Up for bid recently was the Antique 1910 Sheet
Music Book or Booklet titled "Moonlight Sketches For Piano-Forte" that
was compiled by Esther Gronow. It was published by the Whtie-Smith Music
Publishing Co. The selections included are To The Firefly, Nocturne, On
The Water, To The Stars and Berceuse. As for condition, the cover is
about to come off and the sheet music inside is also on the loose side.
Someone wrote their name and a date in 1923 on the cover. The place of
original purchase was lightly stamped on the bottom. Aside from being
loose, the cover and the pages inside are basically in pretty good
condition for being over 100 years old. This booklet measures 9-3/8
inches by12-1/8 inches.
Howard Vaughan Gronow, son of William & Gwenfron Gronow died peacefully on 16th September 2013, aged 88. So
dearly loved and missed by all his family. The funeral will take place
in Tamworth on 27th September.
[First published in The Times 21st September 2013]
Many British soldiers who served on the front lines of World War I carried with them a handwritten last will and testament. Often the soldier’s will was kept in his paybook–a booklet that
contained identity papers and notes on what the soldier was owed for his
service. Many paybooks and the wills inside them were lost in the chaos of war. But it turns out that more than a quarter of a million of these wills have been stored by Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service. They’ve been digitized and made available online. So far only the years 1914-1921 are searchable online.
So far indexed are three Gronow Wills.
GRONOW Arthur, 10th July 1916 Reg.No. 17053
GRONOW Charles, 12th November 1916 Reg.No. 14164
GRONOW Sydney David, 21st January 1917 Reg.No. 2207
Sadly on 6th June 2013 at Ty Olwen, Nev, devoted brother of David and John, dear brother-in-law of Anne and Mary, dearest uncle of Matthew, Emma, Katie and Thomas and a dear friend of Anita. He will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. Funeral Wednesday 19th June, Service at Ebenezer Chapel, Dunvant at 1:15pm followed by Cremation at Llanelli Crematorium, 2:30pm. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if so desired to Ty Olwen c/o St James Funeral Home, 31 St. James Gardens, Uplands, Swansea SA1 6DT.
(First published in the South Wales Media Group on 12th June 2013)
Samuel Gronow March Qtr. 1885 Pontypridd Vol.11a page 411.
Daniel Gronow September Qtr. 1919 Neath Vol.8b page 107.
Thomas D. Gronow September Qtr. 1947 Pontypridd Vol.8b page 1487.
William Gronow September Qtr. 1956 Bridgend Vol.8b page 107.
Peacefully on April 10 2013 at the Princess of Wales Hospital, Gronow of Austin Avenue, Porthcawl; beloved husband of Phyllis, beloved uncle to Beverly, Helen and Maureen. Sadly missed by all his family and friends. Resting at David Wilde Chapel of Rest, Mawdlam, North Cornelly until the funeral on Thursday April 18, service at Gilgal Baptist Church, Porthcawl at 10am followed by service and cremation at Coychurch Crematorium at 11am.
(First published in the Media Wales Group on 15th April 2013)
An interesting article published in the "Cardigan Observer, and General Advertiser For the Counties
of Cardigan, Carmarthen and Pembroke" dated 30th June 1888.
"Some excitement was caused in the town on Saturday last by a
marriage somewhat out of the ordinary rut. The bride, Mary Gronnow, of Quarrel, Brynberian, was only eighty-four,
and rather dressy for her age, while the foud bride- groom was some
twenty-eight years her junior, and the trials, troubles and other amusements of
this mundane existence had passed him lightly by. The bride appeared at the
Registrar's Office, where the imposing ceremony was performed, in ancient Welsh
costume, including a spotted handkerchief round her head, and clogs on her
feet; but, in honor of the occasion, she went direct from the office to the
tradesmen, and was rigged out in a fashionable hat, a gaudy-coloured shawl, and
a pair of little high-heeled boots. Arrayed in her new habiliments she
presented quiite a frisky appearance, and she would doubtless look well in the
dusk with the light behind her. I do not know how many times previously the
bride had gone through a similar ceremony, but under the most favorable
circumstances she cannot expect to repeat it more than half-a-dozen times at
the outside, and it would therefore be unkind to blame her for investing in a
bit of finery to celebrate the event. But little interest seemed to centre in
the bridegroom, poor man and the general opinion was that he was wise in
marrying someone old enough to take care of him; but, like most young fellows
of fifty-six who marry women old enough to be their mothers, he will have to
play second fiddle I am afraid.."
Mary Williams was her name, and she had been previously married to Stephen Gronow a Mason of Pantywdyn, Nevern, Pembrokeshire. The widow Mary would it seem, have married one John Bowen, sadly he does not seem to have enjoyed a long marrage. Mary is again a widow in 1891. Her age may have been slightly exaggerated for the story, she was more likely to be about 74 years of age.
Taken from he Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser,
dated 16th December 1853.
“The Death at Calcutta, of liver complaint, aged 27, Mr
Joseph Gronnow, of H.C.S.F. Moozuffer, and late of St. David’s Parish, deeply
Joseph is possibly the son of Joseph & Martha Gronow of Cylch Mawr, St. Davids. Pembrokeshire.
A bit of background information about the “Moozuffer” can be
found from an Auction lot in Christies, London dated 18-19th June
1996 Lot 5641.
(29 July) 1852 Second Burmese War letter headed "From Bombr B. Rodgers...On
Board the H.C.S.F. Moozuffer", addressed to Sussex and countersigned by
the Commanding Officer and showing transit marks including handstruck
"2". Rather stained and reinforced internally, interesting contents
reached Bombay from Calcutta, I was sent on Board the Company's Steam Frigate
'Moozuffer', fitting out for the Burmese Empire or the Rangoon War. The fleet
left Bombay on 24th February, sailed to Madras, and joining some more shipping
continued sailing to Rangoon, which we reached on the 11th April, which was
Easter Sunday. As we passed by at the hour of half past nine, the ship I belong
to opened fire with her first pivot Sixty-Eight pound gun, and was continued by
the Fleet. We fired for better than 2 hours and a half when the word
"Cease Fire" was given. There was afterwards a steady firing kept up
from the guns of each ship till the next morning, when the troops landed and
stormed the fortifications. It lasted then three days, four days from the time
we first commenced. There were several small places taken afterwards till we
proceeded to a place called Bassein, where we sailed in about three, and the
Action commenced, soldiers on one side and sailors on the other. They took the
place about eight. There are but two places more to take, Prome and Ava, the