Dec. 17, 1810 Mount Hope Lancaster County Pennsylvania, USA
Aug. 27, 1867 Burlington Burlington County New Jersey, USA
Edward was a prominent fourth-generation member of Pennsylvania's Grubb Family Iron Dynasty, the son of ironmaster Henry Bates Grubb of Mount Hope, near Lancaster.
Henry had been the owner of the Mount Hope and Mount Vernon Furnaces and part owner of the vast Cornwall Iron Mines in Lebanon County. Henry's grandfather Peter Grubb had discovered and acquired the Cornwall mines, and a part interest had been passed down to Henry and his heirs through Henry's father Col. Peter Grubb Jr., who had also owned the Hopewell Forges and built the Mount Hope Furnace. Col. Peter Grubb was a Patriot who commanded the Eighth Regiment of Pennsylvania Associators in the war of the Revolution.
Edward was descended from other Revolutionary stock, as his grandmother (Col. Peter Grubb's wife) was Mary Shippen Burd, daughter of Col. James Burd, one of the officers on Gen. Washington's staff. Edward was educated at York, PA, and with his father dying when he was twelve years old, he was called on, when he came of age, to take the management of a large industrial estate, which he did with great energy and ability, in partnership with his younger brother Clement.
In 1830 he visited Europe and spent some time in the iron districts of England to learn new technologies. Returning to this country the brothers introduced and were the first to successfully use the heating of blast for iron furnaces. The brothers built the Manada and Codorus Furnaces and improved the other properties that had been owned by their father, to become the largest iron manufacturers in Pennsylvania in the mid-1800s.
Edward married Euphemia Parker, daughter of Isaac B. Parker, at Carlisle, Pa. In the year 1840, having purchased the country-seat of Horace Binney, Esq., on the banks of the Delaware, in the city of Burlington, N.J., he removed thither. Shortly afterwards, on account of impairment of his health, he retired from active business.
It is said that while in Belgium, on account of his commanding presence and soldierly bearing, the king of the Belgians offered him the position of commander of the guards. He was a deep reader and thinker, and of a quiet, dignified, and retiring disposition; a member of the Protestant Episcopal Church, trustee of Burlington College, Burlington, and a member of the Philadelphia Club, the Union League, and the Athenaeum, Philadelphia. During the civil war he contributed liberally in money and in personal efforts to the raising and equipment of troops, and to providing for the wants of the families of those who had enlisted. He was an avowed abolitionist and his Burlington residence may have been a stop on the Underground Railroad.
Edward died on the 27th day of August, 1867, at his residence on the Delaware, at Burlington, deeply regretted by all who knew him. He left four children, Gen. Edward Burd Grubb, Henry Bates Grubb, Charles Ross Grubb, and Euphemia Parker Grubb. A fourth son, Isaac Parker Grubb, had died in front of Petersburg, Va., on the 11th of August, 1864, while adjutant of the Thirty-seventh Regiment New Jersey Volunteers.