Why would a Salem wedding be written up in the social pages of the Boston newspaper? At first I considered that Great Grandfather had married the daughter of a prominent music professor, which was also mentioned in the paper. Then I wondered if Mrs. Grout was herself a socially prominent Bostonian?
The next clue was the name Munroe. The spoons mentioned in the article were engraved with names of Munroe ancestors. Albert's mother was Phebe Cross Munroe (1830 - 1895) daughter of Luther Simonds Munroe and Olive Flint, who resided in South Danvers, now Peabody, Massachusetts. When I looked through all the siblings of Phebe, none married a Grout. In fact, none of the Munroe's in my database had married a Grout. I was stumped.
So, I did what most people do when it is late at night and the local library is closed. I turned to the internet, and tried to find vital records for marriages and deaths with the Grout name. I also used Google, and found this interesting excerpt in Google Books from Genealogical and Personal Memoirs relating to the families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts , by William Richard Cutter, 1908, Volume 1, page 264, “Olive Adeline, born Salem, [daughter of Luther Simonds Munroe and Olive Flint] January 18, 1836, died Charlestown, Massachusetts, November 29, 1905; married John H. Grout."
This stumped me again because I already had a marriage for Olivia Adeline Munroe in the 1851 Danvers Vital Records, listing her as marrying someone named Corydon B. Green, as a first marriage at age 16. Then I found this:
The casket in which reposed the remains was literally buried beneath a wealth of floral tributes from members of the family, newspaper men and intimate friends of the family. The pall bearers were E. S. Anderson, Dr. F. F. Roby, W. M. and J. F. Nickerson and Albert Wilkinson.
The interment was in the family lot at Danvers.”
Comment from 18 July 2014, from a descendant of this branch of the Grout family:
"Just wanted to point out that the funeral of Mrs John H Grout Jr in Boston that is described in the above post, was in fact the funeral of my grandfather’s first wife, Josephine Buzzell (or Bussell), who died on 18 Dec 1896. She, too, was from Massacusetts, although I think her family was originally from Canada. He then went on to marry my grandmother, who was English."
Click this link to read about the original Boston Herald news article from 1894 that mentioned Mrs. Munroe Grout: http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2012/01/amanuensis-monday-great-finds-at.html