Chubb fam­ily his­tory fo­cus of county honor

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLE - By Sean Wil­liams Swilliams1­[email protected]­

While many know Nick Chubb as a foot­ball star, fewer know the im­pact his an­ces­tors cre­ated with Chubbtown.

The legacy of the 1864 Floyd and Polk County com­mu­nity was once again com­mem­o­rated by the Polk County com­mis­sion who pre­pared a procla­ma­tion dur­ing their lat­est work ses­sion.

Com­mis­sioner Hal Floyd read the doc­u­ment de­tail­ing the fam­ily’s his­tory. Chubbtown was founded as a com­mu­nity of free blacks in the early 1860s by the Chubb fam­ily. Dur­ing the post-re­con­struc­tion pe­riod, the fam­ily con­tin­ued pur­chas­ing real es­tate to make the town self-ef­fi­cient, and the com­mu­nity pros­pered in Floyd and Polk for over 40 years.

Cit­i­zens could find a gen­eral store, a black­smith shop, a grist mill, a dis­tillery, a syrup mill, a sawmill, a wagon com­pany, a cot­ton gin, a cas­ket com­pany, and sev­eral farms- all owned by the Chubb fam­ily. Their com­mu­nity of­fered goods to both black and white cit­i­zens, and the group pros­pered in the south while many blacks were seek­ing pros­per­ity in the north.

The com­mu­nity would face chal­lenges, how­ever. Many of the group’s busi­nesses were de­stroyed by a flood in the early 1900s. Seem­ingly un­af­fected was the Chubb Chapel United Methodist Church, which is the sole build­ing that dates back to the town’s orig­i­nal devel­op­ment. This event is even more im­pres­sive con­sid­er­ing Chubbtown re­port­edly ex­pe­ri­enced a run-in with Union sol­diers- though they were spared by the army.

It’s this church where vis­i­tors could find the graves of many of the orig­i­nal Chubbs. Wil­liam, Henry, John, Thomas, Ja­cob, Isaac, Ni­cholas, and Ge­orge- all ground­break­ers of the com­mu­nity- lie within. The lo­ca­tion is no longer self-ef­fi­cient or owned in­clu­sively by Chubb fam­ily mem­bers, but it still op­er­ates un­der its his­toric name.

Even if Nick Chubb weren’t the Ge­or­gia Bull­dogs’ run­ning back, there’s a solid chance he would be well known. The procla­ma­tion ended with the board ap­plaud­ing and rec­og­niz­ing the fam­ily mem­bers be­fore mov­ing onto other busi­ness.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate the Chubb fam­ily,” county chair­per­son Jen­nifer Hulsey said. “Thank you.”

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Com­mis­sion Chair Jen­nifer Hulsey and Com­mis­sion Vice Chair Hal Floyd helped pro­vide the Chubb fam­ily with a procla­ma­tion for their fam­ily re­u­nion.

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