Brubaker Family Reunion 1923
5th Annual event held in Kitchener, ON
In Dr. Phares Brubaker Gibble’s work and other Family Association archives we learn that there were (and still are) many Brubachers and Brubakers in Canada, especially in Ontario, spreading out from the Kitchener-Waterloo area.
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). In addition, D-4 John Brubacher (1758-1831), one of the first family members to migrate to Juniata County from Lancaster County in Pennsylvania, had grandchildren who migrated to what is now Ontario, including D-48 John W. Brubaker (1803-1886) and D-50 David W. Brubacher (1806-??). Brothers D-48 John W. and D-50 David acquired Lot 17 of the German Company Tract. They both married; John and his wife Catherine Martin raised many children on their family farm on Lot 17. David and wife Maria Martin (1802-1834) also started a farm on Lot 17. Shortly after Maria passed away at a relatively young age, David sold their farm to brother John and returned to Pennsylvania. It is said that he left no heirs at his passing.
These descendants from the ‘A’ and ‘D’ lines are who comprise many of the Brubachers and Brubakers in Canada today. For the 1923 Reunion a Canadian Brubaker Reunion Committee was formed. Victoria Park in Kitchener was selected as the venue to host the 5th annual Reunion. According to Gibble in his volume, History and Genealogy of the Brubaker-Brubacher-Brewbaker Family in America, “…many people from the States availed themselves of the opportunity of going to Canada for the 1923 reunion.”