Brumbaugh, Johannes (John)
b: 27 NOV 1734 in Wuerttemberg, Germany
The discovery of the deeds reproduced in this section seems to settle the fact that his wife was Mary Elizabeth Metsker.
Lists 4 children (Margaret, wife of Daniel Kamerer; ?, wife of Daniel Kensinger; Lydia Ann, wife of John Stoner; and Catharine, wife of John Graffius) Does not list Amelia, wife of Herman Clapper Broderbund WFT Vol. 2, Ed. 1, Tree #0837, does not lists 4 children: Margaret, Lydia Ann, Amelia and Anna Maria (wife of Daniel Kensinger) , but not Catharine.
Arrived in Philadelphia on 07 October 1765 aboard the ship "Countess of Sussex" with his brother Conrad. [Genealogy of the Brumbach Families by Gaius Marcus Brumbaugh]
Occupation:He was known as the "stocking weaver" (strump weber)Family Stories:. Deeds: John Brumbaugh & Mary Elizabeth, deed part of "Bloomfied", Franklin Twp., Bedford Co.- 245 A, 65 P to Daniel Kamerer of Washington Co., MD, Nov 21, 1799 (Book AA, p. 63 Bedford Co., PA) search made & copied by Mr. Elias Gibson, Bedford PA. Article for Martinsburg Herald, Nov 27, 1908 by James Horn Camerer (E2900-xi(8)): History of our First Settlers--Owned Fifteen Hundred Acres of Land--John Brumbaugh and Son-in-law, Daniel Camerer, located near Martinsburg, PA. Editor Herald:--The first settlers of Martinsburg were John Brumbaugh and Daniel Camerer, both of German descent. The following dates, in connection with their family history and time of coming to this place, are taken from an old German Bible.John Brumbaugh emigrated from Frederick Co., Md., to the Conococheague settlement in the year 1783. He did not come further at that time, for in those days it was dangerous to live far from the forts, on account of the Indians, and then the red men had ossession of this territory. At that time Mr. Brumbaugh and his wife, whose maiden name was Mary Elizabeth Metsker, had two daughters, the younger of whom after their coming to this place became the wife of a man by the name of Kensinger. John Brumbaugh, wife and younger daughter and a boy living with them, came by way of Fort Loudon and Fort Bedford, and on to where Martinsburg is located, then a wilderness densely covered with timber. Having the pick of the land he located here. He went back to Bedford and procured a warrant for 1500 acres of land, March 14, 1785. The Indians were then leaving this part of the country. Some time afterwards he employed a surveyor and had the land surveyed. Lare, September 7, 1792, patent for the land was issued to him by the Penns, which I have in my possession, but he held a warrant for the land during the seven preceding years.
After living here some time another daughter was born in the Brumbaugh family, Lydia Ann, who afterwards became the wife of John Stoner. I here relate an incident in the life of Mr. and Mrs. Brumbaugh. While they were living in Frederick Co., Md., a company of Scottish Highlanders who had a small child, a boy, in their possession, left the child alone on the door step of the Brumbaugh home. Mr. Brumbaugh and wife took him in and brought the boy with them to their new home in the wilderness, or far west, as this locality was then called. They named the boy Brumbaugh. It was never known to them how the Highlanders got possession of the child. When he grew to manhood he learned to play the violin and was nick-named "Fiddler Jack."
The first house John Brumbaugh built was north of the "Y", where three pear trees are still standing. The second house he built was nearer the site of Martinsburg, near the present stone house on the Hagey-Clapper farm, formerly known as the Stoner homestead. Yarrick Brumbaugh, who lived at James Creek, was also one of the early ministers of thefirst Martinsburg German Baptist church, crossing the Tussey mountain to hold services in the Cove. The next pastor of the church was Rev. John Soyster, who married Daniel Camerer's oldest daughter, Hannah Camerer. The next minister of the church to preach here was Rev. George Brumbaugh, who preached in the German language in both the old and the new churches.
I have written the above by request. Part of the information was given me by my mother. James H. Camerer Martinsburg, Blair Co., PA [The mother of the writer, Mrs. Elizabeth Camerer, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Horn, a native of Franklin county, born on Little Antietam Creek, near Waynesboro, and widow of James Camerer, deceased, the youngest child of Daniel and Margaret Brumbaugh Camerer, is 88 years old and possesses a good memory. She has a good knowledge of the early history of the Cove. The data as above has been gathered for a history of the Brumbaugh family, now being written by Mr. Camerer, and is kindly given to the Herald for publication---Editor]