Rose Slatten was born (Sarah) Rose Slatten, daughter of Isaac Pinkney (a.k.a. “Jim”) Slayton/Slatten and Sarah Ann Hunt.
1st Husband: William Dark Dowty (second marriage for Mr. Dowty)
Child # 1: According to the Neal/Dark Cemetery survey internet references, there appears to be a grave listed as the 4 year old son of William Dowty and Rose Slatten. The grave marker is gone and only a natural stone rests within this cemetery for him. Photo is available upon request. Questions, however, arise if this is not really child # 2 (see below).
Child #2: Infant Girl born to “Bill Dowty and Rose Slatten” died. Her Louisiana death certificate (#5008) states the child died in Rapides Parish, LA and is also buried in the “Darks Grave Yard.” The child was born on March 4, 1917 and lived for only two months. This burial took place on May 5, 1917 and was a private family burial. Apparently, there was no physician readily available at the time when the child needed medical services, according to the certificate. What the child died from is still in question.
2nd Husband: Napoleon Pominville
Married: (Saturday) May 11, 1918. Marriage Announcement as seen in the Miami Metropolis Newspaper (pg. 2) states the following: “Napoleon Pominville, 30 years of age, a Private in the Curtiss Aviation School, whose home is in Worcester, Mass. and Miss Rose Slatten of Miami married this morning in the office of the county judge by Carl Homer, Jr., deputy of the judge. The ceremony was officially witnessed by Burke Hawkins, clerk of the criminal court, and John S. Gay. No statement was given as to where the newlyweds will reside, but upon the spiritual equality.”
Napoleon Joseph Pominville is the son of “Maglior” and Denise (Dubose) Pominville as seen in the 1900 U. S. Federal Census (Worcester Ward 3, Worcester, Massachusetts, Sheet 19). According to Worcester city directories dating back to 1886, The French-Canadian Pominville family begins to appear to have arrived into the Worcester, Massachusetts area around 1887 when a relative, Michael Pominville (p. 301) is listed in this city directory. This is not to say that the family was not already in the United States prior to moving into Massachusetts. By 1892, Magloire Pommienvilles is said to be residing at a house on the Bloomingdale Corner/Putnam Lane and through the years, the city directories report that the family has a history of masonry and working in the leather industry. Napoleon, son of Magloire, is seen in the 1909 directory as a painter but later in life, he becomes a chef in the U.S. Armed Forces.
On March 14, 1909, Napoleon’s mother, Denise Dubose-Pominville, passed away leaving Magloire a widower. Magloire passed away on May 28, 1925. By 1946, Napoleon and Rose had two children: Barbara J. and Melvin Joseph Pominville. Melvin married Miss. Lillian (*living) while Barbara majored in the medical field, no doubt influenced by the time her family spent at a local medical clinic near where they lived, as well as working in a local department store to support herself.
In the 1947 city directory, Rose is reported as dying on January 14, 1946 and according to Notre Dame Cemetery staff, located at 162 Webster Street in Worcester, she is laid to rest in Section 25 Lot-1543, grave 2 a few days after that. Not too long after that, in September, 1953, Napoleon passed away and was laid next to Rose in his final resting place.
Napoleon and Rose’s son, Melvin Joseph Pominville, passed away in September of 1983 while their daughter, Barbara, was reported to me (Kevin)by family members as residing in Florida about thirty years ago. No further information is available at this time regarding Barbara Pominville.
Napoleon’s sister, Christine Pominville, is connected to the Bouthillette family of Worcester, MA as well as the Dubos/Dubois family. Documents and photographs supporting this research has been gathered since the mid 90’s. My dad, Reverence Clyde Eddie Slatten, Sr., was given (Sarah) Rose’s original photograph by a female double-first cousin, who lived in Texarkana, along with a letter regarding Slatten family Genealogy. Thankfully, the photograph listed Sarah Rose Slatten’s full married name on the back. I’ve included a copy of the back of the photograph for your records…. Detailed information and photographs regarding the Slatten-Pominville family of Worcester, Massachusetts will be available at a later date.
Kevin Slatten, Reverend Clyde Eddie Slatten, Sr. And Linda Faye Taylor-Slatten
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