Elisha Columbus GRUBBS Elisith Elizabeth GRUBBS Thomas Austin GRUBBS Andrew GRUBBS Abbie GRUBBS Nova Bernice GRUBBS Juanita G GRUBBS Helen Oleta GRUBBS James Richard GRUBBS Martha Bell DENNIS Susan Abbie DONALDSON Mini tree diagram
James Richard GRUBBS

James Richard GRUBBS1,2,6,3,7,4,8,9,5

15th Aug 18891,2,3,4,5 - 7th May 19414

Life History

15th Aug 1889

Born in McLennan County, Texas.1,2,3,4,5

8th Dec 1907

Married Martha Bell DENNIS in Roff, Pontotoc, Oklahoma.9,5

24th Sep 1908

Birth of daughter Nova Bernice GRUBBS in Roff, Pontotoc, Oklahoma.10,11,12,13,4,14,3,8

16th Dec 1910

Birth of daughter Juanita G GRUBBS in Oklahoma.3,15,4

1st Mar 1913

Birth of daughter Helen Oleta GRUBBS in Lawrence, Comanche, Oklahoma.16,15,3,17,12,8,12

11th Dec 1922

Birth of son James Richard GRUBBS in Tuttle, Grady, Oklahoma.4

5th Feb 1926

Death of son James Richard GRUBBS in Tuttle, Grady, Oklahoma.4

7th May 1941

Died in Anadarko, Caddo, Oklahoma.4

8th May 1941

Buried in Fairview Cemetery, Tuttle, Grady County, Oklahoma,.4


  • James R Grubbs was born in McLennan County (Waco area), Texas.   His family moved to Indian Territory after James was born.  He is reported as age 10 in the 1900 census in Chickasaw Nation.

    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
    Grubbs, Laura A Wife W F Mch 1866 34 Married 7 years 2 children/2 living AR TN AL
    Grubbs, Thomas A Son W M Sept 1882 18 TX GA AR Farm Laborer
    Grubbs, Andrew Son W M Oct 1884 15 TX GA AR Farm Laborer
    Grubbs, Abbie Dau W F Mch 1887 13 TX GA AR
    Grubbs, James R Son W M Aug 1889 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

    The census tells us that Elisha and Laura have been married 7 years, but all the children born in Texas were born before they would have married in 1903.  So Laura is Elisha's second wife, which becomes explicit in the 1910 census.

    James married Mattie Bell Dennis in 1907.

    Oklahoma, County Marriages, 1890-1995
    Jim Grubbs
    Age 18, White, Birth Date abt 1889 in Texas
    Residence Roff, Oklahoma
    Father E C Grubbs
    Mattie B Dennis
    Age 17, White, born in Choctaw Nation
    Residence Roff, Oklahoma
    License issued 5 December 1907
    Marriage 8 Dec 1907 in Roff, Pontotoc, Oklahoma
    Ceremony performed by A Jeff Davis, Baptist Pastor
    Witnesses L F Cooper and Daisy Cooper

    U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
    James Richard Grubbs
    Lindsay, Garvin County, Oklahoma
    Birth 15 Aug 1889 McLennan County, Texas
    Farmer, Self-employed in Lindsay
    Married with three children
    Medium Height and Weight, Blue Eyes, Black Hair
    Registered 5 June 1917 Garvin County, Oklahoma
    Singed James Richard Grubbs

    Some genealogies have erred by attaching a Grubbs family in Kansas to Nova Bernice Grubbs.  One or two report that Nova is the daughter of James Warning Grubb (no S) and Mable C Christensen.  Most have incomplete or missing  parents' names, but attach the same 1910 and 1920 census in Kansas, shown all members of the family born in Kansas.

    The birth place alone is enough to disqualify this Kansas family.  They are reported in censuses in Brown County, Kansas.  The daughter of the Kansas family is reported in censuses as Bernie E Grubb born in Kansas, providing a pretext for carelessly adding these Kansas censuses and names to Nova Bernice Grubbs Jenkins, though they report her correctly as born in Oklahoma.
    --  Newlin, McKinley, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/104828/person/170269389?ssrc=&ftm=1, etal

    With the 1940 census report of her birth in Oklahoma, I persisted till I found a Grubbs family in the Grady-Caddo area.  I found Jim and Mattie Grubbs living in the town of Tuttle on the northern border of Grady County.  Jim and Mattie have a matching daughter, reported in 1920 as Nobla, 11 years old, matching her birth date in 1908.

