26 Apr 2005
Source: Portrait & Biographical Album of Whiteside County, IL
Originally published 1885 Chapman Bros., Chicago, IL
Transcribed by: Becky Jones
Nehemiah Grubb, farmer, section 33, Genesee Township, was born Dec. 4, 1840, in Lancaster Co., Pa. He is the oldest of two sons born to Samuel and Mary (Row) Grubb, of whom a sketch appears on other pages of this work, and that of Elam R., the younger son, appearing elsewhere, gives a complete record of the Grubb family in Genesee Township.
Mr. Grubb was about 14 years of age when the family abandoned their native State and came to Illinois. They came at once to Whiteside County and settled for the first year in Sterling. In the second year (1855) the parents bought a farm on section 33, Genesee Township. The sons had obtained a fair education, and on taking possession of their homestead the father and sons gave their undivided attention to the conversion of the hitherto untilled prairie into a valuable and fertile farm. Mr. Grubb became the possessor of 40 acres of land previous to his marriage, which was situated on the same section as that purchased by his father, and on which he began to make improvements.
He was married July 7, 1870, in Hopkins Township, to Amanda, daughter of Peter and Charlotte (Mellengar) Gara. The family of the wife were natives of Lancaster County, and were of German ancestry and descent. They were farmers and came to Illinois in 1865. Mrs. Grubb is the oldest child and was born in Lancaster County, Nov. 7, 1850, and she was 15 years of age when she came with her father’s family to Illinois.
Mr. and Mrs. Grubb have one child, Frank R.,--who was born Jan. 2, 1871. After their marriage they took possession of the small farm where Mr. Grubb had prepared a home for his family. It has been enlarged and now contains 80 acres, all of which is under improvements, with buildings and equipments suited to a farmer who is making a substantial start in the world.
Mr. Grubb is a Republican of decided type.