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

Deacon John E. Brubacher[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]

Male 1793 - 1875  (82 years)


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  • Name John E. Brubacher 
    Prefix Deacon 
    Born 11 Jul 1793  Elizabeth Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12
    Gender Male 
    Interesting pioneer, story 
    Land Bef 1831  Waterloo Township - German Company Tract Lot 057, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Land Bef 1831  Waterloo Township - German Company Tract Lot 059, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Land Bef 1831  Waterloo Township - German Company Tract Lot 006, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Occupation 1861  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    farmer 
    Religion 1861  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Mennonite 
    Occupation 1871  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Gentleman 
    Religion 1871  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Mennonite 
    Eby ID Number 00018-1389 
    Died 10 Oct 1875  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 4, 12, 16, 17
    Buried First Mennonite Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [18
    Person ID I459  Generations
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2019 

    Father Jacob Brubacher,   b. 11 Jun 1758, of, Elizabeth Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Aug 1793  (Age 35 years) 
    Mother Susannah Erb,   b. 17 Mar 1762, Warwick Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jan 1844  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 1781  [4, 19, 20
    Family ID F156  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 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  [1, 6, 16
    Children 
     1. Jacob Brubacher,   b. 9 Apr 1818, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1896, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     2. Susannah Brubacher,   b. 28 Jun 1819, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 1891, Bridgeport (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     3. Elizabeth Brubacher,   b. 13 Dec 1820, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jan 1899, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     4. John E. Brubacher,   b. 9 Aug 1822, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Aug 1902, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     5. Henry Brubacher,   b. 12 Feb 1824, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 1893, near, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     6. Joseph Brubacher,   b. 27 Oct 1825, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Mar 1841, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 15 years)
     7. Christian Brubacher,   b. 27 Apr 1827, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Oct 1848, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 21 years)
     8. Samuel S. Brubacher,   b. 4 Jan 1829, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Dec 1875, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)
     9. Magdalena Brubacher,   b. 14 Jan 1831, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Mar 1831  (Age 0 years)
     10. Anna "Nancy" Brubacher,   b. 19 Sep 1832, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1870, Pottstown, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
     11. Magdalena Brubacher,   b. 10 Mar 1834, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1915  (Age 81 years)
     12. Mary Brubacher,   b. 29 Aug 1836, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Mar 1859, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 22 years)
     13. Catharine Brubacher,   b. 5 Jul 1838, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Sep 1911, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     14. Benjamin S. Brubacher,   b. 24 Apr 1841, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 1871, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years)
     15. Veronica Brubacher,   b. 16 May 1843, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Nov 1935, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F1421  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 Jul 1793 - Elizabeth Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand - Bef 1831 - Waterloo Township - German Company Tract Lot 057, Waterloo County, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand - Bef 1831 - Waterloo Township - German Company Tract Lot 059, Waterloo County, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand - Bef 1831 - Waterloo Township - German Company Tract Lot 006, Waterloo County, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - farmer - 1861 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1861 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Gentleman - 1871 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1871 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 Oct 1875 - Kitchener, 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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  • Notes 
    • John Brubacher, "the youngest son of Jacob and Susannah (Erb) Brubacher, was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, July 11th, 1793. In 1815 he came to Canada (See pages 45, 46 and 47) and selected his lot, No. 57, German Company's Tract, township and county of Waterloo, Ontario, a little to the east of Berlin. Here he had a small clearing made and a log shanty erected thereon. Late in fall of the same year Mr. Brubacher returned to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to make arrangements for moving to Canada the following spring. Early in 1816, he, in company with his mother, moved to this country and had their home with Bishop Benjamin Eby. As soon as the log shanty on his large farm was finished he started housekeeping for himself. His mother proved to be his female assistant for one year. On March 6th, 1817, he was married to Catharine, daughter of Joseph and Mary (Betzner) Sherk. She was born February 11th, 1798 and died October 8th, 1882. He died October 10th, 1875. When quite a young man he was ordained as deacon of the Mennonite Church for the Eby field of labor. This position he held until his death. To them was born a family of fifteen 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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      October 10th, in Berlin, Canada, John Brubaker, one of the first settlers in this section, aged 82 years and 3 days.


      Death Announcement - Herald of Truth, November 1875

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      JOHN BRUBACHER

      John Brubacher came to Canada in 1816 and was accompanied by his widowed mother, Mrs. Susanna (Erb) Brubacher. She was a plucky woman and whatever she did was done aright. On the way over Mrs. Brubacher rode on a horse and killed a rattlesnake with her whip. Her son drove a heavily-laden Conestoga. Among other articles he brought in a churn. When they reached this settlment, their first meal was eaten off a pine stump. Mother and son then threaded their way through the woods to her son-in-law, Ben Eby's place,

      John Brubacher made a clearing on Lot 57 and erected a log home. His mother kept house for him until 1817, when he married Catherine, daughter of Joseph and Mary (Betzner) Sherk. Ezra Eby said that Mrs, Susanna Brubacher sold her son 896 acres for $672 and then returned to Pennsylvania. Later on John Brubacher. as has been said, bought the Elias Eby farm in the East Ward and built a home in Brubacher Street that is still in use. Eventually John is said to have acquired 3,000 acres of land and to have given each of his fifteen children a farm.

