File 243 - Schantz, Tobias Kolb and Schantz, Mary (nee Moyer) : correspondence received.

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Schantz, Tobias Kolb and Schantz, Mary (nee Moyer) : correspondence received.

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SCA118-GA91-7-243

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  • [18--]-1914 (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-one letters received by Tobias Kolb Schantz and his wife Mary Schantz.

Date and Place from: September 7, 1908 Didsbury, Alta. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Schantz, Florence Annie Catherine, 1879-1938.

Date and Place from: March 24, 1914 Carrott Creek, Alta. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Schantz, Mary Attachments: Includes Easter postcard, envelope with stamps.

Date and Place from: May 10, 1893 Morton Park To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900.

Date and Place from: August 15, 1895 Chicago To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900 Notes: Writes her letter on letterhead paper: "Chas. Gossage & Co., Importers and Retailers of Dry Goods, Millinery, Carpets, Upholstery, Boys' Clothing and Fine Shoes."

Date and Place from: February 21, 1878 Caledonia [Mich.?] To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Shantz, Abraham Kolb, 1844- Notes: "Jokey" letter: compare spelling and grammar to his brother Tobias', different education. Abraham later moved to Colorado and became a well-known builder and contractor. This letter announces the birth of "Leroy" who was to become, among other things, President of the State University of Arizona at Tucson.

Date and Place from: November 18, 1893 Morton Park, Ill. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900.

Date and Place from: April 28, 1888 Caledonia Sta. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Schantz, Menno Kolb, 1849-1888.

Date and Place from: January 18, 1891 Caledonia To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Shantz, Abraham Kolb, 1844- Notes: Writes about moving West, tried farming "but can't make it pay", "I will work at my trade after this."

Date and Place from: April 24, 1892 Colorado, City To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Shantz, Abraham Kolb, 1844- Notes: Writes with enthusiasm about the West: "The mineral water here is splendid, it makes the best lemonade in the world."

Date and Place from: October 02, 1892 Colorado, City To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Shantz, Abraham Kolb, 1844- Notes: Writes that their son "Roy" has typhoid fever and that they need a girl to come and help out, preferably one of Tobias and Marys' girls: "Would rather have one of our brothers girls then a strangers."

Date and Place from: May 15, 1898 Colorado City To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Shantz, Abraham Kolb, 1844-

Date and Place from: August 22, 1863 Port Elgin To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868 Notes: Discusses the mill and Tobias's reaction to Benjamin's second wife.

Date and Place from: November 18, 1864 Michigan To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868.

Date and Place from: February 20, 1865 Montgomery County, Wellsville To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868 Notes: Writes about being broke, with nothing to put crops in.

Date and Place from: June 10, 1865 [Pravia?] Township To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868 Notes: Includes a note from Sarah Shantz Additional signatories: Shantz, Sarah.

Date and Place from: August 07, 1865 [Pravia?] Township To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868 Notes: Benjamin writes about Tobias's reaction to his marriage to Margaret Swinton. He also writes about the death of Jacob Schantz, Tobias's brother. Additional signatories: Shantz, Sarah.

Date and Place from: August 21, 1865 [Pravia?], Township To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868 Notes: Writes asking Tobias if he would come to the States and work with him at the mill, and that he cannot afford to live there much longer if he doesn't sell his home in Canada.

Date and Place from: December 03, 1865 s.l. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868 Notes: writes about settling his affairs in Canada, selling the property and the mills.

Date and Place from: December 23, 1865 s.l. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868 Notes: Writes about his financial state.

Date and Place from: November 03, [18--] [Pennsylvania] To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Schantz, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885.

Date and Place from: July 22, 1900 Colorado City, Colo. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 and Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Shantz, Abraham Kolb, 1844 and Shantz, Mary Notes: Includes envelope with stamp.

Date and Place from: April 13, 1902 Colorado City, Colo. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 and Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Shantz, Abraham Kolb, 1844 & Shantz, Mary Notes: Includes envelope with stamp.

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Donated by Dorothy Russell and Harold Russell in 1995.

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Described in 1995.
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