Information from Biographical History of Waterloo County, by Ezra Eby (1895-96). The author makes a note in the section on Michael Gingerich that the information was received in 1869 from the late Jno. Gingerich near Waterloo.
I GINGERICH, Michael, the progenitor of this numerous family, emigrated to America in 1747 and settled in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He was born near the city of Strassburg, Alsace, Germany, about the year 1725. He was a farmer. His family consisted of several children but the names of only two have been received while the names of the others together with that of his wife have not been obtained. The two whose names we received were II Abraham and II Joseph.
II GINGERICH, Abraham, was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania about the year 1751. He was married to Barbara Hunsicker and had a family of eleven children, ten of whom came to Canada. The father not being able financially to procure a home for each of his sons in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, resolved to emigrate to some country where land could be purchased cheap, consequently his son David was requested to go on a journey to the much-spoken-of Canada and make a thorough inspection of the nature of the soil, timber, water, and of the advisability of settling there. No sooner had his son arrived in this part of the country, now Waterloo County, than he found everything far beyond his expectations and immediately a lot on which he intended to settle the following spring was selected. This lot was west of Doon. Late in fall he returned to Pennsylvania where he and his father made ample preparations to move to Canada the following spring. In April, 1801, old Abraham Gingerich with his wife and family of ten children, of whom his son David and several daughtere were married, moved to Canada, arriving at old Joseph Schoerg's place, opposite Doon, the first week in June. To their great surprise, they found on their arrival that another party* had located on the lot selected by young David the fall previously. This caused the father and his sons to make another selection of a lot on which to settle. They then settled a little east of Preston. Abraham, the father, settled on the farm afterwards purchased by Isaac Bergey, where he died about the year 1814, while his son David settled on the farm now in possession of his grandson, IV Jacob S. Gingerich. The family of Abraham Gingerich consisted of eleven children, viz: * This party was Henry Bechtel.
The names of the 11 children (all born in Lancaster Co., PA), may not be in proper order of birth:
John, child of Joseph GINGERICH, and nephew of old Abraham above, came to Canada a few years after his uncle Abraham & family:
Since many of the above children married in PA before coming to Canada, the names of the spouses may be familiar to you (you know how siblings, cousins, inter-married into the same families).
Hope this helps. Now we just have to figure out what the connection was with Daniel b. ca 1722-1726 immigrated. ca. 1737, d. 1803 Warwick Twp, Lancaster Co.; to Jonathan & Joseph Gingerich. Since I have no surname for Daniel's wife, Susannah, were they borthers-in-law, or perhaps sons-in-law, or perhaps just friends? Wouldn't that be great if you found a Susanna Gingerich b. 1722-28! (I can dream, can't I!).