Jacob Shantz

Male 1710 - 1781  (71 years)


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  • Name Jacob Shantz 
    Born 1710  Bern, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1745  Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 5 Feb 1781  Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Sprogell Mennonite Cemetery, Manatawna, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I830  Descendants of Robert McKnight
    Last Modified 4 Apr 2017 

    Family 1 Catherine Beary,   b. 1730,   d. Dec 1787, Vincent Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Married Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
    +1. Christian Shantz,   b. 11 Jul 1769, Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1852, Freeport, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    Last Modified 22 Jun 2015 
    Family ID F318  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Magdalena,   bur. Sprogell Mennonite Cemetery, Manatawna, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Isaac Shantz
     2. Esther Shantz
     3. Susannah Shantz
    Last Modified 4 Apr 2017 
    Family ID F676  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1710 - Bern, Switzerland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1745 - Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 5 Feb 1781 - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Sprogell Mennonite Cemetery, Manatawna, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Jacob Shantz came to America in 1737.
    • Jacob Shantz was born in Switzerland about the year 1710.

      Owing to religious persecutions, he, with others, left their native home and went to Holland where they had the promise of protection from the persecuting parties by the Prince of Orange. Here he lived some fifteen years.

      Seeing so many of his co-religionists emigrating to America, besides being informed of the proclamation issued by William Penn, he at last decided to emigrate to America and settle among his co-religionists. He crossed the ocean in a vessel named "Townshead" and landed safely at Philadelphia in the summer of 1737.

      He may have resided in Germantown for some time. In the year 1745 we find him and his family located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. What number of children he had could not be ascertained.

      We know that he was married twice. The children of his first wife (Magdalena) were Isaac, Esther, Susannah. From his second wife (Catherine Beary) we have the record of only one son named Christian.

      Jacob Shantz is buried in the Sprogell Cemetery, beside Magdalena, his first wife.
    • Jacob Shantz: Much of the early information on the Shantz family has been taken from a book called, "The Shantz Family", published by the Shantz Family Association, Kitchener, Canada.

      Die Schantz (The Bulward) a Bourgeois Clan organized in Alsace in the year 1429 with Johann Schantz who held a baker's franchise. The Clan in future years spread into Bavaria and the French provinces. The crest of this Clan carries a helmet with three ostrich plums (one black, one green, and one red.) The Mantle is black, silver, red and golden. The Shield has a red field, and with in it, the silver done on a green hill represents the wisdom, precaution and sagacity of Johann Schantz. Authentic records by Paul Furst, 1496, from his Records of Heraldry.

      Shantz (Schantz, Shanz, Tschantz, Johns)
      Shantz, a Swiss Mennonite family name, is mentioned among the Anabaptists as early as 1541 in the canton of Bern, Switzerland. In 1567 a Hans Tschantz of Kiesen, canton of Bern, was imprisoned for his aith. In the first part of the 18th century members of the family moved to the Bernese Jura district, as well as to Montbâeliard and Alsace. In 1824 a Johannes Tschantz and his son Abraham left their Jura home and settled in the Sonnenberg district in Wayne County,Ohio, where some of their descendants still live.

      As of 1959, the family name Shantz had only a few representatives left among Mennonites in Europe. The name was represented in Pennsylvania as early as 1737 when Jacob Schantz immigrated to Montgomery County,Pa. Hans Tschantz was the third bishop in the colonial Mennonite settlement in Lancaster County, Pa. It is known that he was active ca.1742; a cemetery plot donated by him remained named "Hans Tschantz Cemetery." Since 1800 Shantz has also been a prominent family in the Mennonite Church (MC) in Ontario.

      The following is a small list of ordained men bearing the name Shantz who have served as bishops in the church:

      Henry Shantz (1864-77), who served the Detweiler congregation from 1842
      Israel R. Shantz (1863-1910), who moved from Waterloo to Carstairs, Alberta, 1903

      Moses H. Shantz (1884-1938) at Blenheim,Ont., who for many years was also the moderator of the Ontario Conference (MC) and was for some time the president of the Mennonite Publication Board

      Benjamin B. Shantz (b. 1880), who served at the Hagey congregation

      Stanley D. Schantz (b. 1914), who served in Guernsey, Sask.

      Preachers included Merle Shantz, who served at the Wanner congregation, Ont.. and Irwin Schantz, who served in Loman,Minn. Jacob Y. Shantz was a prominent layman (MC) in Kitchener, Ont.,joining the Mennonite Brethren in Christ Church ca. 1875 when it was started. John Schantz (1774-1855) and his son Joseph (1814-81) were ministers in the Upper Milford Pa. congregation which joined the General Conference Mennonite Church (GCM) Oberholtzer group in 1847.J.W. Schantz (1878-1916) was a GCM minister at Schwenksville, Pa. and Zion at Souderton Pa., 1907-16.