JOHN BRUBAKER. No class of people has been more helpful in bringing about the high standing that this county enjoys than the men who have developed its rich agricultural resources, and among these is the subject of this sketch, who has a finely improved farm on section 20, Girard Township. Mr. Brubaker was born in Roanoke County, Va., September 4, 1832, and is the eighth child and second son of Joel and Elizabeth (Fisher) Brubaker. For parental history see sketch of Moses Brubaker.
Mr. Brubaker was reared in his native county, and resided there until 1859, when, with his wife and three children, he went to Clarke County, Ohio. He located ten miles from the city of Springfield, near the village of Northampton, where he and his brother Noah bought a quarter section of land in company. There was a good brick house on the place, also a log stable, and one hundred and twenty acres cleared. They farmed together until 1864, when our subject sold his interest in the farm in order to try agricultural pursuits on the rich soil in this county. After coming here he rented a farm in Girard Township one season, and during that time he bought the farm that he now occupies. He has erected a neat and substantial set of frame buildings, and otherwise improved his homestead so that it is a valuable piece of property, and gives evidence of his skill and practicality as a farmer.
March 9, 1854, Mr. Brubaker and Miss Mary Neff were wedded. Mrs. Brubaker was born in Franklin County, Va., November 20, 1833. Her father, Isaac Neff, was a native of the same county, and it is thought that his father, who bore the same name as himself, was also a Virginian by birth. The father of the latter, Jacob Nafe (the family name being originally spelled that way), was a native of Germany. When he was young his father started with him and two other sons, named Henry and Bastian, for America. The father died on the voyage, and the three sons were bound out on their arrival in this country to pay their passage. Later one of them settled in Virginia, one in Maryland and one in Ohio. Jacob Nafe married Katie Flory, and resided in Franklin County, Va., whither he removed from Maryland. The maiden name of the great-grandmother of Mrs. Brubaker was Spangler. Mrs. Brubaker's grandfather was a farmer, and spent his last years in Franklin County, Va. His homestead was located a half mile from Teelsville, on the stage road from Salem to Rocky Mount, and there for some years he kept a public house. The maiden name of his wife was Barbara Myers. Both were members of the German Baptist Brethren Church.
Mrs. Brubaker's father was reared to agricultural pursuits, and followed farming in Virginia until 1868, when he came to Illinois, and now resides at Auburn, Sangamon County, in his eighty second year. The maiden name of Mrs. Brubaker's mother was Elizabeth Peters. She was born in Franklin County, Va., and died in her native State in 1838.
Our subject and his good wife are consistent and conscientious Christians, as is shown by their conduct in everyday affairs of life, and in them the German Baptist Brethren Church has two of its best members. There have been born to them a large family of children, whose names are as follows: Riley F., Caleb C., Josiah D., Lizzie M., Kate B., Barbara, who died in infancy; Isaac Neff, Nicholas J., Martha R., Charles H. and Alpheus O. Kate married Frank Snell and Martha is the wife of Isaac Harshbarger. The children are all active members of the same church to which their parents belong.