File 235 - Schantz, Tobias Kolb : correspondence received.

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Schantz, Tobias Kolb : correspondence received.

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SCA118-GA91-7-235

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  • [18--]-1897 (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.

Date and Place from: n.d. Chicago, Ill. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900 Notes: partial letter.

Date and Place from: [18--] s.l. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900 Notes: Partial letter.

Date and Place from: December 29, [18--] Chicago, Ill. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900 Notes: partial letter; Carson Pirie Scott & Co. envelope with stamp included.

Date and Place from: January 30, 1894 Chicago, Ill. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900 Notes: partial letter.

Date and Place from: March 28, 1894 Chicago, Ill. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900.

Date and Place from: August 30, 1894 Chicago, Ill. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900 Notes: Written on Carson Pirie Scott & Co. Letterhead.

Date and Place from: September 8, 1894 Chicago, Ill. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900 Notes: marked "personal."

Date and Place from: September 25, 1894 Chicago, Ill. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900.

Date and Place from: December 30, 1894 Morton Park, Ill. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900.

Date and Place from: March 24, 1887 West Montrose To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900 Notes: Writes that she has read in the paper "that you have electric light and p.o. boxes since I left, and are going to have the street-cars running between Berlin and Waterloo."

Date and Place from: April 01, 1887 West Montrose To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900.

Date and Place from: April 23, 1887 West Montrose To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900.

Date and Place from: April 24, 1887 West Montrose To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900.

Date and Place from: March 28, 1893 Chicago To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900.

Date and Place from: September 05, 1893 Chicago To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900.

Date and Place from: February 23, 1894 Chicago To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900.

Date and Place from: April 09, 1894 Morton Park, Ill. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900.

Date and Place from: January 08, 1896 Chicago, Ill. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900.

Date and Place from: April 09, 1896 Chicago, Ill. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900.

Date and Place from: April 29, 1896 Chicago To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900.

Date and Place from: April 08, 1897 Morton Park, Ill. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900.

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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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