Hans Brubacher/Brubaker A-1 (1685-1748)
Ancestor of the ‘A’ Line of Brubakers; the original spelling of his name was ‘Pupather’. Some sources suggest that he emigrated to North America sometime around 1710, however there seems to be a preponderance of evidence to suggest that the most likely year of his arrival in the New World was the summer of 1717. Warranted on September 27th, 1717 and Patent consummated on November 6th, recorded on November 8th, 1717, for 1000 acres of land in what is now East Hempfield and Manor Township, Lancaster County, PA from William Penn. All together he made four additional purchases of land in Lancaster County, PA, totaling over 1800 acres, making him one of the wealthiest farmers in early Lancaster County history. He built the first grist mill in Lancaster County. He also served locally as a constable in what was originally Hempfield Township.
Sources: —History and Genealogy of the Brubaker-Brubacher-Brewbaker Family in America vol.1 by Phares Brubaker Gibble
–Commissioners of Property Minute Book ‘H’ , PA Archives, II Series, vol XIX, page 622
–Department of Internal Affairs, Harrisburg, PA, Patent Book A-5-271
Jacob Brubaker B-1 (1687-1751)
Cousin to A-1 Hans and ancestor of the ‘B’ Line of Brubakers. Together with his brother John (C-1) and Peter Swarr grants were extended for 700 acres of land on both sides of the Little Conestoga Creek. Peter Swarr received 150 acres, located at what is today the site of the former Moore’s Dairy, across from Long’s Park. The farm is slated for future development as a combination shopping center and apartment/condominium complex.
Of the original 700 acres, Jacob Brubaker was granted 222, the remains of which are located along today’s Farmingdale Road, north of PA Route 23, Marietta Pike. It is now owned by the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority and a portion of it has been turned into a natural area and walking trail.
Source: —History and Genealogy of the Brubaker-Brubacher-Brewbaker Family in America vol.1 by Phares Brubaker Gibble
John Brubaker C-1 (1685??-1725)
Brother to B-1 Jacob and cousin to A-1 Hans John was granted 328 of the above mentioned 700 acres, which eventually became the site of the former Lancaster Brick Yards. None of the homestead or out buildings remain; what was the farm is now partly owned by Franklin & Marshall College and a rail yard covers a portion of it. The date stone from the barn was removed and reinstalled in the barn on the oldest known ‘A’ Line homestead, now situated on the property of Homestead Village Retirement Community.
Source: —History and Genealogy of the Brubaker-Brubacher-Brewbaker Family in America vol.1 by Phares Brubaker Gibble
Hans Jacob Brubacher/Brubaker E-1 (1690-1755)
Patriarch of the ‘E’ Family and brother to C-1 John and B-1 Jacob. He was a fabric weaver and father of noted Fraktur artist John (Hans) Jacob Brubacher, Jr. (E-2).
Source:–“Swiss Bruppachers In Lancaster County, Pennsylvania” by Jane Evans Best; PA Mennonite Heritage, July, 1993
John H. Brubacher D-1 (1727-1768)
Nephew of A-1 Hans. While little information has been found of John, we know from records that at the time of his passing in 1768 he had been living in Manor Township, Lancaster County, PA.
Sources: —History and Genealogy of the Brubaker-Brubacher-Brewbaker Family in America vol.1 by Phares Brubaker Gibble
–Record of the Ancestors and Descendents of Jacob Sherk Brubaker (D-67) and his brother Daniel Sherk Brubaker (D-71) by Aden H. Brubacher and Landis H. Brubaker
John Jacob Brubaker E-2 (1725-1802)
Son of E-1 Hans Jacob Brubacher Brubaker, lived in Providence Township, Lancaster County, PA. John (or Hans) was a farmer and schoolmaster. He was one of the earliest and most renowned fraktur artists of his era. His style was was considered among the most distinctive of any Pennsylvania artist and was highly geometric in format. The image to the left was his illumination of the Book of Psalms, created for his neighbors Johannes and Magdalena Stauffer Shenck.
Sources:–“Swiss Bruppachers In Lancaster County, Pennsylvania” by Jane Evans Best; PA Mennonite Heritage, July, 1992
—Mennonite Arts by Clarke E. Hess
Abraham H. Brubacher D-2 (1731-1811)
Nephew of A-1 Hans Brubaker and brother of D-1 John H. Brubacher. He emigrated to America with his cousin A-2 John E. Brubacher, who had returned to Europe in search of a wife to bring back to the New World. They arrived in America on the ship St. Andrew on September 9, 1749. In November of 1757 he purchased a little more than 172 acres along the Middle Creek about 1-1/2 miles south of village of Clay, Lancaster County, PA. He was the first pastor of Indiantown Mennonite Church, Clay Township, Lancaster County, PA.