      John Brubacher was a short, dark man, and could lift a barrel of cider to his shoulder and take a drink out of the bunghole. His favorite saying was: Truth lasts the longest. His great-grand-father, also named John, when urged by his neighbors in Pennsylvania to build a gristmill declined, because he feared he might he tempted to take too heavy tolls.

      Mrs. John Brubacher dressed plainly and wore a white cap. Her descendants treasure the heirlooms she handed down. There were no locks on their doors and often at night Indians entered her kitchen and slept on the floor. Once she was alarmed at breakfast time when a squaw fed a young papoose a piece of liver-sausage.

      Fire was hard to make, for the settlers had no matches. A handful of dry cedar-bark was shredded and sparks struck from a flint with a piece of steel. Some families kept their fire burning the year round.

      One night an Indian buck rapped on John's window and pleaded for a drink of whisky, but the pioneer did not give him any. Wild animals were all too plentiful and wolves a menace. Occasionally he heard the squeal of a pig as it was dragged from its pen by a black bear.

      The Mennonites loved music. Once, while revisiting his old home in Pennsylvania, John Brubacher called on a man who owned a medodeon and had him play a hymn often sung in Ben Eby's church. As he listened tears of joy rolled down his cheeks. The pioneer walked with his head bent Ward Bowlby once met him in East King Street and said, "Mr. Brubacher, when walking you should keep your head up" John responded, "Mr. Bowlby, yonder is a field of wheat. Some of the stalks stand with their heads up those are empty; the bent heads only are filled with grain."

      Mr. Brubacher's youngest daughter, Veronica (Mrs. Moses Betzner) died in 1936, when in her ninety-second year. She was an early riser; ate whole-wheat bread and until her fortieth year never tasted tea nor coffee after that she drank milk or butter-milk. "Sunrise," said she, "has a virtue no other part or the day has. Work is a blessing. Without it He would not be worth living."

      "This community," she added, "was based on practical Christianity. The people were honorable and in business matters no writings passed among them It was all done by word of mouth and a man's Yes was binding."

      A History of Kitchener, W. V. (Ben) Uttley, Kitchener, Ontario 1937, pg 23, 24

  • 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..., 345.

    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..., 238.

    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..., 38.

    4. [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.

    5. [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..., 268.

    6. [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.

    7. [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..., 600.

    8. [S15] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Breslau - Breslau Mennonite CC#4579 Internet Link .
      Dedels/ Nancy Hallman/ wife of Henry Dedels/ died May 5, 1903 in her 42nd year/ Henry Dedels/ died Feb. 3, 1927 in his 68th year/ Nancy Burt/ wife of/ Henry Dedels/ died Aug. 19, 1948 in her 90th year

    9. [S123] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1861, Div 1 pg 1.
      John Brubacher Farmer Pennsylvania. MN 68
      Cath. Brubacher Pennsylvania. MN 63
      Sam. Brubacher Labourer UC MN 26
      Benj. Brubacher Labourer UC MN 18
      Ver. Brubacher UC MN 16
      J.C. Platz Labourer Germany Religion: Lutheran deaf and dumb
      M. Platz Germany Religion: Lutheran

    10. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 4 Pg 21.
      John BRUBACHER Farmer Birthplace: USA Age 59 Mennonite b. 4-Sep
      Katharina BRUBACHER Birthplace: USA Age 54 Mennonite b. 10-Oct
      Henry BRUBACHER Labourer Birthplace: Canada Age 27 Mennonite b. 20-Jul
      Samuel BRUBACHER Labourer Birthplace: Canada Age 23 Mennonite b. 30-Aug
      Benjamin BRUBACHER Birthplace: Canada Age 10 Mennonite b. 9-Apr
      Magdalena BRUBACHER Birthplace: Canada Age 17 Mennonite b. 24-Apr
      Maria BRUBACHER Birthplace: Canada Age 15 Mennonite b. 18-Mar
      Katharina BRUBACHER Birthplace: Canada Age 13 Mennonite b. 16-Mar
      Veronica BRUBACHER Birthplace: Canada Age 8 Mennonite b. 29-Aug
      It appears all the birthdates are wrong. The birth years are within acceptable limits, but the months and day are incorrect. Probably due to improper reporting.

    11. [S229] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1871, Div. 1, Pg. 68.

    12. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 14 Oct 1875.
      Died 10 Oct 1875 In Berlin, John Brubacher, one of the first settlers in this district, died at the age of 82 years, 3 months.

    13. [S1322] Land - Founding Families of Waterloo Township 1800-1830, 17.

    14. [S123] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1861, Div 1 pg 1.

    15. [S123] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1861, Div 1 Pg 1.
      Fred Hohenstein Farmer Germany Baptist 35 Male absent
      El. Hohenstein Germany Baptist 33 Male absent
      Fred Hohenstein New York Baptist 11
      J. Hohenstein UC Baptist 8
      El. Hohenstein UC Baptist 3
      Hen. Hohenstein UC Baptist 1860
      El. Derbecker Servant Germany LU 26

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

    17. [S32] News - Herald of Truth, November 1875.
      Obituary of John Brubacher

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

    19. [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..., 340.

    20. [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...