Author’s Note: Many thanks to my beta, Cordyfan. This is the genealogy of the Meier Family, with most attention paid to the last few centuries. This is not a story but background material. It does contain references to real people, most of whom are very dead. It also shows places in which history was altered. If you’ve never read any of the Waifs and Strays stories this will contain spoilers. Simon XV will be added later. A similar chapter will be created for other families. Genealogy – Meier
Askenios and Kleistheia: seven children
Alcmenides, later Herpetios, later Herpo the Foul, creator of the first Horcrux
Helena, with her husband and children killed by Alcmenides
Adrasteia with her husband and children killed by Alcmenides
Baukis with her husband and children killed by Alcmenides
Chrysante with her husband and children killed by Alcmenides
Alexandros 698 BCE, called the Great, negotiated the Treaty of Alexandros, (663 BCE) safeguarding neutral and good demons from attacks by Wizards and other humans. Killed by Alcmenides
Simonides 698 BCE, became a wizard.
The Meiers are descended from Simonides of Ephesos, a Wizard born in that city in 698 BCE, and Yasamine, a native of Persepolis. Simonides served as Keeper of the Gates, the head of the Circles of Wizards. Simonides was the twin of Alexandros.
Simonides married several times and is known to have had dozens, if not hundreds, of lovers throughout the world during his life. However, he only seems to have had offspring he acknowledged from his marriage with Yasamine.
After a period in Babylon, these descendants settled in Athens following the Persian Wars, after which the family moved to follow Alexander of Macedon during his conquest of the known world, returning to Babylon, later settling in Alexandria.
They spent some time in Syracuse, then moved to Rome, where they stayed for a considerable time. They established Egyptian, Parthian, Gaulish and British branches during these centuries and were a wealthy Patrician family in Rome for most of the period.
The Parthian and Gaulish lineages seem to have become extinct some time before 300 CE.
The British lineage remained active there until the Wars of the Brothers, (10th to 11th century CE) when the second son of the line fled to Byzantium and joined the House there. The rest of the House was exterminated in the Wars.
The Egyptian branch eventually settled in Byzantium, after the Muslim invasion of Egypt in 639 CE, taking the name of House Thanatos for the first time, but fled that city after it was pillaged by the Fourth Crusade at the behest of Venice in 1204.
They settled in Ragusa, present day Dubrovnik, and after the great fire in that city in 1296, in Venice.
The Vicari Bank was founded in Venice, Italy, in 1309. They had a branch in Florence after 1423. The Vicari bank never reached the power and wealth of the Bardi and Peruzzi and later the de Medici, but had considerable investments nonetheless.
In 1456 the Venetian Line died out, killed by Turkish troops after Mehmet II pursued his war on the city after the fall of Constantinople (1453).
The Florentine Line was the sole and single line for twenty years, mingling with the Medici and other powerful Florentine families, until a branch was founded in England in 1478 to try and gain control of the country’s wool production. This English line failed in 1512, when a fire destroyed the house and shop the family kept, the contracts being taken over by the newly founded Antwerp lineage.
Two other lines were founded in Portugal (1506, died out in 1656, during the War of Portuguese Restoration) and the Flemish/Dutch (Antwerp 1512, then Amsterdam 1585, after the fall of Antwerp.)
The Florentine Line became secondary in power as the economic power of Europe shifted from Italy to Portugal and Iberia as a whole and then Northern Europe. They died out in 1821, as the aged and infirm Gabriele de Vicari de Medici died on May 6th, his three sons having died at Rovereto (1796), Leipzig (1813) and Waterloo (1815). Family history claims that he used the last of his strength to destroy the man he held responsible for the deaths of his sons. Gabriele’s father Allesandro had bought considerable landed properties as well as art, including paintings, sculpture, jewellery and the like from Archduke Gian Gastone de Medici, (d. 1737) the last Medici Grand Duke of Florence, to help stave of the bankruptcy of the state of Florence, as well as to help fund some of his sister Anna Maria Luisa de Medici’s (d.1743) building efforts.
