File 196 - White, Etta Lydia Mary : correspondence received.

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White, Etta Lydia Mary : correspondence received.

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SCA118-GA91-7-196

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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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Sixteen letters received by Etta Lydia Mary White (nee Schantz). Correspondents include brother and sister-in-law Orpheus and Carrie Schantz, brothers Arthur and Austin, Moyer uncles and cousins as well as friends.

Date and Place from: [18--] To Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900 From Becker, W.H., Mr. and Mrs. Notes: Invitation card.

Date and Place from: April 28, 1888 Ottumwa, Iowa To Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900 From Flagler, Cornelia Caroline, 1864-1951.

Date and Place from: July 22, 1888 Ottumwa, Iowa To Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900 From Flagler, Cornelia Caroline, 1864-1951.

Date and Place from: October 21, 1888 Ottumwa, Iowa To Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900 From Flagler, Cornelia Caroline, 1864-1951.

Date and Place from: December 14, 1888 Ottumwa, Iowa To Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900 From Flagler, Cornelia Caroline, 1864-1951 Attachments: Piece of cloth from wedding dress enclosed.

Date and Place from: January 6, 1889 Ottumwa, Iowa To Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900 From Flagler, Cornelia Caroline, 1864-1951 Attachments: Dried leaf enclosed.

Date and Place from: June 2, 1893 Niagara Falls To Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900 From David Attachments: Pressed flowers in onionskin paper included.

Date and Place from: September 5, 1894 Walpole, Ont. To Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900 From Brown, Charles, Mr. and Mrs. Attachments: Envelope, stamp removed Notes: Wedding invitation for Hattie Brown and David W. Hilborn.

Date and Place from: September 18, 1896 Hamilton, Ill. To Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900 From Hart, S.K. Attachments: Envelope.

Date and Place from: December 21, 1896 Hamilton, Ill. To Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900 From Hart, S.K.

Date and Place from: April 22, 1897 Hamilton, Ill. To Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900 From Hart, Etta.

Date and Place from: Hamilton, Ill. To Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900 From Hart, Etta.

Date and Place from: July 29, 1897 Hamilton, Ill. To Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900 From Hart, S.K. Attachments: Envelope, stamp removed.

Date and Place from: August 29, 1897 Cary Station, Ill. To Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900 From Crowder, Will G. Attachments: Envelope, stamp removed.

Date and Place from: August 30, 1897 Berlin, ON To Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900 From Bilger, J.E. Attachments: Envelope included, no stamp.

To Schantz, Etta Lydia Mary, 1866-1900 From Emma Notes: Stationery hand-illustrated.

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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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