Descendants of Thomas Grubb

Fourth Generation

Family of Henry GRUBB Jr. (3) & Wilmot UNKNOWN

4. Anthony GRUBB. Religion: Quaker.[1]

Anthony accompanied his mother to London in 1677 and signed his brother Henry's certificate. [1]

Anthony married Mary MARTEN.[1] [Note: Marriage recorded 18 Apr 1672 but may have occurred earlier.].

They had the following children:
i. William. Born on 8 Mar 1672 in Stoke Climsland, Cornwall, England.[1] William died in Stoke Climsland, Cornwall, England in 1696/7; he was 23. Buried on 4 Feb 1696/7 in Stoke Climsland, Cornwall, England.[1]
ii. Samuel. Born on 14 Feb 1676 in Stoke Climsland, Cornwall, England.[1] Samuel died ? .
iii. Wilmot. Born on 1 Feb 1680/1 in Stoke Climsland, Cornwall, England.[1] Wilmot died ? .
iv. Joseph. Born on 14 Jan 1683 in Stoke Climsland, Cornwall, England.[1] Joseph died ? .

5. Henry GRUBB III. Born ? . Henry died in 1705.[1] Occupation: Butcher and Tavern Owner in Burlington, NJ.[1]

Henry Grubb came to America with his brother, John, in 1677 aboard the Kent. Henry was an indentured servant. His indenture agreement (published in 1941 by the New Jersey Historical Society) was signed in London on March 28, 1677, just before the Kent sailed. Before Henry sailed on the Kent, he received a certificate from the Ratcliffe Quaker Meeting in London, England, as a letter of introduction. Wilmot Grubb signed Henry's certificate as his mother; Anthony Grubb signed the certificate as his brother, and Joane Grubb signed as his sister. A number of Quakers who were known to have been from Stoke Climsland, including Daniel Clark, Tristam Clark and Walter Hawkin, also signed Henry's certificate in 1677. The text of the certificate survives in the minutes of the Salem Meeting as follows: "Deare and loving friends in the Truth, to us as many of you as this may concerne, these few lines we write to you concerning our dear friend Henry Grubb: as long as he remained with us he behaved himself very orderly & also being single & free from contact with any women soe far as we know, & with remembrance of our dear love to him & all friends in the unchangeable truth. Daniel Clark, Tristam Clark, Gabriel Rundie, Walter Hawkin, John Clark, Francis Rundie, James Cocking, Wilmot Grubb his mother, Joane Grubb, Anthony Grubb." One of the other passengers on the Kent was William Clark who married at Salem in 1679. Henry Grubb was present at William's marriage. John and Henry Grubb as well as William Clark were among the few passengers who remained in Salem after landing rather than travel with the rest of the Kent passengers to Burlington, New Jersey. Later in 1683, Henry settled in Burlington and opened a tavern. [1]

Will of Henry Grubb of the town of Burlington, NJ, dated 12th mo. 11, 1695, proved January 24, 1705/6: "I give and bequeath unto my dear mother, Wilmot Grubb, of the town of Stoak Climsland, in the county of Cornwall and the Kingdom of England, five pounds to be paid within two years after my decease." Of the residue of his estate he gave one half to his daughters, Mary and Elizabeth, and the other to his wife, whom he appointed executrix. His brother-in-law, Thomas Rapier, and friend, John Hollingshead, were appointed trustees or guardians of his children. Witnesses: Isaac Marriott, Emanuel Smith and Peter Fretwell. This will survives in the New Jersey Archives.[1],[3]

In 1683 Henry married Mary PERKINS, daughter of William PERKINS & Mary UNKNOWN, in Friend's Meeting at Burlington, NJ.[1],[3] 3rd mo. 24th day.