He was also a recipient of considerable collections from Anna Maria Luisa after her death, which she had bequeathed to him in the Patto di Famiglia
of October 31, 1737, in recognition and gratitude. The art and treasures thus bequeathed could not leave the territory of the State of Florence in a permanent manner.
The Dutch line, descended of Simeon Conradi Henrici Vicari I, became the wealthiest one after 1640. They helped fund both the Restoration of Charles II of England in 1660 (Establishment of the English Line) and the Glorious Revolution (1688-89) which put William III of the House of Orange on the British throne, alongside his wife Mary, daughter of the previous, deposed king James II. For these actions they were awarded with noble titles and various lands and monopolies in Britain and the British and Dutch Colonies.
The Dutch line died out in 1795, when the entire family drowned when their ship foundered as they attempted to flee the Napoleonic occupation of the United Provinces. Their wealth, most of the moveable parts of which they had already shipped across the Channel, passed on to the British and American lineages.
The Meiers, both British and American lineages, remained staunch opponents of France until the early twentieth century. They opposed what they termed the overly lenient treatment of France at the Congress of Vienna and later. They insisted on the full return of all art treasures taken from their family by French forces.
1) Johan Maurice Meier
1644-1716, together with his father and brothers helped fund the Glorious Revolution and led armies (read, fought Irish witches) during the reign of William III. He helped defeat Pulchritudia Black and then negotiated the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy with the Focus Users, preventing an all out war between them, the Channelers and the ‘Muggles’. For services to the Crown he was created first: Baron Richborough (1688), Viscount Brightlingsea, (1692), Earl of Dover, (1694) Baron Bosworth, Earl of Tinmouth, Duke of Berwick (1696, after attainder from FitzJames).
2) Maurice Friso William Meier,
1662-1729, became the second Duke of Berwick upon his father’s death and served as First Lord of the Admiralty. He was granted the subsidiary titles of Baron of Torbay and Earl of Torrington for his services during the War of Spanish Succession. He was drowned when his boat was swamped on the Thames while crossing the river. He married Lady Caroline Schomberg through whom his descendants were related to the House of Hannover.
3) John Maurice II
1695-1770, eldest son of Maurice Friso, commissioned the Six English Suites from Bach while taking a belated Grand Tour in 1715, for his later wife Guinevere Weasley. He served under his grandfather during the Jacobite rising of 1715 and as an officer during the War of the Quadruple Alliance and the War of the Austrian Succession and every other British war until 1765. At his request he was created Duke Stewart of Schomberg, Marquis of Harwich, Earl of Brentford and Baron Teyes, in memory of General Duke Schomberg, his maternal great-grandfather, who had served with his paternal grandfather and to which he had a claim through his mother, Lady Caroline. He did not seek the title of his maternal grandfather, the Duke of Leinster, whom he referred to as an ‘unmitigated, ill-tempered ass and a brute.’
4) John Simon
, 1725-1788, third son and only surviving child of John Maurice II, he was weak and sickly physically, but had a powerful magical talent as well as being a notorious wastrel and ‘fond of the company of women and the bottle’. Progenitor of the illegitimate Granger and FitzStewart lineages of Meier. Defeated the Black Scourge, a focus user of the Black Family who felt it was his duty to ‘cleanse the world of the channeling scum’. Died of syphilis, gonorrhoea and various other diseases. His illegitimate son James was given lands in the Caribbean holdings on Jamaica, Nevis and St. Kits.
5) Arthur John
, 1731-1803, descendant of William Simon, second son of Maurice William Friso, succeeded his cousin. Spent a great deal of time repaying loans and rebuilding the British Lineage's fortune. A great proponent of Enclosure and the rationalisation of agriculture and business, he was hated by tenants throughout Britain. He invested heavily in industry, supplying the British Army and navy with uniforms and weapons. He was the Master Britanniae and tried to seize control of the 'Colonial Covens' in which he was opposed by his cousin Simon IX. Tried to claim the whole inheritance of the Dutch Lineage, but failed, the wealth being equally divided between the British and American lineages.
