Johann George Ebert


Born: June 15, 1752
Died: February, 1811

Johann George Ebert was a turner and farmer in the Salem Community at the end of the 18th century. He and his family moved to the Salem community from Friedberg in 1786.

He was first mentioned in 1786 as wishing to buy a 400 acre tract of land outside the Salem community. The community alternately proposed his acquisition of the decaying Vogler plantation along with 380 acres of land beside it. Ebert immediately got to work on the plantation and became a large supplier of wood to members of the community. This brought him under the eye of forester Tycho Nissen who was tasked with the responsible management of wood on the Wachovia Tract.

In 1792, Ebert was suffering from poor health and desired to move to the Salem community proper. He was permitted to do so upon his assurance that he had sufficient skills to offer to the community so that they would not be impoverished upon leaving their farm. Ebert was tasked with maintaining the farm even after moving to Salem until a successor could be found. A task which proved to be harder than anticipated as his cattle often ran away and throughout the community.

In 1794 Ebert began establishing himself as a turner in Salem in order to make a living. He attempted to build an unauthorized bake oven and smoke house on his property, however was stopped after the project began. Completing such structures would have meant he and his family would have been removed from the Salem community.

Later in 1795 he was offered the position as water-master of Salem. He accepted the position and was also responsible for the pipe boring at the behest of Christian Triebel. This was a short lived position for Ebert, as he quickly forfeited the job as he did not think the pay was reflective of the necessary work. Within a year, suffering from debts and poor reputation Ebert and his family left Salem and moved to Germantown where he spent the remainder of his days.