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Name: Shantz, Jacob Yost (1822-1909)

Historical Note:

Jacob Y. Shantz was born near Berlin (now Kitchener), Ontario, in 1822. He was married three times. In 1843 he married Barbara Biehn. In 1853 he married Nancy Brubacher. In 1871 he married Sarah Shuh. Two sons and three daughters were born of the first wife, and three sons and four daughters were born of the second wife. Shantz died in 1909. He lived his entire life in the Berlin area.

Shantz was an entrepreneur, civic leader and active church member (first of the Mennonite church, later of the Mennonite Brethren in Christ church). He is best known for his role in promoting the immigration of Mennonites from Russia to Manitoba in the 1870s. For further biographical information see Vicarious Pioneer: The Life of Jacob Y. Shantz / Samuel J. Steiner.- Winnipeg, MB : Hyperion Press, 1988.

Sources: copied from Mennonite Archives of Ontario web site

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