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Schantz family and friends.
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- Schantz Russell Family
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1 photograph : b&w ; 17 x 22 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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One photograph showing Schantz family members and friends out front of the home of Mrs. McNamee who lived in Morton Park along with the Schantz's.
Back row: Sophie Schantz, Arthur Schantz, "Jed" Moore [?], Lor Brown, Orpheus Moyer Schantz, Frank Thompson, Clara Robbins. Middle Row: Carrie Flagler Schantz, Annie Payne Brown, Mrs. McNamee [?].
Front Row: Marshall Dutton, Ruth Schantz, Edwina Meaney, Laura Gardin, Robert Brown, Geradline Meaney.
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Donated by Harold and Lynne Russell in 2011.
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Inscribed in pencil, verso, centre: Taken Sept 25th 1898 / Morton Park / At Mrs McNamee
Inscribed in pen, verso, lower left: Sophie E Schantz / Arthur B Schantz / “Jed” Moore / Lor Brown / OM Schantz / Frank Thompson / Clara Robbins / Carrie Flagler Schantz / Annie Payne Brown / Mrs McNamee / Marshall Dutton / Ruth Schantz / Edwina Meaney / Laura Gardin / Robert Brown / Geraldine Meaney.
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- Described by JB in 2012.
- Revised by NM in January 2019.
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