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Schantz, Christian and family.
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1 photograph : b&w ; 20 x 25 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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Group portrait of Christian Schantz (brother of Tobias), Mary Hutchinson, and all of their children that lived into adulthood: Benjamin Schantz, Jacob Arthur Schantz, Susanna Ann Schantz, Lydia Elizabeth Schantz, James Robert Shantz, Josiah Orphus Schantz, Christian Reid Shantz, William Andrew Schantz, George Washington Shantz and Walter Dickson Schantz. All members of the family are seen seated in front of a home, likely Christian's homestead in Wetaskiwin, Alta.
Photograph is very faded and mount is dirty.
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Donated by Harold and Lynne Russell in 2011.
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Inscribed in pencil, verso, top centre: Uncle Christian / (brother of Tobias Schantz / Family / Wetaskewin / about 1895
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- Schantz, Christian K. (Subject)
- Schantz, Mary Hutchinson (Subject)
- Schantz, Jacob Arthur (Subject)
- Schantz, Lydia Elizabeth (Subject)
- Shantz, James Robert (Subject)
- Schantz, Christian Reid (Subject)
- Schantz, William Andrew (Subject)
- Shantz, George Washington (Subject)
- Schantz, Walter Dickson (Subject)
- Nelles, Susanna (Subject)
- Schantz, Josiah Orphus (Subject)
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- Described by JB in 2012.
- Revised by NM in January 2019.
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