Wells Family Genealogy

The study of my Family Tree

12 May 2015: Erbig Bros Cigar Company in Erie PA May 12, 2015

A distant Erbig cousin of mine contacted a few weeks ago to gather info on the family and give me info on her branch.  I love it when distant cousins get in touch to trade family facts.  So while adding her some of the info she gave me on my tree on ancestry.com, I came across an interesting tidbit of information.

My great, great grandparents, Charles August Erbig and Catherine (Green) Erbig had 13 children, most of which stayed in the Jersey City, NJ area while my great grandmother (Julia) and her parents moved to Hopkinton, RI.  One of the sons that stayed behind was Robert Phillip Erbig.  Robert had two sons that I was doing a little research on Ancestry to see what happened to.  Strangely enough, it seems they moved with their wives to Erie, Pennsylvania for a while and started a Cigar company.  I know, where did that come from.  A cigar company?  Were they secretly Cuban or something?  How do I know it’s them?  Well, here’s the Erie, PA city directory for 1956:

1956 Erie PA City Directory ERBIG Robert and Herbert Cigar Co

It’s definitely them because it’s Robert “Jr” and also has the right names of their wives.

I just love finding these odd little facts about the family.  They show up in the 1957 Erie PA city directory but nothing after that.  I think they moved back to Jersey City so I’ll assume the business didn’t pan out as they’d hoped.  Still, it makes you wonder what got it in their heads to move to PA and start a cigar company???



8 Responses to “12 May 2015: Erbig Bros Cigar Company in Erie PA”

  1. Deb Butler Says:

    that’s such a cool find! Have you looked around for any cigar boxes or ads?

  2. Pat Taylor Says:

    Jennifer, what is your name on Ancestry?? Have you done your DNA yet ?? I would like to connect our trees…

    • jgeoghan Says:

      On ancestry I’m “Trekgate88” No, I haven’t done my DNA yet. It’s on my list. Seems that I always have something else I need the money for. Someday …

  3. Deb Butler Says:

    Hi Jen, Maybe they wanted to corner the market on cigars during the cuban cigar ban?

    • jgeoghan Says:

      Who knows … anything is possible. Seems a bit odd given that I never saw any census records indicating they had a clue how to roll a cigar.

  4. Jeff Erbig Says:

    Robert P Erbig Jr was my father. He was in business in Erie, PA with his brother (my uncle) Herb. They are both deceased now.

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