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Erb Marriage Alliances
The table below shows marriages between descendants of Nicholas Erb and some other Mennonite families which they repeatedly turned to for wives and husbands over several generations. Most of these marriages took place in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania or Waterloo County, Ontario in lightly populated rural areas.

The pool of people from which a spouse could be sought was limited by the sparse population, the desire to stay within the German-Swiss culture, and -- most of all -- by the Mennonite prohibition of marriage outside the faith. So it was not uncommon for two brothers in one family to marry two sisters in another or for a brother and sister in one to marry a brother and sister in the other. And sometimes a man whose wife died young would then marry her sister.

Each row in the table represents a marriage. The Erb spouse is on the left and the allied family spouse is on the right. The numbers are birthdates, arranged from earliest to latest. Some of the birthdates are estimates. Go to Surnames to check the individual gedcom data for complete information.

Bauman / Bowman:
1. John Bauman 1808  New Lydia Erb 1809
2. Elizabeth Bowman 1822  New Samuel Erb 1822
3. Jonathan Bowman 1827  New Catherine Erb 1826
4. Judith Bowman 1833  New Jacob K. Erb 1833
5. Lydia Bowman 1833  New William L. Erb 1828
6. Verda Ann Bowman 1901  New Charles Freeman Erb 1897
Bear:
1. David Bear 1775  New Mary Erb 1775
2. Abraham Bear 1788  New Anna (Nancy) Erb 1800
3. Magdalena Bear 1780  New Jacob Erb 1768
Bomberger:
1. Elizabeth Bomberger 1749 John Erb 1749
2. Anna Bomberger 1752 Christian Erb 1755
3. Elizabeth Bomberger 1766 Daniel Erb 1756
4. Susanna H. Bomberger 1766 Christian Erb 1766
5. Christian Bomberger 1784 Maria Erb 1784
6. Christian Bomberger 1786 Barbara Erb 1790
7. Susanna Bomberger 1787 Peter Erb 1787
8. Joseph Bomberger 1798 Elizabeth Erb 1798
9. Christian Bomberger 1807 Catherine Erb 1807
10. Susan Bromberger 1808 Jacob Erb 1803
11. Joseph Bomberger 1809 Sarah Erb 1809
12. Elias Bomberger 1809 New Mary Erb 1809
13. Frances Bomberger 1831 New Joshua Erb 1831
14. Elizabeth S. Bomberger 1859 New Benjamin H. Erb 1850
15. Emmanuel Bomberger 1862 New Mary Erb 1862
Bricker:
1. David Bricker 1762 Magdalena Erb 1764
2. John Bucher Bricker 1769 Anna Erb 1774
3. Polly Bricker 1797 John S. Erb 1795
4. Peter Bricker 1808 Susannah Erb 1816
5. Lydia Bricker 1847 Menno Erb 1842
6. Aaron Bricker 1857 Mary Ann Erb 1860
Brubaker:
1. Jacob E. Brubaker 1758 Susannah Erb 1762
2. Rev. David Brubaker 1814 Elizabeth Erb 1817
3. Anna Brubaker 1818 Samuel Erb 1815
4. Jacob Brubaker 1829 New Mary Erb 1829
5. John Brubaker 1842 New Adaline Erb 1842
6. Esther H. Brubaker 1860 New Albert H. Erb 1860
7. Benjamin E. Brubaker 1865 Ellen Erb 1867
Burkholder:
1. Daniel Burkholder 1812 Elizabeth Erb 1814
2. Daniel Burkholder 1812 Sarah Eby Erb 1820
3. Mary Ann Burkholder 1845 Amos Erb 1843
