Family of Adam GRUBB
(69) & Julia A. TALLEY (107)
99. Isaac N. GRUBB. Born on
25 Mar 1823 in Brandywine Hd, New Castel Co, DE.,,,, Isaac
N. died in 1904; he was 80. Occupation:
Farmer and stock raiser.,
"ISAAC N. GRUBB is the son of Adam and Julian (Talley) Grubb.
His mother was a daughter of Harman and Priscilla (Foulk) Talley.
Harman married, as his second wife, Rebecca Grubb, a sister to
Adam above named. By this arrangement Isaac N. Grubb's grandfather
became his uncle by marrying his aunt Rebecca, and Adam Grubb's
father-in-law (Harman Talley) became his brother-in-law.
Samuel Grubb, Isaac N. Grubb's [great] *grandfather, was a first-cousin
to Hannah Grubb, who married William Talley, the grandfather of
Harman Talley. Hannah (Grubb) Talley then was the great-grandmother
of Julian (Talley) Grubb. From this we deduce the fact that Adam
Grubb and his wife Julian were third-cousins once removed; and
that Harman Talley and his wife Rebecca were full third-cousins.
We need, then, no apology for inserting a sketch of Isaac N. Grubb
in this Talley Record.
Isaac N. Grubb's ancestry in America runs in this way: John first
was the father of John second, John second was the father of Samuel,
Samuel was the father of Isaac, Isaac was the father of Adam,
and the latter was the father of Isaac N. Grubb. The subject of
this sketch resides on the farm which was first owned by his great-great-grandfather,
John second. His great-grandfather Samuel, his grandfather Isaac,
and his father Adam, were all born on this spot. On this farm
he was also born. It is said that it never has passed by deed
since the patent from Penn, but has continuously passed from father
to son by will. The old stone colonial mansion (the Grubb home),
it is stated, was built in 1787, and is finished inside with fine
paneled work. This house shows very little injury from age or
from the elements. Three different shingle roofs have been placed
upon it. The first roof was put on with nails made by hand at
His grandfather Isaac, on September 11, 1777, the day of the battle
of Brandywine, set out at the easterly corner of the house a catalpa
tree. It is still living, although the wind has taken away its
top. This tree measures eighteen and a half feet in girth, two
feet above the ground. Another tree, remarkable, not for its girth,
but for its shapely top and over-towering and beautifully spreading
branches, is an English walnut, fully seventy-five years old.
This tree in one year has produced thirteen bushels of nuts.
Mr. Grubb has in his possession two heirlooms which he justly
prizes highly. One is his "grandfather's clock," a tall
eight-day clock, purchased by Isaac Grubb, his grandfather, in
1778. It cost £14, as is shown on the old account book.
This is a remarkable clock. It tells the day of the month, and
to all appearances it is as good as the day it was made. It keeps
time accurately at the present date. The other heirloom is a very
old Bible, which was printed in London in 1738 by John Baskett,
Printer to the King. It is stated on the title page that it is
the New Testament of our Lord, translated from the Greek, and
diligently compared with former translations, and commanded to
be read in the churches. There is in this Bible a very valuable
register of deaths and important events happening in the neighborhood
about one hundred years ago.
Mr. Grubb has filled many important offices. He was elected to
the Levy Court of his county in 1884. He was chosen President
of the Board in 1886, and acted as presiding officer until 1890.
His office of Commissioner expired 1892. During his eight years
of service in the court many important bridges were constructed,
in all of which matters he took very active part. The Market Street
Bridge over the Brandywine was rebuilt; the Third Street Bridge
over the Christiana was rebuilt, and was the second drawbridge
in the United States to be operated by electricity. Then came,
in regular order, the acceptance of the donation to the county
of the Seventh Street Bridge across the Brandywine, and lastly,
the procuring of the erection of the Washington Street Bridge,
which has become the great viaduct leading from Wilmington into
Brandywine Hundred. Mr. Grubb was quick to perceive what his constituents
needed, and took most energetic steps to procure it for them.
Isaac N. Grubb is living a quiet life on his farm of 100 acres
on the old Grubb Road. He is genial and hospitable, and enjoys
the entertaining of his friends and neighbors. Like his ancestors
of old, he is a man of strong character and of great influence
in his neighborhood." 
On 20 Mar 1859 when Isaac N. was 35, he married Julia E. SMITH,
daughter of William SMITH & Rebecca UNKNOWN.,, Born
in 1830 in Sylvan, Delaware Co, PA., Julia E. died in PA on 20
Aug 1881; she was 51. Buried
in Bethel M. E. graveyard.
They had the following children:
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