Sources: —Record of the Ancestors and Descendents of Jacob Sherk Brubaker (D-67) and his brother Daniel Sherk Brubaker (D-71) by Aden H. Brubacher and Landis H. Brubaker
Maria Brubacher Eby A-74 (1789-1834)
First permanent Brubacher settler in Canada
Beginning in 1786, Mennonites began migrating from Pennsylvania to what is now Ontario. They went in search of affordable land. They also wanted to get away from the aftermath of the American Revolutionary War of 1776. Two of the youngest members of the Jacob and Susannah Erb Brubacher family from Lancaster County’s Brubaker Valley, A-74 Mary (Maria) (and later A-76 John), were among the Mennonite pioneers who migrated to Waterloo County to start new lives for themselves. Mary was a grandchild of A-2 John Brubacher and great-grandchild of A-1 Hans Brubaker.
Maria Brubacher married Benjamin Eby in February of 1807. Benjamin had previously visited Waterloo County in what was then known as Upper Canada in 1806. He purchased land in preparation for building a homestead there. Shortly after their marriage in February of 1807 they began their trek north, arriving in late June to the land he had previously purchased. She and Benjamin were part of the first early Mennonite movement from Lancaster County to Waterloo County. Benjamin played a significant role in establishing the first church for Mennonite immigrants in Waterloo County. Ebytown, which was later called Berlin and then renamed Kitchener in 1916, was named after him.
In 1809 Mary’s widowed mother Susannah Erb Brubacher journeyed from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to Waterloo County to visit several relatives, including her parents Christian and Maria Shirk Erb, and her daughter Mary Brubacher Eby. All of them had emigrated between 1804 and 1807. Susannah’s family, the Erbs, and her children, A-74 Mary and A-76 John, all played a significant role in the Mennonite settlement of Waterloo.
See more on Maria’s brother A-76 John Brubacher here.
Both Maria Brubacher Eby and her husband Benjamin are buried in First Mennonite Cemetery, Kitchener, ON.
Sources: —Waterloo Region Generations
–Martin, Janelle. “Brubacher Family: Early Settlers in Waterloo County.” Mennonite Heritage Portrait
–Maria Brubacher Eby, findagrave.com
–Benjamin Eby, findagrave.com
Henry Strickler Brubaker (1834-1915)
An expert farmer, Mr. Brubaker also was quite an expert as a botanist, well-known for his botanical work across PA. During the last 15 years of his life he gathered specimens for many of Pennsylvania’s leading colleges, and also for state authorities. He owned three model farms in the Rapho Township and Mount Joy area of Lancaster County.
A well-known family historian and genealogist, he published a popular genealogy of the Brubaker family in 1912. Buried in Erisman’s Mennonite Cemetery, Rapho Township., Lancaster County, PA.
—Biographical Annals of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania: Containing Biographical and Genealogical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens and Many of the Earlier Settlers, by J. H. Beers, pp. 475, 476
–Reading Eagle, Reading, PA. Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1915
Jacob Nissley Brubacher (1838-1913)
Mennonite Bishop, first documented family genealogist. His edition of the Brubacher Genealogy in America, first started in 1868, was published in 1884. Buried in Landisville Mennonite Cemetery, Landisville, East Hempfield Twp., Lancaster, PA.
—The Brubacher Genealogy in America by Jacob N. Brubacher
–Gospel Herald , Vol. VI, Number 30, October 23, 1913 pages 479 & 480
Dr. Albert P. Brubaker (1852-1943)
Physician, physiologist, author; born at Somerset, PA, son of Dr. Henry Brubaker and Emeline Philson Brubaker. After completing his studies in the schools of his native place he entered Jefferson Medical College from which he was graduated as M. D. in 1874; and later the degree of A. M. was conferred upon him by Franklin and Marshall College. He engaged for several years in the practice of medicine in Philadelphia after his graduation; was appointed demonstrator of physiology in Jefferson Medical College, 1880; has been professor of physiology in the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery since 1885; lecturer on anatomy and physiology in Drexel Institute since 1893 and adjunct professor of physiology and hygiene in Jefferson Medical College from 1896 to 1904, when he was elected to the full professorship. Dr. Brubaker was the author of Compend [sic.]of Physiology and Text-Book of Human Physiology, as well as numerous professional papers and contributions to medical journals. He was a member of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the American Physiological Society and the American Philosophical Society.
