Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

John E. Brubacher[1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

Male 1822 - 1902  (80 years)


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  • Name John E. Brubacher 
    Born 9 Aug 1822  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Gender Male 
    Historic Building Waterloo Township - German Company Tract Lot 025, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The Schweitzer House 
    • In 1846, John Brubacher married Magdalena Musselman, settling on Lot 25, German Company Tract. Their son John E. Brubacher married in the late 1800s and built a house on the farm.. John E. Brubacher had a daughter who married into the Groff family. The Groff family eventually inherited the house and lived there until it was passed on to their daughter, who married Stanley Schweitzer. In 1957 the Schweitzer family sold the farm to the Waterloo College Associate Faculties, which would soon become the University of Waterloo. In 1972 the Graduate Student Association leased the house. [from The Record, December 22, 2007]
    Residence 1846  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Historic Building 1850  Columbia Street West, Waterloo, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • Beautifully situated on a hill overlooking Columbia Lake on the north campus of the University of Waterloo, the home was built in 1850 of granite fieldstone.
      No two of the structure's four elevations are alike. The one to the south is the most interesting. A noteworthy feature is a large verandah spanning the length of the building on the south facade. The gables on both the east and west elevations exhibit return eaves and the attic, on each side, is lit by two small four paned windows. These features are typical of the Mennonite version of the plain Georgian style.
      A fire in 1968 seriously damaged the structure's interior and prompted the restoration of the home. The generous financial support of the University of Waterloo, the Ontario Heritage Foundation and the Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation allowed the restoration to be completed by 1975. The basement now contains a meeting room, the focal point of which is a large fireplace. The ground floor houses a furnished museum depicting the interior of a Pennsylvania-German farmhouse. The second storey provides accommodation for the Curator.1a

      1aDesignated Properties List www.waterloo.ca
    Occupation 1852  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    farmer 
    Occupation 1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Farmer 
    Religion 1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Mennonite 
    Occupation 1871  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Farmer 
    Religion 1871  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Mennonite 
    Occupation 1891  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Farmer 
    Occupation 1901  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Farmer 
    Eby ID Number 00018-1397 
    Died 24 Aug 1902  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [14, 15
    Buried First Mennonite Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Person ID I560  Generations
    Last Modified 4 Nov 2019 

    Father Deacon John E. Brubacher,   b. 11 Jul 1793, Elizabeth Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1875, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Catharine Shirk,   b. 11 Feb 1798, , , Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Oct 1882, near, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 6 Mar 1817  [16, 17, 18
    Family ID F1421  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Magdalena Musselman,   b. 16 Dec 1827, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jul 1877, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Married 3 Feb 1846  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 11
    Children 
     1. Leah Brubacher,   b. 23 Jan 1847, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1847, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     2. David M. Brubacher,   b. 21 Feb 1848,   d. 16 Sep 1917, Peel Twp., Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     3. Mary Ann Brubacher,   b. 4 Jan 1850, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1938  (Age 87 years)
     4. Anna "Nancy" Brubacher,   b. 7 Jan 1852, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1922  (Age 70 years)
     5. Magdalena Brubacher,   b. 7 Jan 1854, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1938, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     6. Dilman M. Brubacher,   b. 27 Aug 1855, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1900  (Age 44 years)
     7. Susannah Brubacher,   b. 27 Mar 1857, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Mar 1917  (Age 59 years)
     8. John M. Brubacher,   b. 8 Mar 1859, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Oct 1917, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
     9. Benjamin M. Brubacher,   b. 9 Jun 1861, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1925  (Age 63 years)
     10. Martin M. Brubacher,   b. 1 Feb 1863, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     11. Enoch Brubacher,   b. 14 Mar 1865, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Sep 1887, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 22 years)
     12. Noah M. Brubacher,   b. 9 Aug 1866, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1944  (Age 77 years)
     13. Amanda Brubacher,   b. 22 May 1868, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jun 1943, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     14. Harriet M. Brubacher,   b. 7 Jun 1870, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1945  (Age 74 years)
    Last Modified 5 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F197  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Esther Musselman,   b. 18 Nov 1842, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1926  (Age 83 years) 
    Married Dec 1882  [1, 4, 10
    Last Modified 5 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F198  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • John E. Brubacher, "second son of John and Catharine (Sherk) Brubacher, was born August 9th, 1822. On February 6th, 1846, he was married to Magdalena, daughter of David and Esther (Martin) Musselman. She was born December 16th 1827, and died July 5th, 1877. After her deceased he was married, in December, 1882, to Esther Musselman, sister to his first wife. She was the widow of the late Amos Martin, and was born November 18th, 1842. To him and his first wife was born a family of fourteen children"


