“A Biographical History of Lancaster Co. Being a History of
Early Settlers and Eminent Men of the County” by Alex. Harris, 1827
Lancaster, Pa.: Elias Barr & Co., 1872
Pg. 194, ERB FAMILY.NICHOLAS ERB, the first known ancestor of this name, came to America with his family in the year 1722.He was a Swiss by birth, and, it is said, his father desired him to become a Catholic priest, but he joined the Mennonites and left his native country on account of religious persecutions.He resided for some time, before emigrating to this country, at a place called “Wester Walter Hoff.”Where this place of temporary residence was located, is not known.In all probability it must have been a farm on the outposts of some province in Germany that had dangerous neighbors, and the time must have been somewhat turbulent, as it is know that he lived under the promised protection of his Lord or Superior.
He settled on Hammer Creek, in Warwick Twp., near where the mill, lately owned by DAVID ERB, one of his descendants, now stands.He was a farmer by occupation.He had a family of 5 children: four sons and one daughters; the latter married to a JOHNS.
JOHN, eldest son of NICHOLAS ERB, came to America with his father, married a JOHNS from Leacock Twp., lived for some time with his father, but subsequently moved near to Manheim, where he died.His children were: JACOB, JOHN, CHRISTIAN, DANIEL, PETER and MAGDALENA.
NICHOLAS ERB, second son of NICHOLAS ERB.
CHRISTIAN ERB, third son of NICHOLAS ERB.
JACOB ERB, a prominent clergyman in the United Brethren congregation, stationed at the Otterbein Church, in Baltimore, and frequently presiding elder, is a descendant of either NICHOLAS or CHRISTIAN.
JACOB ERB, fourth son of NICHOLAS ERB, resided on Hammer Creek, in Warwick Twp., where ERB’S mill now stands.He was a leading man among the German population (pg. 195) in the northern part of this county from 1760 to 1790.He was a member of the Legislature when it sat in Philadelphia in 1787 to 1790.He had two sons, JOHN and CHRISTIAN.
MAGDALENA ERB, daughter of NICHOLAS ERB, married to a JOHNS, of Leacock Twp.
JACOB ERB, son of JOHN, and a grandson of NICHOLAS ERB, resided near the Mouth of Cocalico Creek; had three sons, JOHN, DAVID and EMANUEL.The two former settled in York Co., Pa., and EMANUEL kept the homestead.He had one son, JACOB, who still owns the home place, together with some five or six hundred acres of land in Warwick and West Earl townships, and is extensively engaged in farming and stock-raising.
JOHN ERB, son of JOHN and grandson of NICHOLAS ERB, had one son also named JOHN, who settled in Conoy Twp., from where he moved to Linn Co., Indiana, with all of his family except CHRISTIAN S., who now resides in Conoy; a business man, justice of the peace, and bank director.
CHRISTIAN ERB, son of JOHN and grandson of NICHOLAS ERB, born Feb. 6, 1755, died Aug. 1, 1812, resided in Warwick Twp., about one mile north of Litiz; and was married to ANNA BAMBERGER, born Feb. 8, 1752, died Sept. 17, 1823.They had two sons: CHRISTIAN and JACOB, between whom their father’s place was divided, and a daughter, married to HENRY HOSTETTER, who moved to Hanover, York Co., Pa.CHRISTIAN, having sold his part of the farm.
JACOB ERB, the younger son of CHRISTIAN, and great grandson of NICHOLAS ERB, born March 7, 1781, resided the greater part of his life on the old farm, subsequently moved with his son HENRY to Penn Twp., and afterwards into Manheim Twp., about one mile north of Lancaster, where he died.He carried on farming and distilling.He was married to ELIZABETH BECKER, who, dying young, left him a family of 7 small children to raise, never marrying the second time.He became a member of the Legislature in 1833 to 1835, serving two terms.His children were ANN, married to CHRISTIAN KAUFFMAN, moved to Ohio, who had four sons in the Union army.HENRY, married to ELIZABETH SPICKLER, now living in Manheim Twp. with his son-in-law, JACOB MYER.SARAH, married to JOSEPH BOMBERGER, lives in Cumberland Co., Pa., and whose son, JACOB BOMBERGER, was a member of the Legislature from that county in 1872.ELIZA, married to ELIAS EBY, ex-sheriff.CATHARINE, married to DAVID WITWER, moved to Franklin Co.LEVI, married to MARY TRISSLER, now residing at Columbia furnance; Virginia, and MARY, married to ELIAS BOMBERGER, living in Maryland.
DANIEL ERB, son of JOHN, and grandson of NICHOLAS ERB, had four sons: JOHN, JOSEPH, DANIEL and JACOB.The first named was a minister of the old Mennonite persuasion, and moved many years ago to Cumberland Co.JOSEPH had one son, DANIEL S., who resides in Penn Twp., and follows farming.DANIEL has 3 sons, DAVID W., DANIEL W., and JOHN.The old home place that has been in the family for over a century, is owned by DANIEL W., and ISRAEL G. ERB, ESQ., is the son of DAVID W.
PETER ERB, son of JOHN, and grandson of NICHOLAS ERB, had four sons: ISAAC, JACOB, CHRISTIAN, and another who moved to Canada.ISAAC had three sons: HENRY, SAMUEL and ISAAC, who live in Lebanon Co.
MAGDALENA ERB, daughter of JOHN, and granddaughter of NICHOLAS ERB, married a man named GINGRICH, whose family moved to Erie Co., Pa.
(pg. 197) JOHN ERB, son of JACOB, and grandson of NICHOLAS ERB, had several sons; one of them, named after himself, who lived in Elizabeth Twp., near Durlach, was a miller and farmer, and kept the tavern where, for many years, the elections were held; was a prominent politician from 1825 to 1840; filled the office of County Commissioner from 1833 to 1836.He had four children: HIRAM, now residing in Lebanon Co.; JOHN B., residing in Litiz; HENRY B., residing near Schoeneck; and a daughter, married to GEO. STEINMETZ, residing on the old place, now in Clay Twp.His son, JOHN B.follows surveying and scrivening, and served many years as a justice of the peace while living in Clay Twp.