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  • ID: I1
  • Reference Number: 1
  • Name: Nicholas (Claus) Erb
  • Sex: M
  • Change Date: 06 NOV 2001
  • Reference Number: i1737
  • Birth: 19 SEP 1680 in Röthenbach Im Emmenthal, Canton Bern, Switzerland
  • Note:
    -[Sources for first name:]
    Most sources - use 'Nicholas'. Hannah (Erb) House Chart -
    has 'Nichalaus'. Beckendorf [fr Lichtenwalter?] has
    'Nicolas'. [jhl:] I have also seen 'Niklaus'.
    -[Sources for birthdate:] The Wenger Book says '1679'.
    Ristenbatt says '1679, Switzerland'. Strite says '1679 in
    Switzerland'. Armstrong says '1679' and 'Signau, Bern,
    Switzerland. Hewitt says '1679' and 'Signau, Emmental Valley,
    Canton of Berne, Switzerland'. Sherry G. Erb says '1679' and
    'Emmental valley CT Burn Swit'. Davis 95v1 [from Swiss parish
    records] says '19 Sep 1680', no place. Beckendorf [fr
    Lichtenwalter?] has '1679/80' in 'Emmental Valley near Berne,
    Switzerland'. LeMaster has 'born 1679-1680 in Canton Bern,
    Switzerland'. [jhl:] Apparently the birthdate varies according
    to which calendar is used. Although 1679 is by far the most
    often quoted date, I have chosen to accept Davis's 1680 date
    since his book is the most authoritative source and he worked
    with the original Swiss records.
    1
  • Residence: BEF 1737 Wester Walter Hoff ?, Europe
  • Occupation: a farmer AFT 1737 Lancaster Co., PA 2
  • Death: AFT APR 1752
  • Note:
    -sources
    1. Lichtenwalter book - 1740, no place.
    2. Dan Wenger [from Wenger book?] - 1740 no place.
    3. Ristenbatt [from Wenger] - 1740, no place.
    4. Strite - 1740 plus 'Lancaster Co.'
    5. Davis - gives neither date nor place.
    6. Hewitt - 1740 plus 'Warwick Twp.'
    7. Lancaster Deed Books [via Emily Terrill] - prove that
    Nicholas was alive in 1752 when he appeared before a notary and
    signed two deeds. (Apparently all the 1740 death dates are
    derived from Lichtenwalter.)
    8. jhl: Curiously there is no will for Nicholas listed in
    the Lancaster County probate records, though there is one for
    the Christian Erb who died in 1736.
    3
  • Immigration: 08 OCT 1737 Port of Philadelphia, Province of Pennsylvania
  • Note:
    -[Sources:]
    0. Hannah (Erb) House Chart has 'Came to America in 1722'
    [sic].
    1. Lichtenwalter [via Strite] - 'Immigration: 10/7/1722-32
    or 10/8/1737 Ship Charming Nancy.'
    2. Travis LeMaster has 'Emmigrated to Lancaster Co. PA
    from Switzerland in 1722' [sic].
    3. Ship list of the Charming Nancy: 'Glaus Erbe' 'Glaus
    Erbe, Junior' and 'Hans Erbe' arrived in the Port of
    Philadelphia on Oct 8, 1737 and they are also on the list of
    signers of the Oath of Allegiance given the next day. 'Jacob
    Erbe', 'Christian Erbe', 'Anna Erbe', 'Christophel Erbe' and
    two 'Catrina Erbes' are also on the ship list, under 'Women and
    children'. [Jacob would have been 13 at the time, and Christian
    only 3.] Magdalena is the only one of Nicholas's children
    missing from this list.
    4. 'Names of Immigrants in Pennsylvania, 1727-1776' book -
    'Palatines imported in the ship Charming Polly [sic], of
    London, Charles Stedman, Master, from Rotterdam, last from
    Plymouth.--One hundred and five men, twenty-five boys, and one
    hundred and seven women and girls. --237 passengers.'
    5. [jhl:] 'Charming Polly' apparantly was a commonly used
    nickname for the 'Charming Nancy'.
    6. [jhl:] There is another record which is at odds with
    the Charming Nancy immigration date, or which indicates there
    was another Nicholas Erb who arrived before 1737. The book
    'Swiss German Pioneers' (1917) by Frank Eshleman (p294) quotes
    a Lancaster, PA. list that says, 'And that in 1729 there
    were...Nicholas Erb of Rothenberg...there.' This may be the
    Nicholas Erb, immigrant of 1722 that keeps coming up in various
    sources for Nicholas (Claus). It is also possible that the Erb
    who came to America in 1722--if one did--was Christian b.1703.
    4
  • Note:
    - Source Notes:

