File 255 - Unknown : correspondence received.

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SCA118-GA91-7-255

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  • [18--?]-1934 (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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Date and Place from: January 9, 1934 Dog Pound, Alta. To Unknown Notes: miscellaneous: tax receipt showing amounts paid by F. A. Schantz.

Date and Place from: November 26, 1895 s.l. To Unknown From Schantz, Florence Annie Catherine, 1879-1938 Notes: Description of Essie Current's funeral.

Date and Place from: n.d. s.l. To Unknown From Honsberger, Margaret Notes: Includes note from ? Moyer; partial letter, no salutation.

Date and Place from: January 20, 1909 Galt, Ont. To Unknown From Misener, S., Mr. and Mrs. Notes: Wedding announcement for Muriel Misener and Alvin S. Snyder.

Date and Place from: [18--] s.l. To Unknown From Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900 Notes: partial letter.

Date and Place from: n.d. s.l. To Unknown From Schantz, Mary.

Date and Place from: March 26, 1894 Jordan, Ont. To Unknown From Wismer, S.G.

Date and Place from: March 29, ? s.l. To Unknown From Weaver, Mary Notes: Includes letter from Amos Weaver.

Date and Place from: n.d. s.l. To Unknown From Weaver, Mary.

Date and Place from: Feb. 23, 1854 s.l. To Unknown From Weaver, Mary.

Date and Place from: [18-?] s.l. To Unknown From Weaver, A. O.

Date and Place from: n.d. s.l. To Unknown From Weaver, Mary Notes: Includes letter from Amos Weaver.

Date and Place from: Dec. 22, 1854 s.l. To Unknown From Weaver, Mary Notes: Includes letter from Amos Weaver.

Date and Place from: n.d. s.l. To Unknown From Schantz, Arthur Benjamin, 1876-1958 Notes: partial letter, no date or salutation.

Date and Place from: [18--] s.l. To Unknown From Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900 Notes: Partial letter, no salutation, date.

Date and Place from: [18--] s.l. To Unknown From Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900 Notes: Partial letter, no salutation, date.

Date and Place from: July 09, [18--] s.l. To Unknown From Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900 Notes: No salutation.

Date and Place from: [18--] s.l. To Unknown From Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900 Notes: Partial letter, no salutation.

Date and Place from: [18-?] s.l. To Unknown From ? Notes: Partial letter, no salutation or closing.

Date and Place from: May 04, 1860 [Louth?] To Unknown From [Abraham?] Notes: The Name E. N. Fry is written in top left hand corner of the first page.

Date and Place from: May 24, 1864 South Cayuga, C.W. To Unknown From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910.

Date and Place from: April 16, 1860 Port Elgin To Unknown From Moyer, Martha J. Notes: Name at the top of the letter, "Martha Brown Moyer."

Date and Place from: August 18, 1884 Conestogo To Unknown From Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935 Notes: Bottom portion detached.

Date and Place from: Nov. 6, ? s.l. To Unknown From Schantz, Mary, 1840-1935.

Date and Place from: March 30, 1888 s.l. To Unknown From Schantz, Etta Notes: Partial letter?

Date and Place from: July, 1903 Berlin, Ont. To Unknown From Berlin, Ontario Notes: Invitation.

Date and Place from: June, 1910 Berlin, Ont. To Unknown From Knechtel, William, Mr. and Mrs. Notes: Wedding announcement for Adeline Moyer and Levi Bruegeman.

Date and Place from: [18-?] s.l. To Unknown From Moyer, Abraham Nash, 1837-1910 Notes: No salutation or closing. Identification presumed from handwriting.

To Unknown Notes: miscellaneous: small card containing address for A. T. Schantz.

To Unknown Notes: partial letter re presentation of bible from singing school students; includes business card from R. W. Hawkins.

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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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