Mary and her parents, William and Mary Perkins, were passengers on the Kent, 1677. Her father died at sea. [3], [1]

They had the following children:
i. David. Born in 1685 in Burlington, NJ.[3],[1] 12th mo. 4th day. David died in Burlington, NJ in 1687; he was 2.[3],[1] 3rd mo. 4th day.
ii. Mary. Born in 1688 in Burlington, NJ.[3],[1] 11th mo. 6th day. Mary died ? .
iii. Elizabeth. Born in 1691 in Burlington, NJ.[3],[1] 6th mo. 12th day. Elizabeth died ? .

6. John GRUBB Esq. Born in 1652 in Stoke Climsland, Cornwall, England.[4],[1],[5] Christened on 16 Aug 1652 in Stoke Climsland, Cornwall, England.[1] John died in Marcus Hook, Del Co, PA in Mar 1708; he was 56.[4],[5] Buried in St Martin's P. E. Churchyard, Marcus Hook, Del Co, PA.[4] Occupation: A planter and a tanner in Brandywine Hd, New Castle Co, DE (first manufacturer of leather in Penn's Providence).[1] Immigrant Ancestor.

John joined with William Penn, sailed from London, England, in 1677 (aboard the Ship Kent sailing for Burlington, NJ) and in 1679 settled at Upland, now Chester Co, PA. In 1682 he settled in what was to be known as Grubb's Landing on the Delaware in Brandywine Hundred, New Castle Co, DE. John was a planter, a justice in 1693, and a member of the Colonial Assembly 1692-1700. [4]

John Grubb and his brother Henry came to America in 1677 aboard the Kent. John and Henry were among the few passengers who remained in Salem after landing rather than travel with the rest of the Kent passengers to Burlington, New Jersey. Shortly after his arrival on the Kent, John Grubb became one of the 150 individuals involved with the West Jersey venture to sign the West Jersey Concessions and Agreements (the first constitution of New Jersey.) John's signature on this document indicates that he was in West Jersey no later than the Kent's arrival. John's name does not appear on the 1677 census of that area which was taken before the arrival of the Kent. He remained in Salem, NJ, until July 1678. At this date John removed to Upland and along with his friend Richard Buffington farmed land for Robert Wade. The relationship with Robert Wade was a stormy one, and an attempt to settle their differences by arbitration failed. Wade sued Grubb and Buffington for breach of contract at the New Castle court in December 1680. The jury found for the defendants, Grubb and Buffington. On November 25, 1679, John and Richard Buffington purchased 340 acres on the southwest side of Upland Creek. John Grubb was one of the early settlers on the west side of the Delaware River who met William Penn when Penn arrived at New Castle, DE, to start his new colony. By 1682 John Grubb owned a one-third interest in a 600-acre tract on the Delaware River at Naaman's Creek. This Naaman's Creek tract was the beginning of what would be the Grubb family's homestead for almost 300 years. There was much dispute over the survey lines of the Naaman's Creek area. Penn purchased 5,000 acres from Judge William Stockdale of New Castle, and traded land in West Jersey for Isaac Savoy's and David Bilderbeck's portions of the tract they owned jointly with John Grubb. John refused Penn's similiar offer to relocate and took the position that because he already lived on the land, that he should have first choice of which 200-acre portion he would receive in the subdivision. This would have resulted in an irregular property line that was not acceptable to Penn; and as a result, the two never agreed on the line. James Logan, Penn's agent, instructed Isaac Taylor to resurvey Stockdale's plantation in a letter dated February 26, 1702, and divide Penn's portion of the Naaman's Creek tract from the land owned by "that troublesome man John Grubb." John objected to the resulting line, and the dispute remained unresolved. In fact, Logan's letter of 1712 indicates that John's children still held the property, and that the dispute remained unresolved at that time as well. The Grubb family not only retained the Naaman's Creek tract that became Grubb's Landing but also acquired substantial portions of the Stockdale property. The Grubb holdings became commonly known as Stockdale's plantation. His first son, Emanuel, inherited the property known as Grubb's Landing in Brandywine Hundred, New Castle County, DE, which remained in the family until 1887. On September 3, 1691, John purchased 4 acres from Thomas Gilpin adjacent to the Naaman's Creek tract where he built his tannery. John purchased another 108 acres adjacent to Naaman's Creek from the widow of Thomas Gilpin in 1698. In 1704 John purchased land in Marcus Hook, PA, and moved from Grubb's Landing. In 1707 he purchased 175 acres in Brandywine Hundred at what became known as Grubb's Corner. He died at Marcus Hook in March 1708 and was buried in St. Martin's churchyard. [1],[3]

John Grubb began his political career in 1692 when he was elected to a one-year term in the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly from New Castle County. In 1693 he was appointed a Justice of the Peace. He was also responsible for tax collection. In the year 1698 John was elected to the Assembly for his second term. In October of 1700 John won a seat in the regular Assembly election; however, the Assembly ordered a new election, and this time John was defeated. [1],[3]

Will Abstract: John Grubb. Tanner. Chester Co, PA.
Feb 12, 1707-8. Mar 26, 1708. Misc. I. 82.
Dau. Charity, wife of Richard Beeson; dau. Phoebe Grubb, not 18 (she later m. Richard Buffington); wife, Frances Grubb; sons, Emanuel, John, Joseph, Henry, Samuel, Nathaniel, Peter.
Exc. son, John; wife, Frances. [6], [7]

I John Grubb of the County of Chester in the Province of Pennsylvania, Tanner, being at present week in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory do make this my last Will and Testament in manner following, That is to say, First my will is that all my just debts and funeral charges be paid and discharged; Also I give unto my Daughter Charity the wife of Richard Beeson the sum of five pounds; Also I give unto my Daughter Phoebe Grubb the sum of fifteen pounds to be paid her when she attain her age of eighteen years or is married, which shall first happen; Also I give unto my dear wife Frances Grubb one third part of all my personal estate & her choice of one of the best cows upon my plantation besides. And also all ye rest and residue of my estate both real and personal whatsoever, and wheresoever I give devise and bequeath unto my sons Emanuel, John, Joseph, Henry, Samuel, Nathaniel and Peter, to be equally divided between them, share and share alike, and to their heirs and assigns forever as tennants in comon & not as joyntenants. And lastly I make & ordain my said son John and my said wife Frances executors of this my last Will & Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal ye twelfth day of the month called February in the sixth year of the reign of Queen Ann over Great Britain.
Will Book C, page 81, Phila, PA
Proved 26 March 1708
Letters of administration granted John and Frances Grubb 26 March 1708 [1],[3]

John married Frances UNKNOWN.

They had the following children:
7 i. Emanuel (1682-1767)
8 ii. John (1684-1758)
9 iii. Joseph (1685-1747)
10 iv. Charity (1687-1781)
11 v. Phebe (1690-1769)
vi. Samuel. Born in 1691 in Brandywine Hd, New Castel Co, DE.[1] Samuel died in East Bradford Twp, Chester Co, Pa in 1760; he was 69.[1],[8],[3] Occupation: Mason.[1],[3] Religion: Member of the Concord, PA, Quaker Meeting (received into membership 5th mo., 17, 1732).[1],[3]

Samuel purchased 181 acres in Bradford Township, Chester Co, PA, and also owned land in Lebanon Co, PA, in conjunction with his brother Peter's iron works. [1]

By deed of March 24, 1722, Samuel Grubb purchased from Thomas Buffington and wife 181 acres in Bradford on Brandywine, extending from the main stream below the forks to the eastern branch above. To this he made additions by later purchases. He also owned lands and was interested in the manufacture of iron in Lancaster county (now Lebanon county) in connection with his brother Peter. [3]

GRUBB, SAMUEL. East Bradford.
1/14/1760. Codicil 1/26/1760. June 20, 1760.
Provides for wife Mary. To nephew Curtis Grubb son of brother Peter 1/2 of my lands in Lancaster County. To nephew Peter son of Peter the other 1/2 of my lands in Lancaster County. To sister Charity Beeson £20. To sister Phebe Hadley £20. To brother Henry wearing apparel and £20. To nephew Samuel son of brother John Grubb deceased all estate real and personal bequeathed to me by my father, John Grubb. To Samuel Grubb son of Samuel aforesaid £20. To Philadelphia Hospital £50. To James Dilworth £50 towards building a Friends Meeting house in Birmingham. All remainder to brother Nathaniel Grubb, also Executor. Letters to Samuel Grubb and Joseph James, Executor named being deceased.
Witnesses: Joseph Buffington, Nathaniel Jefferis, William Jones, John Jones. [8]

"By his will, dated Jan. 14, 1760, he gave to his wife the use of the brick house and a few acres of land, during life, with £200 per annum for three years. To nephews Curtis and Peter Grubb, each one half of the land in Lancaster county. After the payment of wife's dowry and all debts relating to the Iron Works, the balance of a bond for £18 per annum for 20 years, given by Brother Peter Grubb, to go to nephew Peter Grubb, son of Peter. To sisters Charity Beeson and Phebe Hadley, and to brother Henry Grubb, £20 each. To nephew Samuel Grubb, son of John, deceased, all estate, real and personnal, bequeathed to me by my father, John Grubb. To the Hospital in Philadelphia, £50 in five years. To James Dilworth 'towards Building a stone or brick friends' meeting house of worship in Birmingham Township the sum of fifty Pounds, so as the said meeting house by moderate Expenses amounting to three hundred Pounds or upwards when the said meeting house is finished.' Residue of estate to brother Nathaniel Grubb." [3]

August 14, 1760
The Pennsylvania Gazette
Willistown, Chester County, August 31, 1760.
NOTICE is hereby given to all Persons indebted to the Estate
of Samuel Grubb, of Bradford, late deceased, to meet at the
House of John Hannum, of Concord Township, in said County, on
the Fourth and Fifth of September next, to pay off their
respective Debts: And all those that have any Demands against
said Estate, to bring them in, that they may be adjusted and
settled by SAMUEL GRUBB, and JOSEPH JAMES, Administrators.

December 13, 1764
The Pennsylvania Gazette
A Valuable Plantation, situate in Bradfield [Bradford]
Township, Chester County, containing 250 Acres, or
thereabouts. There is on said Place a good Dwelling house,
Barn and Orchard, with a large Quantity of good Meadow and
valuable Timber Land; late the Property of Samuel Grubb,
deceased, and to be sold by SAMUEL GRUBB, and JOSEPH JAMES,

February 7, 1765
The Pennsylvania Gazette
TO be sold by public Vendue, on the 6th Day of March, at the
late Dwelling house of Samuel Grubb, deceased, a Plantation,
situate in the Township of East Bradford, Chester County,
containing 250 Acres, or thereabouts, with two Dwelling
houses, Barn, and other Out houses, and two good bearing
Orchards, chiefly grafted Fruit; likewise a large Quantity of
good Meadow, lying by Brandywine Creek; the Corn Land good,
the uncultivated Part well timbered, and the whole well
watered. The Terms will be made known at the Time of Sale, by

In 1745 when Samuel was 54, he married Mary BELLERBY, daughter of Isaac BELLERBY, in Chester Monthly Meeting.[1],[9],[3] Samuel Grubb, son of John Grubb, late of Chichester Twp, Chester Co., dec'd, and Mary Billerby, dau. of Isaac Bellerby, late of New Castle Co., Delaware, dec'd, m. 26/7/1745. Born ? . Mary died in 1775 in East Bradford Twp, Chester Co, Pa.[3],[10]

GRUBB, MARY. East Bradford.
7/15/1775. Aug. 8, 1775.
To Isaac son of my cousin John Billerby in England all that plantation in St. George's Hundred, New Castle Co, Delaware, containing 360 acres. To cousin Isaac Grubb formerly of Pennsbury £30. To cousin Mary Grubb of Pennsbury £30. To cousin Mary daughter of Richard Thatcher £30. To cousin Mary Flower £30. To cousin Thos. Thorpe his bond of £21. To Saml. and Mary children of Edward Jones £10 each. To cousins Mary and Elizabeth Buffington £20 each. To Temperance Clayton £10 and table linen. To Saml. son of John Martin £20. To Elizabeth daughter of John Buffington £20. To Frances wife of Jos. Smith £20. To Geo. Turner £3 per annum during life. To Jane daughter of Thos. Themple, Esq., £30. To my maid Mary Martin £100 and furniture. To cousin Mary Gladley £100. To cousin Saml. Grubb of Pennsbury all remainder of estate, also Executor.
Wit: Thos. Temple, Jos. Temple, John Nethery. [10]
vii. Henry. Born in 1692 in Brandywine Hd, New Castel Co, DE.[1] Henry died in Middletown Twp, Delaware Co, PA in 1771; he was 79.[1],[11] Occupation: Farmer and mill owner.[1]

Henry purchased 250 acres in Middletown Township [now Delaware Co, PA] and died unmarried. [1]

CONVEYENCE. On 18 Sep 1721 Joseph England of West Towne, yeoman, & Anne his wife, to James Grubbs of West towne, gentleman. Henry Grubb agrees to pay £92.16 yet owed & for £38 paid to Joseph England grants two tracts of land lying continuous in Middletowne bounded by Chester Creek, William Pennell & Peter Hunter, containing 250 acres. Signed Joseph England & Anne England. Delivered in the presence of Ralph Pyle & Adam Battin both of Chester yeomen. Recorded 28 Feb 1723. (D4:214). [12]

July 18, 1771
The Pennsylvania Gazette
To be SOLD, by public VENDUE, On Monday, the 12th day of August next, at 10 oin the forenoon, at the late dwelling house of Henry Grubb, late of the township of Middletown, in the county of Chester, yeoman, deceased.
ALL that messuage or tenement, and valuable plantation and tract of LAND, thereunto belonging, situate in Middletown aforesaid, containing about 250 acres, more or less, lying on Chester Creek, and about seven miles distance from Chester and Marcus Hook. The land is of excellent quality for grain, great part of it is very well timbered and watered, there is a good orchard on it, about 30 acres of meadow made, and to be made, and a good seat for a mill, or other water works thereon. The title is good, and the payments will be made easy to the purchaser. Also, at the same time and place, will be exposed to public sale, horses, cows, hogs and sheep, houshold goods and furniture, and sundry farming utensils; all late the property of the said Henry Grubb, deceased; where due attendance will be given, and reasonable credit allowed, by
Chester, July 15, 1771.PETER GRUBB, Executor.
N.B. All those who have any demands against the said deceased, are desired to bring in their accounts, &c. that the same may be settled and adjusted, in order for payment, by the said executor, who will attend, for that purpose, at the house of Valentine Weaver, in Chester, on Friday, the 9th day of August next; and those who are indebted, are requested to make speedy payment.

April 9, 1772
The Pennsylvania Gazette
NOTICE is hereby given, to all persons who are indebted for articles bought at the vendue of the late Henry Grubb, of Middletown township, in the county of Chester, that they pay their respective balances, on or before the 15th day of this instant April, to Mr. JOHN HILL, of the township and county aforesaid. Those who pay no attention to this advertisement, may depend on having their accounts immediately put in suit. Such persons as are indebted by notes, or bills, are requested to attend, at the said Hill, on the 15th day of April; and, as it will be inconvenient for the subscriber to attend again, in that part of the country, it is expected that this notice will be complied with. PETER GRUBB.

GRUBB, HENRY. Middletown.
July 3, 1770. Aug. 28, 1771.
To cousin Curtis Grubb of Lancaster Co. £90 and to his son Peter £10. To cousin Peter Grubb of Lancaster Co. plantation where I now dwell in Middletown containing about 253 acres and all other real estate.
Executor: Cousin Peter Grubb.
Wit: John Ross (Phila.), Geo. North, Jr. (Phila.), James Lukens. [10]
12 viii. Nathaniel (1693-1760)
13 ix. Peter (1702-1754)

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