Facts and Events
John Brubaker was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Orange County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:
- Pages 206-10. 15-16 Dec. 1735. Jacob Stover of St. Mark's Parish, Orange County, to John Prupecker of the Province of Pennsylvania. Lease and release; for £41. Two tracts on Gerundo (Shenandoah) River, one for 300 acres... on the north side of Gerrando and joyning to Mathias Selser... up the river... the other of 200 acres... on the north side of Gerrando... (signed) Jacob (J S) Stover. Wit: John Bramham, Gideon Marr, Wm. Terrell. 16 Dec. 1735. Acknowledged by Jacob Stover. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 1, Dorman, pg. 16].
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 423.--19th October, 1747. £50. John Fewbaker to Abraham Fewbaker, 2 parcels of land on Shanando River, 300 acres adjoining Jacob Nahale, 200 acres adjoining Jacob Nahale. Teste: Samuel Newman, Wm. Scholl, Mathias Selzer. Proved by Scholl and Selzer, 18th November, 1747.
Records in Orange County, VA
- Pages 403-06. 26-27 May 1741. Jacob Greuter of Orange County to John Rode of same. Lease and release; for £16 Pennsylvania money. 100 acres on the north side Sherrundo River joining to Martin Kauffman's tract at Elk Lick and Prubecker's (Proopecker, Brubecker) lower tract. (signed) Jacob Greitter. 28 May 1741. Acknowledged by Jacob Greuter to John Rhode. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 4, Dorman, pg. 62].
John Brubaker was one of the original settlers of the "Massanutten Tract" in the Shenandoah Valley. His house was burned down in 1758 in the Massacre at Hawksbill Settlement.
- Wayland, John Walter. The German element of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. (Charlottesville, VA: Self Published, 1907), pg. 48.
The deeds received by [Jacob] Stover, December 15, 1733, for the two grants of 5,000 acres each, obtained over three years before, are said to be the first crown patents issued for lands in Virginia west of the Blue Ridge. By the time these patents were issued he seems to have had the required number of bona fide settlers on the lower tract, and possibly on the upper one also.
But it was not long until Stover either got back his Massanutten tract, or secured other tracts very close to it. On September 17, 1735, he sold to Christian Clemon 550 acres on the south side of the Shenandoah, adjoining the 'upper corner of his lower five thousand Tract.' On November 10, 1735, he sold to George Boone two tracts, of 1000 acres and 500 acres respectively, situated on a 'small branch of Sharrando River'—part of 5,000 acres laid out for him by the Virginia Council, June 17, 1730. These 1500 acres sold to Boone were evidently part of the 5,000-acre tract that the petitioners of 1733 had bought. The grant seems to have been capable of indefinite expansion. But more is to come. On December 15, 16, 1735, Stover sold to five men, Henry Sowter, Abraham Strickler, Ludwick Stone, John Brubaker, and Mathias Selser, ten tracts of land, aggregating 3400 acres. Sowter got 300 acres on the south side of the river, "near the mouth of Mesenuttin Creek"; Strickler got 1000 acres at "Mesenuttin on Gerundo"; Stone got three tracts of 400 acres, 400 acres, and 300 acres, respectively, "on Gerundo River"; Brubaker got two tracts, one of 300 acres, one of 200 acres, on the river—the larger tract adjoining Mathias Selser; Selser got three tracts, two of 200 acres each, one of 100 acres, "on Gerundo River."
- Cartmell, Thomas Kemp, 1838-1920. Shenandoah Valley Pioneers and Their Descendants: a history of Frederick County, Virginia. (Berryville, Virginia: Chesapeake Book, 1909, 1963).
From "Shenandoah Valley Pioneers and Their Descendants", by T,K. Cartmell:
:In 1758, the Indians killed a number of people in the Hawksbill settlement: John Stone, Jacob Holtzman's wife, and her children. The house of John Brewbaker was burned; Stone's wife and child about eight years old, and George Grindstaff, about sixteen, were carried away. The Indians murdered Mrs. Stone and her infant on the South Branch Mountain. Grandstaff returned in about three years. It was about that date that word came from the Justice's Court, that the Indians were at the old Zane Iron Works, and had entered the house of a man named Young, killed several of his family, and carried away his two daughters. [Note: on the 10th day of April, 1908, Mr. Aiken Robinson found five skeletons on his farm a mile South of the old Zane furnace, two were adults and three smaller sized. It is fully substantiated in several ways, that the skeletons represent the massacred Young family mentioned. Mr. Robinson prepared a vault near by, and in the presence of many neighbors, removed the skeletons to it and erected a slab with suitable inscriptios to mark the spot].