One Name Study of Gronow / Gronnow / Goronwy

One Name Study of Gronow / Gronnow / Goronwy

Saturday, September 21, 2013

In Remembrance:

Daniel Howard Vaughan Gronow

Daniel 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]

Friday, August 30, 2013

Soldiers Wills

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

Thursday, June 13, 2013

In Remembrance:

Joseph Neville Gronow

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)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Recently aquired certificates:


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.

Gronow Windsor Phillips

In remembrance:
Gronow Windsor Phillips

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)

Thursday, March 14, 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.

Death in Calcutta

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 regretted.

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 include.

 "Immediately I 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 principle places."

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

In Remembrance

Katherine Mary Gronow (nee Knight)
Suddenly on February 16th 2013 at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, Katherine Mary, of Varteg Road, Varteg. Dearly devoted wife and life long friend of David, cherished, loving mam of Simon, beloved sister of John and Colin, sister in law of Sue, Eileen, John, Sandra, Michael and Pat and daughter of Jack and the late Mary and stepmother of Rose and daughter-in-law of Peggy and the late George. Funeral will take place on Tuesday March 12th, family prayers at her home at 11.20am, leaving her home she adored so much for a service and cremation at the Gwent Crematorium where friends are asked to meet at 12 noon. Family flowers only by request, donations if desired for the Heart Foundation. Further enquiries to B.M.Watkins, the funeral home, Varteg, Talywain 772725 / 773883.
Published today in the South Wales Argus.

Friday, February 08, 2013

Recently aquired certificates:


Islwyn C. Gronow June Qtr. 1923 Pontypridd Vol.11a page 1078

Bronwen Gronow September Qtr.1923 Gloucester Vol.6a page 509.
Maldwyn D. Gronow June Qtr. 1929 Poole Vol.5a page 388.


William Gronow June Qtr. 1922 Bridgend Vol.11a page 1794


William Gronow December Qtr. 1980 Manchester Vol.38 page 1688 


Saturday, January 12, 2013

David Lawrence Gronow

Tree 30
In Remembrance:
David Lawrence Gronow

Who died suddenly on Wednesday the 9th of January 2013 in Western Australia. David was the son of Victor David Gronow & Vlada Winifred Herriman. David's Grt. Grandfather emigrated to Williamstown, Victoria Australia in the 1860's.

(First Published in The West Australian on January 11, 2013)