Abraham BRUBAKER

Male 1723 - 1804


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  • Name  Abraham BRUBAKER 
    Born  1723  Hempfield, Lancaster County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  1804  Near Luray, Page County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • One of the first settlers in Page County, obtained a a grant from Stover on the Massanutten Patent near the foothills of the Massanutten Mountain

      IJohn Brubaker (Prupecker), (Brubacber), who emigrated from Berne, Switzerland, in 1710, bought this land from Jacob Stover, but never came to Virginia. However, he sold it to his son, Abraham, who settled on it in 1747. Abraham married Barbara Miller (Muller), a daughter of Jacob Miller (Muller), founder of Woodstock (Mullerstadt).

      In 1766, Jacob Miller, Sr. died and in 1772, his son-in-law, Abraham Brubaker, succeeded him as proprietor of the town. In 1774, Brubaker and his wife, Barbara, donated two lots, Nos. 80 and 81, for the erection of county buildings, and on the same day they gave two other lots for a church and graveyard.


      Following is a bit of interesting history concerning this old home:

      "About dusk one evening in the year 1758, Mrs. Brubaker told her husband and family that the Indians would attack them the next morning, saying that she could see a party of them on the side of the Massatten Mountain, in the act of cooking their supper. She also declared that she saw their fire, and could count the number of Indians. She pointed to the spot; but no other member of the family saw it; and it was therefore thought that she must be mistaken. Persisting in her declaration, she begged her husband to remove her and the children to a place of safety; but she was laughed at, and told that she was in no danger. The next day she got information that the Indians were coming, and ran off with her children to where several men were at work, who conveyed her across the river to a neighbors house. They (the Indians) plundered the old Brubaker house, piled up the chairs and spinning wheels, and set them on fire. A young woman who lived with the Brubakers had concealed herself in the garret; and after the Indians left the house, she extinguished the fire and saved the house from burning."

      It was afterwards ascertained that the savages had encamped that night at the place on the mountain pointed out by Mrs. Brubaker. It was about two miles off. I am told a feather tick was put on top of the furniture, thinking it would make it burn faster, but instead it smothered the flames.

      Kercheval writes that the young woman hid in the attic, but there was no attic. She opened the door and stood back of it and the Indians, looking in the room, thought it was empty. Mr. John Brubaker says he has stood on the spot many times. The Brubakers had but one child at this time, a girl, and Mrs. Brubaker took her in her arms when she saw their dog running back and forth to the Stone house (where the Stone family were being massacred) only a short distance away; and she called to the girl that the Indians were coming and ran to the field where her husband and hired hands were working. They took her and forded the river on their horses to a friends home, the Longs, who had a fort cellar.

      It is believed that the first home Abraham Brubaker built was a log one, which was put up hurriedly, the chimney of which was made of lo I gs, lined with clay, to keep it from burning out.

      After the brick house was built, the old home was used as a private school for the children of Peter and Gideon Brubaker. A Mr. Singer was the tutor. The young children attended in the summer and the older ones in

      the winter. These were great-grandchildren of Abraham Brubaker.

      The child mentioned in the Indian episode later married Isaac Strickler, owner of Locust Grove, the most elegant home in this section at that time.

      The rock house was torn down about 1887 or 1888, and the cellar and passage way filled in. The rocks were used to construct a wash house, which now stands just back of the brick house.

      Abraham Brubaker died in 1814, and left a large family, which later proved to be substancial and dependable citizens. He is buried in the Brubaker family burial ground, which is located a short distance from the house.

      SOURCES OF INFORMATION:

      Informants: Mr. John Brubaker, a great-grandson of Abraham Brubaker. Mrs. Susan Long, a descendant of Abraham Brubaker, and owner. Miss Mary Brubaker.

      Page County Court Records

      "Forerunners", a book of genealogies of Massanutten families. Kerebevalls "History of the Valley", 1st edition. Wayland's "History of Shenandoah Valley".
    Person ID  I1416  Mosby Childers
    Last Modified  12 Aug 2001 

    Father  (Hans) John (Prupecke Brubacker},   b. 1692, Berne, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1748, Hempfield Township, Lancaster County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Anna 
    Family ID  F0549  Group Sheet

    Family  Barbara (Muller) MILLER,   b. Abt 1733,   bur. Page County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Page County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    >1. Peter BRUBAKER
    >2. Ann Elizabeth BRUBAKER
    >3. Susannah BRUBAKER
     4. Christina Brubaker
    >5. John BRUBAKER,   b. 22 Aug 1766, Near Luray, Page County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1844, Near Luray, Page County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    >6. Mary BRUBAKER,   b. 1776
    Family ID  F0042  Group Sheet