John Grubb was an early Delaware Valley settler from Cornwall, England, arriving on the ship Kent in 1677 with his brother Henry. John and his wife Frances (maiden name unknown), with nine children all surviving well into adulthood, are the ancestors of perhaps the largest domestic family of Grubb descendants, with many notable members.
John owned a 175 acre farm at what became known as Grubb's Corner, today's Arden, DE. The area is marked by a commemorative plaque installed there by the family at the Grubb Family Burying Ground. The plaque is shown here. John also established a tannery near the Delaware River that his sons incorporated into a classic trading triangle involving iron sent from Pennsylvania to the Virginia frontier in exchange for fur pelts sent to the tannery.
John, originally a Quaker, was one of the settlers who greeted William Penn (with whom he later had a long-standing feud) when he arrived at New Castle in 1682, before he founded Philadelphia. John served two terms in the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly and was one of the 150 signers of the Concessions and Agreements for the Province of West Jersey.
While no marker for John's grave has survived, he was one of the founders of the original Saint Martin's Episcopal Church and lived nearby in a house that survived until 1989.
A more complete biography, with a list of notable descendants, can be found at:
John Grubb (Delaware settler)
Henry Grubb (1617 - ____)
Wilmot Grubb (____ - 1698)
Frances Grubb (1660 - 1720)
Emanuel Grubb (1682 - 1767)*
John Grubb (1684 - 1758)*
Joseph Grubb (1685 - 1747)*
Charity Grubb Beeson (1687 - 1761)*
Phebe Grubb Hadley (1690 - 1769)*
Samuel Grubb (1691 - 1760)*
Henry Grubb (1692 - 1770)*
Nathaniel Grubb (1693 - 1760)*
Peter Grubb (1702 - 1754)*
Unfortunately, John's marker has not survived.
Old Saint Martins Episcopal Cemetery
Created by: Lynn S. Grubb
Record added: May 04, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 51993334