6) Arthur John II
, (1757-1812) eldest surviving son and child of Arthur John I. His elder brother Maurice having died from a hunting accident, the next eldest, Simon Edmund, died at sea at the Battle of the Glorious Fifth of June. Arthur John spent a lot of time repairing relations with his American cousins. He extended the family's Irish and East Indian holdings, as well as buying out the bastard Jamaican Lineage which had greatly expanded its holdings, but had fallen on hard times due to the dissolute nature of the last heir, who moved back to Britain to live in poverty and obscurity.
7) John Simon II
, (1778-1851) second son of Arthur John II. His elder brother Arthur John (1776-1803), died of diphtheria shortly before the battle of Assaye, and was praised by the Wellesleys. He was apparently attempting to locate the burial site of Ravan the Young. John Simon's daughter, Emily, married Simon XI. (Willow's ancestor). He was named Warden of the Cinque Ports and served in the Royal Navy, reaching the rank of Rear Admiral of the Red, and spent the latter part of the Napoleonic War in charge of the Sea Fencibles. Inherited half the wealth of the Florentine Lineage and the titles, since the American lineage wasn't eligible for those.
8) William Charles Henry
, Bishop of Ely, 1811-1875. Fourth son, seventh child and only surviving legitimate descendant of John Simon. He entered the priesthood before his elder brothers died. (of syphilis, smallpox, and fighting alongside a Slayer respectively). He was killed while performing a Visitation at the behest of the Archbishop of Canterbury, dying in the Orkneys. One of the most powerful magic users ever to grace the family, he died defeating the Old One Saharbagoth, the Great Beast of Stronsay. (Not to be confused with the Beast of Stronsay, a mere servant of Saharbagoth). 8th Duke of Berwick, 5th Duke of Schomberg of the second creation.
The British lineage became extinct in 1875, after the death of William Charles Henry, Eight Duke of Berwick, whose son and only child Simon William Rufus predeceased him in 1867, dying of the lingering effects of diphtheria he contracted while observing the American Civil War. The Eight Duke had married late, preferring a life as a scholar-bachelor, marrying the Hon. Mary Jane Carnahan, daughter of the 1st Baron Carnahan of Overton, who died in childbirth. The Duke had fallen deeply in love with his much younger wife and did not remarry. The land and wealth was inherited by the American Meiers and the titles fell into abeyance. The current heir is the oldest legitimate male descendant of a daughter of the seventh duke, Simon Meier XV.
1) Simon Coenraad Hendrick Meier I
1501-1588, son of Annunzio Gabriele moved to Antwerp with him, used the Latin version of the name, moved the family to Amsterdam. Moved the business to Amsterdam after the fall of Antwerp (1585)
2) Simon Coenraad Hendrick Meier II
1533-1567, killed 'in the line of duty' while defending his pregnant wife against vampires while travelling to Paris.
3) Simon Coenraad Hendrick Meier III
1568-1650 ‘Postumus’ later ‘the Elder’, negotiator for the Estates General at the Peace of Westphalia, including the Secret Tract that severely curtailed the persecution of magic users. He assisted his grandfather in rebuilding the business after the move to Amsterdam. He had three sons who survived into adulthood, Alexander (Eldest, Dutch Line) Simon, who founded the American Line and Johan, who founded the English line.
4) Simon Coenraad Hendrick Meier IV
1594-1676, first Meier to move to the New Amsterdam Colonies in 1625. Patroon, founded the ‘Nieuwe Meierij’, along the Hudson River (modern Dutchess County) and at the northern end of Manhattan. Was re-granted these lands by James, Duke of York and Charles II. Negotiated the Treaty of East Greenwich with them, allowing the Channelers in the New World to form Covens independent of the Grandmaster of England, but still a part of the Union of the Covens of that nation. Builder of Fort Vlughwater, Oud Vlughwater, and laid the foundations of Nieuw Vlughwater. Acquired a great many failed settlements, grants and Patroonships after Kieft’s War (1643-1645), including all of the Pauw family holdings, Pavonia, which corresponds to modern Hudson County, New Jersey.
