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:
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???