Jacob Brubaker

Male 1721 - 1779


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Jacob Brubaker was born 1721, Hempfield Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania (son of Hans John Brubaker and Anna); died 29 Jan 1779, Hempfield Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

    Notes:

    Deed Abstracts Indexed Lancaster County Pennsylvania Deed Books A -K 1729-1966 reads:
    D-212 - 1-13-1755; 150 A. Little Conestoga ck.; John Stoner (miller) mortgage to John Newcomer, Jacob Brubaker & Christian Hershey (satisfied 1761) (to Stoner for John & Elizabeth Newcomer; Jacob & w. Susannah Brubaker; Christian & w. Maria Hershey)

    Jacob received 87 1/4 acres of the original 500 acres purchased by his father (deed Q-2-513 Lancaster) received 74 1/4 acres from Benjamin Hershey (deed Q-2-517) received 62 3/4 acres from his father
    Total land received was 224 1/2 acres. Thus it is unsure as to where Jacob and Susanna lived, but they probably erected buildings and lived near Hans' widow and young children. So as to be able to give advice and assistance whenever needed.
    Jacob Brubaker died intestate in 1779. Leaving behind two living children, Christian (B. 1757 D. 1823, married Elizabeth Hershey and Veronica) and Mary (B. 1770 D. 1894 married Abraham Brubaker {C-9}, son of John Jacob Brubaker. However settlement of the estate did not take place until 1793, after his daughter, Mary had become of age and was married. A release of 1783 shows that because Jacob had no will, Christian would receive two shares and Mary, one share according to the law at the time of estate settlement.
    In this release dated July 3, 1793, Deed Q-2-532, Lancaster, Christian paid Mary 1800 pounds as her share of the estate. On the same date Christian sold to Abraham Brubaker and his sister, Mary 230 acres for 2,2600 pounds Deed Q-2-544, Lancaster. This is where it got Strange. Abraham and Mary sold Isaac Kauffman, a brother in law 115 acres of their land on October 22, 1793, the very next day Isaac Kauffman sold the 115 acres back to Abraham. (The only conclusion I find is that this way the 115 acres was in Abraham's name only rather than Abraham and Mary's to do with it as he saw fit.) Since Abraham and Mary had no son's only daughters this 230 acres of land passed out of the Brubaker family equally with the marriage of the two daughters.
    (Taken from Brubaker and their Lands by Landis H. Brubaker)

    The following are portions taken from what is called Martyrs' Mirror published at Ephrata Pennsylvania in 1748. The first entry reads,:

    "In the year of Christ 1749 on May 30 have I, Jacob Brubaker, united in marriage with Christian Steinmans daughter Susanna." This was the year after the death of his father, and Jacob was about twenty eight years of Age.
    In total Jacob and Susanna had 5 children:
    1. Daughter born August 30, 1752 - died August 2, 1753
    2. Twins, born September 12, 1753, Girl, unnamed, died September 18, 1753 Age 6days. Son John born Septmeber 12, 1753 died August 4, 1758 age four years, ten months and twenty two days.
    3. Elizabeth born Sept 17. 1755 died January 1, 1756
    4. Christian H. born October 18, 1757
    5. John born July 2, 1760 died March 16, 1761

    On July 3, 1760 the day after John, their youngest child was born Susanna died of natural death.

    "In the year 1768, May 24, have I, Jacob Brubaker, and Peter Martin's daughter, named Maria, entered into a state of holy matrimony." All other records say that his second wife was Mary Bear; evidently she was a widow but was Peter Martin's daughter.

    In the year 1770 there was born to us a daughter May 8. With all my might I pray that God may send his strength to us and the child, and indeed also upon all men through Christ's name. (This must have been Mary the second child to survive)

    Jacob — Mary Bare. Mary (daughter of Henry Bare and Barbara Witmer) was born 1733. [Group Sheet]

    Jacob married Susanna Steinman Stoneman 30 May 1749. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. Girl Brubaker was born 30 Aug 1752; died 2 Aug 1753.
    2. Twins Brubaker was born 12 Sep 1753.
    3. Elizabeth Brubaker was born 17 Sep 1755; died 1 Jan 1756.
    4. Christian H. Brubaker was born 18 Oct 1757; died 1823.
    5. John Brubaker was born 2 Jul 1760; died 16 Mar 1761.
    6. Mary Brubaker was born 8 May 1770; died 1804.

