Classification scheme: 
Hist.Mss.1.267 (s.c.)

Title: Henry Shantz fonds

Dates of creation: 1842-1872

Physical description: 1 cm of textual records

Biographical sketch: Henry Shantz (1804-1877) was the son of Christian and Hannah (Paul) Shantz. He married Lydia Martin in 1828; the couple had 10 children and farmed in the Roseville area. He served as a minister for four years and was ordained as bishop in 1842. Until his ordination, Benjamin Eby was the only bishop in the Waterloo district. Shantz was associated with the Detweiler congregation in Roseville, Ont.

Custodial history: Notebook donated to the Archives by Leah Boehm in 2013; Shantz genealogical overview donated to the Archives by Leone Sherk in 2016

Scope and content: Henry Shantz's notebook listing baptisms, ordinations and marriages performed by Henry Shantz; genealogical manuscript by Leone Sherk

File list:

  1. A notebook ("bishop's book") listing baptisms, ordinations and marriages performed by Henry Shantz.
  2. Overview of the Henry Shantz family by Leone Sherk, including: notes on the Henry Shantz farm (Lot 35, Con. 10 North Dumfries Township); genealogical overview of the family of Henry and Lydia Shantz and their children, and their son Christian Shantz and his wife Magdalena (Shupe) and their children; program of Shantz Centennial, 1929; photocopy of centennial reunion panoramic photo, 1929, with some persons identified, newspaper articles covering the reunion; genealogical overview of Emerson Bock and Melvina (Shantz) (daughter of Christian and Magdalena Shantz) and their children.

Further materials related to Henry Shantz may be found by searching the Archives.
Extracts from the bishop's book are located in the Lewis. J. Burkholder fonds Hist.Mss.1.4.1/R-21).
For photographs related to this family search the Mennonite Archival Image Database.
Original archival description created 2013 by Laureen Harder-Gissing.


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