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Edward GRUBB (c. 1811-1891)


Edward GRUBB

Name: Edward GRUBB
Father: Joseph GRUBB (c. 1768-1843)
Mother: Mary LINES (c. 1771-1863)
Leonard Raynor's: great great-uncle

Individual Events and Attributes

Birth c. 1811 Laysters, Herefordshire1
Census 6 Jun 1841 Oxford Street Hotel, Marylebone, London2
Census 30 Mar 1851 Collings Green, Martley, Worcestershire3
Occupation 30 Mar 1851 general literature3
Census 7 Apr 1861 Moorgate Grove, Whiston, Rotherham, Yorkshire4
Also with Edward and Mary were Ann Kettle, 23 year old domestic servant and boarders John Smith, 14 years old and Albert and Arthur Birtwistle, both 11 and all 3 listed as scholars from Great Harwood, Lancashire
Occupation 7 Apr 1861 Metaphysics and Belles Lettres Tutor; Author on Ethics4
Belles-lettres is a French phrase meaning "beautiful" or "fine" writing. In this sense, it includes all literary works, especially fiction, poetry, drama, or essays that are valued for their aesthetic qualities and originality of style and tone.
Census 2 Apr 1871 Franklin Cottage, Moorgate Grove, Rotherham, Yorkshire1
Also with Edward and Mary is Alice Grubb, domestic servant, aged 16 and born in Martley, Worcestershire. Unfortunately, no record of how Alice is related to the family is given.
Occupation 2 Apr 1871 writer1
Census 3 Apr 1881 Forest Lane Head, Harrogate, Yorkshire5
Edward was listed as an "annuitant". This generally refers to someone living off an annual income which could be a pension or from capital investments.
Death 24 Jan 1891 Harrogate6
Burial 1891 Harlow Hill Cemetery, Harrogate, Yorkshire7
The headstone is inscribed:
"In Affectionate Remembrance of EDWARD GRUBB, of Preston, the birth-place of Teetolism, who died at Harrogate Jan 24th 1891, in his 80th year. He was the last survivor of that heroic band of Preston pioneer advocates by whose devoted and self-sacrificing labours the teetotal reform was extended from a local to a national and world-wide movement. He was a man of rare mental and moral endowments, distinguished alike for his dauntless courage and incorruptible integrity, a brilliant orator, a philosophical teacher, a faithful friend. His simple habits rendered him proof against the blandishments of wealth and it is no disparagement to his famous compatriots to say of him that in many respects he was the noblest roman of them all.
Also of MARY ANN ALLEN the beloved wife of the above who died Oct. 17th 1892, aged 72 years.
Until the day dawn and the shadows flee away."
Memorial aft 1891 Preston Old Cemetery, New Hall Lane, Preston, Lancashire8
Not to be outdone by Harrogate, someone arranged for a further headstone to be placed in the Non-Conformist area of Preston cemetery. It repeats all of the inscription used on the Harrogate headstone (except for the reference to Mary Ann) and includes an additional line "And was interred there in the Harlow Cemetery." after "his 80th year".
News Report 18 Feb 1904 The Lancashire Daily Post7
The obituary of William Blackhurst, husband of Edward's niece Mary Ann Sinfield refers to Edward:

The mother of Mrs. Blackhurst was a Miss Grubb, sister of the famous Edward Grubb, who as Joseph Livesey's disciple, proved one of the most fearless and eloquent protagonists of teetotalism in the days when the movement was founded."


Spouse Mary Ann A ALLEN (c. 1820-1894)

Individual Note

disciple of Joseph Livesey, teetotaller. 9


1Census 1871 Rotherham, Yorkshire RG10-4703-15-23 GRUBB, Edward.
2Census 1841 Marylebone, London HO107-679-1-16-26, GRUBB, Edward.
3Census 1851 Martley, Worcestershire HO107-2041-101-4 GRUBB, Mary.
4Census 1861 Moorgate Grove, Whiston, Rotherham, Yorkshire RG09-3504-30-20, GRUBB, Edward.
5Census 1881 Knaresborough, Yorkshire RG11-4325-47-5 GRUBB, Edward.
6England & Wales Death Index (from July 1837).
7Gravestone Harlow Hill Cemetery GRUBB, Edward & Mary Ann.
8Preston Old Cemetery - Wildlife and Heritage Walk.
9The Lancashire Daily Post - 18 February 1904 Page 5.