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Sixth Generation (Continued)

Family of Peter GRUBB (13) & Martha BATES

36. Curtis GRUBB. Born ? . Curtis died on 22 Jan 1789.[3] Occupation: Mariner and ironmaster.[3]

"On September 24, 1757, Curtis Grubb, late of Wilmington, but now of the province of Maryland, mariner executed a power of attorney to his brother, Peter Grubb, of Pennsylvania, to enable him to sell property in Wilmington and in Chester county, and to account with his uncle, Samuel Grubb, respecting his father's estate. Curtis then sailed for Europe, and was absent till the later part of 1763. After his return he resided in Lancaster county, where he inherited lands from his uncle, Samuel Grubb, in addition to his double share of his father's estate. The intestate laws of that day gave to the eldest son a double share, and as there were but two children in this case, Curtis received two-thirds of his father's estate. He became an ironmaster and was a Colonel in the Revolutionary War." [3]

Dauphin County Wills:
CURTIS GRUBB. Proved 19 Feb. 1789. Lebanon Twp.
Peter, Curtis, Elizabeth, Martha, Samuel and Julian.

Dauphin County Orphan's Court:
18 April 1804. Guardianship.
William Grubb, guardian.
Samuel, Martha, Julian minor children of Curtis Grubb of Lebanon Twp.

On 11 Apr 1754 Curtis first married Ann FEW, daughter of James FEW & Dorcas UNKNOWN, in Old Swedes Church, Wilmington, DE.[7] An Act was passed 18 Feb 1769 to dissolve the marriage of Curtis Grubb of Lancaster Co and Ann (Few) to enable him to marry again.

They had one child:
59 i. Peter (~1755-?)

abt 1770 Curtis second married Ann UNKNOWN (WIDOW).[3] Born ? . Ann died in 1795 in Lanc Co, PA.[46]

26 Nov. 1794. 18 Feb 1795.
Wife of Curtis Grubb. Children: Martha, Juliana and Samuel. Mother: Hannah Grubb. Uncle: Nathaniel Grubb.
Ex. Nathaniel Grubb. Lancaster Borough. [46]

They had the following children:
i. Curtis. Born abt 1773.[3] Curtis died on 11 Feb 1790; he was 17.[3],[46] Aged 17 years, 4 months and 1 day.

6 Feb. 1790. 24 Feb. 1790.
Sister: Elizabeth Grubb.
Ex. John W. Kittera. Lebanon Twp. [46]

"Curtis died February 11, 1790, aged 17 years, 4 months and 1 day. In his will, dated February 6, 1790, he devised all his real and personal estate to his sister, Elizabeth, she paying legacies. To his step-brother and sisters, Samuel, Martha and Juliana Grubb £100 each at 21 and 18. To step-mother, Nancy Grubb, £100 in six months after the sale of the real estate of his father, deceased, by the executors. To aunt Ann Grubb a like amount at the same time. To John Grubb £50 in five annual payments." [3] [Note: Nancy was a nickname for Ann.]

"Respecting Curtis Grubb, Jr., a note on a family chart states: 'Through this unfortunate boy the greater part of the Cornwall ore bank was lost and passed into the hands of Robert Coleman, who began work December 8, as wood chopper and charcoal burner for Peter and Curtis Grubb, and on February 22, 1769, succeeded Mr. Ball at a salary of £30 a year in the office of Peter & Curtis Grubb, at Cornwall.'" [3]
ii. Elizabeth.

37. Peter GRUBB Jr. Born on 8 Sep 1740 in Cornwall, Lanc Co, PA [now Lebanon Co].[3] Peter died in Hopewell Forge, Warwick Twp [now called Brickerville in Elizabeth Twp], Lanc Co, PA on 17 Jan 1786; he was 45.[3]

Peter's Uncle Samuel was appointed guardian June 1, 1754, upon the death of Peter's father. At age 17 Peter was constituted power of attorney for his brother Curtis enabling him to sell property. [3]

Under an old English law of entailment, Peter inherited only one-third of his father's property, two-thirds going to his brother Curtis. Disagreements between the brothers followed, and Peter bought land to the south of Cornwall naming it Mt. Hope. He built a home and the Mt. Hope Furnace in 1784 and 1785. The furnace stood at the foot of a ravine on the banks of the Chickasalunga Creek. After being operated continuously and successfully as a charcoal iron furnace by the Grubb family, it went out of blast in 1885. Peter's one-third interest in his father's estate passed to his two sons. [47]

Among other items the Mt. Hope Furnace made the cannons for Washington's Army of the Revolutionary War. [48]

February 2, 1785, The Pennsylvania Gazette:
Mount Hope, near Hopewell,
WANTED a number of wood-cutters immediately, where good encouragement will be given, and ready money paid for cord-wood cutting, by applying to the manager of Mount Hope above-mentioned.
N.B. Early in the spring will be also wanted at said place, a number of colliers, carpenters, waggoners and labouring hands, who will likewise meet with great encouragement from
Jan. 29, 1785. PETER GRUBB, sen.

May 3, 1786
The Pennsylvania Gazette
EXTRACTS from the Minutes of the Second Session
SATURDAY, March 11, 1786. A. M.
The House met pursuant to adjournment.
A petition from Jasper Yeates, Edward Burd, James Clemson, Joseph Shippen, jun. And Edward Hand, Guardians of the estates of Burd Grubb and Henry Bates Grubb, minor children of Peter Grubb, late of Hopewell forge, in Lancaster county, deceased, was read, setting forth, that the alteration prayed for (by the remonstrance read March 7th) in the division line between the counties of Lancaster and Dauphin, by extending the line along the south mountain, and by the lines of the townships of Lebanon and Heidelberg, would, if granted, materially injure the interests of the said minor children; therefore praying that the prayer of the aforesaid remonstrance may be rejected.
Ordered to lie on the table.

October 14, 1789, The Pennsylvania Gazette:
To be LEASED for a TERM of YEARS, Mount Hope Furnace and Hopewell Forge,
SITUATE in Lancaster county, about 14 miles from the borough of Lancaster, late the estate of Peter Grubb. The works are too well known to need a particular description of their advantages. Possession will be given on the first day of April next. For terms enquire of JASPER YEATES, in Lancaster, or of EDWARD BURD, in Philadelphia.

Military: During the Revolutionary War, Peter was a Colonel of the Eighth Battalion, "The Flying Camp" which was organized in Lancaster in 1776. [3], [48]

On 28 Nov 1771 when Peter was 31, he married Mary Shippen BURD, daughter of James BURD Esq. & Sarah SHIPPEN, in "Tinian" the seat of James Burd, Esq. in Lancaster Co, PA.[3],[49] [St. James Episcopal Church Records: Nov 28, 1771, Peter Grubb and Mary Shippen Burd, license.]. Born on 13 Jan 1753 in Shippensburg, PA.[3] Mary Shippen died in Hopewell Forge, Warwick Twp [now called Brickerville in Elizabeth Twp], Lanc Co, PA on 23 Feb 1774; she was 21.[3]

Mary was sister-in-law of Judge Jasper Yeates of Lancaster, PA, and niece of Peggy Shippen who was the wife of Benedict Arnold. [47]

They had the following children:
60 i. Alan Burd (1772-?)
61 ii. Henry Bates (1774-1823)

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