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:
- Henry Chubb (Oldest) – [Henry was my great-great-great Grandfather]
- Issac Chubb
- Thomas Chubb
- William Chubb
- Aaron Chubb
- Nickolus Chubb
- Jacob Chubb
- George Chubb (Youngest)
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