During the 1800s, Captain Matthew Grose was a prominent figure in the Isle of Man lead, copper and silver mining industry. From newspaper reports it is clear that he was also a popular and beloved member of the local community.
With ten siblings, two wives and sixteen children – this post will focus on his family.
His mining career will be covered in another post.
Photograph of Captain Matthew Grose from around 1880, courtesy of Manx National Heritage
He was baptised on 19th March 1819 in Phillack, Cornwall to parents Matthew Grose and Mary Wearn.
His father, Matthew Grose (1788 – 1849), grandfather, Matthew Grose (1761 – 1824) and great uncle, Samuel Grose senior (1764 – 1825) were mine captains from Cornwall and worked at mines in Cornwall and Somerset.
Many other family members were involved in mining and engineering in England and the Isle of Man. His father’s cousin was the famous engineer Samuel Grose (1791 – 1866).
His aunts were married to Henry Francis, Absalom Francis and Obadiah Ash.
Many of his brothers and brother-in-laws were engineers, mine captains and agents.
Matthew Grose moved to the Isle of Man around 1828, at the age of nine where his father became a Mine Agent at Foxdale Mines.
He had 4 brothers and 6 sisters:
- Emma Grose (1812 – 1881) – wife of Jonathan Harrison
- Jane Grose (1814 – 1884) – wife of Richard T.C. Powning
- Mary Grose (1817 – 1822)
- Thomas Grose (1821 – 1882) – husband of Jane ?
- John Grose (1824 – ?) – husband of Charlotte Clucas (NOT Louisa Little)
Mona’s Herald, Wednesday, January 15, 1845; Page: 7 Courtesy of Manx National Heritage
- Mary Grose (1826 – ?) – wife of Joseph Waterhouse
- Eliza Grace Grose (1828 – 1907)
- Edwin William Wearn Grose (1832 – 1908) – husband of Elizabeth Lace
- Samuel Grose (1833 – ?)
- Lavinia Grose (1833 – ?) – wife of John Henry Millington
From baptism, census & burial records:
- 1819 – Phillack, Cornwall (baptised)
- 1821 – Dodington, Somerset (likely lived here when brother Thomas baptised here)
- 1841 – Foxdale Mines, Isle of Man (miner)
- 1851 – Ballagawne, Rushen, Isle of Man (Agent of mines)
- 1861 -Ballacorkish, Rushen, Isle of Man (Lead & Copper Mine Agent)
- 1871 -Ballakilpatrick, Isle of Man (Agent Lead Mines)
- 1881 – The Level, Rushen, Isle of Man (Captain of Lead Mine Unemployed)
- 1888 – Ballavayre, Colby, Isle of Man (from burial record)
He married his first wife Anne Weston Read (1822 – 1868) at Kirk German, Isle of Man on 3rd October, 1841. Anne was the only daughter of John Read, Civil Engineer.
Mona’s Herald, Tuesday, October 12, 1841; Page: 3, Courtesy of Manx National Heritage
They had 11 children:
- Alfred Matthew Grose (1842 – ?) – husband of Ann Cubbon
- Matthew John Grose (1843 – 1905) – husband of Louisa Adie
- Walter Henry Grose (1847 – 1902) – husband of Elizabeth Kneale
- Emma Mary Grose (1847 – 1920) – wife of William Clarke Dawson
- Martin Grose? (1848 – ?)
- Frederick William Grose (1850 – 1858)
- Francis Read Grose (1852 – 1889) – husband of Fanny Summerville Thomson
- Clara Weston Grose (1853 – ?) – wife of William Kinnock
- Florence Amelia Grose (1855 – 1879)
- Albert Edwin Grose (1858 – 1931) – husband of Mary Ann Wright?
Manx Sun, Saturday, February 06, 1858; Page: 5
- Horace Hamlet Grose (1860 – 1908) – husband of Elizabeth Vick
His wife, Anne, died in May 1868 and was buried 8th May 1868 in Marown, Isle of Man.
Manx Sun, Saturday, May 09, 1868; Page: 21, Courtesy of Manx National Heritage
He married his second wife, a widow, Elizabeth Luff (nee Qualtrough) (1835 – 1918) on 22nd September, 1868.
Isle of Man Times, Saturday, October 03, 1868; Page: 5, Courtesy of Manx National Heritage
They had 5 children:
- Beatrice Catherine Grose (1869 – 1929) – wife of Richard Clague
- Maud Mary Grose (1872 – 1920) – wife of William Edmund Moore
- Laura Margaret Grose (1875 – ?) – wife of William Henry Cubbon
- Herbert Qualtrough Grose (1879 – 1956)
- Frederick William Grose (1881 – ?)
Matthew Grose died on the 11th October 1887 and was buried on the 14th October in Rushen, Isle of Man. Interesting that this newspaper spells his property Beal-e-Vere whereas other records have the more ‘manx sounding’ Ballavayre!
His wife, Elizabeth died in 1918 and was buried 19th June, 1918 in Rushen, Isle of Man.
FURTHER READING AND RESOURCES:
Most information in this post (but not quite all!) concurs with that within the fantastic ‘Lawson Spouses’ research papers of the late Brian Lawson. Some differences are because other records have been discovered recently.
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