    Jacob married Maria Mary Martin [Group Sheet]


Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Hans John Brubaker was born 1685, Ibersheim Germany (son of Hans Brubacher); died 18 Apr 1748, Hempfield Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

    Notes:

    Occupation: Farmer

    Hans John Brubaker (probably a Mennonite Came to America about 1710, on September 17, 1717 he and Christian Hershey jointly took out a warrant for 1000 acres of land situated in Hempfield township, about 3 miles west of the present Lancaster city. This portion of land was surveyed on October 14, 1717. In 1718 he and Christian Hershey divided the above tract into two equal parts by running a line east and west, Brubaker taking the southern part, on which he built the first grist and saw mill in Lancaster county.. The mill property being located on the little Conestoga Creek, at what is now called "Abbeyville" It is not certain that John Brubaker was married when he came to America, however, On May 23, 1728, John did marry his wife, Annally (maiden name is unknown), at this time he sold 150 acres, of land including the mill property, to Christian Stoneman.{taken from Biographical Annals of Lancaster Co, 1903 Vol. 1 page. 352}

    Deed Abstracts Index - Lancaster County Pennsylvania Deed Book A -K 1729-1766 reads:
    A-196 - 8-31-1750: 1 a.; Christian Stoneman, Hempfield twp. to Society of Mennonites, John Jacob brubaker & Ulrick Roadt trustees (prior property of Hans Brubaker & w. Ann to Stoneman 1729)

    Deed Abstracts indexed Lancaster County Pennsylvania Deed Book A - K 1729 -1766 reads:
    D-240 - 1-9-1755: 150 a., on Little Conestoga Creek; 3 dtrs. of Christian Stoneman, deed as in D-235 to John Stoner (prior property of Hans Brubaker and w. Ann to Christian Stoneman)



    The money for the 1000 acres --100 English pounds, or $486.50--was paid on November 6, 1717. The patent was granted on November 30, 1717. Traditions says that this Hans Brubaker was a cousin to the one who obtained the patent two days earlier for 700 acres. This tract was one and one-have miles long (east to west) and a little over one and one tenth miles wide (north to south). The following year, Hans Brubaker and Christian Hershey by common consent divided the land into two equal parts by a line through the center parallel to the northern and southern boundaries. Christian Hershey took the northern half, and Hans Brubaker, the southern half. However, no legal papers were made for the division of the land until 1729 and 1733.

    Hans Brubaker built a mill near the place where Columbia Avenue now crosses the Little Conestoga Creek. However, he later expressed the desire to sell the mill because he observed a tendency in the milling business to make a man dishonest. In those days money was scarce, and the miller took the toll, a certain percentage of the grain, for his pay for grinding the grain. This continued for many years, and the miller usually kept his share without any questions asked.

    Christian Hershey died in 1722, and left a widow named Oade, two sons and a daughter. They gave Hans Brubaker a release for his 500 acres on May 12, 1729, but it was not recorded in Lancaster until 1739. Of course, Lancaster County was not established until August 1729. The deed for the 500 acres was probably made so that Hans Brubaker could give a clear title for the Mill property. In fact, on the following day, May 13, 1729, he gave a deed for 150 acres of land which contained the mill. For these acres he received L160, ten and two-thirds times as much as he had paid for the land twelve years earlier.

    Hans Brubaker was one of six men appointed to lay out a road from the Susquehanna River to Christian Steinman Mill and from there to "Daniel Cookson's" at the head of the Pequea Creek. Hans was appointed constable on May 26, 1724 for the Donegal district and in August of 1729 for Hempfield Township. Most of his duties probably consisted of simply giving information to the sheriff about conditions and problems. Hans bought other tracts of land at other locations amounting to a total of more than 2,000 acres. Most of these tracts remained in the family after his death. The buildings at what was probably his homestead were destroyed to make way for a housing development about 1972, and no trace of them exists today.

    As late as 1732 he was still assisting the provincial authorities to maintain law and order in the county. Serving as constable had little political significance. The situations probably was that his friends in the community were he resided recognized him as a man of character and of a disposition to preserve peace in the community, and thus recommended him to be appointed by the courts both at Chester and at Postelwaites. Because of the well known attitude of Mennonites towards office - holding and participation in affairs of government in these times, the acceptance of an office by Hans Brubaker might tend to brand him as an irreligious.

    He died April 18, 1748 of an illness. Where he is buried is not known. He made a will, dated February 14, 1748, but he failed to appoint executors at that time. This he later did, and witnesses signed the document, but Hans did not sign the addition. The will was presented to the court and was placed on record. The court appointed administrators, not executors--namely Anna Brubaker, the widow; Daniel Eshelman, a neighbor; and Jacob Brubaker, his second son. At the time of his death Hans, the oldest son, was probably twenty nine years old, and the youngest child was four years old. Although Hans died in 1748 and his sons took charge of their lands deeds were not given for the different properties until 1765. This was probably done after Hans widow had died and all of the children had become of age. (taken from The Brubaker and Their Lands In East Hempfield Township, Lancaster Co. Pennsylvania by Landis H. Brubaker reprint 1993)

    Hans Brubaker was born circa 1690, and left a will on 14 February 1748 at Lancaster County, Pennsylvania which reads:

