File 189 - Moyer, Mary Gross (nee Nash) : correspondence received.

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Moyer, Mary Gross (nee Nash) : correspondence received.

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SCA118-GA91-7-189

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  • 1866-1885 (Creation)
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    Schantz Russell Family

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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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Thirty-two letters received by Mary Gross Moyer (nee Nash) from relatives and friends.

Date and Place from: May 16, 1866 Gardenville To Moyer, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885 Notes: Partial letter, no closing.

Date and Place from: January 17, 1882 Wyandotte, Kan. To Moyer, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885 From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910 Notes: Written on Wyandotte Gazette letterhead.

Date and Place from: December 8, 1872 Fountainville, Pa. To Moyer, Mary Gross Nash,1808-1885 From Gross, Mary Notes: written in German.

Date and Place from: October 24, 1881 Plumsteadville, Bucks County To Moyer, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885 From Gross, Solomon Notes: Written in German.

Date and Place from: 1870 s.l. To Moyer, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885 From Moyer, Jacob Nash, 1842-1929 Notes: Partial letter, no salutation.

Date and Place from: March 22, ? Fenwick To Moyer, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885 From Moyer, Leah.

Date and Place from: February 8, 1880 Wyandotte, Kan. To Moyer, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885 From Moyer, Jacob Nash, 1842-1929.

Date and Place from: June 11, 1881 Plumstead To Moyer, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885 From Michener, Sarah Attachments: Envelope with stamp.

Date and Place from: October 23, 1881 Beamsville To Moyer, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885 From Housser, Annie.

Date and Place from: February 19, 1882 Louth To Moyer, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885 From Fry, Abraham and Fry, Martha Jane.

Date and Place from: March 26, 1882 Campden To Moyer, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885 From Fry, Sarah.

Date and Place from: July 20, 1882 Wyandotte, Kan. To Moyer, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885 From Moyer, Jacob Nash, 1842-1929 Notes: Written on Wyandotte Gazette letterhead.

Date and Place from: November 9, 1882 Fenwick To Moyer, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885 From Fry, F. N. and Leah.

Date and Place from: December 4, 1882 Clinton To Moyer, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885 From Honsberger, Margaret.

Date and Place from: December 17, 1882 Fountainville To Moyer, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885 From Fly, Henry and Fly, Magdelene Notes: Includes notes from Jennie, Laura and Samuel G.

Date and Place from: March 22, 1883 Fenwick To Moyer, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885 From Fry, F.N.

Date and Place from: May 6, 1883 Fountainville To Moyer, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885 From Gross, Esther.

Date and Place from: January 28, 1884 Fountainville To Moyer, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885 From Fly, Henry and Fly, Magdelene.

Date and Place from: August 12, 1885 Minneapolis, Minn. To Moyer, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885 From Moyer, Jacob Nash, 1842-1929.

Date and Place from: n.d. s.l. To Moyer, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885 From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910 Notes: Partial letter, no salutation.

Date and Place from: July 5, 1866 Campden, C. W. To Moyer, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885 From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910.

Date and Place from: April 14, 1870 Independence, Mo. To Moyer, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885 From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910.

Date and Place from: May 21, 1870 Peru, Ill. To Moyer, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885 From Moyer, Jesse Gross, 1850-1933.

Date and Place from: May 23, 1870 Independence, Mo. To Moyer, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885 From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910.

Date and Place from: September 24, 1870 Greenwood, Mo. To Moyer, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885 From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910 Attachments: Piece of wedding dress & wedding card enclosed.

Date and Place from: March 18, 1875 LaSalle, Ill. To Moyer, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885 From Moyer, Jesse Gross, 1850-1933.

Date and Place from: September 25, 1881 Jordan Station, Ont. To Moyer, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885 From Moyer, Jesse Gross, 1850-1933 Notes: Written on Moyer & Co. Growers of Fruit and Ornamental Trees, etc. Letterhead.

Date and Place from: July 16, 1882 Wyandotte, Kan. To Moyer, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885 From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910.

Date and Place from: Aug. 31, 1882 Mapleton, Iowa To Moyer, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885 From Moyer, Jesse Gross, 1850-1933.

Date and Place from: Jan. 5, 1883 Plumstead Township, Bucks County To Moyer, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885 From Gross, Samuel.

Date and Place from: Feb. 5, 1883 Wyandotte, Kan. To Moyer, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885 From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910 Notes: Written on Wyandotte Gazette letterhead.

Date and Place from: Sept. 13, 1885 Ellsworth, Kan. To Moyer, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885 From Moyer, Jesse Gross, 1850-1933.

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Donated by Dorothy Russell and Harold Russell in 1995.

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Described in 1995.
Revised by NM in February 2019.

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