      Eby, Ezra E. (1895). A biographical history of Waterloo township and other townships of the county: being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin: as also much other unpublished historical information chiefly of a local character. Berlin [Kitchener, Ont.]: [s.n.].

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      Waterloo County lost another of its pioneers on Sunday evening, when Mr. John E. Brubacher passed away at his home, about two miles northwest of Waterloo. Deceased was 80 years of age and was one of the oldest settlers. A family of ten children survive. They are- David, St. Jacobs; Martin, Kansas; John and Benjamin, near home; Noah, at home; Mrs. Samuel Snyder and Mrs. O. S. Martin, Waterloo; Mrs. Levi Groff, Lexington; Mrs. David Martin, Elmira, and Harriet at home. The funeral took place at 9 o'clock on Wednesday morning to the old Mennonite church, Berlin.

      Elmira Signet 28 Aug 1902

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] Book - Vol I A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 347.

    2. [S10] Book - Vol II A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 23.

    3. [S10] Book - Vol II A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 121.

    4. [S10] Book - Vol II A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 126.

    5. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 29 Sep 1887.
      21 Sep 1887 Enoch Brubacher, son of John E. Brubacher, died in Waterloo T'p. at age of 22 years, 6 months and 7 days.

    6. [S132] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo North - 1901, Waterloo C-4 Page 16.

    7. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 3 Pg 24.
      John E. BRUBACHER Farmer Canada 30 Mennonite
      Martha BRUBACHER wife Canada 24 Mennonite
      David BRUBACHER son Canada F. 4 Mennonite
      Mary Ann BRUBACHER daughter Canada F. 3 Mennonite
      Lucy BRUBACHER daughter Canada F. 1 Mennonite
      Christian SCHENK hired man Germany 15 Lutheran
      Nancy BRUBACHER Sister Canada 19 Mennonite
      Ester MARTIN Servant Canada 18 Mennonite

    8. [S1943] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo North - 1861, Waterloo Township 1861 Div. 13 Page 90.

    9. [S2222] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Township (North) - 1871, Div. 4, Pg. 4.

    10. [S2042] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1891, Section 3 Page 30.

    11. [S13] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - Wellington District Marriage Register Part 1 1840-1852, Eby, Benjamin Rev. - Minister of the Mennonist Society, Berlin #64.
      John E. Brubacher, of Waterloo, to Magdalena Musselman, of Woolwich. 3 Feb. 1846. Wit. David Musselman and John Brubacher.

    12. [S873] Wateloo City - designated properties list, Brubacher House Columbia St., West, Waterloo, Ontario.

    13. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 3 Pg 24.

    14. [S47] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - First Mennonite CC#4507 Internet link First Mennonite Cemetery online.

    15. [S77] News - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - Elmira Signet (1893-1982), Obituary of John E. Brubacher - 28 Aug 1902.

    16. [S3] Book - Vol I A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 345.

    17. [S3] Book - Vol I A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 616-617.

    18. [S32] News - Herald of Truth, Nov 15, 1882.
      Obituary of Catharine Sherk

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 9 Aug 1822 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistoric Building - The Schweitzer House - - Waterloo Township - German Company Tract Lot 025, Waterloo County, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1846 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 3 Feb 1846 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistoric Building - 1850 - Columbia Street West, Waterloo, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - farmer - 1852 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1861 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1861 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1871 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1871 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1891 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1901 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 Aug 1902 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - First Mennonite Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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