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Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Erben, Peter

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ERBEN, Peter, organist, b. in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1771; d. in New York city in 1863. After the death of his father, who was one of the early German settlers in Pennsylvania, he removed to New York, where he became an organ-builder, and was also organist in Trinity parish from 1807 till 1839. — His son, Henry, b. in New York city in 1801; d. there in May, 1883, was also an organ-builder. — Peter's grandson, Henry, b. in New York city, entered the navy as midshipman in 1848, and was retired as rear-admiral in September, 1894.