Thomas W GRUBBS Elisith Elizabeth GRUBBS Thomas Austin GRUBBS Andrew GRUBBS Abbie GRUBBS James Richard GRUBBS Susan Abbie DONALDSON Laura Jannie GRUBBS Bernice GRUBBS Laura Ann BAREFOOT Susan A GRUBBS James A GRUBBS Mary A GRUBBS John Sanford GRUBBS Cordelia GRUBBS Elizabeth T TOMLIN Mini tree diagram
Elisha Columbus GRUBBS

Elisha Columbus GRUBBS2,7,3,4,8,1,9,10,11,12,6

1st Feb 18512,3,4,5,1,6 - 8th Jan 19287,1

Life History

1st Feb 1851

Born in Georgia.2,3,4,5,1,6

19th Dec 1872

Married Susan Abbie DONALDSON in Coryell County, Texas.10

Mar 1879

Birth of daughter Elisith Elizabeth GRUBBS in McLennan County, Texas.4,6

Sep 1882

Birth of son Thomas Austin GRUBBS in McLennan County, Texas.13,4

Oct 1884

Birth of son Andrew GRUBBS in McLennan County, Texas.4

Mar 1887

Birth of daughter Abbie GRUBBS in McLennan County, Texas.14,9

15th Aug 1889

Birth of son James Richard GRUBBS in McLennan County, Texas.15,16,17,11,18

15th Jan 1891

Death of Susan Abbie DONALDSON in Coryell County, Texas.11

6th Dec 1892

Married Laura Ann BAREFOOT in Coryell County, Texas.4,12

15th Dec 1894

Birth of daughter Laura Jannie GRUBBS in Sulphur, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory.9,4,19,11,18

Aug 1898

Birth of daughter Bernice GRUBBS in Indian Territory.9,4

1st Nov 1914

Death of Laura Ann BAREFOOT in Roff, Pontotoc, Oklahoma

8th Jan 1928

Died in Weatherford, Parker, Texas.7,1

Chronic Bronchitis

9th Jan 1928

Buried in Dixon Cemetery, Dixon Road, Parker County, Texas.1


  • I found details on Elisha C Grubbs while trying to reconstruct the family of James Richard Grubbs, father of Nova Grubbs Jenkins.  James reports on his WWI registration that he was born in McLennan County, Texas.  Censuses report that all James' older siblings are born in Texas.  Elisha, referred to often as E C, was born in Georgia and his parents are reported in 1880 as born in South Carolina.

    After quite some time I made connections to earlier censuses.  Elisha was born in Georgia, but his family moved to southeastern Arkansas, and they were enumerated in Drew County along with several other Grubbs households in Veazey Township.  Elisha's parents were Thomas and Elizabeth, both born in Georgia.

    1860 Federal Census, Drew County, Arkansas, 9 July, Veasey Township, PO Lacy, page 12, Hse/Fam #558
    Thomas W Grubbs 31 M [Occup Not Stated] $1000 Real Estate #500 Personal born GA
    Elizabeth I Grubbs 26 F born GA
    Elisha C Grubbs 9 M Farm Laborer $400 Personal Estate born GA
    Susan A Grubbs 7 M born GA
    James A Grubbs 4 M born GA
    Mary A Grubbs 3 F born GA

    In the 1870 census in the same location, the parents and older children are reported born in Mississippi, whereas in 1860 all had been reported born in Georgia.  Later censuses report Elisha Columbus and both his parents born in Georgia.

    1870 Federal Census, Drew County, Arkansas, 7 September, Veasey Township, PO Lacy, page 17, Hse/Fam #140
    Grubbs, Tom 41 M W Farmer $400 Real Estate $250 Personal born Miss Cannot Read or Write
    Grubbs, Eliza 36 F W Keeping House born Miss Cannot Read or Write
    Grubbs, James 15 M W born Miss Cannot Read or Write
    Grubbs, Columbus 20 M W born Miss Cannot Read or Write
    Grubbs, Mary 10 F W born Ark Cannot Read or Write
    Grubbs, John 6 M W born Ark
    Grubbs, Cordelia 3 F W born Ark

    Elisha is found as EC in several records and sometimes as Elisha.  There is another Elisha Grubbs from Drew County, Arkansas, whom I found first as the likely candidate for James' Grubbs father.

    But then I found two 1880 censuses for E C Grubbs.  E C Grubbs and his wife S A were in McLennan County, Texas (Waco area), where our James Grubbs reported he was born.  This tied them to James.  Meanwhile Elisha C Grubbs and his wife Caroline were enumerated the same year in Drew County, Arkansas, matching earlier censuses for them there.  Elisha's wife was Susan Abbie (probably Abigail) Donaldson.

    In 1900 an E C Grubbs was found in Indian Territory, but with a different wife, the stepmother of James Grubbs.  The two family units were clarified more finally when I found a second 1900 census for Elisha Champion and his wife Caroline L Jones still in Drew County, Arkansas.

    1880 Federal Census, McLennan County, Texas, 14 June, District 116, page 13 (scan 222A), Hse/Fam #110
    Grubbs, E C  W M 29 Head Farm Laborer GA SC SC [b abt 1851]
    Grubbs, S A  W F 24 Wife Keeping House GA GA GA [b abt 1856]
    Grubbs, Elizabeth W F 1 Dau At Home TX GA AR

    These two Elisha Champion Grubbs were likely relatives.  This E C Grubbs is reported born in Georgia.  Here in 1880 EC's parents are reported born in South Carolina, while the Drew County Arkansas Elisha's parents were born in Georgia.

