Title: Genealogical and personal history of western Pennsylvania Vol. 3 / editor-in-chief, John W. Jordan. Author: Jordan, John W. (John Woolf), 1840-1921.
Pg. 1689 GRUBBS - HARMER CAMPBELL GRUBBS is descended on his father’s side of the house from German ancestors, and on his mother’s side from the Irish which inhabit the county Donegal, Ireland.
(I) GEORGE GRUBBS, son of ANDREW and RHODA (POWELL) GRUBBS, was born in Allegheny Co., Pa., in the pioneer days, and upon reaching manhood started a blacksmith shop in the old town of Sharpsburg, Pa., which is still the scene of his grandson’s business.GEORGE GRUBBS married MARGARET SWANEY and by her had four sons: CHARLES, JOSEPH, DANIEL, and ALFRED.The three brothers, JOSEPH, DANIEL, and ALFRED, were all in the Union army and served during the Civil War, and from this service ALFRED never returned.
(pg. 1690) (III) CHARLES GRUBBS, son of GEORGE and MARGARET (SWANEY) GRUBBS, was born in Allegheny Co., Pa., and there received his education.He married PAMELA JANE McILHANEY, also a native of Allegheny Co., Pa.She was the granddaughter of WILLIAM McILHANEY, a descendant of Irish ancestors and probably himself born in county Donegal, Ireland.He was one of the early settlers of Western Pa.His son, CORTLAND KING McILHANEY, was a farmer in Allegheny Co. in the early days and was the father of MRS. CHARLES GRUBBS, and of MR. SAMUEL McILHANEY, who served in the Union army during the Civil War.
(IV) HARMER CAMPBELL GRUBBS, son of CHARLES and PAMELA JANE (McILHANEY) GRUBBS, was born Jan. 6, 1865, in Harmarville, Pa., and after completing his studies he learned the blacksmith’s trade.This was also the trade of his father and grandfather before him and MR. GRUBBS took up his position in the same location they had occupied from the first...MR. GRUBBS took charge of the family blacksmith shop in 1890 or 1891.MR. GRUBBS is a member of the Royal Arcanum and the order of Elks.MR. GRUBBS married, in 1889, SALLIE D. TAYLOR.To MR. and MRS. GRUBBS have been born three children, as follows: RAYMOND, deceased; GORDON, born March 10, 1892; LYLE, born April 27, 1897.