    1920 Federal Census, Grady County, Oklahoma, 10 January, Tuttle, District 191, page 6A-B,  Oak St, Hse/Fam #110
    Grubbs, Jim Head  Rents M W 30 Texas Georgia Texas Produce Salesman [abt 1890]
    - page 6B -
    Grubbs, Mattie B Wife F W 29 TX TX TX [abt 1891]
    Grubbs, Nobla B Dau F W 11 OK TX TX [abt 1908]
    Grubbs, Juanita G Dau F W 9 OK TX TX [abt 1910]
    Grubbs, Ellen Dau F W 6 OK TX TX [abt 1913]

    Tuttle is an interesting place.

    "Located east of the Chisholm Trail, Tuttle was developed as a farming and ranching community. The town was platted in 1901 and the land was purchased Chickasaw land from the Colbert Family. The town is named after local rancher James H. Tuttle, a Choctaw by marriage. The right-of-way for the St. Louis and San Francisco Railway came from the tribal allotment of Frances Schrock, a Choctaw. Schrock Park is named after her."
    --  "Tuttle, Oklahoma," Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuttle,_Oklahoma

    Information about the Colbert family mentioned here is found in this genealogy.  The Colberts are of Chickasaw origin and are part of this genealogist's maternal family.

    Notice that James' wife's name is Mattie B.  I found a gravestone photo in the Tuttle Cemetery on a memorial in Find a Grave that matches this.  There is a Mattie Bell Grubbs, with dates that would match the wife of James Grubbs.  Her grandson Asa Lee Jenkins tells me Mattie's maiden name was Barefoot.

    I have not found James and Mattie in the 1930 census, but in 1940 they are in Anadarko, where he is reported as a Maytage appliance Dealer.

    1940 Federal Census, Caddo County, Oklahoma, 10 April, Anadarko, District 8-6, page 9A, 506 West Louisiana St, Hse #185 Owns $2800
    Grubbs, J R Head F W 50 Grade 8 b Texas same place in 1935 Maytag Dealer
    Grubbs, Mattie Wife F W 49 Grade 8 b Okla same place in 1935

    Mattie Belle Grubbs
    Birth  Dec 8, 1898
    Death  Apr 23, 1990
    Burial Fairview Cemetery, Tuttle, Grady County, Oklahoma
    Maintained by Tommy Neathery, Originally Created by Janey Clark Sep 01, 2007
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #21289215, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=21289215

    The Tuttles had another child while living in Tuttle, a son named J R, who died at age 3.

    J R Grubbs

    Birth Dec 11, 1922
    Death Feb 5, 1926

    2/12/1926 Tuttle Times:
    The little 3 yr old son of J.R. Grubbs & wife, died of a relapse of pneumonia last Friday morning and was interred in the Fairview cemetery that afternoon.

    Burial Fairview Cemetery, Tuttle, Grady County, Oklahoma

    Created by Jim Jul 31, 2011
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #74218006, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Grubbs&GSiman=1&GScid=300002&GRid=74218006&

    Their identity is fully confirmed when in 1940 we find J R Grubbs and his wife Mattie as expected in Anadarko, with a Maytag dealership.  Nova's husband Asa went into business with his father-in-law in this Maytag dealership, then later opened his own store.

    James Richard "Jim" Grubbs
    Birth Aug 15, 1889 McLennan County, Texas
    Death May 7, 1941 Anadarko, Caddo County, Oklahoma

    5/8/1941 Tuttle Times:
    Word was received in Tuttle Wednesday of the death of Jim Grubbs of Anadarko. The Grubbs formerly resided in Tuttle. Funeral services will be in Anadarko Thursday with burial in Tuttle.

    Burial Fairview Cemetery, Tuttle, Grady County, Oklahoma

    Created by Jim Aug 04, 2011
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #74432209, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=74432209


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