Johannes Erder was born in about 1714. He married on 2 March 1745 in Leutershausen to Maria Barbara Weber. She had been born in about 1724 in Heiligkreuz near Odenwald (northeast of Schriesheim).
They immigrated first to Denmark (Schleswig-Holstein), and then in 1763 to Russia. They arrived in the colony of Anton on 7 September 1764 along with their son Johann Nikolaus (age 15) and daughter Anna Margaretha (age 3). They are listed on the 1767 census in Anton in Household No. 9.
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