Philip Ebling

b. circa 1830, d. 12 October 1895
  • Philip Ebling was born circa 1830 in Hessen.
  • His name was recorded as Peter in the 1860 census.
  • Anna Elisabetha Dexheimer arrived in the Port of New York on 2 May 1851, accompanied by Philip Ebling, Margaretha Kammerer and Adam Kammerer aboard the ship South Carolina (burthen 580 tons, master James Stewart), from Rotterdam. It may be significant that the passenger on the manifest immediately following the Kammerers was brewer Philip Ebling, age 21.
  • Philip Ebling arrived in the Port of New York on 2 May 1851, aboard the ship South Carolina (burthen 580 tons, James Stewart master), having departed from Rotterdam. It may be significant that the passengers on the manifest immediately preceding Philip were Elisabeth Dexheimer Kammerer and her children Maggie and Adam, traveling to meet John Kammerer in New York City.
  • He married Katharina (?) circa 1859.
  • William Ebling appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1860 in New York City, New York. Other members of the household included Philip Ebling, Katharina Ebling.
  • He was a merchant, according to the 1860 census.
  • For the month of October 1865, Philip Ebling and William Ebling paid $194.34 in excise tax on their stock of vinegar valued at $3,239, listed as Philip Ebling & Bro. at 339 West 39th Street.
  • Philip Ebling and Katharina (?), appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1870 in Morrisania, Westchester County, New York, living next to William's brother William.. Other members of the household included Philip Ebling, William Ebling, Louisa Ebling, Paulina Ebling and Johanna Ebling.
  • He was a lager bier brewer, according to the 1870 census.
  • Philip Ebling and Katharina (?) appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1880 in Manhattan, New York, at St. Ann's Avenue and four female domestic servants.. Other members of the household included Philip Ebling, Philip Ebling, William Ebling, Louisa Ebling, Paulina Ebling, Louis M. Ebling, William Ebling, Phoebe (?), William Ebling, Lottie Ebling, Edward Ebling and Emily Ebling.
  • He was a brewer, according to the 1880 census.
  • The following appeared on 16 January 1888 in The New York Times: Philip and William Ebling's Aurora Park Brewery, at Morrisania, was badly damaged by fire yesterday. The brewery buildings occupy an area of four blocks, bounded by One Hundred and Fifty-sixth and Oh Hundred and Sixtieth streets and St. Ann's and Eagle avenues. The largest of these buildings is the malthouse. It is seven stories high and occupies the southern end of the grounds. About 7:30 A. M. a patrolman of the Thirty-third Precinct noticed a thin volume of heavy black smoke ascending from the roof of the malthouse just below the gable. He immediately warned the brewery people and then gave an alarm to the Fire Department. When Foreman Ward of Engine No. 50 arrived he ordered a second alarm, as he did not like the looks of the fire, which was raging furiously in the two upper stories of the malthouse. Three more engines responded. /P/ By this time the flames had broken through the roof and dense volumes of smoke rolled out of the windows. The atmosphere was so heavy with fog that the smoke could not ascend very rapidly, and in a few minutes a great cloud of the black vapor had settled above and around the building, making the work of the firemen so difficult that Chief Rowe sent out a special call for four more engines. In the building were over 100,000 bushels of malt and barley in various stages of preparation, and it was the damp yet inflammable material which caused all the smoke. There was some little delay in getting all the streams to work on the fire, as one or two of the engines had attempted to make a short cut across a swampy stretch of ground south of the brewery, and were considerably damaged in consequence. /P/ Better work was never done by the Fire Department, however, as soon as these little difficulties were overcome. All the adjoining buildings were protected by constantly-playing streams, and enough water to float an iron-clad was poured through the roof and windows of the burning building. Still it seemed for a time that with all this labor the fire was not to be mastered. The flames were driven back from one place only to reappear in another, and the heat, which was so intense that it warped and twisted the iron cornices and fretwork into all sorts of fantastic shapes, prevented a close approach of the firemen for effective work with hooks and axes. Persistent effort, however, won the victory, and by 10 o'clock the fire was under control. A fortunate circumstance in this respect was the exceedingly hight pressure of the water supply, which was at least 50 pounds at the hydrant. /P/ The Superintendent of the brewery stated after the fire that the malt and barley in the malthouse was worth about $100,000. Between the action of the fire and the water he thought it very doubtful if any of it would be found fit for use, though it is possible that some of the barley on the lower floors had not been damaged. The loss could certainly not be less than 40 per cent, and probably it would run much higher. The damage to the building is variously estimated between $20,000 and $30,000. The entire loss is fully covered by insurance. The Superintendent also said that the fire would not interfere with the business of the brewery, as there is enough stock and material in the other buildings to last until the malthouse has been repaired and put into working order again. The cause of the fire is unknown. Several theories are advanced, the most favored of which is the spontaneous combustion of the prepared malt in one of the vats.
  • Philip Ebling died on 12 October 1895 in The Bronx, New York, at 828 Cauldwell Avenue.
  • Katharina (?) became a widow at his death.
  • The following appeared on 15 October 1895 in The New York Times: Philip Ebling, whose brewery at 760 St. Ann's Avenue, was managed by Louis J. Heintz, first Commissioner of the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Wards, died Saturday at 828 Cauldwell Avenue, where funeral services will be held to-day. He was sixty-five years old, and had long been an invalid.
  • Last Edited: 4 Dec 2009

Family: Katharina (?) b. circa October 1833, d. 17 October 1922