File 220 - Schantz, Mary (nee Moyer) : correspondence received.

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Schantz, Mary (nee Moyer) : correspondence received.

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  • 1864-1916 (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-nine letters received by Mary Schantz (nee Moyer).

Date and Place from: August 11, 1898 Leamington, Ont. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From White, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900.

Date and Place from: November 22, 1912 Petrolia, Ont. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Wismer, J.E. Attachments: Envelope with stamp.

Date and Place from: March 19, 1898 Leamington, Ont. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From White, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900.

Date and Place from: December 18, 1864 Poughkeepsie To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925.

Date and Place from: February 26, 1865 Syracuse, Koscinsko Co., Ind. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 Notes: He writes he has found a job in a grist mill.

Date and Place from: March 19, 1865 Syracuse, Koscinsko Co., Ind., U.S. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925.

Date and Place from: April 07, 1865 Syracuse, Koscinsko Co., Ind. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925.

Date and Place from: April 18, 1865 Syracuse, Koscinsko Co., Ind. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925.

Date and Place from: April 28, 1865 Syracuse, Koscinsko Co., Ind. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925.

Date and Place from: May 06, 1865 s.l. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925.

Date and Place from: May 13, 1865 s.l. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 Notes: Partial letter.

Date and Place from: May 19, 1865 Syracuse, Koscinsko Co., Ind. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925.

Date and Place from: May 22, 1865 Syracuse, Koscinsko Co., Ind. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925.

Date and Place from: May 28, 1865 Ind. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925.

Date and Place from: June 04, 1865 s.l. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925.

Date and Place from: June 11, 1865 s.l. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925.

Date and Place from: June 18, 1865 s.l. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925.

Date and Place from: June 25, 1865 s.l. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925.

Date and Place from: October 01, 1865 Normanton, Bruce Co., C.W. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925.

Date and Place from: April 12, 1867 Wellsville, Montgomery Co., Mo. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925.

Date and Place from: April 18, 1867 s.l. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925.

Date and Place from: April 28, 1867 Prairie, Mo. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925.

Date and Place from: May 03, 1867 Wellsville, Montgomery Co., Mo. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925.

Date and Place from: May 12, 1867 s.l. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 Notes: Partial letter.

Date and Place from: June 02, 1867 s.l. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925.

Date and Place from: June 08, 1867 s.l. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925.

Date and Place from: June 17, 1867 s.l. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925.

Date and Place from: June 22, 1867 s.l. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925.

Date and Place from: December 27, 1867 s.l. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925.

Date and Place from: September 25, 1870 Campden, ON To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Shantz, Sarah.

Date and Place from: April 01, 1878 s.l. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Snyder, Lydia Notes: A little note from Lydia asking Mary if she could "Please send me by earliest convenience the pattern of your wrapper for yourself."

Date and Place from: 1888 Bloomingdale To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Snyder, Lydia Notes: Writes to say that Enoch has been placed in an asylum.

Date and Place from: March 02, 1888 s.l. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Snyder, Mary Notes: Note telling Mary that they think Abram has taken their Brother Enoch to the asylum.

Date and Place from: July 02, 1876 Vinton, Iowa To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Wismer, Annie.

Date and Place from: September 28, 1862 Brantford To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Wismer, Mary Ann.

Date and Place from: December 14, 1862 Brantford To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Wismer, Mary Ann.

Date and Place from: November 24, 1906 Didsbury, Alta. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925.

Date and Place from: July 30, 1883 Quakertown, Pa. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Witman, William.

Date and Place from: July 7, 1916 Petrolia, Ont. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Wismer, J. A. Notes: Includes envelope with stamp.

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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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