Sources: —History and Genealogy of the Brubaker-Brubacher-Brewbaker Family in America vol.1 by Phares Brubaker Gibble pg 27,28
–Who’s Who in Pennsylvania, 1908
—Powelton History Blog: A Collective Biography of a Philadelphia Neighborhood
Born in Schaefferstown, Lebanon County, PA on July 27, 1870, a son of Daniel and Catherine Royer Brubacher, Dr. Brubacher for more than a quarter of a century engaged in educational work, and throughout almost all of this time connected with educational institutions in New York State.
After graduating in 1893 from Phillips-Andover Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, he attended and received a BA degree from Yale University. He taught for two years as an instructor at Williston Academy, Easthampton, Massachusetts, after which he returned to Yale for further studies as a Soldiers’ Memorial Fellow in 1899 and 1900.
During the next two years he continued his post-graduate work, and at the same time was an instructor in Greek at Yale College, until he received his Ph.D. in 1902. That same year he accepted the position of principal of Gloversville High School, Gloversville, New York. In 1905 he went to Schenectady, New York, in the same capacity, serving until 1908, when he was appointed Superintendent of Schools at Schenectady. He held this position, until 1914, when he became president of the New York State College for Teachers at Albany. He was a trustee of the Albany Boys’ Academy; president of the board of managers of the Albany Orphan Asylum, and also the Albany Library and the Albany Girl Scouts. He was a member of the National Educational Association; the Society of College Teachers of Education; the New York State Teachers’ Association, of which he was president in 1913 and 1914; and the New York State Council of Superintendents. He was a member of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity, Andover chapter, and of Phi Beta Kappa, Yale chapter, and was president of the Phi Beta Kappa Association, and is a member of the Albany University Club. He made frequent contributions of articles to educational magazines and journals, and is the author of “High School English,” in two volumes, with Dorothy E. Snyder, published 1917-20, and of “The Spirit of America,” in four volumes, with Jane L. Jones, published in 1920. In all he produced 22 works in 49 publications and had 270 library holdings.
Dr. Brubacher married Rosa M. Haas in Shamokin, PA in 1897. They were the parents of one son, John S. Brubacher, listed below.
In April of 1928 Dr. Brubacher spent the month in Switzerland researching the history of the Brubaker-Brubacher ancestors. His research corroborated some family lore and contributed to the foundation of the later work of Dr. Phares Brubaker Gibbel.
Sources: —History and Genealogy of the Brubaker-Brubacher-Brewbaker Family in America vol.1 by Phares Brubaker Gibble pg. 28, 48
—The History of New York State Biographies, Part 16. Edited by Dr. James Sullivan. Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc. New York, 1927. pg. 90, 91
—New York Roots.org
—World Cat Identities: Brubacher, Abram Royer 1870-1939
Well known Evangelical United Brethren Pastor, educator, and author; noted Brubaker family genealogist. He wrote what at the time was the definitive genealogical publication of the Brubaker-Brubacher family. He is buried in Gravel Hill Cemetery, Palmyra, Lebanon County, PA.
Landis H Brubaker (1892-1986)
Farmer, Minister, School Board member, Electrical engineer, Brubaker family historian.
Landis Hess Brubaker was born June 28, 1892 to Andrew H. and Mary (Hess) Brubaker. His birthplace and boyhood home was on the old Brubaker farm (now the campus of Homestead Village) near Rohrerstown, Lancaster County, PA. Landis possessed an intelligent and sharp mind as evidenced by his graduation from the Ohio State University in 1914 with a degree in Electrical engineering where he graduated at the head of his class. In spite of his education he possessed a humble, Godly spirit and used his talents for the blessing of his fellowmen and the work of the church.
Landis was ordained as the Minister for the Oreville Mennonite Home for the Aged (now a part of the Mennonite Home Communities) where he gave of himself to this work (much which was behind the scenes). He was a charter member of the school board of Lancaster Mennonite School from its beginning in 1942. He served for 28 years and also served on the Building Committee. His keen mind and intellect were put to good use in his later years in research and publication of Brubaker family history and genealogy. Some of his works include the Brubakers and their Lands in East Hempfield Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Record of the Ancesters & Descendents of Jacob Sherk Brubaker D-67 and his brother Daniel Sherk Brubaker D-71 published in 1974, and The Descendants of John Hess Brubaker of Juniata County and Cooper John Sherk Brubaker of Ontario, Canada published in 1977. This work on behalf of the Brubaker family was formally recognized in a plaque presented to Landis at the Brubaker reunion on August 4, 1985.
Landis is buried in the old Brubaker Mennonite Meetinghouse Cemetery, north of Rohrerstown and the family farm that he grew up on.
Sources: —Let Him Be Your Servant: An Inspirational and Historical Account of the Life and Times of Landis H. Brubaker by Amos Landis Brubaker, 2017.
