File 244 - 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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  • 1866-1902 (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-seven letters received by Tobias Kolb Schantz and his wife Mary Schantz.

Date and Place from: June 13, 1899 Danville, Ill. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Watt, Mary C. Notes: wedding invitation for Jessie Watt and Ela Bliss Moyer; includes envelope with stamp.

Date and Place from: July 12, 1896 Leamington, Ont. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From White, Ward Malott, 1870-1948.

Date and Place from: March 23, 1902 Didsbury, Alta. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From White, Ward Malott, 1870-1948.

Date and Place from: May 27, 1866 s.l. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868.

Date and Place from: March 22, 1878 Hutchison Co., [D.T.?] To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Shantz, Christian, 1840- and Shantz, Mary Hutchinson.

Date and Place from: February 28, 1866 [Plattsville?] To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868.

Date and Place from: March 13, 1866 s.l. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868.

Date and Place from: April 20, 1866 s.l. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868.

Date and Place from: August 22, 1866 s.l. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868.

Date and Place from: September 18, 1866 s.l. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868 Notes: Partial letter, including prices of fruit, crops, lumber and describing wild game.

Date and Place from: October 17, 1866 s.l. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868.

Date and Place from: January 24, 1867 s.l. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868 Notes: Partial Letter.

Date and Place from: February 16, 1867 s.l. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868.

Date and Place from: April 04, 1867 s.l. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868 Notes: Describes life in the West, including the birth of his newest son, Isaac, his horses, the weather, the prices of food etc.

Date and Place from: September 23, 1867 Longlane, Dallas County, Mo. U.S.A. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868 Notes: Writes about being settled in their new place, as they moved from Montgomery County to Dallas County, Mo.

Date and Place from: February 06, 1868 Longlane, Dallas County, Mo. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868 Notes: Writes that he has not sold his place in Montgomery Co., has not received any money from Canada and has fallen on hard times. He has been digging a well for water, and feed is scarce.

Date and Place from: March 29, 1868 [Dallas Co., Mo.?] To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935.

Date and Place from: May 31, 1868 Longlane,[Dallas Co., Mo.] To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868 Attachments: Slip of paper, short note included with letter. Notes: Note included which describes locusts.

Date and Place from: July 20, 1868 [Longlane, Dallas Co., Mo.?] To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868 Notes: Letter Written By Menno S. Shantz for Benjamin Shantz.

Date and Place from: March 19, 1876 [Scotland?], Bonhomme Co., Dakotah To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Shantz, Christian, 1840- and Shantz, Mary Hutchinson Notes: Writes about the move to Dakota.

Date and Place from: May 08, 1875 Lebanon To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Shantz, Sarah Notes: Letter telling of her marriage to a Mr. Henry Snyder, their plans to visit people in Port Elgin after the wedding. Describes her wedding dress and says "I will send you a piece of my wedding dress."

Date and Place from: March 17, 1890 Bloomingdale To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Snyder, Lydia.

Date and Place from: September 12, 1866 Hawkesville To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Tropp, H. Notes: Signature illegible.

Date and Place from: March 14, 1871 Breslau To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Shantz, Josiah Kolb, 1834- and Shantz, Anna Notes: Note included, initialled by Josiah.

Date and Place from: May 20, 1866 Wellsville To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Unknown? Notes: Partial letter, no closing.

Date and Place from: Dec. 26, 1901 Oshkosh, Wis. To Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 and Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Soper, Benjamin Hutchinson Notes: Marriage announcement of Lucia Moore and Homer LeRoy Schantz, includes envelope with stamp.

Date and Place from: March 29, 1868 [Longlane, Dallas Co., Mo.?] To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 and Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868.

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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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