File 185 - Schantz, Mary (nee Moyer) : correspondence received.

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Schantz, Mary (nee Moyer) : correspondence received.

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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 Schantz (nee Moyer) from friends and relatives.

Date and Place from: June 27, 1859 Rochester, Minn. To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910.

Date and Place from: February 01, 1860 Canning To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Mosher, Lovina Attachments: Newspaper Clipping of a Poem Included in Letter.

Date and Place from: July 26, 1860 Humberstone To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Anthes, Leah.

Date and Place from: [1862?] s.l. To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Fry, Anna.

Date and Place from: September 18, 1858 Rainham Centre To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Holland, Sarah Notes: Letter from one of Marys' pupils.

Date and Place from: May 19, 1858 Rochester To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Hyatt, Hattie.

Date and Place from: July 12, 1858 Rochester To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Hyatt, Hattie.

Date and Place from: August -, 1858 Rochester To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Hyatt, Hattie.

Date and Place from: September 19, 1858 Rochester To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Hyatt, Hattie.

Date and Place from: November 18, 1858 Rochester To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Hyatt, Hattie.

Date and Place from: January 27, 1859 Rochester To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Hyatt, Hattie.

Date and Place from: January 27, 1859 Rochester To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Hyatt, Hattie.

Date and Place from: May 19, 1859 Rochester To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Hyatt, Hattie Notes: Writes a religious poem in her letter.

Date and Place from: [18-?] [Camden, N.J.?] To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moses, R.G. Notes: Fragment with the name Mrs. Mary Moyer, an address 307 Stevens St., Camden, NJ with the name R.G. Moses B. Minister under address.

Date and Place from: June 15, 1856 Dunnville To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910.

Date and Place from: July 27, 1856 Dunnville To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910.

Date and Place from: September 25, 1856 Dunnville To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910.

Date and Place from: October 01, 1856 Dunnville To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910 Notes: About the fires that are burning in that part of the country.

Date and Place from: 11.02, 1856 Dunnville To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910 Notes: "Railroad was opened yesterday, which makes times livelier here."

Date and Place from: 11.13, 1856 Dunnville To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910.

Date and Place from: May 28, 1859 Rochester To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910 Notes: About visiting an Indian burying ground.

Date and Place from: September 06, 1859 Rochester To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910.

Date and Place from: 11.11, 1859 Oswego, Ill. To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910.

Date and Place from: December 30, 1859 Oswego, Ill. To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910.

Date and Place from: April 27, 1860 Aurora, Ill. To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910 Notes: Writes about his professors and school.

Date and Place from: September 16, 1860 Aurora, Ill. To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910.

Date and Place from: December 08, 1860 Pavilion To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910 Notes: Letter mainly about the scenery and weather.

Date and Place from: January 26, 1862 Eagles Nest To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910.

Date and Place from: February 15, 1862 Pekin, Ill. To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910.

Date and Place from: February 01, 1865 South Cayuga, C.W. To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910.

Date and Place from: March 09, 1865 South Cayuga, C.W. To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910.

Date and Place from: October 18, 1865 [C.W., Home?] To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910.

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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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