Jacob J. Shantz

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Jacob J. Shantz

Birthplace: Canton of Bern, Switzerland
Death: February 05, 1781 (70)
Pottstown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States
Place of Burial: Sprogell Mennonite Cemetery (Defunct) Manatawna, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Ulrich Tschantz and Anna Maria Tschantz
Husband of Magdalena Shantz and Catharine Shantz
Father of Abraham Erb Shantz; Isaac Erb Shantz; Jacob Erb Shantz; Mary Erb Shantz; Elizabeth Erb Shantz and 6 others

Occupation: 3 kids from first wife, one from second
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About Jacob J. Shantz


Jacob Shantz, "was born in Switzerland about the year 1710. Owing to religious persecutions, he, with other, 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 were II Isaac, II Esther, and II Susannah, and from his second wife we have the record of only one son named II Christian. Old Jacob Shantz died in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, February 5th, 1781, aged a few months less than 71 years. He was buried in the Sprogell Cemetery, beside Magdalena, his first wife."

Migrated to America in 1737 from Holland, was Mennonite
Name appears to be spelled "Grhantz" on family tombstones.

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Jacob J. Shantz's Timeline

June 12, 1710
Canton of Bern, Switzerland
March 10, 1745
Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States
January 14, 1747
Pottstown, Montgomery County, PA, United States
January 14, 1748
Pottstown, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States
Montgomery, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States
March 12, 1757
March 29, 1760
Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States
March 15, 1764
Montgomery County, PA, United States