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Walter W. Grubb


Posted By: Fran Hunt, Volunteer
Date: 10/5/2001 at 19:05:29

From the Portrait and Biographical Album of Jefferson and Van Buren Counties – 1890
Walter W. Grubb, one of the prominent and honored pioneers of Van Buren County now deceased, was born in Brandywine Hundred Delaware, October 25, 1798, and died at his home in Clark County Missouri, near Farmington in 1874, at the age of seventy-six years. Widely and favorable known throughout the community, his death was the occasion of deep regret on the part of many friends.
The Grubb family is of English origin, and was founded in America about 1682, by John Grubb who emigrated from his native land to America, locating along the banks of the Delaware river, at what is known as Grubb’s Landing, which place was named in his honor. It was then a part of the Colony of Pennsylvania. Emanuel Grubb, son of John Grubb, was the first white child born of English parentage on the Delaware shore.
Our subject was of the fifth generation from the American progenitor. He acquired a good education in his youth, and then went to Philadelphia, where he secured a position as salesman in one of the leading stores in that city. In 1821, he led to the marriage altar Miss Margaret Richey, who was born on March 22, 1800, and they became parents of four children, two sons and two daughters namely: Dr. William Ford; Lydia A., who became the wife of Jacob Archer of Birmingham, and died in her home in this county; James R., who died in California in 1852, and Elizabeth C., wife of J. R. Tewksbury of Fort Madison Iowa.
For some twenty years after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Grubb made their home in Ohio. The year 1841 witnessed their emigration to the Territory of Iowa, and in Birmingham, Van Buren County they made a location, but the country was then wild and unsettled, and they soon afterward returned to Ohio, whither they had removed soon after their marriage. Eight years then passed in which great changes were made in Van Buren County and at the end of that time, Mr. Grubb accompanied by his family, returned to Iowa. This time he made a settlement in Farmington, where he spent the remainder of his life. He was a worthy and esteemed citizen, and an upright honest man. He never aspired to prominence in any direction, preferring to pursue the even tenor of his way, quietly discharging the duties of citizenship, and faithfully caring for his family. He was always a stanch supporter of Democratic principles, and after coming to Farmington, was honored by an appointment as Postmaster of the city, which position he filled creditably and acceptably for eight years. Mr. and Mrs. Grubb traveled life’s journey together as man and wife for fifth-three years, when in 1874 the marriage tie was broken by the hand of death, and the husband passed to his last rest. The loved wife survived him some thirteen years when in 1887 she too was called to her final home.
I am not related, and am only copying this for the information of those who might find this person in their family.


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