|Death: ||Nov. 2, 1795|
Hannah Bellarby Grubb was the adopted daughter of Peter Grubb's brother Samuel Grubb. She played a significant role in the drama that revolved around Peter's sons and patriot ironmasters Curtis and Peter Jr.
When Peter Jr.'s wife died shortly after the birth of their second son, Hannah volunteered to help out in the household. Their relationship became more than that, and she bore him a daughter Hannah Elizabeth (mother of the famous Gen. Samuel Peter Heintzelman). But Peter couldn't get over the death of his wife and he never married again.
Sometime thereafter Peter's brother Curtis also lost his wife, perhaps also from childbirth complications, leaving him with young children. Hannah apparently then moved into Curtis' household to care for their combined three young children. That relationship also bore fruit, as a son Jehu Grubb was born about 1781. Again, Curtis and Hannah never married, although she later proclaimed herself a widow and was buried near Curtis. The relationship ended when Curtis decided to marry another cousin Ann Grubb, daughter of Nathaniel Grubb, in 1783. The decision created severe personal and business problems for the family, the effects of which were felt for many years.
Hannah and their son Jehu were never acknowledged by Curtis, but they were remembered in the will of Curtis' son Curtis Jr., who died as a teenager and was probably raised by Hannah. The three of them (Curtis, Hannah and Curtis Jr.) were the only family members buried at this cemetery and later re-interred at Hebron Memorial Church Cemetery.
Hannah, in retrospect, is viewed as a bit of a heroine by Grubb family historians. She was seemingly the glue that held two rather dysfunctional families together for several years. She was treated rather poorly by both brothers and by Curtis' family, as they dealt with significant inheritance issues.
For more about the Grubb family and this fascinating woman, see:
Curtis Grubb Find A Grave Memorial
Peter Grubb, Jr. Find A Grave Memorial
Curtis Grubb (and Hannah Bellarby Grubb)
Samuel Grubb (1691 - 1760)
Hannah Elizabeth Grubb Heintzelman (1774 - 1812)*
Jehu Grubb (1781 - 1854)*
This is a cenotaph documenting her original burial. Her remains were re-interred, about 1935 for unknown reasons, at Hannah Grubb, Hebron Moravian Church Cemetery.
First Reformed Church Cemetery
Maintained by: Lynn S. Grubb
Originally Created by: Greg Keller
Record added: Jun 11, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38222079