4. Barbara Burkholder 1839 Isaac Erb 1839
5. Elizabeth Burkholder 1857 Henry Erb 1852
Eby:
1. Johannes Eby 1634 Barbara Erb 1640
2. Mary Eby 1755 John C. Erb 1753
3. Samuel Eby 1774 Magdalena Erb 1777
4. Benjamin Eby 1785 Magdalena Erb 1805
5. Peter Eby 1800 Magdalena Erb 1806
6. Nancy Eby 1801 David Erb 1797
7. Elias W. Eby 1806 Elizabeth Erb 1806
8. Elias Eby 1810 Eliza Erb 1810
9. Sophia Eby 1827 Henry B. Erb 1819
10. Jesse Eby 1857 Elizabeth Erb 1857
11. Eva M. Eby 1858 George E. Erb 1855
12. Ephraim N. Eby 1866 Amelia Frank Erb 1875
13. Jonas Hershey Eby 1869 Mary Erb 1884
14. Alta Mae Eby 1891 Paul H. Erb 1894
Hershey:
1. Catherine Hershey 1740 New Bishop Jacob Erb 1740
2. Elizabeth Hershey 1765 Christian Erb 1758
3. Elizabeth Hershey 1772 Christian Erb 1773
4. Fanny Hershey 1868 Abraham Lincoln Erb 1865
Landis:
1. John Landis 1755 Mary Erb 1750
2. Henry Landis 1758 Maria Erb 1760
3. Susanna Landis 1787 Emmanuel Erb 1792
Martin:
1. Salome Martin 1777 Samuel Erb 1777
2. David Martin 1790 Elizabeth Erb 1791
3. David Martin 1800 Maria Erb 1800
4. John Martin 1825 Catharine Erb 1825
5. Hiram Martin 1834 Esther Erb 1834
6. Hiram Martin 1845 Mary Ann Erb 1845
7. Frederick Albert Martin 1853 Sara Sephrona Erb 1853
Miller:
1. John Miller 1798 New Elizabeth Erb 1798
2. Maria Miller 1827 New Israel Erb 1823
3. Isaac S. Miller 1830 New Fannie Erb 1841
4. Barbara L. Miller 1839 New John Erb, Rev. 1839
5. Leah L. Miller 1841 New Jacob B. Erb 1841
6. Henry S. Miller 1841 New Elizabeth Erb 1841
7. C. J. F. Miller 1860 New Laura Erb 1860
Schaeffer:
1. Sussana Schaeffer 1740 Peter Erb 1736
2. Anna Schaeffer 1770 Peter Erb 1770
3. Mary E. Sheaffer 1876 Samuel M. Erb 1876
Shantz:
1.Barbara Shrantz 1715 John Erb 1713
2. ? Schantz 1718 Magdalena Erb 1718
3. John (Johns) Schantz 1727 Catharina Erb 1731
4. Magdalene Schantz 1731 Jacob Erb 1724
5. Madgalene Schantz 1770 John Erb 1764
6. Moses Hunsberger Shantz 1804 Elizabeth Erb 1835
7. Samuel Bechtel Shantz 1811 Susannah Erb 1810
8. Samuel Yost Shantz 1825 Esther Erb 1827
Shirk:
1. Maria Shirk 1737 Christian Erb 1734
2. David Shirk 1753 Barbara Erb 1753
3. Barbara Shirk 1760 Joseph Erb 1758
4. Jacob Shirk 1797 Catherine Erb 1796
5. Mary Catherine Shirk 1840 Jacob Erb 1835
6. John H. Sherk 1870 Ida M. Erb 1873
Snyder:
1. Jacob Snyder 1764 Mary Erb 1766
2. Christian Snyder 1770 Elizabeth Erb 1770
3. ? Snyder 1795 Nancy Erb 1797
4. Daniel Snyder 1797 Nancy Erb 1794
5. Mary Snyder 1819 Ephraim Erb 1819
6. Annie Snyder 1845 Isaac Erb, Jr. 1845
Wenger:
1. Catharine S. Wenger 1800 Bishop Jacob G. Erb 1802
2. Benjamin H. Wenger 1808 Anna Landis Erb 1809
3. John Wenger 1810 Mary Erb 1810

I would be happy to share information with anyone who is researching these individuals, or who knows of other members of these families who have married Erbs.

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ERB / LARKINS Genealogy
John Larkins 1999 Last updated: 3 Oct 1999 Email: jhlarkins@msn.com (John Larkins)