    A genealogy referencing only the 1880 census and providing very little detail provides Elisha's middle name, attested to in census records only by the initial C.

    Elisha Columbus Grubbs
    Birth 1851 in Georgia, Death Unknown
    Spouse S A Grubbs
    Birth abt 1856 in Arkansas, Death Unknown
    --  Roy Family,

    Elisha's wife S A died some time after the death of James in 1890.  He married Laura Ann Barefoot in December 1892

    Texas, Select County Marriage Index, 1837-1965
    L A Barefoot
    Age 18, Birth abt 1874
    Spouse E C Grubbs
    Marriage 6 Dec 1892 Coryell County, Texas

    From the 1900 census, it appears Elisha had moved his family to Chickasaw Nation between 1889 (birth of James in Texas) and 1894 (birth of Laura in Indian Territory) following marriage to Laura (in 1892 according to 1900 and 1910 censuses).

    1900 Federal Census, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory, 12 June, Township 1, District 133, page 13B,  Hse #112, am #117
    Grubbs, Elisha Head  W M Feb 1852  48 Married 7 years GA GA GA Farmer Owns [married abt 1893]
    Grubbs, Laura A Wife W F Mch 1866 34 Married 7 years [mar abt 1893] 2 children/2 living AR TN AL
    Grubbs, Thomas A Son W M Sept 1882 [1st marriage] 18 TX GA AR Farm Laborer
    Grubbs, Andrew Son W M Oct 1884 [1st marriage] 15 TX GA AR Farm Laborer
    Grubbs, Abbie Dau W F Mch 1887 [1st marriage] 13 TX GA AR
    Grubbs, James R Son W M Aug 1889 [1st marriage] 10 TX GA AR Farm Laborer
    Grubbs, Laura J Dau W F Dec 1894 5 Ind Terr GA AR
    Grubbs, Bernice Dau W F Aug 1898 1 Ind Terr GA AR
    Williams, Arnis [?] W M July 1878  21 Married 0 years Texas Missouri Missouri Merchant, Dry Goods  Rents
    Williams, Elisith E W F Mch 1879  21 Married 0 years Texas Missouri Kentucky

    The last two individuals appear to be Elisha's oldest daughter Elizabeth (Elisith Elizabeth?) and her new husband, except that the birth states of her parents do not match Elisha's and her mother's (both Georgia).

    Notice that the census reports that Elisha and Laura have been married 7 years, making the marriage about 1993.  But most of the children are older than that.  From the 1910 census we learn overtly that Laura was Elisha's second wife, which is confirmed by the 1910 census.  So the first wife was the mother of all the children born in Texas.  I see, however, that the enumerator in 1900 has still reported the mother of all the children was born in Arkansas.  The first wife S A was reported in the 1880 census as born in Georgia.  It seems the enumerator has used Laura's birth state for the mother of all the children.  I have not discovered where Elisha and Laura married.

    1910 Federal Census, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, 7 May, Fitzhugh Township, District 253, page 12B, Hse #239, Fam #240
    Grubbs, E C Head F W 59 2nd marriage Married 17 yrs GA GA GA Farmer  [married abt 1893]
    Grubbs, Laura Wife F W 44 1st marriage Married 17 yrs 5 children/2 living AR TN AL
    Grubbs, Jennie Dau F W 15 Single OK GA AR
    Grubbs, Bernice Dau F W 11 Single OK GA AR
    Fannell, Abbie Dau F W 23 Married 3 yrs [No husband rptd] 1 child/1 living TX GA AR
    Fannell, Marie Granddau F W 7mos Single TX MS TX

    Texas Death Index, 1903-2000
    Certificate #3707
    E C Grubbs
    Death 8 Jan 1928 Parker County

    Texas, Death Certificates, 1903-1982
    Mr E C Grubbs
    Birth 1 Feb 1851 Georgia
    Father T C Grubbs
    Mother Miss Thombalson [? Probably misheard her name: mother known to be Elizabeth T Tomlinson]
    Age at Death 69, Death 8 Jan 1928 Weatherford, Parker, Texas
    Cause of Death Chronic Bronchitis
    Informant Mrs Sallie Grubbs [? Cf 1st wife S A, identified on her grave as Susan A, died before 1893, 2nd wife was Laura, no children named Sarah]
    Certificate signed by A S Garrett, 17 January 1928
    Burial 9 January 1927 [1928]
    Place of burial Dixion (Dixon), By Cotton-Bratton, Weatherford, Texas
    Filed 7 February 1928

    I see that the informant on this death certificate is Sallie Grubbs.  I do not know who this is.  The only name I know that might relate to this is the name of his first wife, reported as S A.  Her first name might have been Sarah.  But it appears she died before 1893, when Elisha married his second wife, Laura.  The note on his memorial on Find a Grave says he was married to Sallie Grubbs, but this does not rell us anything more than we know.  The wife whose burial is linked to him is named Susan A Grubbs.

    Updates I submitted to his incomplete profile on Find a  Grave were added, and the updated memorial is included here.

    Elisha Columbus Grubbs
    Birth Feb 1, 1851 Georgia, USA
    Death Jan 18, 1928 Weatherford, Parker County, Texas, USA
    husband of Sallie Grubbs, son of T.C. & Thombalson Grubbs
    Spouse Susan A. Grubbs (1856 - 1891)
    Children James Richard Grubbs (1889 - 1941)
    Burial Dixon Cemetery, Parker County, Texas, USA
    Created by Bill Warren Oct 20, 2014
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #137539042,


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