Every now and then, I get tired of seeing the same old wrong data being passed around the net, so I thought I would take a moment and post about one or two that I see far too often, from the Grubb family. Since this is a direct line for me, I've spent a fair amount of time tracking it down.
The first of these has to do with Frances Vane, the wife of John Grubb, the immigrant ancestor for the line. The common story is that John Grubb married Frances Vane and that she was the daughter of Sir Henry Vane, thereby providing descendants a link to nobility. However, descendants of this pair will have to look elsewhere for their nobility links as Sir Henry's daughter Frances was never married to John Grubb and, in fact, never came to America at all. Her grave lies in Shipborne Parish, Kent, England, where her burial is recorded as "Frances Kewkewich, daughter of Sir Henry Vane -- June 4, 1683". Since John Grubb's will of 1707 names his wife Frances as a beneficiary, she could not have been Sir Henry's daughter as said daughter had been dead for over 20 years by that time. So let's lay that particular theory to rest, once and for all, OK?