John Grubb VI (1786 – 1846) was born into a very wealthy family long associated with London’s powerful fishmonger’s guild.In 1809, he married Sarah Ann Carrington at Ide, Devonshire (near Exeter).About 1815, John inherited the family’s large estate at Horsenden, Buckinghamshire where they raised their 14 children.John became the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire in 1819.
John was a close friend of the dramatist Addison and backed the building of a new theatre in London.The project collapsed.To pay the debts, he sold the Horsenden estate to the Duke of Buckingham for 63,000 pounds and about 1841moved to Charlotte Town, Prince Edward Island.
There has been extensive research into John’s ancestors and the line is reasonably conclusive back to John’s 7th great grandfather, a John Grubb of North Mymms.Specifically:
1) John Grubb (unk – 1524) of North Mymms, Hertfordshire (just north of London) who married Agnes Nicole (unk – 1524), daughter of George Nicole of Littlebury, Essex.They had three sons including. 2) Henry Grubb (c1476 – 1556) of North Mymms, Hertfordshire who married Lady Joan Parr Radcliffe, daughter of the Sir Richard Radcliffe who died defending King Richard III at Bosworth Field.They had seven children including: 3) George Grubb (c1520 – 1577) of North Mymms, Hertfordshire who married Dorothy Burre - a widow.They had five children including: 4) Eustance Grubb (1561 – 1643) of North Mymms, Hertfordshire who married Constance Sheppard, daughter of Thomas Sheppard of Hockcliffe, Hertfordshire.They had four children including: 5) John Grubb (1586 – 1656) was a lawyer in London who married twice.His second wife was Mary Preston, daughter of William Preston of Childwick.They had six children including: 6) John Grubb Jr (1625 – 1700) sold the family’s estate in North Mymms in 1663 and purchased a new estate in Horsenden, Buckinghamshire that was to remain with the family for over 200 years.He married twice – his second wife was Elizabeth (nee Salmon) Wilkinson, a widow.They had five children including: 7) John Grubb III (1674 – 1760) lived in London where he was Clerk of Revenues for the Duchy of Lancaster and later Clerk of the Fishmonger’s Guild.He married Anne Daney, a French Huguenot who resettled in England after the Massacre of St. Bartholomew’s.They had nine children including: 8) Edmond Grubb (1711 – 1790) was a London Lawyer and Clerk of the Fishmonger’s Guild.He married Mary, daughter of John Le Grand.They had two sons including: 9) John Grubb V (1751 – 1812) was a London lawyer who married Mary Crandall (1765 – 1803).They had one son. 10) John Grubb VI (1786 – 1846) sold the Horsenden estate and settled in Prince Edward Island after he lost the family’s fortune by investing in a London theatre.
There are two theories concerning the ancestry of John Grubb (unk – 1524) of North Mymms (1 above).The most common theory is that he was a descendant of Valte Grubbe who came to London from Denmark in the mid-13th century and established a shipping fleet on the Thames.The original Grub Street ran through his former property about a tenth of a mile south of Westminster Abbey.This street is now the service alley for an office building at the intersection of Mill Bank and Horse Ferry Streets.The other theory (published in Grubbs About the Globe) is that John was the gggg grandson of Pierre de Grube and Margery de la More, who came from Germany circa 1300.
It is also often contended that the Grubb family of Grubb’s Landing, Delaware is related to this line and descends from Henry Grubb and Lady Joan Parr Radcliffe (2 above).This has now been disproved.The Delaware Grubbs come from a family of tenant farmers in Stoke Climsland, Cornwall that was first recorded there in 1329.Further, the Stoke Climsland Grubb family was probably in that parish several hundred years earlier.
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