    BRIAN HERSHY'S SOURCE NOTE [from ?] :
    STORY OF NICHOLAS ERB 'Nicholaus Erb, the first known
    ancestor of this name, came to America with his family in 1722
    [sic] on the ship 'Charming Nancy'. He was 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 due to
    religious persecution.
    'He resided for some time at a place called Westerhoof,
    Switzerland before he immigrated to America. There were
    dangerous neighbours, and since the times must have been
    somewhat turbulent, it was known that he lived under the
    promised protection of a lord or superior. In an unexpected
    attack, it had been agreed that he should give notice by firing
    a gun. It is also related that either to try the efficiency of
    the signal or the faithfulness of his landlord, he fired the
    gun and in a short time had the satisfaction of seeing his
    protector with his retainers coming to his assistance as fast
    as horses could bring them.
    'He settled on Hammar Creek, Warwick Township, Lancaster
    County, Pennsylvania near where the mill, later owned by David
    Erb, now stands. He was a farmer by occupation. His family
    consisted of five children, four sons and a daughter.'

    BETTY HEWITT'S SOURCE NOTES FOR NICHOLAS:
    1. 'He was 61 yrs old when he died. 'Children: 4 sons-1
    daughter. 'He was the first known Ancestor of this name who
    came to America with his family in 1722.

    2. 'info: Hiram Erb Steinmetz, from Ephrata,1 June 1907,
    wrote that on 8 Oct. 1737 Nicholas's bro. located in Nova
    Scotis, three remained in the old country and two of them left
    issue, and some were in Canada and Buffalo, NY for almost a
    century.'
    [JHL:] Apart from the immigration date, I have been
    unable to confirm any of this. There was no brother on the
    'Charming Nancy' which arrived in Pennsylvania on 8 Oct 1737.
    However there was a Christian Erb born about 1690 according to
    the shiplist of the 'Harle' which arrived on 1 Sep 1736. And
    Nicholas did have a brother named Christian born in 1685. But
    Christian appears to have died a month after he arrived in
    Pennsylvania. [See notes for Christian 1685]. While there are a
    group of Erbs in New Brunswick (not Nova Scotia), the earliest
    one dates to a century after Nicholas and it's uncertain who
    his parents were or where he came from.. Steinmetz may have
    been getting this information from Lichtenwalter.

    3. 'Other information says they traveled on the Emme River
    in the Canton of Berne, Switzerland to the Pfalz-Palatinate
    reaching from Mannheim, and Geudekberg up the Necker Valley in
    the present Baden, Germany. They came to America the same time
    as the Shrantz family on the boat 'Charming Nancy' 8 Oct.
    1737.'
    [JHL:] It is unclear whether this information is from
    Steinmetz (from Lichtenwalter?) or whether this is a separate,
    unspecified source. (It follows the Steinmetz attribution, but
    it forms a separate paragraph.) In any case, the original
    source is missing. The route the Erb family traveled may well
    be correct, but I have been unable to confirm it. And there are
    no dates. Still unclear is whether the Erbs just passed through
    Baden on their way up the Rhine River to Rotterdam or whether
    they settled there for 10 or 12 years (at Wester Walter Hof?)
    before coming to America.

    4. 'A BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY OF THE EARLY SETTLERS AND THEIR
    DESCENDANTS IN WATERLOO, TWP.' by Ezra E. Eby #189546. Children
    of Nicholas Erb who with Swiss ancestry arrived in U.S.A. with
    parents 1722, 1727 or 1737.

    5. '(Erb Family History 1679-1961' by Gladys
    Lichtenwalter) - Nicholas (Claus) Erb emigrated from Germany, 8
    Oct. 1732 with his children and wife Catrina. Nicholas &
    Catrina are buried on the Greystone Manor Farm now owned by
    Michael Stoltzfus of Talmage, Lancaster Co. PA. The farm was
    bought for 44 lbs. 6 shillings, 4 pence ($203) 285 acres from
    Thomas and William Penn. In 1990 Greystone Manor was a bed and
    breakfast. The lovely home and grounds are kept in excellent
    condition.'

