Family Ties, Part II

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There are a number of family griots (historians) on the paternal side of my family who have developed quite a detailed family tree. My great great great grandfather was Jack Pace, born a slave in Carrollton, GA in the early 1840’s. His son Albert Pace, Sr. was a farmer who also earned a living working on railroads. He married and had 15 children, one of whom was Lummie Pace, Sr. – my great-grandfather whom I remember as a child. Lummie Sr.’s wife Rosa also had 14 brothers and sisters, so this side of my family is literally humongous. Lummie Sr. was deeply involved in church affairs and church music; he sang and performed at musical affairs and taught school in Georgia. He later relocated to Ohio (where I grew up) and worked by the Pennsylvania Railroad until his retirement. His son, Lummie Jr. (my grandfather) proudly served in World War II and was honorably discharged. He then worked in the Post Office for over 30 years. In the early 1900’s, (especially in the deep south) the best jobs for blacks were in the Post Office as a mailman, becoming a Pastor of a Church, working on a train as a Pullman porter, Busboy, Waiter, or a Chef. Less desirable were those in the fields, cutting grass, sweeping floors, custodian, etc. The early instances of African American wealth in this time period seemed to come from entrepreneurs who started their own successful businesses. For instance, Madame CJ Walker became the first woman (and African American woman) in America to become a millionaire when she launched a successful company that created beauty and hair products for black women.

Lummie Pace, Sr. married Rosa Mae Neal (my great-grandmother who lived to be nearly 100). Rosa was born in 1902 in Chubbtown, GA – a small community near Cave Spring, GA in Floyd County near the Polk County line. It is near Cedartown, GA, which is outside of Rome, GA. Rosa’s mother was Mary Evelyn Chubb, of the renown Chubb Family. Mary Evelyn’s father was Henry Chubb, the oldest of the Original 8 Chubb Brothers. We are descendants of Henry. The Chubbs are a source of great pride in my family because they were free born during slavery. They moved to a remote area of Floyd County and established their own Church (Chubb’s Chapel United Methodist Church), stores, gristmill, blacksmith shop, sawmill, distillery, and more. They also established their own family cemetery, ran a post office, and a lodge. The town was eventually named after them and carries the name to this day. The church, cemetery, and many of their establishments are still in existence today, along with many of my relatives who still live there. The following is an excerpt from the Floyd County Encyclopedia regarding the Chubb Family:

“These darkeys were farmers around Chubbtown, near Cave Spring and the Polk County line, whose industry and thrift enabled them to accumulate considerable property, gins, mills, houses, etc. They are law abiding, respected by the whites and generally good citizens. Their master set them free before the Civil War.”

The Chubbs at one time owned 32 rural lots of land, each containing 40 acres. Approximately two thousand acres are still family owned today. The following is a Youtube video of my cousin Elvira Bray Stone, who was my great-grandmother’s first cousin. She is currently the oldest living direct descendant of the original Chubb brothers who founded Chubbtown. I am proud to be a part of this lineage.

THE NAMES OF THE ORIGINAL 8 CHUBB BROTHERS: 

  1. Henry Chubb (Oldest) – [Henry was my great-great-great Grandfather]
  2. Issac Chubb
  3. Thomas Chubb
  4. William Chubb
  5. Aaron Chubb
  6. Nickolus Chubb
  7. Jacob Chubb
  8. George Chubb (Youngest)

Chubbtown Related Links:

Reflections: Georgia African American Historic Preservation Network Mentions Chubbtown History

Star-News: Blacks flourished in Georgia town during Civil War

Nick Chubb’s Heritage Explains His Success

Nick Chubb: UGA Running Back Profile

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17 replies

  1. These Darkies? Damn! And that was in a newspaper! Things done changed….Thank, God!

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  2. This was great and very informative. Loved the interview with Clemmie

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  3. amazing family history, thank you for sharing.

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  4. That is an amazing history. Do you know what states the brothers split to? I am a Chubb whose ancestry leads me to chubbtown/cedartown. I just recently have started to dig a little deeper.

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    • Hi! Can’t believe I found something about my family. I would like to know why the Chubbs family doesn’t own Chubtown. I was always told the Chubbs families lost their land to the “white” people.
      Have been working hard to find and meet other Chubbs family members. If you are a Chubbs/Chubb, I would love to meet.
      Email me: medayzee09gmail.com
      Thanks!

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  5. Hello My name is Karen My Grandfather was Bishop Neal, he was married to Bertha Kurby. I have attended the Neal family reunions as a little girl. I have a tee shirt with all the Neal brother and sister on it Rosa Mae Neal was my Grandfather sister. Whom I knew also. She did marry Lummie Pace. His bother Lmarried Neal and thus to brother (twins married two Neal sisters). I’m happy I found this blog I hope to hear from someone who can give me more information about Chubbtown and the Neal family.

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  6. Hello my name is Tim Poindexter and my grandfather was Evander Neal.

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  7. hello my name is Eleanor Davenport my grandmother was Clara Chubb and William Chubb was her father would love to know more about this part of my family.

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  8. Hello One of my Ancestor’s was Richard Chubb, He came from Floyd County about 1870

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  9. Thank you Rick for keeping our family history alive!

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  10. I am Douglas A. Chubb Sr, (age 81) My Father and Mother was Walter A. Chubb /Hather Marie Meadows, His Father and Mother Was John Rufus Chubb,/ Mary Lawrence, Whose Father and Mother was Jacob and Lucy Chubb
    A Family Reunion is in the planning stage for June 28,29 2013
    Check with LaRhonda Smith 256-422-5646/706-676-8351
    dosmith@tds.net

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  11. I am granddaughter to Willie Chubb and Nannie Mae Holiday (of Cedartown)… My mom was born in Chubbtown (1941). We go through Chubbtown just about anytime we are in Georgia. Our history is so rich and full of beauty, community, endurance, and intelligence. It’s unique and extraordinary, and it’s ours. I view this part of my heritage as a strong force demanding that we make something work despite all odds. This post was beautiful. Thank you for putting the effort into sharing our story.

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  12. My name is joe Powell. My grand parents are Patricia Bell and James Edward Bell II from cedartown Georgia. James Edward Bell II mother was Sarah Hamilton Pledger married to Thomas Pledger both buried in Chubbtown Cemetery in Georgia, I was wondering if anyone knew her or her relationship to the Chubbs or James Edward Bell II father James Edward Bell I relationship to the Chubbs.

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