File 216 - 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-two letters received by Mary Schantz (nee Moyer).

Date and Place from: May 25, 1879 Jordan Station, Ont. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Jesse Gross, 1850-1933.

Date and Place from: April 10, 1866 Campden To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Jesse Gross, 1850-1933.

Date and Place from: November 1866 Campden To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Jesse Gross, 1850-1933.

Date and Place from: April 20, 1869 Peru, Ill. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Jesse Gross, 1850-1933.

Date and Place from: September 16, 1869 Peru, Ill. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Jesse Gross, 1850-1933.

Date and Place from: November 08, 1869 Peru, Ill. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Jesse Gross, 1850-1933.

Date and Place from: January 08, 1870 Peru, Ill. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Jesse Gross, 1850-1933.

Date and Place from: May 22, 1870 Peru, Ill. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Jesse Gross, 1850-1933 Notes: Writes about Emma & the Baby, the weather, how crops are doing, and any news about friends.

Date and Place from: [1870's?] La Salle, Ill. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Jesse Gross, 1850-1933 Notes: "Office of S.G. Moyer, Dry Goods and Carpets". Partial Letter.

Date and Place from: June 07, 1875 La Salle To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Jesse Gross, 1850-1933.

Date and Place from: June 17, 1876 Vinton, Iowa To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Jesse Gross, 1850-1933 Notes: Writes about the weather in Iowa and how he struggles to make money to live.

Date and Place from: November 25, 1877 Jordan To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Jesse Gross, 1850-1933.

Date and Place from: [18--?] s.l. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Jesse Gross, 1850-1933 Notes: Partial Letter.

Date and Place from: [18--?] s.l. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Jesse Gross, 1850-1933 Notes: Partial Letter.

Date and Place from: June 20, 1857 Pelham To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Levi Nash, 1845-1919.

Date and Place from: May 28, 1861 Peru, La Salle Co. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Levi Nash, 1845-1919.

Date and Place from: December 14, 1862 Brantford, C.W. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Levi Nash, 1845-1919.

Date and Place from: October 08, 1865 Peru, Ill. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Levi Nash, 1845-1919.

Date and Place from: December 03, 1865 Peru, Ill. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Levi Nash, 1845-1919.

Date and Place from: February 04, 1866 Peru, Ill. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Levi Nash, 1845-1919.

Date and Place from: January 22, 1869 Peru, Ill. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Levi Nash, 1845-1919.

Date and Place from: February 14, 1869 Pekin, Ill. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Levi Nash, 1845-1919.

Date and Place from: June 20, 1869 Pekin, Ill. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Levi Nash, 1845-1919.

Date and Place from: August 10, 1869 Peru, Ill. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Levi Nash, 1845-1919.

Date and Place from: August 30, 1869 Peru, Ill. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Levi Nash, 1845-1919.

Date and Place from: November 26, 1869 Peru, Ill. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Levi Nash, 1845-1919.

Date and Place from: Aug. 13, 1903 Chapman, Kan. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Jesse Gross, 1850-1933.

Date and Place from: March 4, 1912 Quenemo, Kan. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Jesse Gross, 1850-1933 Notes: Includes envelope.

Date and Place from: Nov. 10, 1912 Michigan Valley, Kan. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Jesse Gross, 1850-1933 Notes: Includes envelope.

Date and Place from: May 4, 1913 Ventura, Iowa To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Jesse Gross, 1850-1933 Notes: Includes envelope.

Date and Place from: May 17, 1915 Renwick, Iowa To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Jesse Gross, 1850-1933 Notes: Includes envelope.

Date and Place from: April 6, 1916 Renwick, Iowa To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Jesse Gross, 1850-1933 Notes: Includes envelope.

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Donated by Dorothy Russell and Harold Russell in 1995.

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Described in 1995.
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