Haydon Y. Grubbs was the son of William Edward Grubbs and Desdemona Young. William was born September 23, 1843, in Louisa County, Virginia. He entered the United States Army as a private with Company E of the 56th Virginia Infantry July 9, 1861, and rose to the rank of sergeant. Desdemona was born November 5, 1850, in Indiana. The two were married November 12, 1867, in Boyle County, Kentucky. There they raised a family that included Edward Lee, Lily L., Bertha V. and Dewitt C. T., in addition to Haydon.
Haydon followed his fathers footsteps into the military during the Spanish American War and was killed October 1, 1899, while leading a charge in the Philippines.
The family is buried in Bellevue Cemetery, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky.