I have located ancester Ludwig Bricker b. 1753 or 1754 (listed differently in different places) in a number of records, all of which list his father as Nicholas Bricker (b. 1732) , by wife Elizabeth or Elizabetha. I have also seen mentions that father Nicholas might have spelled his name Nicolaus, or have been born as Johann Nicolaus - and Bricker is anglified from Breuker, perhaps. They are supposedly from Holland, Gutersloh, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany originally. I am guessing that his exit from Germany would logically have been to leave by ship from Bremerhaven, the nearest large port. I have not yet been able to find any ship records from the 1700s. If anyone has information connected to any of these people I would be interested in hearing.