File 234 - Schantz, Tobias Kolb : correspondence received.

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Schantz, Tobias Kolb : correspondence received.

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  • 1865-1929 (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-five letters received by Tobias Kolb Schantz.

Date and Place from: October 20, 1898 Chicago, Ill. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Arthur Benjamin, 1876-1958 Attachments: Envelope with stamp.

Date and Place from: September 20, 1912 Didsbury, Alta. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Arthur Benjamin, 1876-1958.

Date and Place from: June 16, 1894 Jersey City, N.J. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Moyer, Robert Bliss Attachments: Envelope with stamp Notes: Wedding invitation of Flora Millicent Bartlett and Robert Bliss Moyer.

Date and Place from: December 29, 1894 Blue Island To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Austin Tobias, 1871-1959.

Date and Place from: January 2, 1895 Blue Island To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Austin Tobias, 1871-1959.

Date and Place from: Dec. 25, 1899 Vancouver, B.C. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Arthur Benjamin, 1876-1958.

Date and Place from: March 6, 1911 Vancouver, B.C. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Arthur Benjamin, 1876-1958 Notes: Written on S.S. Prince Rupert letterhead.

Date and Place from: Dec. 15, 1915 Alta. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Arthur Benjamin, 1876-1958.

Date and Place from: April 22, 1925 Big Prairie, Alta. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Arthur Benjamin, 1876-1958.

Date and Place from: Dec. 27, 1925 Big Prairie, Alta. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Arthur Benjamin, 1876-1958.

Date and Place from: Sept. 24, 1929 Morley, ? To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Arthur Benjamin, 1876-1958.

Date and Place from: April 21, 1865 Peru, La Salle Co., Ill. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Moyer, Levi Nash, 1845-1919.

Date and Place from: June 20, 1865 Peru, Ill. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Moyer, Levi Nash, 1845-1919 Notes: Writes about the soldiers returning, how sad it makes him and how lonely for family. Describes living quarters over the store.

Date and Place from: June 30, 1865 Peru, Ill. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Moyer, Levi Nash, 1845-1919.

Date and Place from: August 12, 1865 Peru, Ill. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Moyer, Levi Nash, 1845-1919.

Date and Place from: February 08, 1866 Campden To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Moyer, Jacob Nash, 1842-1929.

Date and Place from: September 29, 1865 Peru, Ill. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Moyer, Levi Nash, 1845-1919.

Date and Place from: March 18, 1866 Peru, Ill. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Moyer, Levi Nash, 1845-1919.

Date and Place from: September 16, 1870 St. Catherines, Ont. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Moyer, Levi Nash, 1845-1919.

Date and Place from: April 08, 1882 Cedar Falls, Iowa To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Moyer, Levi Nash, 1845-1919 Notes: "Hazlett & Moyer, Dry Goods, Carpets, Boots and Shoes". Personal Letter on business letterhead.

Date and Place from: March 15, 1866 Cambridge, Henry Co., Ill. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Moyer, Tobias, 1832-1909 Notes: Writes about the crops and the effect it has on trade. Tells of who he has heard from and how the other siblings are doing.

Date and Place from: May 18, 1892 Chicago To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Austin Tobias, 1871-1959 Notes: He writes about being ill for a couple of days, but he is in good shape now. Says he "drank two cups of sassafras tea in the evening. I guess that did it." He says he also takes "a spoonful of sulphur and molasses every morning before breakfast, for my blood."

Date and Place from: Sept. 15, 1882 Chicago, Ill. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Moyer, Levi Nash, 1845-1919 Notes: Written on Clifton House letterhead.

Date and Place from: July 18, 1898 Chicago, Ill. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Arthur Benjamin, 1876-1958.

Date and Place from: June 19, 1907 Naperville, Ill. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Nash, William W. Notes: Invitation to North-West College Commencement Exercises.

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Donated by Dorothy Russell and Harold Russell in 1995.

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Described in 1995.
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