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ERBEN, Peter, organist, born in Philadelphia., Pennsylvania, in 1771 ; died 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, born in New York City in 1801; died there in May 1883, was apprenticed in 1818 to Thomas Hall, an organ builder. He became Mr. Hall's partner in 1822, and afterward carried on the business alone.
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