Peter Erb

A sketch of Bern, Switzerland soon after the time of Peter Erb’s residence, 1757

On this day, 24 May 1801, Peter Erb passed away. He was my 8th great-grandfather.

In February 1712, Peter Erb was born in Bern, Switzerland to parents Hans Erb and Barbara Moser.

Peter Erb joined the following known siblings: Nicholas (born 1703), Barbara (born 1704), and Anna (born 1707). The final known sibling, Ulrich, was welcomed to the family in 1715. Nothing more is known of Peter Erb’s childhood.

However, at some point prior to 1734, Peter Erb married Maria Lowis.

Together, the couple had several children. Their first known child was Mary Magdalena Erb, born 1734 in Bern, Switzerland. Son Peter Erb arrived in 1737 in Bern, Switzerland. Their third known child, Christopher Erb, (my 7th great-grandfather) was born in 1748 in Switzerland.

Around the time when son Peter was born, elder Peter’s parents Hans and Barbara (Moser) Erb immigrated to the American Colonies, arriving on 8 October 1737, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, before migrating to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Sadly, three years later, in 1740, father Johan “Hans” Erb died in Warwick Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

About a decade later, in 1749, Peter Erb and his family followed suit, immigrating to America from Rotterdam by way of Cowes aboard the ship Crown, captained by Michael James. On board were 500 passengers, including Peter, his wife Maria. and their three children. The ship arrived in the port of Philadelphia on 30 August 1749. Upon arrival, the family migrated to York County, Pennsylvania. (York County is adjacent to Lancaster County.)

In late August/early September 1750, Peter and Maria (Lowis) Erb welcomed a son named Christian. On 9 September 1750, young Christian Erb was baptized at the St. Peter’s Reformed Lutheran Church in North Cordorus Township, York County, Pennsylvania.

In late January/early February 1754, son Ludwig Erb was born. He was christened on 10 February 1754, at the St. Peter’s Reformed Lutheran Church.

In August 1756, Peter and Maria (Lowis) Erb welcomed their final known child, a daughter Maria Magdalena to the family. On 15 August 1756, she was baptized at the St. Peter’s Reformed Lutheran Church.

Soon thereafter, Peter and Maria Erb and their young children moved south to Frederick County, Maryland (now part of today’s Carroll County). The Erb family was an early and influential family in the settlement of the Silver Run and Taneytown areas. Peter Erb purchased the following tracts of land: in 1757, Erb’s Pleasure/Erb’s Lot, 212 acres; in 1758, James’ Fancie, 9 acres; and in 1761, Leonard’s Lot, 26 acres.

Decades passed. Then, on 24 May 1801, Peter Erb died in Carroll County, Maryland. He was 89 years old. Peter Erb was buried in Saint Mary Lutheran Church Cemetery, Silver Run, Maryland.

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  1. In the mid-1800s, my Swiss ancestors (surname: Zinsk) also immigrated to the U.S. — with the destination on their ship record given as Philadelphia, Penna. However, they ended up in New York State’s Adirondack region, which may have reminded them of home. I wonder if Philadelphia was the main port of entry for Swiss immigrants during that time period?

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  2. Joleen Aitchison

    That was an interesting read. Thanks for sharing. I too like the way you displayed the maps. Cool feature!

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  3. I especially like looking at the maps you use to illustrate so many of your posts, adding geographical context to the family’s history.

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