I have been researching the arrival of immigrants into the Shenandoah Valley and have found some references to the Brinker family in the published work of Faust and Brumbaugh entitled "Lists of Swiss Emigrants in the Eighteenth Century to the American Colonies" in two vol. List of persons from the Parish Elsau [nw of Zurich near Winterthur] to Carolina and Pennsylvania Anno 1734-1744:
departed Nov. 4, 1734
Andreas Bruencker from Ruemiken b. July 9, 1699
Regula Herter his wife b.Sept. 8, 1695
Hans Heinrich b. July 10, 1722
Hans Conrad b. March 5, 1724
Hans Ulrich b. April 14, 1726
Jacob b. Nov. 9, 1727
Maria Elisabeth b. Aug. 1730 died
Abraham b. July 20, 1734
Also departing on the same date was Salomen Ruckstul, wife Barbara and children.
The ship Mary which arrived in Philadelphia in June 1735 has Andreas Brinker and his family and Solomon Ruckstoll and his family on board. The names of the wives and children agree closely with the records in the Swiss Archives.
There is also a Henry Brinker listed on the ship St. Andrew which arrived in Philadelphia in August 1750. Is this the same Henry Brinker who arrived in 1735 as a boy? Perhaps he returned to Switzerland to claim an inheritance or to recruit others to come to America. The name next to Henry Brinker on the ship list in 1750 is Jacob Tshumy. In the town of Winchester in 1753 a Henry Brinker received a land grant for lot # 110. Jacob Shumey and Daniel Shiveley received land grants for lots # 97 and 98 respectively. Tschumi and Shiveley are mentioned also in Faust and Brumbaugh and were living in Berkeley Co. VA in 1791 according records in the Swiss Archives. Others on this ship appear to have settled in the Shenandoah Valley also including Ulrich Wagner, Peter Haller, possibly Jacob Rohrer, possibly Conrad Kramer, possibly descendents of Anthony Shomony (Shomo?) and possibly the wife Euphronica of Caspar Waldy and their son John Welty (my ancestor). Caspar died and Euphronica or Fronica married Anthony Simon in 1753 in PA.
The connections to Daniel Wuethrich from the Emmen Valley east of Bern (see Daniel Whibrick will of Frederick Co. VA dated 1756 with Col. John Hite and Henry Brinker as executors) are interesting also as he was a recruiter of immigrants in Bern Switzerland about 1735 as was a George Striker whose children are mentioned in the will as step-sons. He died about 1736 shortly after his arrival in America. His widow Magdalena nee Springer married Daniel Wuetrich in Lancaster Co. PA. Conrad Brinker lived next to Moses Striker one of the step sons in Woodstock in 1761 also.
I am interested in any info on these families.