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Bowman, Hervey M. : correspondence received.
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1891-1899, 1930 (Creation)
- Schantz Russell Family
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2 photographs : b&w ; 6 x 9 cm
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The Schantz Family in North America is large and widespread; alternative spellings of the last name includes variations such as Tschantz, Shantz, Shonts, and Schanz. The family descended from Jacob Schanz (June 12, 1710-February 5, 1781) who emigrated to the United States of America in 1737 and settled in Pennsylvania. In 1810 Jacob’s son Christian Shantz (July 11, 1769-April 7, 1857) came to Waterloo County and settled at Freeport on the Grand River.
Christian’s son Benjamin Shantz (September 2, 1811-November 9, 1868) was an early Waterloo County inhabitant and one of the founders of Port Elgin, Ontario where he settled in 1854 and established a grist and flour mill. Benjamin married Lydia Kolb (May 13, 1814-November 9, 1862) on April 10, 1842 and together they had ten children; Josiah K. Schantz (December 5, 1834-August 3, 1913), Catharine Schantz (May 17, 1836-February 28, 1917), Hannah Schantz (April 1, 1838-August 20, 1841), Christian Schantz (January 20, 1840-?), Tobias Schantz (April 10, 1842-April 16, 1925), Abraham K. Schantz (September 20, 1844-?), Benjamin K. Schantz (December 5, 1846), Menno K. Schantz (January 31, 1849-July 6, 1888), Lydia K. Schantz (August 17, 1851-July 16, 1900), Sarah K. Schantz (April 1, 1854-April 10, 1878), and Enoch K. Schantz (October 7, 1856-May 25, 1888).
When Lydia died in 1862, Benjamin remarried his housekeeper, Margaret Swinton. Benjamin and Margaret left Port Elgin, Ontario and settled in Dallas County, Missouri. Correspondence in the collection between Benjamin and his son Tobias recount Benjamin’s settler experiences in Dallas County, Missouri.
The Schantz Russell Family Papers centre around Tobias Schantz, his wife Mary Schantz and their descendants, drawing together primary sources relating to several early pioneering families of Waterloo County, primarily the Schantz, Moyer/Meyer and Bowman families, and material relating to descendants of the Moyer pioneers of Lincoln County, Ontario.
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Ten letters received by Hervey Bowman, one from his father Isaac L. Bowman, addressed to "Sons," four from his mother, Elizabeth Meyers Bowman, one each from his brothers Frank and Leander, one from his Cousin David Bowman, two postcards from friends H. Corny and C.W McClean.
Date and Place from: May 19, 1891 Berlin, Ont. To Bowman, Hervey M., d.1931 From Bowman, E.M.
Date and Place from: June 27, 1891 Toronto, Ont. To Bowman, Hervey M., d.1931 From Leander Notes: Written on Office of the Medical Health Officer Toronto letterhead
Date and Place from: July 2, 1891 Berlin, Ont. To Bowman, Hervey M., d.1931 From Bowman, E.M.
Date and Place from: July 2, 1891 Berlin, Ont. To Bowman, Hervey M., d.1931 From Bowman, Isaac Lucius, d.1893.
Date and Place from: Aug. 14, 1891 Berlin, Ont. To Bowman, Hervey M., d.1931 From Bowman, E.M.
Date and Place from: Aug. 21, 1891 Steelton, Pa. To Bowman, Hervey M., d.1931 From Bowman, F.M. Attachments: Envelope, no stamp.
Date and Place from: June 10, 1893 Brockville, Ont. To Bowman, Hervey M., d.1931 From McClean, C.W. Notes: Postcard.
Date and Place from: June 15, 1893 Kemptville, Ont. To Bowman, Hervey M., d.1931 From Corny, H. Notes: Postcard.
Date and Place from: Mar. 8, 1899 Berlin, Ont. To Bowman, Hervey M., d.1931 From Bowman, E.M. Attachments: Envelope with stamp.
Date and Place from: Jan. 19, 1930 Edmonton, Alta. To Bowman, Hervey M., d.1931 From Bowman, David Attachments: Envelope, no stamp, also 2 small photographs.
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Donated by Dorothy Russell and Harold Russell in 1995.
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- Bowman, Hervey Meyers (Subject)
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Described in 1995.
Revised by NM in February 2019.
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