Securing and promoting Brubaker family history and heritage.
Join us for our celebration of 300 Years of Brubakers in North America! Enjoy days of celebration, education, reminiscence, and catching up with friends, family, and cousins. You probably will meet some relatives that you may not have known that you had! And the centerpiece of the celebrations will be the unveiling and dedication of…Read More
The Brubaker Families of America is a PA not-for-profit entity with a Board of Directors. At one time known as the Eastern PA Brubaker Association, the name eventually was changed to the Brubaker Families of America. Originally started in 1919 as a joint family reunion between the Brubaker Family and the Hershey Family, this reunion was jointly held between the two families for only two years.Read More
“The people who live by the bridge over the mountain stream” is said to be the meaning of our name. This bridge is over Brubaker Run, near the site of Hans Brubaker’s home and adjacent to the oldest existing “A” Family homestead, on the grounds of Homestead Village Retirement Community, outside of the village of…Read More
In 1840, A-76 John Brubacher (1793-1875), grandson of A-2 John Brubacher (1719-1804) purchased Lot 25 of the German Company Tract in Waterloo County, Ontario for his second son, A-236 John Brubacher (1822-1902). The lot consisted of 256 acres of virgin forest. Son John cleared a few acres of trees in order to build a small frame home and a barn prior to his marriage. In 1846, he married…Read More
This is the residence of A-2 John Brubacher (1719-1804), located on Brubaker Valley Road, Lancaster County, PA. It was originally built in 1770 with an addition added in 1816 From here John’s grandson A-76 John E. Brubacher (1793-1875) migrated to what is now the area of…Read More
Securing and Promoting Brubaker Family History and Heritage
In the late summer of 1717, immigrants by the name of Hans Brubaker and Christian Hershey, late of the Palatinate on the Rhine River in what is today Germany and Switzerland, arrived in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Together, they purchased a 1,000 acre tract of land from William Penn’s agents. Hans’ cousin John arrived around the same time and purchased an additional 200 acres of land that adjoined the Brubaker/Hershey tract. His other cousin Jacob (brother to John) also arrived in America at the same time. The 1,000 acre Brubaker/Hershey tract was divided by them “by mutual consent” in 1718. This division was legalized with the Christian Hershey heirs between 1729 and 1733. Hans erected farm buildings, a grist mill and the first Mennonite meetinghouse in Lancaster County on his property. Hans and his heirs purchased additional lands in Hempfield Township, Elizabeth Township, Rapho Township and in Page County, Virgina.
This website, by authorization of the Brubaker Families of America Association is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and dissemination of the history of the first Brubaker settlers from the Old World to arrive in North America. It is also intended to be a gathering place of new or additional information to be shared with the larger Brubaker Family of today. See photos, grave sites, learn of the history of the Brubaker Family’s ancestors; see what we are up to today through our annual reunion!
We welcome you to tour our website. If you are a Brubaker or have Brubaker relatives, we invite you to contact us, and maybe even join us at our next annual family reunion!