of the European and English Roots
The English roots of the Brown
family come via the "Jeffery line" from Kent County,
England, including Coxheath, Wateringbury, Staplehurst
and Brenchley. The Erbland family roots extend into at
least three countries: (1) in England, the "Linton line" comes
from Sheffield (South), Yorkshire; (2) in
France/Germany, the "Erbland line" comes from Alsace;
and (3) in Switzerland the "Gerber line" comes from Canton
Bern, probably including Fraubrunnen
and Commune Oberlangenegg, District Thun.
Brown family's "Jeffery line" comes from England. Stephen Jeffrey (b. 13-FEB-1827, d. 24-APR-1904 at
Sunnyside, Washington, USA) came from near Coxheath. Stephen's wife, Susan Terry, (b. 7-SEP-1831,
d. 14-DEC-1892) came from Wateringbury. Stephen's mother, Mary Fairman, came from
Staplehurst and his father, also named Stephen Jeffery, came
Erbland family's "Linton line" cames from Sheffield,
England. Harry (Henry) E. Linton (b.21-JUL-1853, d.
19-MAR-1930 at Pensacola, Florida, USA), came from Sheffield (South),
Yorkshire (West Riding). Harry's parents, William Linton (b.
abt. 1815) and Ellen Brown (b. NOV-1815, d. 4-FEB-1901), also came
from Sheffield (South), as did Harry's siblings.
The Erbland's have Alsace
roots. Auguste Erbland (b.
16-Oct-1838; d. 20 Dec 1886 in Canton, Stark County, Ohio) perhaps
came from the Sondersdorf area.
Sometime after Auguste moved to the U.S., the final "e" in
Auguste was dropped. On
16-APR-1874, August married Annie
Marie Gerber (b. 1855, d. 2-AUG-1934 at Canton, Ohio, USA)
who came from Canton Bern, Switzerland.. (See below for
further details regarding August Erbland.) Annie (later called
Anna) married twice more after August Erbland died. See
PDF chart (17 MB download!)
for details of the Erbland line in Alsace.
Erbland family's "Gerber Line" has Swiss roots. Annie Marie
Gerber's father was Samuel Gerber, (b. 17-Aug-1825, d. 12-Oct-1886
in Canton, Stark County, Ohio, USA) who came from Switzerland, probably
from Commune Oberlangenegg, District Thun, Canton
wife, Anna Messer, (b. 30-Jul-1830; d. 11-Mar-1920 in Canton,
Stark County, Ohio, USA) also came from Canton Bern, Switzerland, probably
from Fraubrunnen. It is thought that Anna's
father may have been Nicholas Messer. Samuel and Anna are
thought to have been married in 1852 in Switzerland and they had at least
six children: (1) John Gerber, b. 17 May 1852; d. 11 Jun 1892,
married Mary F; (2)
Annie Marie Gerber, b. 1855, d. 2 Aug 1934, on 16 Apr 1874, married August
Erbland; (3) Alice Gerber; (4) Anna Gerber, b. 25 Dec 1863,
married Harley W Clemens; (5) Lucy Gerber married M.
Phillip Geiger; and (6) Rosa Gerber who died at 2 years old.