Forgive a few philosophical ramblings...
I've often been asked why I find genealogical research so interesting. This question usually comes from relations who say they couldn't care less about our ancestors, then begin to get interested as I tell them some of the stories I've uncovered about our family!
For me, genealogy research has many rewards. First, there is the thrill of discovery, something like you would feel if you dug up buried treasure, or found the piece of a puzzle for which you've been searching. There are also the answers to the questions "why do we think like this, where does this tradition come from, where does this AWFUL HAIR come from", etc.
Also, as the research progresses, there develops a kind of picture of how our family fits into the march of history...what contributions may our ancestors have made, how were they regarded by their neighbors, what deeds did they do that were worth being recorded by the record-keepers of their time.
Finally, there is the amused discovery that, in our family at least, we have a little bit of everything...the good, the bad and the ugly. We've had preachers, thieves, killers and killed, pre-Mayflower ancestors, runaways, "houses divided" during the Civil War, suicides, cowboys, terrible accidents, pillars of the community and even a king or two. In short, we're pretty much like most other American families, as is illustrated by the "swapping of tales" that goes on whenever two or more genealogists get together around the county clerk's desk.
That's why I find the work so interesting...so now, down to business.
The various ancestors of the Schulte and Schladoer families came to Texas beginning in the 1840s. Some came via Tennessee, Mississippi, South Carolina, Kentucky and Virginia. Their countries of origin appear to be mainly Germany, with Ireland, France and England supplying some bloodlines.
The Schulte "branch" is mainly made up of the following surnames: BRITSCH, GERDES, HARTMAN(N), HEYEN, LOES(S)BERG, REITZER, SCHULTE and SENNE. These emigrants came almost exclusively from Germany (mostly the Alsace-Lorraine region), with the exception of the Reitzers, who came from Haut-Rhin in France. Many came as a result of the efforts of empresario Henri Castro, and most came directly from Germany or France with the intention of settling in Castro's colonies in Central Texas, mainly the Castroville/Hondo/New Fountain/Quihi area in Medina county.
The Schladoer "branch" includes the surnames CARRIGAN, DOEHNE, FARMER, GASS, GRAY, HARRIS, JOINER, MOHRHOFF and SCHLADOER. Here are emigrants who, in addition to Germany, came from Ireland and England to Texas via the southern States. They settled mainly in Bandera, Comal, Kerr and Kendall counties. A branch of the Schladoer family dropped the "e" from their name and are now settled in California, Washington, Arizona and Oregon. I have only recently established the connection, but am still searching for information on the early California Schlador pioneers. The genealogy report DESCENDANTS OF UNKNOWN SCHLADO(E)R, shown on the linked page, illustrates the connection between the two branches of the family.
In the case of both branches, many of their descendants still remain in the areas settled by their ancestors.
A final word...this page changes constantly, so come back to visit often!