In the 1850 U. S. census the Gerber family was in Knoxville, Tennessee. They traveled to the Salt Lake Valley in 1854. The pioneer company with which they crossed the plains is named in the Perpetual Emigrating Fund records. The family consisted of Johannes Gerber and his son John Gerber, as well as John’s family. In 1854, John was married to Anna Maria Ackeret, his fourth wife. His first three wives had died. John’s family included his children from his previous marriages, Maria Susanna Wilhemina Gerber, Lewis Emanuel, and John Theophilus. It also included his current wife, Anna Maria Ackeret, and their children Helena Ellenora, and Julia Ann.
In 1856 the family was in Cedar City, Utah; in 1860 they were in Provo identified by the surname "Garber."