Noble Isaiah Grubaugh was born in 1894 to Charles Riley Grubaugh and Martha Ann Wilson. He was 3rd of their five children. He was born in Crawford County, IL, but, while still quite young, moved with his family to Rockwall County, TX. En route, or shortly after arriving in Texas, Charles Riley Grubaugh died leaving Martha with their 5 children to fend for themselves. Martha temporarily placed the two youngest children in an orphanage near Fort Worth and, with the other children, ran a farm in Rockwall County. In 1917, Noble registered for the Draft for World War I. The following is a transcription of his registration:
World War I Draft Registration Record (1917)
Name - Nobles Isaih Grubaugh
Address - RFD#1, Rockwall, TX
Born - March 12, 1894 (23 years old) in Flatrock, IL
Occupation - farm laborer
Single, but takes care of his mother.
Signed - Noble Isiah Grubaugh
Registered - June 5, 1917 in Rockwall County, TX
Most of Noble's siblings married during the 1910s. Charles C. Grubaugh died in 1911 from tuberculosis, but Martin Luther Grubaugh married Minnie Love Webb in 1910, Cassie Ruth Grubaugh married Eugene Morton Cullins in 1910, and Flora Naomia Grubaugh married Jack Piper in about 1914.
Neither Martha nor Noble have yet been found in the 1920 census. Noble came down with tuberculosis in 1922 and died after only three months of developing the disease. His death certificate (attached) indicates that his tuberculosis was hereditary. This finding is probably bolstered by the early death of his brother, Charles C. Grubaugh, via the same disease. This finding also causes you to question whether or not the father, Charles Riley Grubaugh, may have encountered the same malady.
Noble's tombstone has only his initials, "N.I." and possibly his dates. His information was added to the tombstone for his brother Charles C. Grubaugh (C.C.), who died 11 years earlier. The initials of Noble are almost covered by dirt and perhaps the dates are even lower on the tombstone. It's possible, of course, that there wasn't enough room to add the dates and Martha could only afford the modification of Charles' tombstone.
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