Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

Nicholaus Erb[1]

Male 1679 - 1740  (61 years)


Personal Information    |    Notes    |    Sources    |    Event Map    |    All    |    PDF

  • Name Nicholaus Erb 
    Born 1679  , Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Eby ID Number 00032-2775 
    Died 1740  , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I10834  Generations
    Last Modified 19 May 2020 

    Children 
     1. Christian Erb,   b. 1703, , Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. John Erb,   b. 13 Mar 1713, , Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Nicholaus Erb,   b. 1721, , Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Magdalena Erb,   b. 1723, Lancaster, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Jacob Erb,   b. 11 Apr 1724, Lancaster, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 19 May 2020 
    Family ID F3115  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Nicholaus Erb, "(contributed by Levi Reist, Warwick, Pennsylvania) the first known ancestor of this name, came to America with his family in 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 he emigrated to this country at a place called 'Wester Walter Hoff'. Where this place of temporary residence was located is not known. Probably it may have been a farm on the outposts of some province in Germany that had dangerous neighbors and the times must have been somewhat turbulent as it is known that he lived under the promised protection of a lord or superior, and in case of 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 lately owned by David Erb, now stands. He was a farmer by occupation. His family consisted of five children, four sons and one daughter. Their names were John, Nicholaus, Christian, Jacob, and Magdalena. Nicholaus Erb, the old progenitor of the race, was born in 1679 and died in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in the year 1740, aged 61 years and a few months. (From Rev. Benjamin Eby): Of the sons of John and Nicholaus no information has been received but, no doubt, many of their descendants are at present scattered over the state of Pennsylvania. Of the third son, Christian, we have but little information. He was born in Switzerland in 1703, and tradition has it that he was married to Maria Winger in 1725. She came to this country with her foster parents when quite young. Her parents died in Switzerland when she was only a few months old. Christian and Maria Erb resided in Warwick Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, near his father's homestead. Their family consisted of four children"

      Eby, Ezra E. (1895). A biographical history of Waterloo township and other townships of the county: being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin: as also much other unpublished historical information chiefly of a local character. Berlin [Kitchener, Ont.]: [s.n.].

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] Book - Vol I A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 614-615.

    2. [S3] Book - Vol I A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 614.

    3. [S3] Book - Vol I A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 615.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1679 - , Switzerland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1740 - , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth