Posted By:Tracey Herzog
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Subject:Looking for Information on Benjamin P Jantz (1824 – 1904)
Post Date:November 21, 2012 at 14:12:47
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Benjamin Peter Jantz was my 3rd great-grandfather and we are looking for more information on him, specifically his burial location. Any information on any of the people listed below or guidance of where to look would be very helpful.

There are at least one, possibly two Benjamin Peter Jantz’s that lived during the same time, so some information has been confused among them.

Here is what we know about our Benjamin Peter Jantz:
Born - September 5, 1824 in Poland/Russia
Parents – Peter Jantz (1766-1835), mother is unknown
Came to the US (Philadelphia) in 1874 via the SS Vaderland
Died – March 18, 1904 in Durham, Marion County, Kansas
Buried – March 22, 1904 in Logan, Phillips County, Kansas

Spouse 1 – Anna Becker (ABT July 15, 1828 – Oct 20, 1894)
Notes: Anna Becker did not come to America. It appears that Benjamin Peter Jantz and Anna Becker may have been divorced because Benjamin Peter Jantz came to the US in 1874 with his 2nd wife Eva Wedel and some of his children with Eva were born before Anna reportedly passed away in Poland/Russia in 1894.
Children with Anna Becker:
1. Eva Jantz Schmidt               b. 1850              d. 1928 (married to Henry Schmidt)
2. Johann B Jantz               b. 1852              d. 1938 (married to Elisabeth “Elske” Thomas and Maria unknown last name)
3. Wilhelm B Jantz (my 2nd great-grandfather)       b. 1854              d. 1928 (married to Aganetha “Agnes” Koehn)
4. Peter B Jantz                     b. 1858              d. 1920 (married to Carolina Becker and Helena Schmidt)

Spouse 2 – Eva Wedel (Aug 6, 1836 – Jun 12, 1909) Notes: Eva’s 1st husband was Adam Ratzlaff (abt 1836 –abt 1867). Eva came to the US in 1874 with Benjamin Peter Jantz, their children and some of the children from both of their first marriages.
Children with Eva Wedel:
1. Maria “Mary” Jantz Koehn        b. 1868              d. 1946        (married to Henry C Koehn)
2. Cornelius Jantz              b. 1872 ?       d. ?        (Cornelius came to US with Benjamin Peter and Eva, but may not have been their child; could have been a relative)
3. Adam B Jantz                     b. 1873              d. 1955
4. Carolina Jantz Unruh              b. 1876              d. 1946 (married to William H Unruh)
5. Tobias Jantz                     b. ?              d. ? (Tobias also came to US with Benjamin Peter and Eva, but may not have been their child; could have been a relative)

Eva Wedel’s Children with 1st Husband Adam Ratzlaff (these would be Benjamin Peter’s step-children):
1. Andreas Ratzlaff              b. 1855              d. 1923 (married to Eva Koehn and Susanna Unruh)
2. Henry A Ratzlaff              b. 1858              d. 1944 (married to Helena Eck and Susanna Wedel)
3. Jacob Ratzlaff              b. 1859              d. ?        (Jacob came to the US with Benjamin PeterJantz and his mother Eva – was listed as a Jantz on the Vaderland ship manifest)
4. Benjamin A Ratzlaff              b. 1861              d. 1936 (married to Elscke “Elizabeth” Becker and Anna Becker)
5. Helena “Lena” Ratzlaff Beckerb. 1863              d. 1935 (married to Peter Kornelius Becker)
6. Elizabeth Ratzlaff Koehn       b. 1865              d. 1945 (married to Benjamin E Koehn) (Elizabeth came to the US with Benjamin Peter Jantz and her mother Eva – was listed as a Jantz on the Vaderland ship manifest)
7. Susanna A Ratzlaff Janzen       b. 1867              d. 1922 (married to Ludwig H Jantzen) (Susanna came to the US with Benjamin Peter Jantz and her mother Eva – was listed as a Jantz on the Vaderland ship manifest)

There is information online and in the GRANDMA database that states that Benjamin Peter Jantz died March 18, 1904 and was buried in Logan, Phillips County, Kansas. We haven’t been able to find an “official” or family source that confirms this information. We haven’t been able to find a death record, an obituary or a listing in a cemetery. We find it strange that he would be buried in Logan, Phillips County, Kansas, when we know of no family living in that area or being from that area at that time. It is also odd that he died in Durham, Marion County, Kansas but was buried in Logan, KS. Durham, KS is about 240 miles from Logan, KS. That seems like a long ways to travel to bury someone when there is no family in the area. From what we understand, this Benjamin Peter lived in McPherson County, Kansas his entire life after arriving in America, specifically in Moundridge.

The 1895 Kansas State Census lists a B P Janty and and Eva Janty living in Lone Tree Township, McPherson County, Kansas. We believe this is our Benjamin Peter and Eva Jantz as the estimated birth years seem to match up. The next family on the census appears to be W H Unruh, Cara and infant whose name is unreadable. We believe this is Carolina Jantz Unruh, her husband William H Unruh and their child Emiel (sp?). The estimated birth years seem to match up with them as well.