    This day being the 14th day of February 1748 has John Brubaker in his Sickness ordered and caused his testament to be drawn if the Lord should call him off from this world and he should depart from his wife and children that it might be know what his Will is between his wife, the elder and the younger children. At the first he orders that his wife Annally Brubaker after his Departure Shall live on the place or plantation where he lived and died on but the land shall be and remain the portion for two of his sons. The land where she as his relict after his decease is to live on shall not be alienated whether she should after his decease marry again or not. No Body shall have power to drive her out of the house or from the place for the little children shall be brought up on the place and the land shall be valued by honest men and also all his other lands shall be reasonably valued and justly be divided amongst his heirs that all his children concerning their fatherly estate shall have equal shares and none shall have any preference before the other and the eldest shall not have a greater share than the youngest. Also all the moveables shall likewise only be divided and as it is mentioned above that their mother shall live on the half share in the plantation and bring up the little children on it. The half of the land that is two hundred of the four hundred shall remain a portion to one of her children to which she will give it. The other two hundred together with the half of the plantation shall be bequeathed unto my son Jacob Brubaker and shall be duly valued and of the three hundred acres near Sebastion Ryers which are surveyed at the old Right. Hans Brubaker my eldest son shall have hundred and fifty acres the other hundred and fifty acres shall be bequeathed to one of the younger children and sons of the last wife one of her children and shall all be duly valued as above mentioned.
    Bens Hershy
    Hans Mayer
    Jacob Brubaker as witness
    John Brubaker
    Lancaster County Will Book Y Vol 2. page 21
    (Joanne K. Hoover, "Elizabeth Township Kinsmen and some of their descendant from the time of Settlement", Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage (January 1987: page 16.)

    Hans married Anna Bef 1719. died Abt 1729, Hempfield Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. [Group Sheet]


  2. 3.  Anna died Abt 1729, Hempfield Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
    Children:
    1. John E. Brubaker was born 9 Sep 1719, Hempfield Township, Lancaster County, Virginia; died 9 Apr 1804, Elizabeth Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
    2. 1. Jacob Brubaker was born 1721, Hempfield Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania; died 29 Jan 1779, Hempfield Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
    3. Abraham Brubaker was born 1723, Hempfield Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania; died 1804, Near Luray, Page County, Virginia.
    4. Peter Brubaker was born 15 Sep 1725, Hempfield Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania; died 15 Jul 1811, Rapho Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
    5. Joseph Brubaker was born 1727, Hempfield Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania; died 1806, Halifax, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.
    6. Henry Brubaker was born 1729, Halifax, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; died 1820, Manheim, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Hans Brubacher was born 1661, Zurich Switzerland (son of Hans Heinrich Brubacher and Elizabeth Rusterholz); died Aft 1725, Ibersheim Germany.
    Children:
    1. 2. Hans John Brubaker was born 1685, Ibersheim Germany; died 18 Apr 1748, Hempfield Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
    2. Abram M. Brubaker was born 1695, Ibersheim, Germany; died 1756, Germany.
    3. Hans Jacob Brubaker was born 1698, Ibersheim Germany.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Hans Heinrich Brubacher was born Abt 1627, Hirzel, Switzerland (son of Petter Brubacher and Barbar Streler); died Aft 1675, Switerland.

    Notes:

    The three son, Hans Heinrich, Peter, Hans Jakob, were educated at Oetenbach. Afterwards, Hans Heinrich learned the glazier trade in Richterswil, and Peter and Hans Jakob were sent to foster parents in Wadenswil. In 1645 Hans Heinrich finished his apprenticeship, and one year later his brothers began to learn their trade. Peter became a scharer (barber/surgeon), and Hans Jacob became a shoemaker. Both learned their trade in Mannedorf, and when they had finished their apprenticeships, they began their time as traveling journeymen.
    On May 2, 1648, Hans Heinrich Bruppacher was married in Wadenswil to Elisabeth Rusterholz, daughter of Jacob Rusterholz. On this occasion, he received 40 guilders of the Bruppacher fortune, and his brothers also received a sum of money so that they could make a present to the couple.
    In 1661 Hans Heinrich Bruppacher lived in Ibersheim when he wrote, with his brother Hans Jakob, a letter to the Elector Karl Ludwig, requesting his intercession for receiving the inheritance of their mother, Anna Pfister, in Wadenswil. They were not successful because the authorities of Zurich distributed inheritances only to people who renounced the Anabaptist faith. One of the sons however traveled to Zurich in 1663 to claim the fortune, but received only 30 guilders for food for the journe
    In 1662 Hans Heinrich Bruppacher, the glazier, was recorded by the Hirzel pastor as living with his wife, Elisabeth Rusterholz and two children in Mackenheim.
    In 1668, 5,000 guilders of the Bruppacher fortune were definitively confiscated because the father, Peter Bruppacher, had died in "disobedience".
    (taken from Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage Volume XVI July 1993)

    Hans married Elizabeth Rusterholz 2 May 1648, Wadenswil Switzerland. Elizabeth (daughter of Jacob Rusterholz and Susanna Vorster) was born Abt 1620. [Group Sheet]


  2. 9.  Elizabeth Rusterholz was born Abt 1620 (daughter of Jacob Rusterholz and Susanna Vorster).

    Notes:

    Elisabeth Rusterholz was 13 years old in 1633 when her parents, Jacob Rusterholz and Susanna Vorster, and two older sisters were listed in Mettlen, Hirzel, among the Anabaptists.

    Children:
    1. ?? Brubacher
    2. 4. Hans Brubacher was born 1661, Zurich Switzerland; died Aft 1725, Ibersheim Germany.
    3. Anna Brubacher was born Abt 1670, Wadenswil Switzerland; died Aft 1721.