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Grube Family of Northampton County, Pennsylvania

Updated April 19, 2004

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My name is Bonnie Grube Serben and I was born in Northampton County, Pennsylvania. My primary research has involved the Grube, Krex, Parry, Whaley, Howey, Andre, Hartline and Reppert families. The Grubes, Hartlines, Krexes and Repperts were of German extracation. The Parry family was Welsh and the Whaley & Hudson families were probably English. The Howey & Heater families were either Holland Dutch or Scotch/Irish.

I'm a direct descendent of Johannes Peter Grub of Williams Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. The family added the final "e" to the Grub name in the early 1800's. All the research on my direct Grube line was personally done by me and I have documented proofs to back up my research.

Johannes Peter Grub arrived in Williams Township from Germany (probably from Offenbach Am Glan, Rheinland, Preussen) in the 1753. There were already other Grub's living in the area, including Andreas Grub and Jacob Grub, who arrived in America in 1738. We don't yet know the relationship between Andreas, Jacob and Peter. There was also a Grub family living a few counties west in Lancaster County. This family's original ancestor was Caspar Grub. I have been unable to connect this family to the Grub's living in Northampton County.

Peter Grub purchased about 200 acres of land and built a house in the 1760's. This house is still standing, although no longer owned by the family, and you can see a photo of it below.

Peter married first Maria Amalia Grill on January 2, 1748/49 in Offenback Am Glan, Rheinland, Preussen. They had four children, all born after arriving in America. They were Johannes Peter Grub, Jr. (1755-1823), Catharina Grub (born 1757), Margaret Grub (born 1759) and Maria Elisabeth (born 1758). Sometime between 1759-1760 Peter was married for the second time to Magdalena and they had 4 children: Johannes George Grub (2-18-1763 to 12-16-1848), Elisabeth (b. ca. 1761-married John Super), Maria Magdalena (b. ca. 1760), and Sarah (b. ca. 1767-married Michael Reichert).

My own family descends through Peter's second son, George Grub. However, this website does include information on the descendents of Peter's oldest son, Peter.

Collateral families include: Ackerman, Andre/Andrew, Beers, Bougher, Christein/Christine, Deemer, Dietz, Frach, Gombita, Getter, Hartline/Herdlein, Hess, Howey, Hoy, Hudson, Krex, Kuntz, Manning, McCammon, Montgomery, Parry, Raub, Rehs, Reichert, Reppert, Rice, Rodenbach, Rutt, Schmidt, Souders, Super, Sutton, Taylor, Wasser, Westemeyer, Whaley, Wilson, Zeigafuse, and Zeiner. Many of these collateral families were "Pennsylvania Dutch" who arrived in America in the 1700's.

Come explore my website for the family tree, information on collateral lines, photos of my family. You will find genealogical reports on some of my ancestors, as well as pertinent family trees. Please feel welcome to email me with any questions, comments or suggestions. If you think you are a branch of the tree I'd be extremely delighted to hear from you.

I am particularily interested in hearing from researchers who are working on Parry, Krex, Whaley or Howey families. I still have a long way to go on these families, and I'm getting older by the second!

Family Trees (viewing trees requires 4.0 or later browser)
Family Photos
  • Additional Views of Peter Grub's house (63 KB)
    This photograph shows some additional view of the house.
  • Milton Harrison Grube (15 KB)
    This photo of Milton was taken in November 1939 near his house on the grounds of the Moravian Church in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Milton was the paternal grandfather of Bonnie Grube Serben. He did not actually shoot this deer. It was shot by his oldest son, Ralph.
  • Helen Amanda (Mandy) Whaley Grube (14 KB)
    This is a photo of Mandy Grube taken in the early 1920's when she was in her mid 20's. Her hair turned completely white at a very early age.
  • Emma Marie Parry Krex (33 KB)
    This photo is Bonnie's maternal grandmother. It was taken circa 1916-1918.
  • Bonnie Serben, Althea Haws, Bill Grube (67 KB)
    Bonnie Serben and Bill Grube with their mother, Althea Krex Grube Haws, in front of the house where she was born in Slatedale, Lehigh County, PA. Photograph taken in summer of 1997.
  • William A. Krex (41 KB)
    Photo of Bonnie's maternal grandfather. It was taken circa 1917-1918 while he was serving in World War I.
  • Bonnie Serben's Children (46 KB)
    Wesley Edward Sheffield, Sharon Elaine Sheffield, and John Michael Serben, children of Bonnie Serben, in photograph taken in 1978.
  • Anna Mae Howey Whaley (37 KB)
    This photograph of Anna Mae was taken circa 1910. Anna Mae was the mother of Bonnie's paternal grandmother.
  • Bonnie & Her Dad (24 KB)
    Bonnie and her father, William Harrison Grube, taken Christmas 1945.
  • Althea Krex Grube (49 KB)
    This photo was taken in California in the mid 1950's.
  • St. Luke's (Old Williams) Lutheran Church (28 KB)
    This is a photo of St. Luke's Lutheran Church, also known as Old Williams Church. Located in Williams Township, Northampton County, PA. Notice graveyard behind church where many early Grub(e) family members now "reside".
  • Anna M. & John G. Parry (46 KB)
    This photo of Anna Masanna Hartline and her husband John Gerald Parry was taken in front of their house around 1919.
  • Bonnie Grube Serben (13 KB)
    Photo of Researcher responsible for this home page. Taken in February 1999.
  • Ritter School Class Photo of 1932 (44 KB)
    This is Althea Krex's 8th Grade class photo taken in front of Ritter School in Allentown, PA. Althea is on the far left of the second row, standing next to her teacher.
  • Peter Grub's Homestead on Steely Hill Road (43 KB)
    This is the front view of the house built in the 1760's by Johannes Peter Grub. Originally located on approximately 200 acres. The home is still occupied, but no longer owned by the family.
Related Files
  • Genealogy Report of Johannes Peter Grub (79 KB)
    Genealogical Report of Johannes Peter Grub.
  • Johannes Josephus Krex Genealogical Report (21 KB)
    This is the earliest known ancestor of my maternal grandfather. Paul Peter Krex, descendend of J J Krex, immigrated to America in 1889 and married Olga Gombita from Zemplin Province in Hungary. We believe she was Slovakian.
  • William Parry Genealogical Report (21 KB)
    This is the genealogical report on the earliest known ancestor of my maternal grandmother. William Parry was from Northern Wales and came to America with his family in 1850. Although he eventually returned to Wales, several of his children remained in Lehigh County, PA.
  • Nikolaus Herdlein Genealogical Report (51 KB)
    The oldest known maternal ancestor of Emma Parry who was my maternal grandmother. Much of this research was kindly given to me by C. Ray Hartline to whom I am very grateful.
  • John Houwy Genealogical Report (26 KB)
    This family was spelling their name Howey or Howe by the time my paternal great grandmother was born. The family may have been Holland Dutch, although one of my fellow researchers believes them to be Scottish. The family has been traced back to the mid 1700's.
  • Leonhard Andre Genealogical Report (40 KB)
    This family settled in Plainfield Township, Northampton County in the mid 1700's. They are allied with the Dietz family.
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