File 230 - Schantz, Sophie Emma : correspondence received.

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Schantz, Sophie Emma : correspondence received.

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SCA118-GA91-7-230

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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 Sophie Emma Schantz.

Date and Place from: Nov. 4, 1884 Cedar Falls, Iowa To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Schantz, Orpheus Moyer, 1864-1951.

Date and Place from: Nov. 9, 1887 Cedar Falls, Iowa To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Schantz, Orpheus Moyer, 1864-1951.

Date and Place from: Sept. 12, 1888 Cedar Falls, Iowa To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Schantz, Orpheus Moyer, 1864-1951 Attachments: Des Moines Soap Works pamphlet depicting Iowa State Capitol enclosed, also Cedar Falls Opera House programme, also annotated Presbyterian Church concert programme, also envelope.

Date and Place from: Dec. 7, 1897 Kansas City To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Schantz, Orpheus Moyer, 1864-1951 Notes: Written by both Orpheus & Carrie.

Date and Place from: July 29, 1898 New Albin, Iowa To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Schantz, Orpheus Moyer, 1864-1951 Attachments: Envelope with stamp Notes: Written on New Albin House letterhead.

Date and Place from: Jan. 31, 1900 Chicago, Ill. To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Schantz, Orpheus Moyer, 1864-1951 Notes: Written on Weare Commission Company letterhead.

Date and Place from: [18--] s.l. To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Unknown Notes: From a brother.

Date and Place from: ? ? To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Snyder, Alvin.

Date and Place from: Feb. 17, 1890 Scotland, S.D. To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Shantz, Lydia.

Date and Place from: Nov. 4, 1892 Berlin, ON To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Vogel, Angeline Notes: Letter written in German.

Date and Place from: Dec. 30, 1897 Berlin, ON To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Snyder, Alvin.

Date and Place from: Jan. 16, 1898 Berlin, ON To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Snyder, Lizzie E.

Date and Place from: Dec. 11, 1898 Berlin, Ont. To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Thomson, Jessie Attachments: Envelope, no stamp.

Date and Place from: September 22, 1897 Leamington, Ont. To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From White, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900.

Date and Place from: November 28, 1897 Leamington, Ont. To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From White, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900.

Date and Place from: December 10, 1897 Leamington, Ont. To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From White, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900.

Date and Place from: October 04, 1897 Leamington, Ont. To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From White, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900 Notes: Includes diagram of the home of Ward and Etta.

Date and Place from: n.d. s.l. To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Shantz, Susan.

Date and Place from: March 9, 1886 Peabody, Kan. To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Shantz, Abram L.

Date and Place from: April 3, 1887 Branch Valley Farm, Kan. To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Shantz, Abram L.

Date and Place from: April 17, 1887 Kansas To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Shantz, Abram L. Notes: Addendum to letter of April 3, 1887 to Sophie?

Date and Place from: June 30, 1887 Spring Valley Farm, Kan. To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Shantz, Abram L.

Date and Place from: Dec. 11, 1887 Scotland To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Shantz, Susan.

Date and Place from: Dec. 16, 1888 Wichita, Kan. To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Shantz, Abram L.

Date and Place from: March 8, 1889 Wichita, Kan. To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Shantz, Abram L.

Date and Place from: Aug. 21, 1893 Chicago, Ill. To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Schantz, Orpheus Moyer, 1864-1951.

Date and Place from: Oct. 6, 1896 Morton Park, Ill. To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Schantz, Orpheus Moyer, 1864-1951.

Date and Place from: Jan. 12, 1897 Chicago, Ill. To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Schantz, Orpheus Moyer, 1864-1951 Notes: Written on Weare Commission Company letterhead.

Date and Place from: Nov. 30, 1897 Leamington, Ont. To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From White, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900.

Date and Place from: Dec. 17, 1897 Leamington, Ont. To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From White, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900.

Date and Place from: Feb. 7, 1916 Whitby, Ont. To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Stoltz, Mrs.

To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Schantz, Orpheus Moyer, 1864-1951 Notes: partial letter, no date, etc.

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Donated by Dorothy Russell and Harold Russell in 1995.

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Described in 1995.
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