Schlatter Family Site
Rose and Joe
We are Rose Golden Schlatter and Joseph Augustus Schlatter, Jr. We were married in Oxford, Alabama, on July 30, 1966.
We have two children, Joseph A. Schlatter, III, and Stephanie Hope Schlatter. They are twins, born in 97th General Hospital (US Army hospital), Frankfurt, Germany, October 3, 1968.
In early 2005 my wife and I moved to Bay Saint Louis, MS, where we were building our retirement home when we were wiped out by Hurricane Katrina. We returned to Knoxville, TN, where my parents lived, to decide what to do next. A few weeks after we arrived in Knoxville, my father died of a stroke. A few months later, my mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; she lived seven months and died in March 2007.
My mother was our family historian. She had folders, notebooks, and boxes full of photos and "stuff." After her cancer diagnosis, I spent many days with her going through the family history material she had and taking notes on what she knew of our family history.
Earlier -- in 2002 and 2003 -- Rose had made several trips to her hometown of Oxford, AL, to interview elderly family members and collect material about her family from local sources.
At the same time, I started doing online research on my family and Rose's family.
These pages are the result of our research. Come back from time to time because we continue to find new information.
Family Tree on Ancestry.com
You can view our family tree on Ancestry.com where it is a public family tree. We keep the family tree somewhat up to date though we can't guarantee that it contains the latest information.
Rose's Family: Golden, Cobb, Harris, and Others
Rose is from Oxford, Alabama. Her father is Ernest Edgar Golden, born in Hico, Louisiana and her mother is Zelma Louise Cobb, born in Oxford, Mississippi.
The same is true of Rose's ancestors as is true with many other families in Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. That is, the families are mainly of British, Scotch, or Irish origin with an occasional ancestor from mainland Europe. The families first settled in the mid-Atlantic or southeastern coastal colonies -- Maryland, Virginia, the Carolinas. From there, branches of the family moved west, usually to take advantage of newly-opened land in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, and points west. As the families moved they often were in the company of other "emigrants," sometimes groups of families pulled up stakes and moved to "new lands in the west" together. Some family members settled at various places along the way while others continued west, thereby spreading the extended families into Texas and some as far west as California and the west coast.
The Golden Family
Golding, Golden. We have traced my Golden name back to Eastern Virginia where the name was Golding. We have quite a bit more research to do and will publish the results here -- please come back to visit.
Golden Springs, Alabama. In Alabama, near the towns of Oxford and Anniston, is the small community of Golden Springs. The community is named for Rose's great-grandfather James Harleston Golden (1843 - 1918) who was a Congregational Methodist minister. He established a home and small store near a good, reliable spring that became known as "Mr. Golden's Spring," later shortened to Golden's Spring, eventually becoming Golden Springs.
The Cobb Family
Cobb. Rose's maternal grandparents were Raymond G. Cobb and Autrie Harris. The Cobbs and the Harris's from whom Rose is immediately descended were from the White Plains area of Calhoun County, Alabama.
My Family: Schlatter, Waldner, Richardson, Dudding, Coon, White
I was born in Centreville, Wilkinson County, Mississippi. My father was Joseph A. Schlatter, Sr., born 1 August 1915, Shaw, Mississippi, died 29 November 2005, Knoxville, TN. My mother was Annie Lee Richardson, born 21 October 1924, near Norwood, East Feliciana Parish, LA, died 18 March 2007, Knoxville, TN.
My paternal grandparents were Adolph Schlatter and Emma Waldner.
My paternal grandfather, Adolph Schlatter
Adolph Schlatter was a baker. Family legend has it that a friend of his in Memphis invited him to come to Memphis and open a bakery. However, as I am discovering, it was a lot more complex than that.
Adolph's father was Josef Schlatter. As of March 2010 we have information suggesting that he was born in Switzerland in 1830, was a shoemaker, and came to the US in 1896.
My grandfather Adolph Schlatter had two brothers who came to the U.S.
My paternal grandmother, Emma Waldner
My paternal grandmother is Emma Waldner. Emma was born in Baden, Germany, 1884. She married Adolph in September 1910 and accompanied him to the US in October 1910. Adolph and Emma settled in Shaw, MS, where they operated a bakery.
Here is the Schlatter Family Photo Album -- as of mid-February 2010, I am adding to this photo album almost daily.
My maternal grandparents were Clarence James Richardson and Annie Lee Dudding. The Richardson's have been in the US since before the Revolution.
Follow this link to my Richardson Family Pages.
My maternal great-grandmother died when I was 12 years old and I remember a little about her. She was Nina Anna Statia White and was married to Maurice Dudding.
Family legend has it that the Duddings lived in Putnam County, West Virginia and, in the late 1800s, they put their belongings on a flatboat and floated down the Ohio to the Mississippi, disembarking near the Louisiana - Mississippi border and making their way to a homestead near the village of Norwood, East Feliciana Parish, where they started farming.
While researching the Dudding family, I found the Dudding Family Website -- it is an excellent site put together by an individual who is descended from the same Duddings I am related to.
There is in our family a copy of an old map of the area of Washington, DC, showing an area named "Duddington Pasture." The family story is that this property belonged to the Duddings before they moved to West Virginia.
Dudding family heirlooms
Maurice Dudding (1869 - 1929) and Nina Anna Statia White (1872-1957) were my great-grandparents. Nina Anna Statia White Dudding -- my great-grandmother, whom I knew as "Nanny" -- lived with my mother's family. When she died, her possessions passed to my grandmother, her daughter. When my grandmother died, my mother inherited some of Nanny's possessions and, when she died in March 2007, my brother and I divided Nanny's possessions -- which had been in our family for four generations. The Dudding family heirlooms that are in my possession, or in possession of my children, are:
White. The White family originated in Great Britain then emigrated to South Carolina. They appear to have migrated from SC to southwest Mississippi or southeast Louisiana, much as did the Richardson family.
My maternal great-grandmother is Nina Anna Statia White, b. 1872, d. 1957. She married Maurice Dudding (b. 1869, d. 1929). They lived in East Feliciana Parish, LA. When Maurice Dudding died in 1929, "Nanny" moved in with her oldest daughter, my grandmother, Annie Lee Dudding Richardson, and lived with the family until her death in 1957.
I have little information about the White family but I am researching that branch of my family and will post information as I find it.
Coon (originally Kuhn). My maternal grandfather, Clarence J. Richardson, was the son of Reverdy Hunter Richardson and Martha "Mattie" Coon. Martha Coon had several siblings, one of whom was her younger sister, Ada Adair Coon (married John Davis, Woodville, MS, in November 1907). When Aunt Ada died in 1962, she left a number of documents to my mother. Here are two of the items in those documents -- Ada Coon-John Davis marriage license, and, a handprint from "Little Willie."
The Coon family name originally was Kuhn and they are descended from one Hans Kaspar Kuhn, who was one of several immigrants from Switzerland to the South Carolina colony in the early- to mid-1700's.
Here are links to several pages of family photos. I've tried to organize these in some logical fashion -- hope this is not too confusing.
Here are miscellaneous articles about friends of our family.
I use the Family Tree Maker genealogy software from Ancestry.com. Also, I subscribe to the Ancestry.com search services and we have been able to track down a lot of our ancestors through records on that site. I also use the following online genealogy search services:
Miscellaneous Family History Notes
I have written several memos based on my genealogy research. Here is a list of these memos with links to them.