“A Biographical History of Lancaster Co. Being a History of
Early Settlers and Eminent Men of the County” by Alex. Harris, 1827
Lancaster, Pa.: Elias Barr & Co., 1872
Pg. 88, BRUBAKER family. JOHN BRUBAKER emigrated to this country, from Switzerland, in the year 1710, and settled on the Little Conestoga, about two miles west of the city of Lancaster, where Mr. Samuel Binkley’s Mill is now located; here MR. BRUBAKER built the first grist mill in Lancaster Co. He had a large family consisting of nine sons, viz.: JOHN, DANIEL, PETER, ABRAHAM, DAVID, CHRISTIAN, HENRY and JACOB. Two of these sons, JOHN and DANIEL, settled in Elizabeth Twp., near Hammer Creek; they married sisters, daughters of MICHAEL TAUNER. PETER settled in Rapho Twp. ABRAHAM settled in Virginia. The rest remained in their father’s neighborhood. The above-named JOHN, JR., took the farm owned at the present time by one of his lineal descendants, JACOB E. BRUBAKER. He, however, before settling, paid a visit to Germany in the year 1750, where he married MARIA NEWCOMER, and returned with his wife and cousin to America. His wife only lived 30 weeks, when she died. He then married his second wife, the above MISS TAUNER, and had a family of 11 children. JOHN, the oldest, being my direct ancestor (notation * contributed by M. N. BRUBAKER on bottom of page). He was born 1752, was married to ANNA EBY, and had a family of four children, viz.: Two sons and two daughters; ANNA, born 1753, MARIA, born 1756. The (pg. 89) last mentioned was married to JOHN BEAR (Notation on bottom of pg. - JOHN BEAR was married to MISS MARIA BRUBAKER, 1756, and these had a family of 9 children, of whom SAMUEL was married to MISS WEAVER. They had a family of 8 children, of whom GABRIEL was the oldest son, who resides in Mt. Joy at the present time.) , from whom MR. GABRIEL BEAR, at Mount Joy, has descended. The son, JACOB BRUBAKER, who was my great grandfather (M. N. BRUBAKER‘S) , was born 1758. He married MISS SUSANNA ERB, in 1781, and raised a family of seven children. He died of yellow fever, in 1793, contracted while in Philadelphia, he being engaged in hauling his grain and flour to that place during the prevalence of that disease there. His young widow devoted her time and energies nobly to her family. Previous to this time some members of the “Old Mennonite” Church settled in Canada; they had purchased a very large tract of land...She traveled out, on horseback, to see her land. In the year 1816 she sent her youngest son, JOHN, out to take charge of this land; he married there and raised a numerous family, who still possess some of the land, which has become very valuable. The widow, SUSANNA BRUBAKER, lived 51 years in widowhood, and died in 1844, at an advanced age. Her oldest son, JACOB BRUBAKER, who was my grandfather (M. N. BRUBAKER‘S), was born in 1782, and was married to MISS MARIA EBY. They started out in life on the farm first spoken of; they had a family of nine children, of which SEM, the oldest son, is my father (M. N. BRUBAKER’S), who resides near Mount Joy at the present time. JACOB, the youngest son, occupies the old mansion farm at the present time, which has been handed down from generation to generation for a period 160 years. The BRUBAKERS in this county and Canada have all descended from the same stock.
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