Chapter 4.0
History of the Quanz Family of Schlotzau, Germany

Quanz:
The meaning of the name: The name could be of Slavonic origin and could mean Quand, Quant = wall + garment or quant = cunning. In middle High German kwant = rogue, clever person and likewise "qaund" in middle Low German and still today in East Frisian.

Well-known persons bearing the name are:

Johann Joachim Quantz, flute instructor at the court of Frederick the Great (1697-1773)
Johannes Dictus Quant von Greifswald (1308)


The ancestors of the Quanz family can be traced back to the "Thirty Years War". We discover that nine families with the name Quanz lived in Schlotzau. Since the information on their descent is missing from this time period, one cannot determine the relationships of these families to each other. Two families possessed a farm. The others worked as craftsmen in various occupations. Over the course of the centuries in some families the last name changed through intermarriage or died out, since there were no descendants. Today four families with the last name Quanz still live in Schlotzau, who can be traced through two different lines of descent.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Schlotzau, Germany

One line is represented by the family of Otto Quanz ("Kiefesch"), whose great-great-grandfather Andreas came to Schlotzau from Oberstoppel in 1848. The family is now in its sixth generation there.

To the other line belong the families of Jakob, Helmut and Gerhard Quanz. Their ancestors can be traced back to 1688. This family is therefore long-established and has lived in Schlotzau for eleven generations. The most common occupation was, besides farming, tailoring. There were self-employed tailors in five generations, which partly formed the household name "Schniedesch." The economic and technological changes of the past centuries have brought about the result that most traditional craftsmen's occupations were given up in the villages. So also the "made-to-measure" production of clothing was driven out by industrially produced ready-made clothes.

According to the table of ancestors, up to the present-day tenth generation, 120 children trace their lineage back to Johann Quanz (born 1688) and his male descendants. 64 children died as infants and children, most of them in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. After that child mortality was greatly reduced. 15 female and 29 male descendants stayed and were married in Schlotzau. 18 female and 12 male descendants of the Quanz family left the village and lived with their families near and, in order to build a life for themselves there.

It is not impossible that Johann Joachim Quanz, the flute-player at the court of Frederick the Great ("Old Fritz") came from this kindred.

At present three families from the line of Johann Quanz (born 1688) still live in Schlotzau:

1. Helmut Quanz, Fuldaer StraBe 29
2. Gerhard Quanz, Fuldaer StraBe 7
3. Jakob Quanz, Am Weiher 8
Text: Dr. Gerhard Quanz,
Schlotzau, Germany


Genealogy From Common Ancestor in Schlotzau
to Canadian and German Descendants

            Johann
            b. Sep. 25, 1707


Johann Eckhard                                                  Johann Andreas
b. Aug. 27,1730                                                  b. 1733
 

Johann                                                                Johann
b. July 18, 1763                                                   b. 1771
 

Johann Adam
b. Feb. 11, 1798
d. Dec. 9, 1842

                                                                             Johann Konrad
                                                                              b. 1810
Adam Echardt
b. Sep. 17, 1838
d. Apr. 26, 1896

                                                                             Heinrich
                                                                              b. 1859
John
b. Sep. 3, 1865
d. Nov. 3, 1949
 

Fredrick Marvin                                                      Jakob
b. Mar. 3,1895                                                        b. 1894
d. Nov. 7, 1972
 

Harry Laverne            Walter John                           Peter
b. Sep. 2, 1921           Mar. 13, 1928                      b. 1923

Ken Laverne               Richard John                         Gerhard
b. Oct. 12, 1946         b. May 22, 1951                    b. 1954
 
 

Family From Johann Quanz To The Present Day
Adam Echardt Families in Canada JOHANN QUANZ
Born Sep. 25, 1707 in Schlotzau, Germany. Johann is the common ancestor between the Peter Quanz family currently living in Schlotzau and the Adam Echardt Quanz family who emigrated to Canada.

Their children:

Johann Eckhard b. Aug. 27, 1730
Johann Andreas b. 1733

 

JOHANN ECKHARD
Born Aug. 27,1730 in Schlotzau, Germany

Their children:

Johann
 

JOHANN QUANZ
Born July 18, 1763 in Schlotzau, Germany.

Their children:

Johann Adam
 

JOHANN ADAM
Born Feb. 11, 1798 in Schlotzau Germany. Died Dec. 9, 1842. He married Barbara.

Their children:

Johann                           b. Aug. 18, 1825         d. Nov. 12, 1872   in Brodhagen, Ontario, Canada

Child without Name       b. Feb. 22, 1828         d. Feb. 24, 1828
    - Twin of Konrad
Conrad (Konrad)           b. Feb. 22, 1828         d. Jan. 10, 1906    in Neustadt, Ontario, Canada
Johann Adam                 b. 1830

Andreas                         b. 1835
Eva Elisabeth                  b. Mar. 7, 1836          d. Mar. 7, 1836       in Wartburg, Ontario, Canada
Adam Echardt                b. Sep. 17, 1838         d. Apr. 26, 1896     Buried in Mildmay United Cemetery, Mildmay, Ontario

Barbara Elizabeth            b. 1842                       d. May 12, 1880

 
Family From Johann Andreas To Present Day Families in Schlotzau JOHANN QUANZ
Born Sep. 25, 1707 in Schlotzau, Germany. Johann is the common ancestor between the Peter Quanz family currently living in Schlotzau and the Adam Echardt Quanz family who emigrated to Canada.

