File 238 - Schantz, Tobias Kolb : correspondence received.

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Schantz, Tobias Kolb : correspondence received.

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  • [18--?]-1922 (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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Thirty-five letters received by Tobias Kolb Schantz.

Date and Place from: April 10, 1912 Chicago, Ill. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Orpheus Moyer, 1864-1951 Notes: Written on Board of Trustees of Schools letterhead.

Date and Place from: November 6, 1907 Hudson, Ohio To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Terry, T. B. Attachments: Envelope with stamp, includes article and blank subscription form for book.

Date and Place from: July 18, 1907 Edmonton, Alta. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Stocks, Jno. Notes: receipt for taxes recd. from Tobias Schantz.

Date and Place from: August 08, 1883 Cedar Falls, Iowa To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Orpheus Moyer, 1864-1951 Notes: "Hazlett & Moyer, Dry Goods, Carpets, Millinery, Fancy Goods, Etc." Personal Letter on Business Letterhead.

Date and Place from: April 16, 1897 Morton Park, Ill. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Orpheus Moyer, 1864-1951 Notes: Writes About Getting a Copy of the Moyer history Which His Father and Uncle Levi both have a copy of.

Date and Place from: April 11, 1922 [Chicago?] To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Orpheus Moyer, 1864-1951 Notes: Writes about the "very many great advances in mechanical devices, particularly in bicycles, automobiles, and in the uses of electricity." Writes his letter on letterhead paper "Roosevelt Memorial Association, Daily Report of Contributions."

Date and Place from: May 29, [186-?] s.l. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868 Attachments: Fragment of a letter dated 28th signed Parent B. Shantz. Notes: Re selling the mill.

Date and Place from: July 16, 1861 Port Elgin To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868.

Date and Place from: November 05, 1864 Detroit To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868.

Date and Place from: May 15, 1865 [Pravia?] Township To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868.

Date and Place from: September 15, 1865 s.l. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868 Attachments: Small note.

Date and Place from: September 30, 1865 s.l. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868 Notes: Writes about breaking the skin on his leg getting on the street car in St. Louis. He also writes about being "informed that by different persons that Enoch was likely the person that put the stones in the water weel and for he was mad that I deadened Letterhead him saw by the thousand and if I deadened Letterhead him have the mill, any won that was bad anuff to put stone, to set fire to it."

Date and Place from: .00.23, 1865 s.l. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868 Notes: Partial letter, no closing.

Date and Place from: March 06, 1866 s.l. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868.

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

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

Date and Place from: December 15, 1866 s.l. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868.

Date and Place from: [1867?] s.l. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868 Notes: Partial letter, no salutation. Found together with partial letters dated 1867.02.28 & 1867.01.07.

Date and Place from: January 07, 1867 s.l. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868 Notes: Partial letter, closing & salutation included, but missing the rest of the body of letter.

Date and Place from: February 28, 1867 s.l. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868 Notes: Partial letter, no closing.

Date and Place from: [18-?] s.l. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868 Notes: Partial letter, salutation, date and place missing.

Date and Place from: August 12, 1862 Blenheim To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Shantz, Benjamin, Cousin.

Date and Place from: November 02, 1892 Leamington To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From White, Ward Malott, 1870-1948 Notes: Writes asking about the possibility of getting a job in the shirt factory, also talks about wanting to go to California.

Date and Place from: November 29, 1877 Hawkesville To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Woodward, E.G. Notes: Writes saying he could not sell those books he had mentioned.

Date and Place from: [18-?] s.l. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868 Notes: Partial letter. Benjamin has decided to sell his mills to his sons Tobias and Abraham.

Date and Place from: [18-?] s.l. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Shantz, Benjamin, 1811-1868 Notes: Partial letter, no salutation, date or place included.

Date and Place from: Dec. 13, 1894 Latah To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Woodward, A. F.

Date and Place from: May 4, 1898 Morton Park, Ill. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 Notes: Includes envelope with stamp.

Date and Place from: April 9, 1899 Morton Park, Ill. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 Notes: Includes envelope with stamp.

Date and Place from: June 16, 1899 Chicago, Ill. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 Notes: Invitation to closing exercises of the Chicago Froebel Association.

Date and Place from: Jan. 1900 Campden, ON To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From ? Notes: Memorial card for Henry W. Moyer.

Date and Place from: April 9, 1900 Morton Park, Ill. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Sophie Emma, 1869-1958 Notes: Includes envelope with stamp.

Date and Place from: April 19, 1900 Morton Park, Ill. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 From Schantz, Orpheus Moyer, 1864-1951 Notes: Written on Board of Education letterhead.

Date and Place from: Sept. 14, 1907 Ottawa, Ont. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 Notes: Envelope only.

Date and Place from: Sept. 21, 1907 Chicago, Ill. To Schantz, Tobias Kolb, 1842-1925 Notes: Envelope only, 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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