Erich Philipp von Schwaan is a member of the von Schwan noble family that originated in Denmark/Sweden, came to Mecklenburg in the 12th century, to Pomerania in the 14th century, and then to the Electorate of Saxony and the Duchy of Hannover. He was born about 1660 in Landesbergen, the von Schwan estate on the right bank of the Weser River in the Nienburg/Weser District, about 50 km northwest of Hannover. Erich Philipp was one of 15 children of the Royal Münster Senior Government Officer and High Inspector of the Rotenburg district, Christian Siegfried von Schwan and his wife, Anna Elisabeth von Schwan. His parents were 1st cousins whose fathers were brothers.
Around 1700, Erich Philipp von Schwaan and two of his brothers, Otto Georg Adolph von Schwaan and Johann Friedrich von Schwaan, all army officers living in the Principality of Lüneburg, added the second “a” to their surname, about the same time that the town of Schwan in Mecklenburg named after the family changed its name to Schwaan. It is not known if his other siblings changed.
In 1683 Erich Philipp von Schwaan held the rank of corporal in the "Lünenburgischen Völckern". In 1689 he was recorded by the Kopfsteuer Calenberg as an ensign, sharing quarters on Marktstrasse in Hannover’s Altstadt with the future Brigadier General von Belling. In 1709 and 1711 he was recorded as a Lt. Colonel in the Hannover Garde Regiment under Colonel von Campe. Also in 1711 he led 300 men of the Garde Regiment to capture the Peine Fortress in the Bistum Hildesheim. In 1714 he was in charge of the 2nd Battalion of the Garde Regiment in Hannover.
In 1719 Colonel von Schwaan took over the Regiment Tecklenburg in Hannover Münden. In 1727 he was promoted to Brigadier General and in 1735 he was promoted to Major-General in the Hannover Army.
Erich Philipp was married to Juliana Sophia von Bremer. They had no children. Erich Philipp died 7 Feb 1738 in Hannover according to the records of the Evangelische Kirche, Neustädter Hof- und Stadtkirche Sankt Johannis, in the Calenberger Neustadt district of Hannover.
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