    DEBORAH ARMSTRONG'S SOURCE NOTES:


    ROBIN PENNER'S SOURCE NOTES:
    At the invitation of William Penn, many left their
    homeland and came to Pennsylvania. Among those were Nicholas
    Erb, 1679-1740, a Mennonite farmer coming from a line of
    Mennonites where he, or his father, traveled from Signau,
    Emmenthal on Emme River in the Canton of Berne, Switzerland to
    the Pfalz-Palatinate reaching from Mannheim, Germany on the
    Rhine River, west through this Paradise to Sweibrucken and
    Kaiserslautern, and Heidelberg up the Neckar Valley in the
    present Baden, Germany. [71] = Erb Family History, 1679-1961
    [Lichtenwalter], LDS, sent from W. Thomas Stack to Harriet
    Fletcher.

    Farm located in Lancaster Co., PA near Oregon and Lincoln on
    the Cocalico Creek. Owned by Mike Stoltzfus in 1961, Nicholas
    and Catharine are buried on the farm under field stone markers
    with no inscription.

    Notes for Nicholaus Erb: [75] =
    http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/a/r/m/Deborah-E-Armstrong/
    GENE1-0001.html.
    Nicholaus Erb, the first known ancestor of this name, came to
    America with his family in 1722. He was 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 due to
    religious persecution.

    He resided for some time at a place called Westerhoof
    Switzerland before he immigrated to America. There were
    dangerous neighbours, and since the times must have been
    somewhat turbulent, it was known that he lived under the
    promised protection of a lord or superior. In an unexpected
    attack, it had been agreed that he should give notice by firing
    a gun. It is also related that either to try the efficiency of
    the signal or the faithfulness of his landlord, he fired the
    gun and in a short time had the satisfaction of seeing his
    protector with his retainers coming to his assistance as fast
    as horses could bring them.

    He settled on Hammar Creek, Warwich Township, Lancaster County,
    Pennsylvania near where the mill, later owned by David Erb, now
    stands. He was a farmer by occupation. His family consisted of
    five children, four sons and a daughter. Their names were John,
    Nicholaus, Christian, Jacob, and Magdalena. [75] =
    http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/a/r/m/Deborah-E-Armstrong/
    GENE1-0001.html.
    5 6 7 8
  • Residence: 1738 Hammer Creek, Warwick Twp., Lancaster Co., PA
  • Note:
    -[Sources:] Lichtenwalter book - 'Nicholas & Catrina are buried
    on the Greystone Manor Farm now owned by Michael Stoltzfus of
    Talmage, Lancaster Co. PA. The farm was bought for 44 lbs. 6
    shillings, 4 pence ($203) 285 acres from Thomas and William
    Penn. [Hewitt] In 1990 Greystone Manor was a bed and
    breakfast. The lovely home and grounds are kept in excellent
    condition.' [jhl:] Several sources say Nicholas settled on
    Hammer Creek near Warwick Township. Presumably Talmage is a
    current part of what once was Warwick.
    9
  • Religion: Amish||
    -[Sources:]
    1. Healzel, Elizabeth G. - Files [via Strite]: says
    Nicholas was a 'Catholic/Mennonite'. [jhl:] I have found no
    confirmation for the Catholic part of this. And the fact that
    he is described as 'Mennonite' rather than 'Amish' suggests a
    lack of certainty in the original source, if there is one.
    2. Two other sources - say the Charming Nancy carried the
    first group of Amish families to Pennsylvania (19 male adults
    plus wives and children). Presumably Nicholas's family was one
    of them. These Amish families settled in two PA counties: the
    'Cocalico Amish community' in Lancaster Co. and in Berks Co.
    (Cocalico was adjacent to Warwick and may stand for both.
    Nicholas's farm was near the border line.)
    3. The one known contemporary document that bears on this
    matter is the will of Nicholas Claus Erb Jr. that bequeaths a
    small sum of money to an Amish Meeting House. If he was Amish,
    it is highly likely that his father and siblings were as well.
    4. However, the official histories of the Amish Church do
    not include the Erbs among their lists of the earliest Amish
    families in America. Perhaps because the main group of early
    Amish settlers established themselves in Berks Co. 2 10



    Father: Hans Erb b: 23 NOV 1653 in Canton Bern, Switzerland
    Mother: Anna Haldiman b: ABT 1653

