File 214 - Schantz, Mary (nee Moyer) : correspondence received.

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Schantz, Mary (nee Moyer) : correspondence received.

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  • [18--?]-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 letters received by Mary Schantz (nee Moyer). Correspondents include brothers Abraham, Jacob, Jesse, Levi, Samuel and Tobias, sister Sophia, daughter Etta, husband Tobias, as well as other relatives and friends.

Date and Place from: 1888 Ottumwa, Ill. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Flagler, Cornelia Caroline, 1864-1951.

Date and Place from: February 24, 1913 Winnipeg, Man. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Eliza Attachments: Envelope with stamp.

Date and Place from: June 19, 1913 Petrolia, Ont. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Debbie Notes: Postcard.

Date and Place from: November 20, 1914 Plainsfield, N.J. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Louise Attachments: Envelope with stamp.

Date and Place from: November 30, 1914 Plainfield, N.J. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Louise Notes: Postcard.

Date and Place from: April 20, 1916 Petrolia, Ont. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Jessie, C. Notes: Postcard.

Date and Place from: December 29, 1864 Poughkeepsie To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From DeForest, M.L. Notes: Letter to Mary from landlady.

Date and Place from: January 24, 1864 South Cayuga, C.W. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910.

Date and Place from: February 07, 1869 Independence, Mo. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910 Notes: Wondering if Tobias Received a Draft For $100.

Date and Place from: February 27, 1869 Independence, Mo. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910.

Date and Place from: July 26, 1869 Independence, Mo. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910 Notes: Discusses preparations for selling the property.

Date and Place from: September 03, 1869 Independence, Mo. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910.

Date and Place from: [18-?] Wyandotte, Kan. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910 Notes: Partial letter, no date or salutation. "Office of Armstrong & Moyer, Real Estate and Insurance Agents, and Notaries Public, Wyandotte, Kan.". Writes about Aunt Elizabeth's death.

Date and Place from: [18-?] ? To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910 Attachments: Additional Note written on an envelope.

Date and Place from: [18-?] ? To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910 Notes: Two letters together.

Date and Place from: January 04, 1866 Campden To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Jacob Nash, 1842-1929.

Date and Place from: December 23, 1866 St. Catherines To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Jacob Nash, 1842-1929.

Date and Place from: February 13, 1869 La Salle, Ill. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Jacob Nash, 1842-1929.

Date and Place from: July 03, 1869 La Salle, Ill. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Jacob Nash, 1842-1929.

Date and Place from: August 30, 1869 La Salle, Ill. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Jacob Nash, 1842-1929.

Date and Place from: Oct. 24, 1894 Milton, N.J. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Fretz, A. J.

Date and Place from: Oct. 30, 1894 Wyandotte, Kan. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910 Notes: Written on Wyandotte National Bank letterhead.

Date and Place from: Jan. 23, 1912 Loma, Colo. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Copeland, Mabel Notes: Includes envelope with stamp.

Date and Place from: April 2, 1912 Petrolia, Ont. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From ?

Date and Place from: Jan. 26, 1913 Carrot Creek, Alta. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From ? Notes: Includes envelope with stamp.

Date and Place from: Aug. 5, 1914 El Reno, Okla. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Bertha Notes: Includes envelope with stamp.

Date and Place from: Feb. 16, 1916 Success, Sask. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Hilborn, W., Mrs.

Date and Place from: Oct. 10, 1916 Carrot Creek, Alta. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From ? Notes: Includes envelope with stamp.

Date and Place from: June 30, 1914 Renwick, Iowa To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 Notes: Envelope only.

Date and Place from: Feb. 8, 1916 Whitby, Ont. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 Notes: Envelope only 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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