ERB, John, farmer and minister, Harrisburg P.O., was born in Cumberland county, Pa., October 13, 1839; son of John and Fannie (Berke) Erb. The father was a farmer and minister in the Mennonite church. He was reared near Manheim, Lancaster county, and moved to Cumberland county, where he died. John lost his father when he was five years old, and was reared in York and Lancaster counties. In 1862 he was married to Barbara Miller, daughter of David Miller, of Lancaster. After marriage he located in Lancaster county, where he lived until 1867, when he came to Dauphin county and purchased the farm he now owns and occupies, which he stocked with all kinds of fruits, etc. Formerly he was a Republican in politics, and has always been a member of the old Mennonite church, in which connection he was made a minister in 1877. He has served the Shoop and Strickler churches, and has been active in work since his ordination to the ministry. His children are: Mary, wife of Frank Nissley, of Lower Swatara township; Annie, wife of Abraham Lutz, of Donegal township, Lancaster county; Barbara, at home; Ellen, wife of Benjamin Brubaker, of Mt. Joy, Lancaster county; Elizabeth, died aged twenty-one years; an infant, deceased; Amanda, Susan, Alice, Samuel, John, Emma, and David.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 10 Feb 2001
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