Christopher Erb

On this day 11 June 1810, Christopher Erb, my 7th great-grandfather, died in Carroll County, Maryland.

Born in 1748, Christopher Erb was the son of Swiss immigrants Peter Erb and Maria Lowis.

In 1749, the Erbs immigrated to America from Rotterdam by way of Cowes aboard the ship Crown, captained by Michael James. There were 500 passengers on board, including Peter’s parents Hans Erb and Barbara Moser; as well as Peter Erb and Maria Lowis, their sons Peter and Christopher, and daughter Mary Magdalena. On 30 August 1749, the ship arrived in the port of Philadelphia. Hans and Barbara, my 9th great-grandparents, settled in Adams County, Pennsylvania (part of Lancaster County at the time).

Peter and Maria Erb, my 8th great-grandparents, opted to move south to Carroll County, Maryland (part of Frederick County at the time). The Erb family was an early and influential family in the settlement of the Silver Run and Taneytown areas of Carroll County. Peter Erb appears in the patent records in the mid-18th Century, purchasing the following tracts of land: in 1757, Erbs Lot, 212 acres; in 1758, James Fancie, 9 acres; and in 1761, Leonards Lot, 26 acres. (Their son Peter Jr. purchased in 1763, Collenton, 50 acres; High Germany, 110 acres; and Cabin Ridge, 27 acres; in June 1766, Livermore, 50 acres; Dyers Mill, 97 acres, and Hansen’s Delight, 100 acres; and finally, in November 1766, This or None, 25 acres.)

Little is known about Christopher Erb’s early life. However, at some point, before the age of 22, he married Anna Margaret Holl, daughter of Andreas Holl and Catharina Lehman, my 8th great-grandparents.

Together, they had several children, including son Peter Erb, my 6th great-grandfather, who was born on 30 May 1770.

Circa the mid-1770s, Christopher Erb served on the Committee of Observation of Frederick County, Maryland. During the American Revolution, the committees of observation (also known as committees of inspection), committees of correspondence, and committees of safety were local Patriot groups that served as shadow governments, seizing control of the colonies from the Crown’s officials.

On 6 November 1778, tragedy struck the Erb family when Christopher’s father, Peter Erb, died in Frederick County, Maryland.

A decade later, in 1788, Christopher’s mother Maria Lowis, died in Frederick County, Maryland.

In 1790, Christopher Erb and his family were enumerated in the 1st U.S. Census, residing in Frederick County, Maryland.

In 1798, Christopher Erb applied for a resurvey to consolidate his land holdings, including those tracts he inherited from his father.

In 1799, Christopher Erb and his brother Peter constructed a Pennsylvania German-style stone home on some of the land willed to him by his father Peter Erb. Referred to as the Christopher Erb House by Maryland’s National Register Properties, this house was built into a bank with its south elevation containing a ground-level basement with a double-tiered porch. It has a number of exterior and interior features representative of the Pennsylvania German style found in northern Carroll County. On the exterior, these include a 1799 date stone on the west gable end, a dentil molding cornice, a wide batten door, narrow slit windows at the west gable end of the basement, and stonework typical of the Pennsylvania German style. On the interior, these features include a corner fireplace with ornamental mantelpiece, strap hinges and other hardware, and a board partition wall on the second story. Also on the property is a two-story stone spring house of Pennsylvania German character and the foundation of a stone bank barn. The property remained in the Erb family until 1879 (through two more generations). Today, the Christopher Erb House is located at 3333 Flickinger Road, Silver Run, Carroll County, Maryland.

In 1800, Christopher Erb and his family were enumerated near Taneytown, Carroll County, Maryland.

Eleven years after his home was built, Christopher Erb died on 11 June 1810, in Carroll County, Maryland. He was buried in St. Mary Lutheran Reformed Church in Silver Run, Carroll County, Maryland.

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