–Family oral history
John Seiler Brubacher, PhD, JD (1898-1988)
A major figure in the field of history and philosophy of education in the 20th century, John Seiler Brubacher (1898-1988) helped shaped the direction of the field through his teaching and writing. His books were used to prepare many teachers, school administrators, and professors across the United States.
Brubacher was born on October 18, 1898, in Easthampton, Massachusetts, the only child of the above mentioned Abraham and Rosa Haas Brubacher. A descendant of Pennsylvania Mennonites, Brubacher grew up in New York where his father served as a public school administrator and as president of New York State Teachers College at Albany.
Brubacher went to the public schools of New York in the various places of his father’s work but when the family moved to Albany, he completed his secondary education at the private Albany Boys Academy. From there he entered Yale, where he received a B.A. degree with Phi Beta Kappa rank in 1920. After completing his J.D. degree at Harvard Law School in 1923, he served a brief stint with a law firm, but after deciding that education was his true interest, he entered Teachers College, Columbia University, obtaining his M.A. degree in 1924. In August of 1924 he married Winifred Wemple, a Schenectady classmate, and began his teaching career at Dartmouth College. In 1925 he returned to Teachers College to complete his Ph.D., and after studying under such leading figures as John Dewey and I. L. Kandel he completed his studies in 1927. In 1928 he joined the faculty at Yale and over the ensuing years became a nationally prominent professor and author in the field of history and philosophy of education.
Of all his publications, perhaps two of his most significant were Modern Philosophies of Education (1939, 1950, 1962, 1969) and A History of the Problems of Education (1947, 1966).
Brubacher resigned in 1958 from Yale and took a position at the University of Michigan’s Center for the Study of Higher Education. Before leaving Yale, he and Willis Rudy had completed Higher Education in Transition: An American History, 1636-1956. Now, addressing what he saw as the lack of an adequate contemporary philosophy of higher education, Brubacher wrote Bases for Policy in Higher Education in 1965 and On the Philosophy of Higher Education in 1977. This new interest connected with his legal background and led to The Courts and Higher Education (1971) and the two-volume The Law and Higher Education: A Casebook (1971).
Brubacher’s many honors included the Reuben Post Halleck professorship at Yale in 1947; two terms as visiting professor at the American University in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1951-1952 and 1956-1957; a Fulbright fellowship at the University of Kyushu, Japan, in 1957; a series of lectures at the invitation of Brazil’s National Research Institute in both Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in 1959; and the distinguished service award from the John Dewey Society in 1973. During his years as a professor at Yale and at Michigan he taught hundreds of students, many of whom became important leaders in education, and his many books and articles influenced many others.
Lloyd Burkholder Brubaker (1904-1961)
Lloyd Brubaker was an actor and an entrepreneur in the automobile industry. He was “discovered” by Mae West during the Great American Talent Search, a highly publicized national event sponsored by MGM studios. He was selling cars for General Motors in Fort Worth, TX when Mae picked him to come to Hollywood and sign a contract with MGM, which he did in November of 1933. MGM created the stage name of “Jay Lloyd” for him and that became his legal name for the remainder of his life. After an automobile accident, he retired from his acting career and returned to the automotive industry and founded “Brubaker Studebaker,” the largest dealership in Hollywood during the 40’s and 50’s. In the mid-50’s when Studebaker went bankrupt, he started Virginia (named after his wife) Motors and became one of the first distributors in the U.S. for imported Japanese Datsun (now Nissan) automobiles. “Bru”, which became his nickname in Hollywood, lived his life as a true Hollywood story from rural Lancaster County, PA to the entertainment community in Hollywood.
Sources: –MGM Archives
Major League Baseball player, 1932-1943
G. Robert Brubaker (1916-2010)
George Robert ‘Bob’ Brubaker (of the ‘A’ family line) was an American character actor in television and movie westerns, including the TV series Gunsmoke. Some of his other credits included the Rock Hudson film Seconds, and the television crime drama The Walter Winchell File.
C. Richard “Dick” Brubaker (1932 – )
As of 2020 one of the oldest living professional football players. After starting his college career at Ohio Wesleyan, he transferred to the Ohio State University. In 1954 he helped guide the Buckeye football squad to the school’s first 10-0 record, a Rose Bowl victory against the University of Southern California and the second national championship in school history. Upon graduation he played two stints for the NFL’s Chicago Cardinals, sandwiched around a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy. After his turn with the Cardinals, he returned to college, earning his law degree from Western Reserve University (now Case Western Reserve University). After obtaining his law degree he returned in 1960 to play one year for the Buffalo Bills of the newly formed American Football League.
