John Brubacher: Birth: 26 SEP 1783. Death: 1792
Note: Jacob Brubacher, the fourth member of the last named family, was born June 11th, 1758. He, in 1781, was married to Susannah Erb who was born March 17th, 1762, and died January 22nd, 1844, aged 81 years, 10 months and 5 days. They commenced 'keeping house' on the old 'Brubacher homestead' in Elizabeth Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. They afterwards moved to Ephrata village, same county, to what is now called 'Keller's Mill', which they owned and also the farm adjoining it. Jacob Brubacher was a good farmer and a successful miller. During a trip on business to Philadelphia he contracted the yellow fever from which he died. His death occurred August 31st, 1793, aged 35 years, 2 months, and 20 days. His young widow devoted her time and energies nobly in the raising of her family of seven children. Two of the family, Maria, married to Benjamin Eby and John, the youngest of the family, moved to Canada, as also did Elias a son of Christian. In the year 1809 the widow, Susannah Brubacher, paid a visit to her daughter, Maria, who then resided in Waterloo Township, Waterloo County, Ontario. Here in Waterloo, Ontario, she met her parents, Christian and Maria (Scherch) Erb who had moved here but a short time previously. Her three brothers, Jacob, Abraham, and John, and four sisters, Elizabeth, Barbara, Anna, and Magdalena, were all married and had moved here during the years 1804-1807. In the year 1816 she paid her second visit to this part of the country. This time her youngest son, John, accompanied her. He was unmarried and was about 23 years of age. She remained here two years with her son, John, who started on his farm, lot No. 57, German Company's Tract. After his marriage she returned home to spend her remaining days in the service of her Lord more fully so that when the death summons should call her away she would be ready to meet her Lord in peace. It is related that on her last journey over the Alleghanies she noticed a large rattle snake lying on the middle of the road, she dismounted her pony and with a well-aimed blow she killed this dangerous serpent, thus proving to be a woman of courage. The names of Jacob and Susannah (Erb) Brubacher's children were Jacob, John, Henry, Christian, Mary, Susannah, and John. Of those who remained in Pennsylvania we shall give merely names of children but of those members of the above family who settled in Canada we shall give a full history. [Eby Book 1895]
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