File 218 - Schantz, Mary (nee Moyer) : correspondence received.

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Schantz, Mary (nee Moyer) : correspondence received.

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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-seven letters received by Mary Schantz (nee Moyer).

Date and Place from: July 5, 1912 Plainfield, N.J. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835-..

Date and Place from: August 4, 1912 Plainfield, N.J. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835- Attachments: Envelope with stamp.

Date and Place from: June 15, 1913 Plainfield, N.J. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835-.

Date and Place from: August 23, 1913 Hydeville, Vt. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835- Attachments: Envelope.

Date and Place from: December 1, 1913 Plainfield, N.J. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835- Attachments: Envelope with stamp.

Date and Place from: May 10, 1914 Plainfield, N.J. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835- Attachments: Envelope with stamp.

Date and Place from: April 1, 1915 Plainfield, N.J. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835- Attachments: Envelope with stamp.

Date and Place from: August 17, 1915 Plainfield, N.J. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835- Attachments: Envelope with stamp.

Date and Place from: July 25, 1916 Plainfield, N.J. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835- Attachments: Envelope with stamp.

Date and Place from: November 29, 1916 Plainfield, N.J. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835- Attachments: Envelope with stamp.

Date and Place from: January 24, 1864 Peru, La Salle Co., Ill. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835- Notes: Talks about the severe snow storms in the latter part of December. Tells about a man's hands and feet being so badly frozen that he had to get them amputated.

Date and Place from: February 26, 1864 Peru, La Salle Co., Ill. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835-.

Date and Place from: April 08, 1864 Peru, La Salle Co., Ill. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835- Notes: Gives his advice to Mary & Tobias on moving to the United States.

Date and Place from: July 04, 1864 Peru, La Salle Co., Ill. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835- Notes: Writes about Cousin Samuel M. Moyer's wife dying.

Date and Place from: November 04, 1864 Peru, Ill. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835-.

Date and Place from: November 27, 1864 Peru, Ill. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835- Notes: Reflects on death.

Date and Place from: January 14, 1866 Peru, Ill. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835-.

Date and Place from: April 26, 1866 Peru, Ill. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835-.

Date and Place from: June 24, 1866 Peru, Ill. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835-.

Date and Place from: August 19, 1866 Peru, Ill. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835-.

Date and Place from: April 28, 1870 Peru, Ill. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835-.

Date and Place from: October 18, 1870 Peru, Ill. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835- Notes: "John is lying low with typhoid fever". Sophia "Has a black-eyed, black-haired little girl."

Date and Place from: Jan. 8, 1879 Campden To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885.

Date and Place from: April 6, 1881 Jordan, Ont. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885.

Date and Place from: Jan. 15, 1883 Cedar Falls, Iowa To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885.

Date and Place from: Dec. 18, 1883 Cedar Falls, Iowa To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885.

Date and Place from: Dec. 28, 1911 Plainfield, N.J. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Moyer, Samuel Gross, 1835- Notes: Letter from sister Sophia dated Aug. 27, 1865 enclosed, 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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