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Schantz photographs : album page.
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- Schantz Russell Family
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5 photographs : b&w, mounted on paper ; 8 x 14 cm or smaller
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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 (1769-1857) came to Waterloo County and settled at Freeport on the Grand River.
Christian’s son Benjamin Shantz (1811-1868) 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 (1814-1862) on April 10, 1842 and together they had ten children; Josiah K. Schantz (1834-1913), Catharine Schantz (May 17, 1836-February 28, 1917), Hannah Schantz (April 1, 1838-August 20, 1841), Christian Schantz (January 20, 1840-?), Tobias Schantz (1842-1925), 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 white settler families of Waterloo County, primarily the Schantz, Moyer/Meyer and Bowman families, and material relating to descendants of the Moyer settlers of Lincoln County, Ontario.
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One loose album page that has been removed from an unidentified photograph album. On the recto is a photograph postcard that is labeled as Samuel Moyer and Emma Bliss Moyer in the Berkshire Hills. On the verso are three images showing A. Abraham Fry with niece Annie Clark, B. Abraham Fry with Annie Clark and her mother Elizabeth Fry Clark and C. Abraham Fry and three unidentified women.
Paper mount is in poor condition, and is brittle. The photographs are coming loose of the paper.
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Donated by Harold and Lynne Russell in 2011.
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Scanned as TIF file November 2020.
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Verso of postcard reads: The reverse side of this snapped on us while [rusti-] / cating among the Berkshire Hills last summer. / Samuel and Emma. / Tobias Shantz / Berlin / Ontario / 43 Snyder Ave. / Canada.
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- Described by JB in 2012.
- Revised by NM in January 2019.
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