Barbara Schmitt is the only Schmitt that we know
anything about. She was Walter Michael Windsor's great great
grandmother. Nothing is known about her except that she was from
Kuelsheim, which is in the Baden area.
The name Schmitt is one of the most common of all German names. It
is the equivalent of Smith in America. The name probably came from
the word for blacksmith.
Born about 1760 - 1780 in Kuelsheim, Germany.
Married Peter Adollf Winkopp after 1788.
Died after 1802 in Aschaffenberg, Germany.
Born 1802 in Aschaffenburg, Germany, son of Peter Adolf Winkopp and
Married Maria Magdalena Schwab on March 8, 1835 in
Tauberbischofsheim, Germany; she died in 1838 at age 21. Married
Maria Anna Elisabeth Schreck on February 4, 1839; she died. Married
Maria Susannah Schreck (Maria Anna Elisabeth's sister) on April 30,
Attorney in Tauberbischofsheim, Germany.
Father of eight children.
Died January 17, 1865 in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Franz Josef Alfred Winkopp
Born February 3, 1846 in Tauberbischofsheim, Germany, son of Adolf
Winkopp and Maria Susannah Schreck.
Emigrated to USA in 1868.
Married Anna Blumlein about 1868 in New York; she died in June 1885
in New York at age 36.
Married Caroline Blumlein about 1886 in New York; Caroline was the
sister of Anna Blumlein, his first wife.
Restaurant and bar proprietor, including Hofbrau Haus in New York.
Father of 15 children - 7 died at childbirth or as children. Walter
Winkopp was the eleventh child
Died January 18, 1919 in Brooklyn, New York.
Born August 8, 1893 in Brooklyn, New York, son of Franz Josef Alfred
Winkopp and Caroline Blumlein.
Married Helen May "Maude" Catoggio on February 25, 1918 in New York;
he was 24 and she was 17. He met her when she auditioned as a dancer
for a show that he was producing. She died December 13, 1920.
Married Virginia Braxton Garland in 1925 in New York or Nebraska;
they were divorced in 1932.
Father of one son with Helen May "Maude" Catoggio: Walter Michael
Father of one son with Virginia Braxton Garland: Howard Garland
Virginia remarried, and Alec Jean Sartin adopted Howard, and he
became known as Howard Garland Sartin.
Theatrical producer, choreographer, dancer, pet store owner.
Died July 8, 1978 in Orlando, Florida.
Walter Winkopp, Jr. now known as Walter Michael
Born September 22, 1918 in New York, New York, son of Walter Winkopp
and Helen May "Maude" Catoggio.
Born Walter Winkopp (and called "Junior" but not legally named Jr.),
but his father used "Walter Windsor" as his stage name, and people
called little Walter "Walter Windsor, Jr."
Name legally changed to Walter Michael Windsor on January 2, 1946 in
Married Mary Garnett Johnson on November 29, 1947 in Danville,
Virginia. He hired her as receptionist at WDVA Radio; they dated for
14 consecutive nights, and then he proposed, and she accepted. Mary
died December 23, 1977 from misdiagnosed breast cancer.
Broadcasting pioneer - 55 years in radio and television, television
station manager/executive for 35 years, singer, actor, songwriter,
announcer, sportscaster, TV host, music historian, theatre owner.
Father of four children.
Died February 29, 2008 in Duluth, Georgia.
Walter Michael Windsor's children:
William Michael Windsor --
Born October 2, 1948 in Columbus, Georgia.
Married Barbara Jane Gray on June 19, 1971 in Dallas, Texas.
Serial entrepreneur, magazine publisher, trade show producer,
Father of two children - Brittany and Ryan.
Anthony Beck Windsor
Born January 26, 1950 in Columbus, Georgia.
Not yet married as of April 2008.
Vice-President of travel business, TV anchorman and news director.
Wendy May Windsor Harper
Born September 21, 1953 in Columbus, Georgia.
Married Harvey Howard Harper, III on December 5, 1987 in Winter
Homemaker, political operative, realtor, child therapist, family
Mother of one son, Nicholas Andrew Harper; stepmother of two
children - Chip and Amber.
Martha Ann Windsor
Born October 27, 1958 in Fort Smith Arkansas.
Married and divorced.
Marketing manager, web designer.
Mother of one daughter - Stephanie Shultz (adopted at birth).