5) Simon Coenraad Hendrick Meier V
1626-87, first Meier born in the New World, at Oud Vlughwater. Died while assisting in sealing the first breach of the New York Hellmouth. Greatly expanded the Meier holdings beyond the four miles the banks of the Hudson. Finished Nieuw Vlughwater and started extensive renovations and additions to the house at the end of his life.
6) Simon Coenraad Hendrick Meier VI
1658-1714, founded a number of industries in New York, building a great many watermills for industrial use. Acquired the greater part of Dutchess, Orange and Ulster Counties. ‘The richest man in the colonies’. His personal motto was ‘Pecunia non Olet’. In 1712 he laid down the Great Instruction
, an elaborate entailment that is still subscribed to by the Meiers, forbidding the heirs from touching the principal, entailed capital. Was a co-signer of the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy, famously stating: ‘Anything to get rid of those idiots.’
7) Simon Coenraad Hendrick Meier VII
1688-1765, a friend and admirer of Newton's. Founded several schools, made massive endowments to William and Mary College, Harvard and Princeton. Noted Natural Philosopher. Had an extensive exchange of letters with Voltaire, other Philosophes
and was a Member of the Royal Society for his investigations into the migration and propagation of fish as well as the currents in water which he coloured with dyes. The young Goethe wrote a poem on his death, ‘Sein Leben im Wasser getönt’ (Often translated as ‘His life painted in water’)
8) Simon Coenraad Hendrick Meier VIII
1711-1789 'Old Meier'. He married his Dutch cousin, Julia Claudia Meier, who was twenty years his junior. He had great interest in shipping, which he passed on to his son. Served as captain on several of his own ships and earned a considerable fortune, on top of the already considerable fortune gained from funding trade during the Seven Years war. Fearing and expecting the coming war since 1765, he set up several large farms to provide grain and built the Meier Granaries on the Vlughwater lands. (Since demolished) The grain from these was instrumental in feeding the armies fielded by the States in their war against the British.
Held the Meier possessions in New York during the Loyalist occupation and spent several months under house arrest for outspoken criticism of the King. Tireless organiser, gathering food and supplies for the New York Line and the Minute Men. Colonel in the Militia, though he never served in the field. Was a powerful proponent of both a standing army and navy, which he called the Foundation of Freedom. ‘We can’t always expect the militia to be ready in time. When the British land on our coasts, I don’t want to depend on the fact the harvest has to be gotten in and the pubs have got in a new shipment of beer. We need an army of men always ready to fight for our liberty, a fleet of ships who will hoist our flag in our interests, in the interests of freedom.’
9) Simon Coenraad Hendrick Meier IX
1746-1822 ‘Young Meier’. New York Representative to the Continental Congress, signed the Declaration of Independence (4th of July 1776) and was a member of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. He was Quartermaster General of New York. He retreated to Vlughwater during the British occupation, defending it on one occasion against the British until the siege was lifted by Minute Men from Orange, Dutchess and Ulster Counties as well as Albany. Violently opposed to the attempts by the Grandmaster of Britain, his cousin, to assume control of the American Covens. Signed the Treaties of Philadelphia and later Washington with the Confederation and later with the USA. Paid more than three quarters of the construction cost of USS President, one of the Six Frigates, as well as generously contributing to her upkeep. President was laid down in 1794 and was commissioned in 1796, the first American constructed warship. She fought until she was lost to the British in the War of 1812. Called ‘Meier’s Blushing Maiden’ due to the red paint used on her sides, he bought her condemned hulk from the British in 1818 and had her completely refitted, despite the fact that most of her timbers were warped and rotten. Simon IX inherited half the properties of the Dutch Meiers after that line became extinct in 1795.
