinac Island in about 1848.
Louis Gideon Métivier, Jr. is employed by the Department
of Labor to keep a lighthouse at Presque Isle. He stays
there until 1861, when his wife, the former Sophia Granger,
dies on September 27, at age thirty-five, leaving him a widower
with three children.
Soon thereafter, Louis Gideon marries Mary Elizabeth McGulpin
(twenty years his junior).
(View the 1850 Seventh Federal Census
for Michilimackinac County.)
Louis Joseph Métivier marries Elsie Gimmins of Cheboygan. Louis
Joseph enlists (View enlistment document) and is wounded and
hospitalized in Clarysville, Maryland in September, then put
on light duty until he is discharged on May 10, 1865.
With a decline in demand for fish barrels, Louis Gideon Métivier
decides Chicago, Illinois may provide more secure employment. Here
in 1866 and 1868 a son, Joseph Francis, and a daughter, Mary
Ann, are born.
Louis Joseph Métivier and Elsie have a son named Silas
Louis Gideon Métivier and his growing family locate
permanently at Cross Village. In September of 1878, George
William Métivier is born. There is record of Louis
Gideon attending a township board meeting at Cross Village
on May 2, 1877, representing the village as Justice of the
Peace and town treasurer.
Louis Joseph Métivier, Civil War veteran and son of
Louis Gideon Jr. and Sophie purchases a Victorian-style home
on Mackinac Island for seven hundred dollars. It is this
house that will become the Métivier Inn some one hundred-five
Elsie Métivier (née Gimmins) dies and Louis
Joseph Métivier marries Josephine Lambert; they have
at least six children.
Louis Joseph, thanks to his military service, is accepted
into the Lighthouse Service. He serves 4 years as an
assistant keeper at the Spectacle Reef Light in Lake Huron,
about 10 miles south of Cheboygan. Then, he becomes keeper
of the Upper Range Light in the St. Mary’s River where
he serves until his death in 1902 of a stroke.
Josephine was left with three children under 16 (the older
children took care of themselves) and $1000.00 from a Forester
Insurance Policy which was used up paying off her husband’s
debts of $290 and funeral expenses of $100; $600 of the remainder
went for repairs on the house.
Josephine moved into the summer kitchen, which was a two-story
shed on the back of the house, and rented out the front. She
received $50.00 for renting furnished rooms.
As Josephine grew
older, her children, who were scattered around and busy raising
their own children, agreed that their unmarried sister Mary
Sophia Métivier, in return for
caring for their mother, would become the owner of the property
when Josephine died. (View Mary Josephine
Whey Mary Sophia died (view obituary), the property went to
the youngest sister, Mabel.
When Mabel died, her children received the home, which was
rented out as living quarters for college-age hotel employees.
(View Island Metivier burial plot record.)
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