File 222 - Schantz, Sophie Emma : correspondence received.

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Schantz, Sophie Emma : correspondence received.

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SCA118-GA91-7-222

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  • [ca. 1878-1900] (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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Twenty-three letters received by Sophie Emma Schantz.

Date and Place from: 1899 Chicago To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 Notes: Ephemeral items re. Sophie's kindergarten training, exam in Chicago.

Date and Place from: July 25, ? Chicago, Ill. To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Blodgett, Mary M.

Date and Place from: March 2, 1900 Chicago, Ill. To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Bright, Orville Attachments: Envelope with stamp.

Date and Place from: Jan. 24, 1893 Columbia, Pa. To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Ellenberger, C.A. Notes: Written on Hotel Columbia letterhead.

Date and Place from: May 13, 1893 Blyth, ON To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Austin, Alf.

Date and Place from: May 13, 1893 Blyth, ON To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Austin, Alf.

Date and Place from: Jan. 4, 1894 Blyth, ON To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Austin, Alf Notes: Includes note to Etta.

Date and Place from: Feb. 19, 1894 Blyth To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Austin, Alf.

Date and Place from: Oct. 5, 1897 Berlin, ON To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Aggie.

Date and Place from: Feb. 24, 1898 Hartford To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Ella.

Date and Place from: June 9, 1898 Berlin, ON To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Aggie.

Date and Place from: Oct. 27, 1898 Berlin, Ont. To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Baldwin, Mr. and Mrs. Attachments: Envelope, no stamp.

Date and Place from: Oct. 30, 1898 Berlin, Ont. To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Aggie.

Date and Place from: Jan. 4, 1899 Port Elgin, Ont. To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Annie.

Date and Place from: Aug. 24, 1899 Berlin, Ont. To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Becker, W.H. Notes: Includes letter of recommendation.

Date and Place from: Dec. 20, 1899 Berlin, Ont. To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Aggie.

Date and Place from: July 9, 1900 Varna, Ont. To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Austin, Alf.

Date and Place from: Dec. 1878 s.l. To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From ? Notes: Poem "Compliments of Santa Claus ..."

Date and Place from: Jan. 10, 1900 Berlin, Ont. To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Aunt ? Notes: Includes envelope.

Date and Place from: Dec. 27, 1897 To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 Notes: Envelope only, with stamp.

To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Casey, Mary.

To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Becker, Mary S.

To Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 From Bowman, J.B.

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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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