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Correspondence to Dorothy Etta White from Viola Snyder.
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- Snyder, Viola
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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 (1769-1857) came to Waterloo County and settled at Freeport on the Grand River.
Christian’s son Benjamin Shantz (1811-1868) 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 (1814-1862) on April 10, 1842 and together they had ten children; Josiah K. Schantz (1834-1913), Catharine Schantz (May 17, 1836-February 28, 1917), Hannah Schantz (April 1, 1838-August 20, 1841), Christian Schantz (January 20, 1840-?), Tobias Schantz (1842-1925), 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 white settler families of Waterloo County, primarily the Schantz, Moyer/Meyer and Bowman families, and material relating to descendants of the Moyer settlers of Lincoln County, Ontario.
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Date and Place from: September 22, 1919 Toronto [Ontario] To White, Dorothy Etta, 1900-2005 From Snyder, Viola Attachments: No envelope.
Date and Place from: October 23, 1919 Toronto [Ontario] To White, Dorothy Etta, 1900-2005 From Snyder, Viola Attachments: Contains directions for making a baby sweater. Baby sweater directions were folded up with the letter, but not mentioned in the letter.
Date and Place from: November 23, 1919 Toronto [Ontario] To White, Dorothy Etta, 1900-2005 From Snyder, Viola Attachments: No envelope. Written on paper with the letterhead "Normal School Toronto."
Date and Place from: December 6, 1920 Kitchener [Ontario] To White, Dorothy Etta, 1900-2005 From Snyder, Viola Attachments: No envelope.
Date and Place from: June 13, 1921 Kitchener [Ontario] To White, Dorothy Etta, 1900-2005 From Snyder, Viola Attachments: Contains a stamped envelope.
Date and Place from: January 24, 1921 Kitchener [Ontario] To White, Dorothy Etta, 1900-2005 From Snyder, Viola Attachments: No envelope.
Date and Place from: May 11, 1921 Kitchener [Ontario] To White, Dorothy Etta, 1900-2005 From Snyder, Viola Attachments: Contains a stamped envelope.
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Donated by Harold and Lynne Russell in 2003.
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Described in 2003.
Revised by NM in January 2019.
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