Adam Grubb, Jr

  • Birth 9 Feb 1820 Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
  • Death 14 Feb 1881 Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 76316119

Adam Jr., the son of Adam and Mary Hemphill Grubb, was a Wilmington hardware merchant who also became the largest coal dealer in Wilmington. His store at 1914-16 Market Street remained in the family for 100 years. He ultimately purchased the entire track down to the river and built a small railroad to haul goods from the dock to his store.

In 1847, he married Rachael Hollingsworth Megaw, who had come with her parents Robert and Orpha Megaw from Ireland. Adam and Rachael had six children.

Adam is remembered for his impressive garden where he grew the first tomatoes in Wilmington. Years later, a granddaughter recalled that tomatoes were always kept on the dining room mantlepiece to ripen.

While Adam was not a member of the Quaker Church, he attended meeting with his family. He also worked with the underground railroad in Wilmington to help runaway slaves escape from the south; he was called a "Black Republican" by Southern sympathizers in his neighborhood.

-- "The Grubb Family of Grubb's Landing, Delaware" by David N. Grubb


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  • Created by: Lynn S. Grubb
  • Added: 10 Sep 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 76316119
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Adam Grubb, Jr (9 Feb 1820–14 Feb 1881), Find A Grave Memorial no. 76316119, ; Maintained by Lynn S. Grubb (contributor 47279289) Unknown.