File 187 - Schantz, Mary (nee Moyer) : correspondence received.

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Schantz, Mary (nee Moyer) : correspondence received.

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  • 1856-1865 (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 Mary Schantz (nee Moyer) from friends and relatives.

Date and Place from: December 01, 1856 Pelham To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835-.

Date and Place from: February 04, 1858 Columbus City, Iowa To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835-.

Date and Place from: March 11, 1858 Columbus City, Iowa To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835-.

Date and Place from: November 12, 1858 St. Catherines To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835- Notes: Writes about his life, work and his living quarters.

Date and Place from: November 29, 1858 St. Catherines To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835-.

Date and Place from: January 07, 1859 St. Catherines To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835-.

Date and Place from: June 19, 1859 Plainfield, Ill. To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835-.

Date and Place from: July 21, 1859 Plainfield, Ill. To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835-.

Date and Place from: August 15, 1859 Plainfield, Ill. To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835-.

Date and Place from: October 09, 1859 Aurora, Ill. To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835- Notes: Writes in a melancholy tone about the autumn season.

Date and Place from: November 13, 1859 Aurora, Ill. To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835-.

Date and Place from: December 31, 1859 Plainfield, Ill. To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835- Notes: Asks how her teaching is going and tells about his teaching.

Date and Place from: March 02, 1860 Plainfield, Ill. To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835-.

Date and Place from: April 09, 1860 Plainfield, Ill. To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835-.

Date and Place from: May 18, 1860 Aurora, Ill. To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835-.

Date and Place from: August 10, 1860 Plainfield, Ill. To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835-.

Date and Place from: September 23, 1860 Plainfield, Ill. To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835-.

Date and Place from: December 27, 1860 Plainfield, Ill. To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835-.

Date and Place from: March 02, 1861 Plainfield, Ill. To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835-.

Date and Place from: January 19, 1862 Lincoln, Ill. To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835-.

Date and Place from: April 29, 1862 Lincoln, Ill. To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835-.

Date and Place from: November 02, 1862 Andover, Ill. To Moyer, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835-.

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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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