10) Simon Coenraad Hendrick Meier X
1776-1856, ‘Little Meier’. The only Meier after Simon V not born in New York State, his godfathers were Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Wrote the ‘History of the Meiers of New York.’ and several other works. A scholarly man, he spent a great deal of time organising the family papers, including those of his father. Placed the first Seal on the Crack in the New York Hellmouth. Folk tales have it his pedantic manner was the basis of the saying 'Simon Says'. An active Abolitionist, he did not believe in the inferiority of any man due to the colour of his skin and manumitted all the Meier slaves that showed they could provide for themselves.
Surprisingly, he refused to cede a single acre of Meier land during the Anti-rent war of 1839-1860. Though a great many of the feudal rights the Meiers had held over their lands had already been abolished by his father and grandfather, he held on to his freehold and his rents. ‘A man is not lesser due to the place of his birth, or the colour of his skin, no more than I am less for my red hair.’ ‘We fought for this land just as hard as those that now farm it. Shall I not be allowed to earn the fruits of my family’s labour?’
11) Simon Coenraad Hendrick Meier XI
1803-1881 ancestor of Danielle, Sheila and Willow Rosenberg through an affair with Esther Cohen (1830-1899) Willow, Rowan and Hazel are Simon Meier XI great-great-great-great-granddaughters. It is very likely he had more illegitimate children. Married his British cousin, Lady Emily Meier, Daughter of the 7th Duke of Berwick, and had two legitimate sons, Simon and Gabriel. (Gabriel moved West and lived in Sunnydale until his death, leaving his considerable wealth to his nephew.) Enjoyed the good life very much and considered himself a Wit. Was supposed to be the most powerful magic user of his time, but was also described as ‘the laziest man in America’.
Inherited the wealth of the British Lineage in 1875, but no Meier has wanted to give up their American citizenship to claim the peerages attached to that inheritance. He was very fond of children and he sponsored the Investment in the future Industry of America Act
, of 24th of December 1860 prohibiting children below the age of nine to work in factories, below the age of eleven they were restricted to 8 hour days and between the ages of eleven and sixteen they were restricted to 12 hour days.
After his death it became known he had built well over a dozen orphanages and organised and funded half of the hospitals his son had campaigned for through the Sanitary Commission. He also founded houses for prostitutes and unmarried mothers. ‘Jesus said the little children would have the Kingdom of heaven. I want as many of them beholden to me as I can manage.’
12) Simon Coenraad Hendrick Meier XII
1836-1901 One of the most noted Grand Magisters, 'Dozen' created the Secretariat and set up the current system, using recognition phrases, passwords and tests, for members of different coven circles to recognise each other. He was surpassed in magical power by many, but was admired for his drive and determination. Encouraged young channelers to meet, hoping to counter the inbreeding he was beginning to see on the East Coast. Borrowed $5000,- from his father at age 11 and set up the Prospectors' Supply Company, which sold supplies to prospectors during the Gold Rush. Made his first million dollars before the age of 15. Invested heavily in railroads, steel, oil, cocoa, rubber, copper, mining in general, lumber, and gold. Friends with Andrew Carnegie and Cornelius Vanderbilt. Made fortune selling weapons, uniforms and other supplies to the Union Army during the Civil War and a further fortune by buying land in the South.
Served in the Union Army as a Colonel of a regiment, before mustering out and concentrating on providing arms and other supplies. Having lost many of his men to wounds and disease, he pressed Lincoln and McClellan to initiate army medical reforms. He funded the Army Medical School in 1863 and brought surgeons over from Europe to teach. Gave at least $2 million in Civil War Era money to the United States Sanitary Commission.
His interest in medicine awakened, he became the first Meier to become a Medical Doctor, 'to have something to do', studying at Edinburgh. In Britain he met and fell in love with Lady Helena Churchill, fourth and youngest daughter of the 7th Duke of Marlborough. He married her without a dowry. He bought a great many of the furnishings of Blenheim palace that had been scattered over the last century and donated them to Helena’s brother for the restoration of the palace.
Was killed in London by a group of Vampires called the Seven, which brought his son to Europe. He founded the first Meier Houses and several schools. Supported President Arthur in his fight against patronage in the Civil Service. He also supported his father in getting the Investment in the Future Industry of America Act
passed. ‘I’m sorry, Andy. I just have too much money to give it all away.’ (at Andrew Carnegie) ‘Museum? MUSEUM? Men are dying and you built a fucking museum?’ (At William A. Hammond, Army Surgeon General in 1861)
13) Simon Coenraad Hendrick Meier XIII
1876-1951 Simon's grandfather. Only child of his father, ‘Baker's Dozen’ soon showed himself to be as shrewd in matters of business and a very powerful channeler.
Trained as an MD at Edinburgh, Leiden, Paris, Boston and New York he had a great interest in art and he and his wife added considerably to the Meier family collection, most of which is now part of the Meier Art Foundation.
He married Stella Cornelia Vanderbilt(1877-1951), great granddaughter of Cornelius I Vanderbilt.
Made full use of the Concordat in its new form and managed the first merge of all the East Coast in 1897, to fight Uncegila, the Water Snake of Lakota myth. He was severely wounded in 1901 while visiting Paris to investigate the death of his father, fighting Kakistos, who had gathered the Alliance of the Seven Elders, seven vampires of great age, to conquer and divide Europe. Four of the Seven were destroyed, but Simon XIII suffered extensive burns and paralysis, spending the greater part of the rest of his life in a wheelchair while his magical power diminished as his magic strove to keep him alive.
He supported his son in passing theInvestment in the Youth of America Act:
Act of 15th of September 1922, protecting the rights of children, ensuring their education, health and happiness. He and Stella (LaLia) died in a car accident on the seventh birthday of Simon XV.
14) Simon Coenraad Hendrick Meier XIV
03-01-1899, died 04-09-1971. His minority was the only time that a non-Meier was the Grand Magister of the Concordat. The position was held by Buffy Eileen Walburga Sempronia Prince (b. 1879), until Simon XIV returned from France after World War One. He lied about his age and joined the Army (the Fighting 69th New York Regiment) to fight in the trenches. He was wounded twice and awarded the Medal of Honor for actions at Château-Thierry. Identified in hospital, he was allowed to remain as by then he was 18 and promoted to sergeant, then lieutenant.
After the war he spent a great deal of time traveling the country, getting to know his future holdings and meeting a great many of the High Magisters, as well as opening up business opportunities. While traveling the country, Simon met and fell in love with Constance Chase (née Hartley), a married woman with whom he started a passionate love affair. She was several years younger than her husband, Charles Robert Chase. A son was born of this illicit liaison, Andrew Robert Charles Chase. It is possible others were born of other encounters, but none are known.
He studied medicine in Edinburgh, Leiden and New York.
He was a Reserve Officer and was called to duty after the attack on Pearl Harbour, serving with the 69th and later as a liaison between industry and the armed forces, as well as fulfilling duties as a surgeon and serving as Acting Surgeon General of the Army in 1944.
He did not marry until 1943, after falling in love with Alice Elisabeth van Rensselaer (1925-1962). The happiness did not last much past the birth of their son in 1944, who proved to be ‘magically deficient’. Meier was abusive to his wife and son, especially after the death of his parents.
He retired from the Reserves in 1954 with the rank of Lieutenant General and was given a promotion to Full General. He donated his pension in total to the VA.
He had at least two children born out of wedlock:
Clarice Brigid Starling, (1953) mother Philippa Cecelia Johnson, result of a rape.
Severus Tobias Snape, (1962) mother Eileen Prince, possibly also the result of a rape.
He had spent a good deal of time lobbying for theFoster and adoption act of 1972:
Act of January 1st, 1972, re ordering the social services and ensuring the place within the system of the Meier Trust and Meier Houses.
His son Simon Meier XV continued the lobby after his father’s death.
Since his darker proclivities became known, some have called him the ‘Godfather of New York’ and ‘The Prince of Darkness’. Author’s note: William A. Hammond was the Army surgeon General in 1861, and actually a pretty good one. A medical museum then was a repository of knowledge about successful operations and treatments of wounds and diseases. He wanted to found an Army Medical School, but there were no funds, so he settled for the next best thing.