Schlatter Family Site
|Ship manifest column||Entry in column|
|Final destination in the US||Riverhead, NY|
|Whether going to join a relative; and if so. what relative and their name and address||father & brother|
|By whom was passage paid?||Mother|
This information tells us that, in 1897, Adolph was bound for Riverhead, LI, NY, to visit his father and brother -- and his mother paid for his steamship ticket.
The brother Adolph was going to visit would have been Alfred, because:
- Alfred arrived in the US in 1890. He would have been here in 1896 when his father Josef arrived and in 1897 when Adolph arrived for his second trip to the US.
- When Alfred died in 1905, his landlady wrote to his brother Adolph and stated she was going to Riverhead to retrieve some of Alfred's "things." Thus, I conclude that Alfred lived in Riverhead, LI, NY, long enough to leave some belongings there.
This evidence led us to conclude that Josef Schlatter, father of Alfred and Adolph, was in Riverhead, LI, NY with his son Alfred at sometime before 1897 when Adolph arrived looking for them. The evidence also suggests that Adolph's mother -- Josef's wife -- was alive in 1897 when Adolph left Switzerland for his second trip to the US.
Armed with this info, my brother searched the Ellis Island ship manifests for a Josef Schlatter who arrived in the US sometime before 1897. He immediately found Josef Schlatter listed in a ship manifest -- look at the individual on the second line from the top, #2, Schlatter, Josef.
Second line from the top: Name: Schlatter, Josef; Age: 66 yrs; Occupation: shoemaker; Native country: Switzerland; Destination: Riverhead. He arrived in New York 5 October 1896 on the ship La Bourgogne from Havre, France.
As of mid-March 2010, this is all we know of our grandfather's father, Josef Schlatter. However, there are some things we can deduce from this and other information.
If he was 66 years old when he arrived in the US in 1896, he would have been born in 1830. His three sons -- that we know of -- are:
(1st son; my grandfather)
|October 1863||Adolf born|
|September 1866||Reinhold born|
|April 1873||Alfred born|
|April 1889||Josef signs contract binding Alfred to an apprenticeship for two years; April 1889 - April 1891||Josef signs contract binding Alfred to an apprenticeship for two years; April 1889 - April 1891|
|April 1890||Arrives in US; apparently he did not fulfill the second year of his apprenticeship contract.|
|August 1890||Adolf arrives in US, bound for NY|
Heinrich Reinhold arrives in US
|February 1893||Entries in Reinhold's bank book show he is in Brunswick, GA|
|November 1893||Reinhold dies of yellow fever, Brunswick, GA; buried there, Palmetto Cemetery.|
|????||Adolf returns to Switzerland|
|5 October 1896||Josef arrives in NY, bound for Riverhead, LI|
|30 June 1897||Adolph arrives Ellis Island, NY; destination Riverhead, LI, to see his father and brother.|
|1900||No record of Joseph in 1900 federal census||No record of Adolph in 1900 federal census (this is strange -- more research required)||Alfred is listed in the 1900 federal census; he lives in a boarding house, occupation listed as "poultryman."|
Adolph in Senatobia, MS, operating a bakery
Alfred dies. All indications are that he lived on Long Island from his arrival in 1890 until his death; worked at various jobs as a laborer; lived in boarding houses.
|March 1906||Adolph marries Louise Kleiner|
|August-September 1908 to October 1910||Adolph, Louise, and "Baby Louise" depart NY on steamship La
Savoie, 6 Aug 1908, returning to Switzerland. Adolph is in
Switzerland with Louise and "the baby" until July-August 1910.
ADOLPH MAKES NO MENTION OF HIS PARENTS IN A DIARY THAT HE KEEPS BETWEEN 1903 AND OCTOBER 1910.
|September 1910||Adolph marries Emma Waldner|
|31 October 1910||Adolph and Emma arrive in US; by early 1911 they are in Shaw, MS, where they operate a bakery.|
|January- June 1911||Adolph files for divorce from Louise in Shelby County, TN, court. In June, he petitions the court to drop the suit.|
|May 1911||John A. Schlatter, first son of Adolph and Emma, born, Shaw, MS.|
|August 1915||Joseph A. Schlatter, second son of Adolph and Emma, born, Shaw, MS|
|October 1921||Frederick R. Schlatter, third son of Adolph and Emma born, Shaw, MS.|
|November 1930||Adolph dies, Shaw, MS|
|May 1948||Emma dies, Greenville, MS|
At this point in researching my Schlatter family history, I discovered that Switzerland maintains Familienschien -- family registers. The register lists families by names of spouses and their children. The registers include dates of birth, date of confirmation, date of marriage, and date of death. I also found a website for the Staatsarchiv Des Kanton Zurich – State Archives for Zurich Kanton. I decided I had nothing to lose, so, I wrote to them and asked if they had any information on Adolf Schlatter and his father Josef Schlatter. I provided the information I had -- names, date and place of birth.
I was surprised and very pleased when I received a reply on 12 April 2010. Their reply consisted of:
These copies of the family registers were gold mines of information. I discovered the names and dates of birth and death of my grandfather's parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. Go to this link for a description and photos of the family registers.