File 208 - Schantz, Franklin Abram : correspondence received.

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Schantz, Franklin Abram : correspondence received.

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SCA118-GA91-7-208

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  • [ca. 1906-1921] (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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Twenty-two letters received by Franklin Abram Schantz.

Date and Place from: May 3, 1911 Didsbury, Alta. To Schantz, Franklin Abram, 1874-1962 From Schantz, Austin Tobias, 1871-1959 Notes: Includes handwritten map of properties.

Date and Place from: Nov. 9, ? Chicago, Ill. To Schantz, Franklin Abram, 1874-1962 From Schantz, Austin Tobias, 1871-1959.

Date and Place from: May 11, 1912 Didsbury, Alta. To Schantz, Franklin Abram, 1874-1962 From Schantz, Austin Tobias, 1871-1959.

Date and Place from: Dec., 1921 Carstairs, Alta. To Schantz, Franklin Abram, 1874-1962 From Schantz, Austin Tobias, 1871-1959 Attachments: Envelope with stamp.

Date and Place from: Oct. 14, ? Morton Park, Ill. To Schantz, Franklin Abram, 1874-1962 From Schantz, Austin Tobias, 1871-1959.

Date and Place from: May 16, 1910 Didsbury, Alta. To Schantz, Franklin Abram, 1874-1962 From Schantz, Austin Tobias, 1871-1959 Attachments: Envelope, no stamp.

Date and Place from: March 30, 1914 Westcott, Alta. To Schantz, Franklin Abram, 1874-1962 From Schantz, Austin Tobias, 1871-1959.

Date and Place from: Sept. 13, 1912 Westcott, Alta. To Schantz, Franklin Abram, 1874-1962 From Schantz, Austin Tobias, 1871-1959.

Date and Place from: Jan. 12, 1906 Didsbury, Alta. To Schantz, Franklin Abram, 1874-1962 From Schantz, Austin Tobias, 1871-1959.

Date and Place from: May 24, 1906 Didsbury, Alta. To Schantz, Franklin Abram, 1874-1962 From Schantz, Austin Tobias, 1871-1959.

Date and Place from: July 11, 1907 Didsbury, Alta. To Schantz, Franklin Abram, 1874-1962 From Schantz, Austin Tobias, 1871-1959.

Date and Place from: Feb. 24, 1907 Didsbury, Alta. To Schantz, Franklin Abram, 1874-1962 From Schantz, Austin Tobias, 1871-1959.

Date and Place from: n.d. Alberta To Schantz, Franklin Abram, 1874-1962 From Schantz, Austin Tobias, 1871-1959 Notes: Partial letter, no salutation.

Date and Place from: Nov. 4, 1906 Didsbury, Alta. To Schantz, Franklin Abram, 1874-1962 From Schantz, Austin Tobias, 1871-1959.

Date and Place from: April 11, 1907 Didsbury, Alta. To Schantz, Franklin Abram, 1874-1962 From Schantz, Austin Tobias, 1871-1959 Notes: Postcard.

Date and Place from: March 26, 1912 Didsbury, Alta. To Schantz, Franklin Abram, 1874-1962 From Schantz, Austin Tobias, 1871-1959.

Date and Place from: Jan. 6, 1916 Grant, Colo. To Schantz, Franklin Abram, 1874-1962 From Schantz, Austin Tobias, 1871-1959 Notes: Piece of fern enclosed.

Date and Place from: Oct. 12, 1916 Shawnee, Colo. To Schantz, Franklin Abram, 1874-1962 From Schantz, Austin Tobias, 1871-1959.

Date and Place from: Sept. 11, 1917 Denver, Colo. To Schantz, Franklin Abram, 1874-1962 From Schantz, Austin Tobias, 1871-1959.

Date and Place from: March 27, 1919 Grant, Colo. To Schantz, Franklin Abram, 1874-1962 From Schantz, Austin Tobias, 1871-1959.

Date and Place from: April 15, 1919 Grant, Colo. To Schantz, Franklin Abram, 1874-1962 From Schantz, Austin Tobias, 1871-1959.

Date and Place from: April 25, 1919 Grant, Colo. To Schantz, Franklin Abram, 1874-1962 From Schantz, Austin Tobias, 1871-1959.

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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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