Son of John Gerber and Johanna Eleanora Sessing, who died at St. Louis Missouri in 1842. In the 1850 U. S. census the John 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: Anna Maria Ackeret Gerber, John's fourth wife (his is first three wives had died) and the following 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.
His travel to Utah in 1854 is also confirmed by his boituary.
In the Perpetual Emigrating Fund records and in the 1856 Utah census Lewis Gerber is "Louis" E. Gerber of Cedar City, Utah.