    Marriage 1 Catharina (unknown) [Erb] b: ABT 1680
    • Married: ABT 1712 in Canton Bern, Switzerland
    • Note:
      -[Marriage date estimated by Davis.] -[Sources:] Ristenbatt -
      no info.
      Strite [from Elizabeth G. Heazel Notes] - no info. Armstrong -
      no info. Davis - estimates 'abt 1712', no place. [jhl:] A
      number of sources give 'Katrina', 'Catharina', or 'Catherine'
      as the first name of Nicholas's wife. But none has her maiden
      name or her birthdate.
      ADDITIONAL NOTE by RICHARD WARREN DAVIS: 'He [Nicholas] may
      have first married Magdalena Widmer, and she may have been the
      mother of the first few children. This info not certain.' [
      [jhl:]] Since the third child is named Magdalena (1718), this
      would suggest that the first three children may be Magdalena
      Widmer's. This would include John Hans 1713 and Anna 1716. But
      no other source confirms this marriage, and Davis himself is
      not sure of it. So I have not included it in Nicholas's gedcom
      file.
      11
    Children
    1. Has Children John (Hans) Erb [Schantz] b: 13 MAR 1713 in Canton Bern, Switzerland
    2. Has No Children Anna Erb b: DEC 1716 in Röthenbach, Canton Bern, Switzerland
    3. Has Children Magdalena Erb [Schantz] b: ABT 1718 in Canton Bern, Switzerland
    4. Has No Children Nicholas (Claus) Erb (Jr.) b: ABT 1721 in Europe
    5. Has Children Jacob Erb [Eshleman, Shantz] b: 11 APR 1724 in Canton Bern?, Switzerland
    6. Has Children Catharina Erb [Schantz] b: 1731 in Signau, Emmental Valley, Canton Bern, Switzerland
    7. Has Children Christian Erb [Shirk] b: OCT 1734 in Europe (possibly Wester Walter Hof)
    8. Has No Children Christophel Erb b: ABT 1736

    Sources:
    1. Title: Davis, Richard Warren - Emigrants, Refugees & Prisoners, Vol 1,
      1995, as transcribed at Roger N. Geiser's OMII website
    2. Title: Heazel, Elizabeth G. - Files [via Strite]
    3. Title: Mayhill, R. Thomas (compiler), Lancaster County, PA Deed
      Abstracts and Oaths of Allegiance - Deed Books "A" Through "M"
      (1729 through ca1770), with Adjoining Land Owners and Witnesses
      (The Bookmark, PO Box 90, Knightstown, IN: Revised and Enlarged
      Edition 1965) [via Emily Terrill]
      Note:
      -
      "Lancaster County, Pa. Deed Abstracts and Oaths of Allegiance
      (Revised and Enlarged Edition) Deed Books "A" Through "M" 1729
      through ca1770.. With adjoining Land Owners and Witnesses"
      Compiled by R. Thomas Mayhill. Published by "The Bookmark P.O.
      Box 90, Knightstown, Ind.
      46148.
      Page: Deeds 195 and 197
    4. Title: Ship list of the 'Charming Nancy' which arrived in
      Philadelphia, Province of Pennsylvania on October 8th, 1737,
      from Rotterdam.
      Note:
      - Arrived in Philadelphia Oct 8, 1737 from Rotterdam
      Repository:
        Name: Ristenbatt, Donna E.
        Note:
        On the Trail of My Ancestors website
    5. Title: Hershey, Brian - gedcom at Ancestry.com dated 12 Oct 1997
      Repository:
        Name: Ancestry.com World Tree Database
        Note:
        Web: http://data.ancestry.com/worldtree/tree.htm

      Page: 1999
    6. Title: Armstrong, Deborah (darmstro@ucalgary.ca), "Pennsylvania Dutch
      and Erb Family History" website at:
      http://www.acs.ucalgary.ca/~darmstro/Penn_Dutch.htm
      (descendants outline, database) and Family Tree Maker website
      at: http://www.genealogy.com/genealogy/users/a/r (Story).
      Page: Family Tree web site 1998
    7. Title: Hewitt, Betty (aplg8t@neworld.net) "Descendants of Nicholas
      (Claus) Erb 1679" (Applegate, CA : 1995) -- a printout of her
      extensive offline database.
      Page: 1998
    8. Title: Penner, Robin <robin@rpenner.com or robin@altenberg.com> 3236
      17th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55407, Robin's Genealogy Database
      at http://www.altenberg.com/eric/Docs/Genealogy/index.html
      Page: accessed 29 Apr 2000
    9. Title: Lichtenwalter, Gladys Eva Gurney, 'Erb Family History,
      1679-1961', Ensinger Printing Service, Adamstown, PA, 1961, CS
      71 .E652 1961 C-2.
    10. Title: Wills of Lancaster County, Index: 1769, Bk B, Vol. 1, page 565
    11. Title: Davis, Richard Warren - Emigrants, Refugees & Prisoners, Vol 1,
      1995, as transcribed at Roger N. Geiser's OMII website
      Page: Vol I

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