Still practicing law as of 2016, Dick and his wife live in northeastern Ohio.
—Pro Football’s Online Encyclopedia — Carl Richard ‘Dick’ Brubaker
—Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame — Dick Brubaker
—“Be Authentic, Be Honest”, The Ohio University Alumni Association Newsletter
Dean of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. Born in Indiana, Brubaker received his PhD degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Oregon in 1968. Subsequently, in 1971, he became a Professor at the University of Virginia, eventually directing its Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Wheelchair Mobility. In July 1991, he became Dean of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, where he founded the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology. In 1997, he led the school to develop the first multidisciplinary doctoral program in rehabilitation sciences in the United States. In 2002, Brubaker received a Lifetime Achievement “Health Care Hero Award” from the Pittsburgh Business Times.
Bruce E. Brubaker, Jr. (1941- )
Major League Baseball player, 1967-1970. Born in Harrisburg, PA, resides in Owensboro, KY. Both he and his father, Bruce E. ‘Hushpuppy’ Brubaker, are inducted into the PA Sports Hall of Fame.
David Floyd Brubaker (1944 – )
David “Bru” Brubaker was born in Hollywood, CA and attended Hollywood High School. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s degree in Business and an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. He was one of the early pioneers in the nutritional supplement industry, where he worked for over 50 years.
During his career (which began in the 1960’s), he launched five businesses in the vitamin and sports nutrition categories. He took the largest of these enterprises and helped grow it from $1 million in sales to $750 million from the 70’s, through the 90’s. This business became the largest private label manufacturer of nutritional supplements in the U.S. during those three decades. Under David’s leadership, comprehensive sales programs of these products were launched with Walmart, Costco, CVS, Walgreens and many other mass market retailers.
In 1993 “Bru” was awarded the “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” from Merrill Lynch and he received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Nutrition Business Journal Organization in 2015.
David served as a Trustee of the University of Southern California, along with being the Chairman of the USC Norris Cancer Hospital for nearly a decade. He served as President of the USC Alumni Association in 2001 and was awarded the USC Alumni Service Award in 1998.
In 1991 David founded the Coby Cares Foundation in honor of his deceased wife, Coby Brubaker. This non-profit generates money towards children’s initiatives throughout the world including vitamin supplements, education, and general health and wellness products and programs. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors for Vitamin Angels, who donated lifesaving supplements to over 150 million children around the globe in 2020.
Harold J. Brubaker (1946 – )
Served in the North Carolina General Assembly from 1976-2012. He represented the state’s seventy-eighth House district, including constituents in Randolph County. He was born and grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Brubaker was Speaker of the House for two terms (1995–1998). He was the only Republican Speaker in North Carolina in the twentieth century, the first Republican Speaker since Zeb V. Walser (1895) and the first non-Democrat to be Speaker since Populist A.F. Hileman (1897). A real estate appraiser and cattle breeder from Asheboro, North Carolina, Brubaker was first elected to the House in 1976 and in 2011 became chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and the longest-serving sitting member of either chamber of the legislature.
Ross Brupbacher (1948- )
NFL and WFL football player 1970-1976. He has done some movie writing and producing, and is a distinguished lawyer, engaged in practice in his native Louisiana.
—Pro Football Reference
—NFL Player Profile
—World Football League Player Profile
—Fanbase.com Almanac Player Profile
—Internet Movie Database
Michael W. Brubaker (1957- )
was a two-term Republican member of the Pennsylvania State Senate who has represented the state’s thirty-sixth District, covering portions of Lancaster and Chester Counties from 2007 to 2014. Brubaker was the Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Vice Chair, Senate State Government Committee, and formerly the Chair of the Senate Agricultural and Rural Affairs Committee. He was born in and still resides in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Jeff Brubaker (1958- )
NHL hockey player 1979-1989
Dick Brewbaker (1961- )
He worked as the state director of SCORE 100, which advocated for education reform, and local control of schools. Through his efforts, Governor Fob James adopted many of the changes suggested by SCORE 100 as part of the education platform for his successful election as Alabama’s 2nd Republican Governor since Reconstruction in 1994. He was appointed by Governor James as an education liaison to the Alabama House of Representatives and to the Alabama State Board of Education.
From 2003 to 2007, he served as a Republican member of the Alabama State Legislature for the 75th district before being elected to the Alabama Senate. He is also the President and CEO of Brewbaker Motors, a family business started by his grandfather, W. S. Brewbaker, Sr. in 1947.
Rockne Brubaker (1986- )
US National Pairs Figure Skating Champion (2008 and 2009) and US Silver Medalist (2012)