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December 3, 1895 (Photography)
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1 photograph : b&w ; 17 x 11 cm
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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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Upper body studio portrait of Ruth Schantz, age three, seen dressed in a lace trimmed top and looking off camera. Originally a card photograph, the card has been nailed to the back of a mount. Ruth can be seen through a heart-shaped frame. Around her are hand drawn leaves (possibly by Carrie Flagler Schantz) and a ribbon.
Mount is dirty.
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Donated by Harold and Lynne Russell in 2011.
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Cropped version of GA232-4-107.
Scanned as TIF file November 2020.
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Inscribed in pen, verso, centre: Ruth Schantz / Morton Park / Ill. / 3 years old Sept 30 1895 / Picture taken Dec 3rd 95.
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- Spelman, Ruth Schantz (Subject)
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- Described by JB in 2012.
- Revised by NM in January 2019.
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