Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.
William Lewis Erb

William Lewis Erb[1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

Male 1828 - 1907  (78 years)

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

  • Name William Lewis Erb 
    Born 22 Aug 1828  About Two Miles South-East Of Berlin, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
    Gender Male 
    Business Bloomingdale, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Bloomingdale Furniture Works 
    William Erb & Son Bloomingdale Furniture Works
    William Erb & Son Bloomingdale Furniture Works
    William Erb & Son Bloomingdale Furniture Works - M930.50.3.415 | William Erb & Son, Furniture Works | Engraving | John Henry Walker (1831-1899) | McCord Museum. (2019). Collections.musee-mccord.qc.ca. Retrieved 21 October 2019, from https://collections.musee-mccord.qc.ca/en/collection/artifacts/M930.50.3.415
    Occupation 1851  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 13, 14
    labourer 
    Occupation 1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Farmer 
    Residence 1861  Waterloo Township - Wilson's Tract (Upper Block) Lot 5, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Mennonite 
    Occupation 1871  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Farmer 
    Occupation 1881  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Farmer 
    Residence 1881  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    United Bretheren 
    Eby ID Number 00032-2804 
    Died 19 Aug 1907  South River, Parry Sound District, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 16
    Cause: jaundice (6 months) 
    Buried South River Cemetery, South River, Parry Sound District, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Person ID I10972  Generations
    Last Modified 23 Feb 2021 

    Father Samuel Erb,   b. 4 Jan 1792, , Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1878, Norwich, Oxford Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Mother Mary Lewis,   b. 14 Aug 1795, Ancaster Twp., Wentworth Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1877, South Norwich Township, Oxford Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 25 Jun 1816  [7
    Family ID F47  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Father Samuel Erb,   b. 4 Jan 1792, , Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1878, Norwich, Oxford Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Family ID F231291  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lydia Bauman,   b. 10 Nov 1831, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 1904  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 23 Feb 1851  Greenbush (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 13, 14
    Children 
     1. Solomon Erb,   b. 1855, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Aug 1899, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
     2. Melissa Erb,   b. 27 Oct 1856, Bloomingdale, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1935, Edmonton, , Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     3. Nelson Erb,   b. 1860, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Urias Erb,   b. 18 Dec 1860, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Mary Ann Erb,   b. 19 Jun 1863, Bloomingdale, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1929, Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     6. Margaret Erb,   b. 4 Aug 1865, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Oct 1937  (Age 72 years)
     7. Adelaide Erb,   b. 1868, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Eliza Erb,   b. 1870, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 24 Feb 2021 
    Family ID F2524  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    William Erb
    William Erb
    From a binder called Hannah's Albums, (Waterloo Region Branch, OGS Collection)
    William L. Erb
    William L. Erb
    Women's Intitute, Tweedsmuir History of the Village of Bloomingdale

  • Notes 
    • WILLIAM LEWIS ERB was born August 22, 1828 on a farm about two miles southeast of Berlin (Kitchener). He was the grandson of John Erb., the founder of Preston. He came to Bloomingdale in 1849 and was in the employ of Samuel Bauman at the woollen mill. He was married to Lydia Bauman in 1851. On June 7, 1861 Wm. Erb became the owner of 237 acres, Lot 5 James Wilson Tract from this father-in-law Samuel B. Bauman, which he farmed until it was sold in 1884. A sawmill was erected sometime between 1866-1872, and a cheese factory became another industry of the village. A furniture factory (formerly the woollen mill) was started by Mr. Erb. Lots were developed for the increasing population.

      The Erb family were active members of the United Brethren Church at Bloomingdale. Mr. Erb was a trustee for S. S. No. 12 and was appointed collector of School Taxes. He was a kindly man and was esteemed highly by friends and neighbors. Mr. Erb and members of his family departed from Bloomingdale to make a new home at South River, Parry Sound District.

      Women's Institute, Tweedsmuir History of the Village of Bloomingdale

      _________________________________

      William L. Erb, "was born August 22nd, 1828. He is married to Lydia Bowman. They reside at South River, Muskoka, Ontario, where he is engaged in the lumber business. Their family consists of eight 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.].

      _________________


      In the census of 1901 living with William and his wife was a grand daughter Amy who was born 25 July 1893.

  • 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..., 622.

    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..., 172.

    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..., 374.

    4. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 4 Jul 1878.
      Died 26 Jun 1878 In Norwich, Samuel Erb the father of William Erb of Bloomingdale died at the age of 86 years

    5. [S3002] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, 011058-78.
      George Spiesman, 21, occ. Blacksmith, b. Waterloo Twp., res. Bloomingdale, son of Henry and Charlotte, Married Melissa Erb, 21, b. Bloomingdale, res. Same, daughter of William and Lydia, Witn: Nelson and Nancy Bowman of Freeport, 13 Aug 1878 at Freeport

    6. [S168] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo North - 1871, Div 2, Page 43.

    7. [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..., 618.

    8. [S185] Census - ON - 1901, District: ON MUSKOKA & PARRY SOUND (#91) Subdistrict: Machar b(1)-2 Page 8.

    9. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 2 Pg 67.

    10. [S224] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo North - 1881, Waterloo N. Twp. 1881 Page 17.

    11. [S713] Vit - ON - Death Registration, death certificate 23635 (1907), William Erb.
      William Erb, d. 19 Aug 1907 South River, aged 78y, 11m, 28d, farmer of South River., widower b. Waterloo Co., cause: jaundice (6 months)

    12. [S1887] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1861 (North Division), Div 7 Page 45.

    13. [S6] Church Records - ON, Waterloo - Bindeman, F. W. - Card Index Kitchener Public Library.
      William Erb, 22, yeoman of Waterloo married 23 Feb 1851 in Greenbush by lic. to Lydia Bowmann, 19, of Waterloo, witnesses: Salomon Kaufman, clerk in the store of Waterloo & John B. Snyder, teacher of Waterloo

    14. [S244] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Deutsche Canadier (1841-1865) - Index to Births, Deaths and Marriages Announced in the Deutsche Canadier, Berlin, Canada West. originally indexed by Simone Nieuwolt and Sylvie Kuppek..organised by Rosemary Ambrose, 28 Feb 1851 Pg 9.
      BAUMANN, Lydia married 23 Feb 1851 To William ERB. Both of Waterloo. minister F. W. Bindemann

    15. [S168] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo North - 1871, Div 2, Page 44.

    16. [S1481] Cemetery - ON, Parry Sound District, South River - South River Cemetery.
      Erb/ William/ died Aug. 19 1907/ Aged 79 years/ Lydia Bowman/ Died Sept. 24, 1904/ Aged 72 years/ daughter Margaret/ Aug. 4, 1865/ Oct. 9, 1937/ Grandaughter/ Amy/ July 25, 1893/ Aug. 20, 1987/ In the secret of ...

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBusiness - Bloomingdale Furniture Works - - Bloomingdale, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - labourer - 1851 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 23 Feb 1851 - Greenbush (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1861 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mennonite - 1861 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1871 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1881 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - United Bretheren - 1881 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: jaundice (6 months) - 19 Aug 1907 - South River, Parry Sound District, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - South River Cemetery, South River, Parry Sound District, Ontario Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth