Preston Meeres Sr.
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Preston Paul Meeres Sr. (1902 - 1962)

Preston Paul "The Sepia Valentino" Meeres Sr.
Born in Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamasmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 28 May 1922 in Nassau, New Providence, Bahamasmap
Husband of — married 25 Jun 1924 in Manhattan, New York, USAmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Nassau, New Providence, Bahamasmap
Profile last modified | Created 25 Jun 2016
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Bahamas Project
Preston Meeres Sr. is part of a Bahamian family.
Notables Project
Preston Meeres Sr. is Notable.

He starred with Josephine Baker at the "Folies Bergere", Paris, France. He is mentioned in the book "Josephine: The Hungry Heart" by Jean Claude Baker & Chris Chase.

He had a club called "Chez Paul Meeres", opened in the 1940's on Fleming Street in Over-The-Hill, New Providence, Bahamas. Paul himself and "Chez Paul Meeres" are mentioned in "Jet Magazine", Jan 13, 1955, page 44.

"Jet Magazine", Oct 8, 1953, page 44 quotes "Nassau's fabulous Paul Meeres, known around the world as "The Sepia Valentino", is again a grandfather".

He and ex wife Thelma, also an entertainer, were billed as "Meeres & Meeres, the Negro Astairs". They divorced in 1930.

His daughter Marilyn was born in 1931 to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Meeres. - "New York Society by Gerry in The Afro American (The Nation's Biggest All-Negro Weekly)", Jun 27, 1931. He must have married a third time.

He became known as Paul Meeres Sr. and his son as Paul Meeres Jr.

Research Notes


  • "Forgotten Facts" by Paul C. Aranha in "The Tribune / Weekend", Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas
  • "New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940," database, FamilySearch ( : 20 March 2015), Preston Meeres and Thelma M. Dorsett, 25 Jun 1924; citing Marriage, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York City Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,643,212.
  • "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 14 September 2019), Eugene Dorsetta, Manhattan (Districts 0751-1000), New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 891, sheet 11A, line 14, family 152, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 1563; FHL microfilm 2,341,298.
  • "New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 March 2018), Preston Meeres, 1930; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • LDS Family Search:
Bahamas Civil Birth & Marriage Records
New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island) (1923) (1937 from France)

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