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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Drew County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1890.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Thomas W. Grubbs is a planter of Crook Township, Drew County, Ark., and was born in Georgia on January 25, 1829, being a son of Elias C. and Mary A. (Henderson) Grubbs, both of whom were born in the Palmetto State, the former’s birth occurring in 1800 and the latter’s in 1801. They were reared, educated and married in their native State, the last-named event being in 1818, and two years later they emigrated to Georgia, and began farming in Talbot County. The father took quite an interest in the upbuilding of the churches and schools of that county, and was also interested in politics, and held the office of justice of the peace for four years. He was a Democrat, and at the time of his death in 1841, he was an earnest member of the Missionary Baptist Church. His wife belonged to the Baptist Church, and in 1856 moved with her family to Arkansas, and was married in this State to Jasper Welph, and from 1865 until her death in 1868 she was a resident of California. Thomas W. Grubbs was educated in the common schools of Pleasant Hill, Ga., and while still a resident of that State was united in marriage to Elizabeth T. Tomlin, a native of that State, and a daughter of E. and Nancy (McSwain) Tomlin, their union being consummated September 15, 1849, four children having been born to them: John B., Nancy L., Cordelia and Thomas L. (deceased). After the death of his wife, in 1869, he was married to Elizabeth (Ellis) Godwin, February 2, 1871, a daughter of Robert Ellis, and a native of Mississippi. Two children were born to them: Robert P., and Martha (who died when young). Mr. Grubbs has sixty-five of his 160 acre farm under cultivation, his land being well stocked and improved. He is a Mason, and for the past twelve years has been justice of the peace and constable of his township. His wife is a worthy member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

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This family biography is one of 83 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Drew County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Drew County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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