Their children:

Johann Eckhard b. Aug. 27, 1730
Johann Andreas b. 1733
JOHANN ANDREAS
Born 1733 in Schlotzau Germany.

Their children:

JohannJOHANN QUANZ
Born 1771 in Schlotzau Germany.

Their children:

Johann KonradJOHANN KONRAD
Born 1810 in Schlotzau Germany.

Their children:

HeinrichHEINRICH QUANZ
Born 1859 in Schlotzau Germany.

Their children:

JakobJAKOB QUANZ
Born 1894 in Schlotzau Germany.

Their children:

Heinrich
Peter
PETER QUANZ
Born 1923 in Schlotzau Germany. Married Katherine Bolander.
During the Second World War Peter and his brother, Heinrich, were German soldiers serving on the eastern front. They were taken prisoner by the Russians and spent several years in a POW camp. The conditions were so terrible that Heinrich became ill and died. After the war Peter returned to Schlotzau and married Katherine Bolander in 1951. Peter became a banker working for the Raffeisen Loan Cooperative in Langenschwarz. Peter and Katherine also operated a mixed farm with some animal husbandry. Peter retired from the bank in 1982.

Their children:

Waltraud
Gerhard
 
WALTRAUD QUANZ
Born 1952 in Schlotzau, Germany.

Waltraud's children:
            Amrid
            Rahul

GERHARD QUANZ
Born 1954 in Schlotzau Germany. Gerhard grew up in Schlotzau helping his father with the farm and helped to raise sheep and cattle. His interest in animals led him to become an Agricultural Engineer.

Gerhard’s children:

Maithias
Frederik
Henrik
Jakob Quanz Family

Jakob Quanz Family
L to R: Peter, Heinrich, Katharina, Jakob
 
 


Peter Quanz Family (October 1997)
L to R: Katherine, Peter and their son Gerhard




Peter and Katharine Quanz
50th Wedding Anniversary - 2001
 
 
 

Published in Local Newspaper

The beloved couple in the municipality of Schlotzau, Peter and Kaethe Quanz celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Saturday. The 78-year old celebrant trained with the Raffeisen Loan Cooperative in Langenschwarz, with which he was the first apprentice, for the occupation of bank businessman. After his return from war imprisonment, he started in 1949 again at Raffeisen bank. Here Peter Quanz was an employee until 1970 and manager until his retirement in 1982. Kaethe Quanz (71) is a daughter of the Langenschwarz Scheidermeister Adam Bolender. She wanted to become a teacher, but the war years drew a line through her career plans. Thus she worked in different households and supported her mother with the upbringing of seven siblings. Since 1953 Peter Quanz belongs to the regional federation of the Heimkehrer and since 1978 in the VdK Schlotzau Grossenmoor. In both interests he participates in the executive committee. The Schlotzau church executive committee, to which he belonged from 1957 to 1989, could count on his constant support. Peter Quanz rendered a large service with the development of the Keibitzgrunder books of local history and geography, for which Ortsvorsteherin Erna Weber and Mayor Wolfgang Brown, as well as others congratulate him. Among the congratulators are their two children, in-laws and five grandchildren.

Peter and Kaethe Quanz Celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary
Photo by Burkhardt


In Memory
One of the Quanz Family's most esteemed family history contributors, Peter Quanz, passed away this past July (July 21, 2002) in Schlotzau, Germany. He was 79 years old.

Peter fell ill in early springtime. He went through a series of tests in the hospital but these did not help solve the problem. The suspicion of a stroke in April led the doctors to perform a MRI scan that revealed a brain tumour. Unfortunately the tumour was inoperable. He was able to return home to the house he helped build and loved where he was able to stay until he passed away.

Peter Quanz was born in 1923 in Schlotzau Germany and grew up right in the village. He lived all his life in the same home and in fact helped his father build the second story on the house in 1939. Peter trained with the Raffeisen Loan Cooperative in Langenschwarz, with which he was the first apprentice, for the occupation of bank businessman. After his return from war imprisonment, he started in 1949 again at Raffeisen bank. Here Peter Quanz was an employee until 1970 and manager until his retirement in 1982.

In 1951 Peter married Kaethe (Katharina) Bolender, a daughter of the Schneidermeister (tailor) Adam Bolender from Langenschwarz. Peter and Katharina had two children - Gerhard and Waltraud.

Lovingly remembered by his wife Katharina and son Gerhard with his wife Elke and his daughter Waltraud. Cherished grandfather of Gerhard's children Mathias, Frederick, Henrik and Waltraud´s children Amrid and Rahul.

"Now there is a great empty space. We lost a kind, warm-hearted and lovable man and fellow. Until he fell ill, he was very vital and in good condition. My father helped his wife and us so much in house and outside. He helped care for my sheep right up until March. We miss him so much..."
                                                                                                                     Gerhard

Our thoughts and our prayers are with you at this time.

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